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12:00 AM ET, April 4, 2012


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Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Appeals court fires back at Obama's comments on health care case  —  (CBS News) In the escalating battle between the administration and the judiciary, a federal appeals court apparently is calling the president's bluff — ordering the Justice Department to answer by Thursday whether …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's unsettling attack on the Supreme Court  —  There was something rather unsettling in President Obama's preemptive strike on the Supreme Court at Monday's news conference.  —  “I'd just remind conservative commentators that for years what we've heard is the biggest problem on the bench …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama ‘thug’ on Supreme Court  —  Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday joined the mass of conservative voices criticizing President Barack Obama's recent comments about the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, calling the president a “thug” on the air.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Pass the smelling salts!  Obama ‘attacked’ SCOTUS!  —  To the fainting couch!  Obama attacked the Supreme Court and threatened it with a backlash, should it strike down his tyrannical scheme to impose a government takeover of health care on the nation!  —  That's what many conservative writers …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Barack Obama, Constitutional Ignoramus  —  I'm grateful for the favor Obama did for us yesterday of exposing his extreme constitutional ignorance, with his comments on how it would be “unprecedented” for the Court to strike down a law passed by a “strong majority” in Congress.
Brian Beutler /   TPMDC  —  Top Legal Commentator Toobin Stands By Doomsday Prediction For Health Care Law
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP senator accuses Obama of threatening the Supreme Court
Guy Benson /
Analysis: Obama's Worst Speech Yet  —  Today we witnessed something truly remarkable.  Barack Obama managed to out-do himself by uncorking what very well may have been the most dishonest, demagogic, and bitterly partisan speech of his presidency.  I render that assessment as someone …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Three times Obama has said ‘marvelous’  —  President Obama took a dig at Romney today for describing Paul Ryan's budget plan as “marvelous.”  —  “Marvelous... is a word you don't often hear about budgets,” he said.  “That's a word you don't often hear generally.”  —  Except:
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich not pleased after shout out from Obama
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Obama Frames the Economic Choice for November
Ezra Klein:   Introducing Obama's opponent in 2012: Paul Ryan
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Obama distorting my budget plan
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Campaign 2012
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Fox News Anchor: “Thoughts?  Did Obama Campaign Threaten Chelsea Clinton's Life 2 Keep Parents Silent?”  —  Heather Childers, a “straight news” anchor for the Fox News weekend program America's News Headquarters and co-host of Fox & Friends First, tweeted this afternoon: “Thoughts?
da Tagliare / Godfather Politics:
Did Barack Obama Campaign Threaten Life of Chelsea Clinton to Keep Parents Silent on Obama's Ineligibility?  —  Most people in the US, especially Democrats, believe that the Obama Birther Movement was started by Republicans and or the Tea Party.  They believe it is a smear campaign aimed to tarnish the image of their hero of change.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Mediaite
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Santorum on losses: We're beginning the ‘second half’  —  Rick Santorum tried to spin his primary losses into a positive light on Tuesday, saying he's beginning the “second half” of his GOP presidential campaign.  —  The former Pennsylvania senator spoke after Maryland and Washington D.C.'s contests went …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Romney Poised to Tighten Grip on Nomination
Discussion: CNN, The Reaction and Mediaite
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:   Santorum Looks Ahead to Pennsylvania
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Rick Santorum's spring break: A week of beer, bowling, brats and bocce ball
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum spokesman blames ‘vitriol’ against candidate for expected primary loss
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Hot Air and Wonkette
Justin Sullivan / ABCNEWS:
Exit Polls: How Romney Won
Discussion: Firedoglake
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC issues apology on Zimmerman tape screw-up  —  NBC has completed its investigation into the mishandling of the police dispatcher's conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.  And the process ends with a finding of error, plus an apology.  Here is the statement just issued by the network:
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC News Admits ‘Error’ of Edited 911 Call in Trayvon Martin Controversy (Video)  —  The network has concluded its investigation into the “Today” broadcast, expressing “regret” for the situation and apologizing to viewers.  —  NBC News said Tuesday it has concluded an investigation …
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Cold Cut Case?  Wisconsin Democrats Accuse Romney of ‘Subs for Votes’  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe, Emily Friedman and Elizabeth Hartfield report:  —  PEWAUKEE, Wis. - When GOP front-runner Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gathered at a sandwich shop in Waukesha today to drum up support …
Ryan Responds to Obama Criticism, Says President Is ‘More Partisan and Desperate by the Day’
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
Steven Senne / ABCNEWS:
Paul Ryan: More Risk Than Reward As Veep Pick?
Discussion: USA Today
Sarah Devlin / Mediaite:
Gov. Nikki Haley On The View: 'Women Don't Care About Contraception'  —  Nikki Haley, the young Indian-American governor of South Carolina, was on The View to talk about her new book Can't Is Not An Option, but the segment ended up going in a surprising number of directions.
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Sarah Palin on ‘Today’: Mitt Romney should not be afraid to go ‘rogue’ with VP choice  —  If Sarah Palin hopes to keep her name—and the Palin brand—in the GOP discussion ahead of the Republican Convention in August, she is doing a pretty good job of it.  —  Before her co-hosting duties on the …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Dependable Renegade
New York Times:
Divide and Discriminate  —  When a light is shined into the dark corners of American politics, it's never pleasant to see what scurries away.  Last week, a federal judge in Maine unsealed memos from the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most prominent groups fighting against same-sex marriage.
Washington Times:
NOM's Racial Politics Leave A Bitter Taste
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz's “Jewbag” Mini-Me  —  Jew-on-Jew hate is nothing new, but within the Democratic National Committee, this is clearly unchartered territory.  DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's ol' staffer and newly named the DNC's Jewish Outreach Liason Dani Gilbert refers …
Gary Taylor / Orlando Sentinel:
Two arrested in brutal hammer beating in Seminole  —  A tip to Crimeline has led to the arrests of two men in a brutal beating that occurred a week ago in the Midway community east of Sanford.  —  Julius Ricardo Bender, 18, and Yahaziel Isaac Israel, 19, face charges of attempted first-degree murder …
Atrios / Eschaton:
WANKER OF THE DECADE - 9th Runner Up  —  Megan McArdle, aka Jane Galt.  —  I generally resist the urge to pay much attention, even as she's continued to fail upwards, as certain types of people do, though I occasionally peek in on people with sterner stomachs who do pay some attention.
Discussion: The Impolitic, TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
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Vanity Fair / The Huffington Post:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trump: Obama will start war with Iran for political gain
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
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Lee Habeeb / National Review:
Too Young to Die  —  His name was Albert Vaughn.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and PJ Media
Edward P. Lazear / Wall Street Journal:
The Worst Economic Recovery in History
Kathleen M. Howley / Bloomberg:
Home Prices Seen Dropping 10% in U.S. on Foreclosures: Mortgages