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2:50 PM ET, April 4, 2012


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Mark Finkelstein /
Scarborough: ‘No One’ In GOP Establishment Thinks Romney Will Beat Obama  —  Unemployment stubbornly over 8%.  His landmark piece of legislation in dire peril of being dumped by the Supreme Court.  The “flexibility” moment with Putin's pawn.  Does that sound like an invincible incumbent to you?
Discussion: American Prospect and Mediaite
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama doing better in Nevada  —  Nevada, more than any other state, symbolizes how much the Presidential race has changed over the last six months.  —  In October Barack Obama was unpopular there, with a 44/53 approval rating.  That was the story in our Nevada polling through most of last year.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Is it Over?  —  It's over: CNN estimates that Barack Obama …
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Andrew Restuccia / Ballot Box:
Romney campaign blasts Obama ‘attack machine’ for ‘slinging mud’ in energy ad
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
David R. Dow / The Daily Beast:
Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law  —  The Roberts Court's rulings appear to be a concerted effort to send us back to the Gilded Age.  If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them.  —  You think the idea is laughable?
Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
Pelosi's specific Supreme Court health care prediction
Jennifer Granholm / Politico:
Being uninsured is a mandate, too
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Evolution ‘Monkey Bill’ Poised To Become Law In Tennessee  —  Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) announced yesterday that he will “probably” sign a bill that attacks the teaching of “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning” …
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor, Will ‘Probably’ Sign Evolution Bill … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Evolution, Evolution, Video, Bill Haslam, Bill Haslam Evolution Bill, Bill Haslam Tennessee, Bill Haslam Tennessee Evolution, Tennessee, Tennessee Evolution, Tennessee Evolution Bill …
Mj Lee / Politico:
James Carville: Rick Santorum is headless chicken  —  James Carville chose these colorful words to describe Rick Santorum after Mitt Romney swept three Republican primaries Tuesday: “He was like a chicken with his head chopped off.  The chicken is dead.  The only person that don't know it is the chicken.”
Discussion: The Hill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:   Romney's Michigan Win Stands as Climactic Moment in Campaign
Andrew Koppelman / The New Republic:
The 1918 Case That May Have Foreshadowed Obamacare's Demise  —  It took decades for Congress to address the problem.  When, at long last, federal legislation was passed, some people raised constitutional objections, but few took them seriously.  The objections required the Supreme Court …
Fox News:   Holder says ‘courts have final say’ in response to furor over Obama's health law comments
Joe Palazzolo / Law Blog:
Fifth Circuit to DOJ: Prove You Support Judicial Review
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sarah Palin's ‘rogue’ pick for VP: Allen West  —  Sarah Palin says there's one name at the top of her list if the Republican Party wants to “go rogue” in its pick for the vice presidential nominee: Rep. Allen West.  —  The former vice presidential candidate told Fox News's Sean Hannity …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Sarah Palin: ‘Blast’ hosting ‘Today’ show
Discussion: The Agonist and The Week
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama gets laughs and ‘amens’ at prayer breakfast  —  President Obama spoke strongly about his faith at an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on Wednesday, at one point getting laughs while quoting Jesus as saying, “in this world you will have trouble.”
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Kim Hart / Politico:
Obama ties Easter to U.S. rebirth
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama Alienates Canada And Mexico At Three Amigos  —  At the U.S.-Mexico-Canada summit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, left, panned Obama for Fast and Furious, and Canadian PM Stephen... View Enlarged Image  —  Diplomacy: Most summits are mush-mouthed affairs full of pleasantries.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Dumb Diplomacy Alienates Canada and Mexico, Costs Consumers
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks to the Newspaper Association of America  —  Location  —  Mitt Romney today delivered remarks to the Newspaper Association of America in Washington, D.C. The following remarks were prepared for delivery:  —  Over the last ten months, I've come to know a good deal …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Surrogate Donald Trump Offers To Expose His ‘Very Very’ Impressive Genitals  —  Politico's Mike Allen reported last month that reality star/businessman/attention seeker Donald Trump is building his political stature as a top surrogate for Mitt Romney.
Paul Ryan / Facebook:
The President's Speech Distorts the Truth to Distract From His Failed Record  —  In today's disappointing speech, the President made a series of claims that are simply false.  —  The President's attacks began with an admission that his assumptions reflect White House spin, not our budget's substance …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Wide Racial, Partisan Gaps in Reactions to Trayvon Martin Coverage  —  Most Republicans See ‘Too Much’ Coverage  —  OVERVIEW  —  The Trayvon Martin shooting is the public's top story for the second consecutive week.  But interest in the teenager's death is deeply divided along partisan, as well as racial, lines.
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Republicans Examine Alternatives to Obama Health Plan
Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote  —  The Senate's chief referee has issued a key ruling against Majority Leader Harry Reid, POLITICO has learned — a move expected to bring unwanted election-year pressure on the Nevada Democrat to act on politically dicey budget bills.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Surrogate: In General Election, Women Will See Romney's ‘Real Views’  —  Tonight on CNN, Robert Ehrlich, Mitt Romney's Maryland campaign chair, suggested that voters — particularly women — would not be exposed to Romney's “real views” until the general election.
Sam Anderson / New York Times:
Angry Birds, Farmville and Other Hyperaddictive ‘Stupid Games’  —  In 1989, as communism was beginning to crumble across Eastern Europe, just a few months before protesters started pecking away at the Berlin Wall, the Japanese game-making giant Nintendo reached across the world to unleash upon America its own version of freedom.
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Khalid Sheik Mohammed to face death penalty trial  —  A senior Pentagon official Wednesday approved the death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four co-defendants who are accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a step that restarts …
New York Times:
Calling Radicalism by Its Name  —  President Obama's fruitless three-year search for compromise with the Republicans ended in a thunderclap of a speech on Tuesday, as he denounced the party and its presidential candidates for cruelty and extremism.  He accused his opponents of imposing on the country a …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt's media lament  —  Speaking to the Associated Press luncheon that President Obama addressed Tuesday, Mitt Romney began with an extended riff on shortcomings of the political media: … Romney is hardly the first politician to bristle at his treatment at the hands of the press …
Discussion: Wonkette
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Mormonism off limits  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz fired back Wednesday at Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's claim that Democrats would attack Mitt Romney's Mormon faith in the fall election, saying the charge was “nonsense” and that the issue of religion was off-limits.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Jon Tevlin / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
DeLaSalle kids have a few words with archdiocese at marriage talk  —  When DeLaSalle senior Matt Bliss heard rumors that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis planned to hold a mandatory school assembly to talk about marriage, and potentially gay marriage, he remembers thinking, “This is not going to end well.”
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Josh Boak / Politico:
Student debt rises as political issue
Dylan Stableford / ABCNEWS:
Senate candidate Jon Bruning accuses opponent Don Stenberg of trying to follow 14-year-old daughter on Twitter (VIDEO)
Discussion: Politico and Kearney Hub
Mj Lee / Politico:
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Discussion: City Room and Capital Tonight
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Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
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Discussion: Hit & Run, City Room and Corrente
BREAKING: Obama clinches Democratic nomination
Discussion: USA Today
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Dems winning on enthusiasm
Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Solyndra's Loan Guarantee ‘Was Rushed,’ Treasury Audit Says
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC issues apology on Zimmerman tape screw-up