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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Some of the first reaction is in following the third and final day of Supreme Court oral arguments on President Obama's health care law - primarily on the issues of severability and Medicaid. According to the AP, at least five justices seemed receptive to letting the entire law stand should they rule the mandate unconstitutional:

In their questions, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg - and even conservative Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia - seemed open to the idea that the wide-ranging law contains provisions that can be saved - even if the mandate for Americans to have health insurance is struck down.

Many of the law's provisions "have nothing to do with any of the things we are" talking about, Chief Justice Roberts said.

A spokesman for Twitter has admitted to the Telegraph that the service does indeed have a problem that causes users to sometimes "unfollow" other users without explicit permission or even their knowledge:

The microblogging company has now admitted that there is a problem. A Twitter spokesman said: “This is a bug, and our team is working to fix it.”

In a Wednesday Foreign Policy op-ed entitled "Bowing to the Kremlin," Mitt Romney again blasted President Obama for remarks made to Russian President Dimitry Medvedev intimating he would have more "flexibility" to tackle missile defense after his election. Romney also went on to further criticize Russia as a "thorn in our side":

Russian intransigence has elicited no push-back from the White House. Indeed, as the conversation in South Korea shows, President Obama appears determined to ingratiate himself with the Kremlin. This, unfortunately, seems to be the real meaning of his "reset" policy. An outstanding example is the personal phone call that Barack Obama made to Vladimir Putin from Air Force One congratulating the Russian leader on his election as Russia's next president.

 

 

 

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will sit in on the Supreme Court's final day of oral arguments for President Obama's health care reform law, per her Twitter account.

"Will be attending Supreme Court arguments today on #HCR," she tweeted.

TPM's Pema Levy reports that Republican Attorneys General expressed confidence after hearing the second day of oral arguments over health care reform in a press conference in Washington today, hammering comments made by Justice Anthony Kennedy that the mandate changes the relationship between people and the government.


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said that after two days of arguments "we feel very confident" that the law will be stricken down.

 

CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, following Supreme Court arguments on President Obama's health care law, said on CNN that based on what he heard inside the Court, things didn't look good for proponents of the law.

"This was a train wreck for the Obama administration," he said. "This law looks like it's going to be struck down. I'm telling you, all of the predictions including mine that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong... if I had to bet today I would bet that this court is going to strike down the individual mandate."

Toobin added that he felt that U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli simply wasn't prepared for the conservative justices.

"I don't know why he had a bad day," he said. "He is a good lawyer, he was a perfectly fine lawyer in the really sort of tangential argument yesterday. He was not ready for the answers for the conservative justices."

Toobin also said he thought Justice Kennedy, the perennial swing vote, was a "lost cause" for supporters of the health care reform law.

 

U.S. Solicitor General David Verrilli, who is arguing on behalf of the government to defend the health reform law, has finished his prepared remarks to the Supreme Court justices, reports Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog

It is essentially clear that the four more liberal members of the Court will vote in favor of the mandate. But there is no fifth vote yet. The conservatives all express skepticism, some significant.

 

Rick Santorum, in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN's Situation Room, was asked about his outburst against a New York Times reporter, Jeff Zeleny, earlier this weekend.

Blitzer ran the clip, with a split-screen view catching Rick Santorum's reaction. Watch below:

 

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Mitt Romney on Monday defended taking his grandchildren to see this weekend's blockbuster 'The Hunger Games.'

"It's PG-13, is it a little bit too violent for young kids?" Blitzer asked.

"I think it's a little bit too disturbing for young kids," Romney replied. "I think the PG-13 is an indication of the seriousness of the film, but I'm over 13 now."

"But you went with young kids, didn't you," Blitzer responded.

"Just about that age," Romney said.

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