March 2012

Mar 28, 2012

Justices Skeptical of Health Care Law

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House Panel Seeks Regulations, Reviews in Trayvon's Death

By Susan Davis, USA TODAY

Congress should investigate gun laws, the lack of regulations on local neighborhood watch groups and the social status of black men and boys, a group of House Democrats said Tuesday at a forum spurred by the shooting last month of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Trayvon Martin's parents were at the Capitol Hill panel, which also debated racial profiling, hate crimes and "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws.
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Newt Gingrich Scales Back Campaign

By Nia-Malika Henderson and Aaron Blake, Washington Post

Newt Gingrich, who once led the Republican presidential field only to see his standing diminished after a string of losses, will reduce his campaign schedule and lay off a third of his staff in a strategy shift that underscores his fading chances of claiming the party’s nomination. The former House speaker has already replaced his top aide, Michael Krull, with Vince Haley, who had been deputy campaign manager and a policy adviser.
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US top court struggles with entire healthcare law's fate

By Joan Biskupic and James Vicini, Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court struggled on Wednesday with what to do about President Barack Obama's entire healthcare overhaul should the nine justices hold the insurance requirement underpinning the law is invalid under the U.S. Constitution.

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Mar 27, 2012

Obama’s Etch A Sketch Moment? Will 'Space' and 'Flexibility' Haunt Obama on Foreign Policy?

By Major Garrett, National Journal

For a president gearing up to seek reelection in part based on muscular foreign-policy credentials, President Obama Monday gave his critics two words that may reverberate on the campaign trail as much as "Etch A Sketch." “Space” and “flexibility.” The obsessed political world fed for 48 hours on the Etch A Sketch metaphor by Mitt Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom.
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Most Oppose at Least Part of Overhaul, Poll Finds

By Dalia Sussman, Helene Cooper, and Kate Phillips, New York Times

Two-thirds of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn some or all of the health care law, even though large majorities support a few of its major aspects, according to a poll by The New York Times and CBS News. At the heart of the opposition is the individual mandate requiring Americans to obtain health insurance, the least popular part of the bill and a crucial piece at the center of the court arguments, which began Monday and will turn to the mandate on Tuesday.
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High Court Hears Health Care Arguments

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NBC's Pete Williams reports on the Health Care Reform case before the Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Moves to Heart of Obama Healthcare Case

By Joan Biskupic and James Vicini, Reuters

The Supreme Court confronted the core of President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Tuesday, zeroing in on whether Congress had the power to require most people in the United States to buy medical insurance.
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Review of ‘Obamacare’ Puts GOP Spotlight on Romney’s Massachusetts Health Care Law

By Philip Rucker and Dan Balz, Washington Post

Health care was supposed to be Mitt Romney’s Achilles’ heel: The state overhaul he championed as governor of Massachusetts is so similar to the sweeping federal law conservatives deride as “Obamacare” that it was once widely regarded as a big enough liability to doom his presidential chances. But Romney remains the overwhelming favorite in a topsy-turvy campaign in which health care has rarely been the driving issue, and he is picking up the support of prominent conservatives as he moves toward securing his party’s nomination.
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Rick Santorum speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC (CNN)

Supreme Court Divided over Obama Healthcare Law

By Joan Biskupic and James Vicini, Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided along ideological lines over whether Congress had the power to require most people in the United States to buy medical insurance, with conservative justices asking skeptical questions about President Barack Obama's healthcare law and liberals defending it.
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Mar 26, 2012

Twenty Years on, ‘Year of the Woman’ Fades

By Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

At a moment when gender politics is thick in the air, it is a good time to reconsider another spring, exactly 20 years ago, when an unprecedented wave of women set their sights on Washington. That was the election that was supposed to change everything. But it didn’t — not on the scale once expected.
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Santorum Ignores Pressure to Bow Out to Romney

By Jeff Zeleny and Sarah Wheaton, New York Times

Mitt Romney remains his biggest foe, but Rick Santorum is increasingly confronting an even more daunting obstacle: a rising chorus of Republicans calling for the divisive presidential contest to end so the party can turn its full attention to defeating President Obama.
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