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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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.

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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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The Illinois primary is under way, with polls closing at 8 pm eastern standard time. We'll have live coverage on all the latest developments on TPM's LiveWire.

President Obama's plan for a "Buffett rule" tax on the wealthy would rake in just $31 billion over the next 11 years, reports the Associated Press:

That figure would be a drop in the bucket of the over $7 trillion in federal budget deficits projected during that period. It is also miniscule compared to the many hundreds of billions it would cost to repeal the alternative minimum tax, which Obama's budget last month said he would replace with the Buffett rule tax.

A strong 7.6 magnitude earthquake has shaken buildings and downed cell phone lines in Oaxaca, Mexico, Reuters reports:

The quake was felt in Mexico City where buildings shook and office employees fled into the street, according to a Reuters witnesses. Cellphone lines were down and traffic snarled in the capital moments after the quake.

No damage was reported in Oaxaca, near where the quake hit, according to local television.


Ted Cruz: Thanks, Obama

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