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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Mitt Romney, in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, was asked what he thought about Rick Santorum's outburst to Jeff Zeleny, a reporter from The New York Times.

"I'm not going to worry too much about what rick is saying these days," Romney said. "I know when you're following further and further behind, you get a little more animated."



Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) flipped the tables on Democrats on Monday, hitting President Obama in a tweet as an "Etch A Sketch leader' after reportedly asking Russian President Dimitri Medvedev for "space" on missle defense, promising he will have "more flexibility" after the election.

"Pres Obama tells Medvedev he'll be more "flexible" on missile defense - that's a real "Etch A Sketch" leader!" McCain tweeted.

The Supreme Court oral arguments are now under way with Robert Long, who is arguing that litigation should be delayed until 2014, making opening remarks that lasted three minutes, reports the Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky.

He described the law as a "pay first, litigate later" law that is essential for government to function--meaning that any challenge to a tax should be litigated only after people start paying the tax.  He said there was "no reason to believe" that Congress had intended to exempt from the act the health law's requirement that most Americans carry insurance or pay a fine after 2014.  


In case you missed it last week, TPM's Brian Beutler ran down a very interesting take on the issue of a "severability" clause, or what happens to President Obama's health care reform law if just one part - the mandate - is ruled unconsitutional:

By dint of a small, but highly consequential legislative oversight, the ACA does not include such a clause. That means it’ll be up to the justices to decide how much of the law can stand if they rule that the individual mandate violates the Constitution.

Here's a schedule for what and how long the Supreme Court oral arguments on the health care law will focus on for the next three days, per the Wall Street Journal:

Monday: 90 minutes of argument on whether to shelve the entire case because of a federal law requiring taxpayers to pay their assessments before they can challenge a levy's legality.
Tuesday: Two hours of argument on whether the law's requirement that most Americans carry health insurance or pay a penalty, also known as the “individual mandate,” violates the Constitution. This is seen as the key day.
Wednesday: 90 minutes of argument on how much of the overhaul law should remain in effect if the court strikes down the individual mandate. Then, an hour of argument on whether the law’s expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program unlawfully requires states to grow the program.