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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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Rick Santorum is taking his campaign to the steps of the Supreme Court at 12:15pm ET Monday, speaking out against President Obama's health care reform law just as the justices take on the case in oral arguments, reports CNN.

 

 

 

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Solicitor General Donald Verrilli will be representing the Obama administration as the government's top lawyer before the Supreme Court. He first served in the Obama administration as an associate United States deputy attorney general, later followed by a stint as the White House as deputy counsel. Verrilli was a senior litigator of the law firm Jenner & Block until 2009. He has 20 years of private practice experience, where he specialized in telecommunications, First Amendment and intellectual property law. A graduate of the Columbia Law School in New York, Verrilli served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice William Brennan.

Paul Clement Paul Clement Paul Clement will be arguing against the health care reform mandate. Clement, originally from Wisconsin, is a former U.S. solicitor general, having served during George W. Bush's tenure from 2004 to 2008. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University School Of Law. Clement served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He has argued more than 50 Supreme Court cases, and remains heavily active in the Court's current term. Clement was hired in April 2011 by congressional GOP to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He currently works two of his former law school classmates at a smaller law firm, Bancroft PLLC.

Michael Carvin Michael Carvin Michael Carvin, a partner at Jones Day law firm, is representing the National Federation of Independent Business in challenging the law. Carvin was one of the lead lawyers who argued before the Florida Supreme Court, on behalf of George W. Bush in the 2000 election Florida recount controversy. A graduate of the George Washington University law school, Carvin has numerous Supreme Court appearances where he argued numerous decisions including limiting the Justice Department's ability to create "majority-minority" districts, and upholding Proposition 209's ban on racial preferences in California.

Robert Long Robert Long is a partner at the firm Covington & Burling who practices appellate litigation, antitrust and administrative law. Long was appointed by the Supreme Court to argue that the challenges to the mandate must wait until after that provision takes effect in 2014. Long was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell after graduating from Yale Law in 1985. From 1990 to 1993, he served as an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States.

H. Bartow Farr III H. Bartow Farr III was appointed by the Supreme Court to argue that the rest of the law can still stand even if the individual mandate is ruled unconstitutional. Farr clerked for Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist after graduating from Arizona State University's law school in 1973. He later served in the solicitor general's office from 1976 to 1978, and has also argued before the court numerous times.

President Obama traveled to Nevada on Wednesday afternoon to speak about the country's energy policy. Watch live below:

Newt Gingrich, at a campaign event on Wednesday, walked out on stage with an Etch-A-Sketch in hand.

"Have you seen this?" he said, holding up the children's toy.

"Their pictures aren't permanent, there's nothing locked down, you can re-do it any time you want," Newt said, comparing the toy to Mitt Romney's vision for the country.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom earlier today said his candidate plans to start fresh come the general election, like an "Etch-a-Sketch."

"This is a spare Etch-a-Sketch so I'm going to give it to you guys to play with," he told a supporter in front row.

"She could now be a presidential candidate, she has her own Etch-a-Sketch," Newt added.

See the photo:

Mitt Romney's campaign released the following statement following news that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed the Republican presidential hopeful:

Jeb Bush is synonymous with good government and with conservative policies that yield results. He has long demonstrated an outstanding ability to bring people together. I therefore take tremendous pride in having earned his endorsement. This is a key moment in the presidential contest and Jeb’s counsel and support will be critical in the coming months in my effort to defeat Barack Obama and turn around our country.

Per Mitt Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

"I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination," says Bush in a statement.

Bush called Romney this morning informing him of his plan to endorse, reports NBC's Mike O'Brien.

Full statement below, per ABC:

Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season,” said Bush in a statement. “Primary elections have been held in thirty-four states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall.  I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination.  We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.

Beginning Monday, March 26, the Supreme Court will conduct three days of oral arguments in a landmark case about the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature legislative achievement aimed at overhauling the nation's health care system. The health care reform law's path to the high court has underscored a climate of supercharged partisan politics, and the highly anticipated decision expected this summer, in the dead heat of presidential election season, will help determine the trajectory of the nation's health care system.

TPM will be compiling key briefs, court documents and audio files below during the course of those three days.

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