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Quote of the Day: Arlen Spector on Rick Santorum

03/28/12 12:55PM

Fmr. Sen. Arlen Specter, Pa.: “If you think women have no place in the work force, if you’re against contraception, if you think John Kennedy’s speech in Houston separating church and state was wrong, you’re too far out of the mainstream to be president.” read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

03/28/12 09:48AM

THE SUPREME COURT'S MOMENTOUS TESTEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESThe insurance mandate is nothing like requiring people to buy broccoli — a comparison Justice Antonin Scalia suggested in his exasperated questioning. ... Congress has indisputable authority to regulate national markets and provide for the general welfare through its broad power to tax. Nothing about the mandate falls outside those clearly delineated powers. ... read more

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

03/28/12 04:03AM

It's Day 3 of the health care hearings. The Supreme Court will listen to arguments on the idea of "severability." Can the Affordable Care Act stand alone, if it severs its ties with the individual mandate? The Kudlow Report host Larry Kudlow is stopping by to give his take. We'll also ask former Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) to weigh in on the monumental case and the 2012 GOP race. The former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee was recently caught in the crossfire between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. read more

Rebuilding John McDonogh

Rebuilding John McDonogh

03/27/12 08:00PM

ESPN’s Digger Phelps joins Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White to discuss the $35 million being given to John McDonogh High School for... watch

Kyra Sedgwick on sustainability and 'Singles' 20 years later

03/27/12 11:27AM

We haven't had a green room chat in a little while, so I'm pleased to announce that today we managed to convince the very cool actress and environmental activist Kyra Sedgwick along with ocean specialist and attorney Leila Monroe to talk with Louis and me. Sedgwick is moderating a U.N. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

03/27/12 07:31AM

WHY THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE HOLDS THE KEY TO HEALTH-CARE REFORMEDITORIALWASHINGTON POST unwilling to buy health insurance, their absence has a significant impact on the market, especially because it is virtually inevitable that they will need health-care services at some point in their lives. Tomorrow: If the court strikes down the mandate, must the rest of the law fall? Also, does the president’s health-care program unlawfully twist the arms of states to expand medical coverage to the poor?A FAREWELL TO NEWTBY FRANK BRUNINEW YORK TIMESIt’s time to forget Newt. ... read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, March 27

03/27/12 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?States prep plan B as they wait for health law rulingHigh court is the hottest ticket in townThousands march over Trayvon Martin hearingMartin was suspended three times from schoolU.S., Australia plan expansion of military tiesAs ‘Obamacare’ heads to court, spotlight lands on ‘Romneycare’Support in U.S. for Afghan War drops sharply, poll findsToulouse killer Mohammed Merah sent murder videos to Al Jazeera read more

Scarborough: GOP not conservative enough

03/26/12 11:52PM

Over at Politico, Joe reinforced some of the points he made on Morning Joe Monday:In the New York Times this Sunday, author Kevin Baker echoed the sentiment of most in the mainstream media that the Republican Party's biggest problem over the past few years has been a lurch to the right. read more