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It’s the day before the Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark legislative accomplishment that could define his legacy.  How did we get to this point where the Court could display such severe judicial activism?  Ezra Klein lays out the conservative movement that’s been building over the past two years and how Republicans have artfully developed a permission structure that paves the way for SCOTUS to rule against the mandate. 


Obama holds on to a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, leaving the race in a virtual dead heat.  But the important takeaway is that the perception of Romney’s business record is dipping into negative territory, especially in swing states, where only 18% viewed his business experience positively and 33% viewed it negatively.  Could it be that Democrats have found an effective line of attack against Romney as a true believer in outsourcing?


The NRA is throwing its weight behind a contempt citation of Eric Holder claiming that the Fast and Furious gun-walking program was actually “a political attack on the 2nd Amendment and that the Justice Department facilitated a crime to further their gun control political agenda.”  Wait a second, that sounds familiar.  Maybe it’s because Steven Colbert parodied that very argument last week. 


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) were both victorious in the toughest electoral challenges of their careers, showing that incumbency still counts for something.  


And sadly writer, filmmaker, and trailblazer Nora Ephron, famous for writing classic romantic comedies like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally,” passed away last night in her beloved Manhattan after a battle with leukemia.  We will never forgot you, auld friend.


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