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Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, March 23, 2012

03/23/12 11:34AM

OBAMACARE: THE RECKONINGBY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTIf Obamacare is upheld, it fundamentally changes the nature of the American social contract. It means the effective end of a government of enumerated powers — i.e., finite, delineated powers beyond which the government may not go, beyond which lies the free realm of the people and their voluntary institutions. The new post-Obamacare dispensation is a central government of unlimited power from which citizen and civil society struggle to carve out and maintain spheres of autonomy. ... read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, March 23

03/23/12 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Santorum: Might as well have Obama over RomneyNew prosecutor appointed in Trayvon Martin caseRecapping Day 1 of Sweet 16: Syracuse stands out'Gunshine State': Survivor of another Fla. 'shoot first' incident tells his taleOfficial: Bales to face 17 murder counts in massacreMy Bloody Valentine reissues confirmed at lastIntelligence officials retain citizens’ data longerEugene Robinson: Trayvon Martin and dangerous times for black menJets face a tricky situation at quarterbackU.S. read more

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 21, 2012, on the second anniversary of passage of President Obama's health care overhaul.

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

03/22/12 09:28PM

Will the individual mandate stand? Not if Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) can help it. She'll be on tomorrow to talk about President Obama's health care law and the major challenges it faces during next week's Supreme Court hearing. We'll also have Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) in the house to weigh in on public education for the next generation. We'll also ask him if he felt a little like Bono, when he jammed at the White House with his Celtic rock band earlier this week. And speaking of rock, stay tuned for part two of Joe's duet with country superstar Lyle Lovett.    read more