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10:15 PM ET, April 2, 2012


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Fox News:
Obama warns ‘unelected’ Supreme Court against striking down health law  —  President Obama, employing his strongest language to date on the Supreme Court review of the federal health care overhaul, cautioned the court Monday against overturning the law — while repeatedly saying he's “confident” it will be upheld.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Supreme Court won't overturn health care law  —  President Barack Obama voiced confidence Monday that the Supreme Court will uphold his health care law in his first public remarks on the issue since the three days of oral arguments last week.  —  In a rare instance of a president weighing …
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama takes a shot at Supreme Court over healthcare  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took an opening shot at conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, warning that a rejection of his sweeping healthcare law would be an act of “judicial activism” that Republicans say they abhor.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Greenroom
Sorourke /
Obama Takes Aim at Supreme Court, Calls Them ‘Unelected Group of People’
Discussion: RedState and Weasel Zippers
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Self-Refuting Expert Witness The Orlando Sentinel Is Touting  —  Back on the Trayvon Martin killing audio expert Tom Owen is getting good press with his claim (broken by the Orlando Sentinel) that it is not George Zimmerman heard screaming for help on a 911 call.  Here are CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Mediaite and the Boston Herald.
Discussion: CNN, CBS News and Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
NBC launches internal probe over edited 911 call in Trayvon Martin shooting
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney confronted over Mormon doctrines  —  HOWARD, Wis. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was confronted at a town hall meeting here Monday by a young man who read from the Book of Mormon and asked Romney whether he agreed with his church's one-time belief that interracial marriage was a sin.
Discussion: The Other McCain, The Hill and JSOnline
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney bats away Mormonism question
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Mormon Question Sparks Tense Moment During Mitt Romney Town Hall
Discussion: Mediaite
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.
Steve Senne / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney Says Campaign Will ‘Unzip’ the Real Mitt  —  GREEN BAY, Wis. - Ann Romney defended her husband's sense of humor today during a radio interview, explaining that if people think the candidate seems too stiff at times as the host suggested, she thinks “we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out.”
San Francisco Chronicle:
7 dead, 3 injured, suspect caught in college shooting  —  Authorities are now confirming that seven people have been killed by a gunman at a private university in Oakland.  —  The gunman opened fire at Oikos University, a Christian school at 7850 Edgewater Road, today at about 10:30 a.m., said Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
'A Conservative Coup d'Etat'  —  How do our current political struggles look from outside?  Here is a note from a reader in Holland, in response to The Hill's (never corrected) headline about the 51-47 “defeat” of a bill in the Senate:  —  The reader says:
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The right's stealthy coup  —  Right before our eyes, American conservatism is becoming something very different from what it once was.  Yet this transformation is happening by stealth because moderates are too afraid to acknowledge what all their senses tell them.
Ezra Klein:
The Ryan budget's priorities in two graphs
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pink Slime Economics
Washington Post:
GSA chief resigns amid reports of excessive spending  —  The chief of the General Services Administration is resigning and two of her top deputies have been fired amid reports of excessive spending at a training conference at a luxury hotel that featured a mindreader, a clown and a comedian.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Why Don't Black People Protest ‘Black-on-Black Violence’?  —  Juan Williams offers a meme that we are seeing repeated in response to the widespread protests around Trayvon Martin: … This is an interesting question.  It's also one that Juan Williams, who's been writing about race for almost three decades, should be able to answer.
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler:
Video: Obama Campaign Disables Credit Card Verification, Accepts Donation from ‘Nidal Hasan’  —  And Aunt Zeituni.  Watch the video.  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  This video is a follow-up to Adrian Murray's facebook post over the weekend, in which he says that he donated …
Discussion: Power Line, Atlas Shrugs and Hot Air
Jonathan Owen / Agence France Presse:
Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all  —  Defector tells how US officials ‘sexed up’ his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES
Pelosi Would “Love” Hillary To Be Democrats Nominee In 2016  —  The former speaker hops on board the Clinton train.  “Hasn't she been a magnificent Secretary of State?”  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined the growing ranks of politicians and public figures lining up behind a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Report: Rick Perry used painkillers to help him get through debates  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry was under the influence of painkillers during televised presidential debates over the last year to help relieve severe back pain, according to a soon-to-be released eBook on the 2012 Republican race for president obtained by The Daily Caller.
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
District Court Upholds Illinois Total Ban on Carrying Guns  —  Illinois basically bans private citizens from carrying guns outside the home in any way that's useful for immediate self-defense.  Shepard v. Madigan (S.D. Ill. Mar. 30, 2012), has just upheld this ban; other courts, in California …
Discussion: Hit & Run
San Francisco Chronicle:
Feds raid downtown Oaksterdam pot school  —  (04-02) 10:41 PDT Oakland — Federal agents swooped in Monday morning to search Oaksterdam University in Oakland, the state's first cannabis industry training school.  —  Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration …
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Hillary Clinton slams Rush Limbaugh ‘verbal assault’  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday called the controversial comments Rush Limbaugh made about Sandra Fluke in February a “verbal assault.”  But she also said she was encouraged by the public rebuke of the radio host.
Washington Examiner:
Shock Poll: Majority would recall Wis. Gov. Walker  —  A new Rasmussen poll finds that Republican Wisconsin Scott Walker is in trouble of being recalled June 5, with a majority, 52 percent, saying they will vote him out less than two years after he took office and immediately went to work to cut the power of public service unions.
Sarah Palin / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin ‘Today’ Show Appearance: Matt Lauer Asks If She's Reading Newspapers To Prepare (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  NBC, Today Show, ABC, Sarah Palin, Video, ABC News, Good Morning America, Matt Lauer, Sarah Palin Today Show, Kate Couric, Kate Couric Good Morning America …
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Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
The GOP's ‘repeal and replace’ fraud
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
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Discussion: ABCNEWS and L.A. NOW
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
National Council Of La Raza And California NAACP Add To Condemnations Of NOM's Race-Baiting Tactics
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Michelle Malkin:
Ann Coulter's “novelty candidate” swipe at Sarah Palin
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The Obama Jobs Gap is up to 15 million missing jobs
Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda's online forums go dark for extended period
Discussion: The New Republic and ThinkProgress
Where is George W. Bush?
Discussion: Salon and American Prospect
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Senior citizens continue to bear burden of student loans