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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Opinion: Defeat of healthcare law would erode voters' trust in Supreme Court  —  Every political strategist working the fall elections sees a game changer coming by the end of the month.  —  That's when the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of President Obama's signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act.
Kevin Drum Feed:
The Clock Ticks Down on Whether We've Entered a New Era in American Politics  —  Two years ago, when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the idea that its individual mandate provision was unconstitutional was laughable.  There was no case law, no precedent, and frankly …
Ezra Klein / New Yorker:
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The folly of Obamacare  —  We pay our presidents for judgment, and President Obama committed a colossal error of judgment in making health-care “reform” a centerpiece of his first term.  Ahead of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and regardless of how the court decides …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Any Court Health Care Decision Unlikely to Please
BuzzFeed:
What's Next For Obamacare: A Step-By-Step Guide
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
A Primer on Possible Obamacare Decisions (Updated)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bloomberg:
Supreme Court's Super Mondays Don't Serve Justice
Washington Post:
Obama picks John Kerry to play Romney in mock debate rehearsals  —  President Obama has tapped Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, to play Republican Mitt Romney in mock debate rehearsals, Obama campaign officials and the senator's office confirmed Monday.
Discussion: Business Insider and ABCNEWS
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ann Romney: ‘I doubt’ we'll take as many overseas vacations as the Obamas  —  Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday that she doubted that she and her husband would vacation overseas as frequently as the Obamas if her husband were to win election.
Dina Rudick / Boston Globe:
John Kerry to play role of Mitt Romney for President Obama's debate prep  —  Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, who ran for president himself and is an experienced debater from his campaigns and five terms in the US Senate, will play the role of Republican Mitt Romney in President Obama's …
Discussion: Politico, Campaign 2012 and WBUR
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Rubio Says Own Dream Act Derailed for Now  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that President Barack Obama's move last week to block deportations for some young illegal immigrants in the U.S. has likely derailed his own similar efforts, at least until after the election.
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Rubio's Take on DREAM ‘by Fiat’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Brantley Hargrove / Unfair Park:
A Guide to How Obama's New Immigration Policy Will Work, And a Word of Caution
Discussion: CNN and The Reaction
The Official Google Blog:
More transparency into government requests  —  About two years ago, we launched our interactive Transparency Report.  We started by disclosing data about government requests.  Since then, we've been steadily adding new features, like graphs showing traffic patterns and disruptions to Google services from different countries.
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in government censorship requests
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Mashable!
Bloomberg:
The Obama Campaign Needs an Intervention  —  During a focus group in Denver last week, Jeffrey Penny laid out his “criteria” for giving President Barack Obama his vote this year as he did in 2008.  —  “I just want to see specifics and quit the trash talk,” the 31-year-old web designer …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Allen West on Obama: ‘The Resurrection of an Imperial Presidency’  —  Speaking this morning to talk radio host Laura Ingraham, Florida congressman Allen West, a Republican, blasted President Obama's immigration plan to use prosecutorial discretion not to go after young immigrants who came to the United States illegally.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Allen West says he's ‘dejected’ by Romney's answers on immigration
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
Obama's Harvard law professor says ‘President MUST be defeated in 2012’ (even though he's the man Barack used to have on speed dial)  —  A former professor of Barack Obama has turned against his one-time student and publicly urged voters not to re-elect him.
WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Angus King Heavy Favorite To Replace Sen. Snowe  —  A new WBUR poll shows former Maine Gov. Angus King as the heavy favorite to replace retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.  Current poll numbers have King, who is running as an independent, with 50 percent of likely voters …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama's Iraq Envoy Nominee Steps Aside  —  President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Iraq withdrew from consideration on Monday after a series of racy e-mails fueled Republican resistance to his confirmation in the Senate.  —  Brett H. McGurk, Mr. Obama's choice for envoy to Iraq …
BuzzFeed:
9 Tall Tales From Barack Obama's Memoir  —  1. Hussein Onyango, Barack's grandfather, wasn't really imprisoned and tortured by the British.  —  Source: 1.bp.blogspot.com  —  2. The father of his Indonesian stepfather, Soewarno Martodihardjo, wasn't killed by Dutch soldiers in the fight for independence.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Daily Mail:
‘How would a Jewish person feel if you put a swastika on a shoe?’  Adidas under fire for unveiling new trainer with orange ‘shackles’ like those worn by black slaves  —  Adidas has sparked outrage and been accused of ‘promoting slavery’ by creating a new pair of trainers which have bright orange 'shackles …
New York Post:
Businesses make $4M off NYC students by holding their cellphones during school  —  The city's ban on cellphones in schools is taking an amazing $4.2 million a year out of kids' pockets, a Post analysis has found.  —  The students — who attend the nearly 90 high schools and middle schools …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Greece as Victim  —  Ever since Greece hit the skids, we've heard a lot about what's wrong with everything Greek.  Some of the accusations are true, some are false — but all of them are beside the point.  Yes, there are big failings in Greece's economy, its politics and no doubt its society.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Michelle Obama slaps ‘corporate’ work, ‘fat paychecks’  —  President Obama along with his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and wife Michelle Obama watch a basketball game November 2009 between GWU and Oregon State, coached by the first lady's brother, Craig Robinson, standing at right.
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines  —  Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
At Party, Bloomberg Tips Hand on Endorsement  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York has remained coy about whether he plans to endorse a presidential candidate this year, even as Mitt Romney and President Obama aggressively court the billionaire media mogul.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sally Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Comedy Central host Jon Stewart regularly bashes American multimillionaires for their wealth while ignoring the awkward fact that he's one of them.  —  Though Stewart distances himself from the “one-percenters” and bellows over their extravagance, his bank accounts bear all the marks of the …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Betsy's Page
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Two Partisan Warriors, Michael Steele and Lanny Davis, Going Purple  —  Michael Steele and Lanny Davis are challenging their parties to stop the politics of demonization.  The strange bedfellows tell Howard Kurtz why they're teaming up.  —  Michael Steele and Lanny Davis are quick to admit they are reformed sinners.
 
 
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Calderon thanks Obama for immigration action
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Discussion: Israel Matzav
Wall Street Journal:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
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New York Times:
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