Flexing the Truth – Which is Worse- A candidate whose staffer says he’ll act differently after the primary or a world leader who whispers to another world leader that he’ll have flexibility to act differently after the election? Concurrent examples, perhaps, of too much truth. And one involves nuclear weapons. More on the candid moment between Obama and Medvedev from Jake Tapper – http://abcn.ws/HaOvcN
Romney vs. Russia – Calls Russia a “Geopolitical Foe” – Emily Friedman: “Mitt Romney said today that Russia — not Iran or North Korea — is the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe,” adding that Russia “always stands up for the world’s worst actors.”‘ More from CNN: “Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage and for this president to be looking for greater flexibility where he doesn’t have to answer to the American people in his relations with Russia is very, very troubling, very alarming,” he said. “I am very, very concerned.” http://abcn.ws/GRJdIY
What Obama Says When He Knows the Mics are Hot – http://abcn.ws/H5c78e
Obama v. Obama on Individual Mandate – The President is not above changing a position after an election. American Crossroads reminds us of his pre-and post- 2008 positions on the Individual Mandate, which he opposed as a candidate, signed into law two years ago, and will be argued before the Supreme Court tomorrow – http://abcn.ws/GRSfl7
EXCLUSIVE Detes: The Story Behind Cheney’s Heart Transplant Surgery from Jon Karl – Dick Cheney was sound asleep when the phone rang after midnight on Friday.
It was a call from the cardiology department at Inova Fairfax Hospital; he was told to come to the hospital quickly – a donor heart was likely to become available within hours. http://abcn.ws/GR4FwG
Forget Health Reform – Amy Walter argues no matter what the court decides, we won’t be talking about health reform all year – “Most Americans have already formed an opinion of the Obama health care law, and a Supreme Court ruling isn’t going to change that.” http://abcn.ws/GTy0XF
Obamacare Arguments, Day 1 -
Justices Skeptical of Delaying Decision, reports Ariane de Vogue – What is unusual in the case is that neither the government, nor the challengers of the law-26 States, the National Federation of Independent Business, and four individuals, believe the AIA should apply. Because of that the Court appointed a lawyer to argue that particular issue. http://abcn.ws/GTxZDg
Video Postcard: Court Circus – http://abcn.ws/GOJgAU
‘This is Not About Health Care’ - The Big Arguments are Tuesday When the Focus is the Individual Mandate – Preview – Matt Negrin reports: For the handful of state attorneys general actually arguing against ObamaCare inside the Supreme Court, the debate isn’t about feelings or stories. In fact, according to the challengers, it’s not even about health care. That’s what South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson told reporters this afternoon as the group of Republican attorneys general, led by Florida’s Pam Bondi, huddled at the Florida House near the court. Wilson offered an analogy: If his child needed a heart transplant and he couldn’t afford it, he could rob a store for the money. While his intentions were good, the crime was still illegal, he argued — just as while “ObamaCare” might provide better health care, it breaks the rules of the Constitution (or so he and the Republican AGs say). “This is not about hurting people. This is not about health care,” Wilson said. “As attorneys general, our job is to live and die by the Constitution.” In arguments Tuesday about the so-called individual mandate, the AGs will try to persuade the justices that the Affordable Care Act unjustly forces people to have health insurance or else pay what they call a penalty and the administration calls a tax. http://abcn.ws/GRJfkf
Best Quotes, Color, Moments, Protest Signs are at our Live Blog – http://abcn.ws/GT1LCg
Watch Out for Pam Bondi, Florida’s AG, Anti-Obamacare Warrior - http://abcn.ws/GVbiNh
Tax Today, Gone Tomorrow - JUSTICE ALITO: General Verrilli, today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax.
Has the Court ever held that something that is a tax for purposes of the taxing power under the Constitution is not a tax under the Anti-Injunction Act?
GENERAL VERRILLI: No, Justice Alito, but the Court has held in a license tax cases that something can be a constitutional exercise of the taxing power whether or not it is called a tax. And that’s because the nature of the inquiry that we will conduct tomorrow is different from the nature of the inquiry that we will conduct today. Tomorrow the question is whether Congress has the authority under the taxing power to enact it and the form of words doesn’t have a dispositive effect on that analysis. Today we are construing statutory text where the precise choice of words does have a dispositive effect on the analysis.
Obama as Basketball Coach – http://abcn.ws/Hdsv3N
Mitt Romney is 4 Delegates Away from Halfway There - http://abcn.ws/AFkpuq
Romney Seizes on Obama’s Open Mic Moment – http://abcn.ws/GSR61b
Santorum’s Outburst – Says any Republican worth his salt has blown up at a New York Times Reporter. Still thinks Romney is not qualified against Obama on Obamacare – http://abcn.ws/GRwX67
But would consider Romney Running Mate Slot – http://abcn.ws/H8cm1B
5 More Political Outbursts – http://abcn.ws/GVArXL
Romney Says Obama Regulations ‘Crushing the Dreams’ – http://abcn.ws/Hdsv3Q