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Setting aside the question of political wisdom, Anthony Weiner says he thinks the Supreme Court will strike the individual mandate in the health care law -- and practically welcomes it. That'll give Dems a second (third? fifth? tenth?) bite at the public option, he says.

So if an adverse court ruling is such a promising opportunity, why is he leading the charge to have Clarence Thomas recuse himself from health care reform lawsuits?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's first term in office is off to a rocky start. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that less than one third of registered voters approve of his job performance.

In the poll, just 30% of Ohio voters said they approved of Kasich's job performance, compared to 46% who said they disapproved. When Quinnipiac polled the state back in January, Kasich also posted a 30% approval rating. But at that time, just 22% of voters disapproved of his job performance, a number that has now more than doubled.

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On the one year anniversary of President Obama signing the health care overhaul into law, a new CNN poll finds that a a majority of Americans still oppose the law. Thirteen percent, however, say they wish the law was actually more liberal than it currently is.

The poll found that public opinion toward the law has changed little over the past year. Last March, a CNN poll showed that 39% of Americans supported the law, compared to 59% who opposed it. In the latest poll, support slipped to 37%, while opposition checked in at 59% again.

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This is more in the spirit of partypooping than of celebration. But on the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, one of the law's most dogged defenders, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), admitted he thinks the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate. It's not that he thinks the mandate is unconstitutional, but that the court has become so partisan, that its conservative justices will rule against President Obama in a 5-4 decision. He wasn't glum about it, though -- if the mandate goes he said it will pave the way for Congress to pass the public option.

"If lightning strikes, and it turns out that as many of us believe, the Supreme Court turns out to be a third political branch of government and they strike down the mandate -- big deal," Weiner said, expressing a 'so what?!' sentiment. "Big deal!"

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Maureen Dowd's column yesterday suggested that the primary influencers on Obama's decision to involve the U.S. military in Libya were primarily the senior female advisers (namely Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and National Security Adviser Samantha Power.) This spawned an interesting discussion on Morning Joe today, which lead conservative pundit Pat Buchanan to suggest that women in the administration were making an emotional argument in their advice to get the U.S. involved. Hoo boy!

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It's Diego Rivera Redux in Maine, as Governor Paul LePage is taking down a mural in the state Department of Labor building depicting the history of the labor movement and changing the names of conference rooms that he deems too pro-labor.

The 11-panel installation depicted such figures as Rosie the Riveter and FDR-era Labor Secretary Frances Perkins as well as events like a 1937 shoe mill strike and 1986 paper mill workers' strike. Several rooms are named after historic labor figures including Perkins and Cesar Chavez.

A spokesman for LePage told the Lewiston Sun Journal that business had complained about the piece and "The message from state agencies needs to be balanced." He added that the rooms could instead be named "after mountains, counties or something."

Progressive and labor groups are upset about the change and the artist who painted it, Judy Taylor, told the paper that the mural's message was already fair.

"There was never any intention to be pro-labor or anti-labor," she said. "It was a pure depiction of the facts."

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Arizona's 'birther' bill is back. Legislators passed a bill out of committee Tuesday that would make presidential candidates provide copies of their birth certificates in order to qualify for the ballot.

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As Congress has battled its way through the short-term spending bills keeping the government open for the past couple months, a looming battle has faded from the spotlight. But this morning, on a conference call marking the first anniversary of the health care reform law, one prominent Republican reminded everyone that the debt ceiling fight is coming, and he suggested that it will be bitter.

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), chair of the House Republican Policy Committee and the fifth-ranking Republican in the House leadership, told reporters today that the fight to eliminate funding for implementation of the health care reform law will spill over into the debt ceiling fight.

"Our budget I think will once again define a strong support for non-funding of the legislation," Price said. "It is a work in progress, and my suspicion is the debt ceiling may include the same kind of legislation."

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Donald Trump is now set to take a major step for a possible Republican presidential candidate: Traveling to Iowa, where he will headline the state party's annual Lincoln Dinner on June 10.

State GOP chairman Matt Strawn said in a statement: "As Chairman, I have made it a priority to deliver interesting and high-profile national Republican leaders to speak at our events. Mr. Trump's appearance in June is the latest instance of the Iowa GOP working to provide value to its activists, donors and supporters."

Strawn also told the Des Moines Register that he approached Trump last month, during a trip to New York: "When he decided to make a CPAC appearance and first started making rumblings of potentially exploring a presidential run, I thought, if that's the case, we need to reach out to him to headline one of our events."

The toughest rhetoric against potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels so far isn't coming from his rivals. Computer giant IBM is launching a scathing attack on the Indiana governor over a pair of high-stakes lawsuits concerning a contract with the state that he cut short in 2009.

Daniels canceled a 10-year $1.37 billion contract with IBM to update the state's social services system three years in after numerous complaints and critical articles about its effectiveness. Indiana then sued IBM to recover over $400 million it had already paid.

IBM responded with its own suit demanding the state pay about $100 million for equipment already provided to Indiana. Now the company is demanding Daniels and his chief of staff give sworn depositions in the case and claiming that Daniels is betraying his campaign promises about transparency in government by refusing to comply.

"It's been hypocrisy from the beginning," IBM spokesman Clint Roswell told TPM.

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