Today’s News & Culture Buzz

President Barack Obama's signature on the heal...

President Barack Obama's signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up three days of arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Court did not appear eager to kill the entire law, though the individual mandate may be in trouble. Around the world, two journalists were killed in Syria and  the Tibetan activist, self-immolated earlier this week, has died. After donning a hoodie in solidarity with the protesters supporting Trayvon Martin’s family, Rep. Bobby Rush was asked to leave the House floor due to the dress code violation. President Obama will make quick fundraising stop in Maine this Friday, the Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $476 million, and Magic Johnson led a group that won an auction for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Happy 26th birthday to Lady Gaga!

  • Law – U.S. Supreme Court Mulls Whether Health Law Can Survive Without Mandate : Shots – Health Blog – NPR | Supreme Court Winds Up Health Care Oral Arguments – Margot Sanger-Katz – NationalJournal.com
  • Nation – Video: Rep. Bobby Rush Told To Leave House Floor For Wearing Hoodie | TPM Livewire  | U.S. News – Record jackpot as Mega Millions hits $476 million – NBC News
  • Entertainment – ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 – Billboard.com | Happy 26th birthday, Lady Gaga – The Marquee Blog – CNN.com Blogs
  • Sport – Magic Johnson Wins Auction for Los Angeles Dodgers – WSJ.com

Other Reading:

  • Jeffrey Rosen: Obamacare At The Court: Contortions All Around – The New Republic
  • 4,000 days of war in Afghanistan? The U.S. nears its limit – The Washington Post
  • Broccoli-Bungling Defense Hurts Health Care – Bloomberg
  • What Happens If the Individual Mandate Is Struck Down – Politics – The Atlantic Wire
  • Rational Irrationality: Justice Kennedy and the Search for a “Limiting Principle” : The New Yorker

Awesome Thing(s) of the Day: 

  • Parents Give Turkish Girl With Cystic Fibrosis Part Of Their Lungs For Rare Live Donor Transplant – Huff Post Good News
  • GE Opens Edison Era Time Capsule, Turns On Century-Old Light Bulb – GE Reports

Today’s News & Culture Buzz

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

As the Seoul nuclear summit continues, world leaders seek an agreement to minimize the use of bomb-grade Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in reactors to reduce the risks of material falling into the wrong hands. Oral arguments continued today, day 2 of the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of the Affordable Care Act; opinions leaning toward the individual mandate being struck down; more tomorrow. Also in D.C., Trayvon Martin’s parents visited Capitol Hill to attend a hearing on racial profiling, as federal investigators continue to dig into the teenager’s death. Tense moments in the air this morning as a JetBlue captain was subdued by passengers after screaming about al-Qaida, bombs, and Iraq on a flight bound from New York to Las Vegas. In Maine, the husband of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree increased his stake in the company that owns The Portland Press Herald and two other daily newspapers, and more than two dozen Democrats held a news conference accusing officials of a DHHS cover-up.

  • World – Seoul nuclear summit: North Korea snubs Barack Obama over missile – Telegraph
  • Law – Fate of mandate hangs in the balance – The Plum Line – The Washington Post | NBC Politics – Supreme Court expresses skepticism over constitutionality of health care mandate – NBC.com | Conservative Justices Challenge Government Over Health Law – WSJ.com
  • Nation – Trayvon Martin parents in D.C., George Zimmerman says he was attacked – Slate | Passengers: Pilot screamed about threats from al-Qaida, bombs aboard jet | Amarillo Globe-News
  • Maine – Sussman-owned group acquires 75-percent share of MaineToday Media — Business — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine | Maine Democrats charge DHHS cover-up – The Portland Press Herald
  • Sport – U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Won’t Be Going to the Olympics – National – The Atlantic Wire

Other Reading:

Awesome Thing(s) of the Day: 

  • Third-Grader Sinks Amazing Half-Court Buzzer Beater With Baseball-Style Heave (Video) – Offbeat – NESN.com

Today’s News & Culture Buzz

West face of the United States Supreme Court b...

West face of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Español: Edificio de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos en Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A two-day nuclear summit in Seoul, South Korea is under way, bringing together leaders from the United States, Russia, China and dozens of other nations to discuss how to deal with nuclear terrorism and how to secure the world’s nuclear material; President Obama has an ‘open mic’ moment, North Korea makes a move, and Pope Benedict arrived in Cuba. The U.S. Supreme Court today initiated oral arguments considering the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; some Maine lawmakers head to Washington to join the conversation. And, is Tiger back?

  • World – Official: North Korea moves long-range rocket to launch pad – CNN.com | What Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit Means for Iran and North Korea – Major Garrett – The Atlantic | Open mic catches Obama asking Russian president for space on missile defense – CNN.com | Raúl Castro Greets Pope Benedict at Start of Closely Watched Visit – NYTimes.com
  • Nation – What Happened in the Supreme Court This Morning: Not Ready to Punt – Politics – The Atlantic Wire  | Supreme Court begins review of health-care law – The Washington Post
  • Maine – Maine lawmakers fighting for health care Health – WMTW | With early wake-up call, Maine state rep to see health-care history | The Kennebec Journal

Other Reading:

  • A contingent economy requires contingent policies – The Washington Post
  • What You Need to Know About This Week’s Epic Supreme Court Hearings – National – The Atlantic Wire
  • Mad Men premiere: The generational divide gets deeper. – Slate Magazine

Awesome Thing(s) of the Day: 

  • James Cameron returns from deepest spot on Earth – Technology & science – Science – msnbc.com

Today’s News & Culture Buzz

French police execute raid on Toulouse shooting suspect,  suspect arrested; al-Qaida ties proclaimed by suspect in Toulouse shootings. President Obama will visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on South Korea’s border on Sunday before a nuclear security summit in Seoul and authorities open investigations into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. In Maine, state officials say an internationally recognized bicycle touring organization is planning a big tour in Maine next year and MSHA’s long time director speaks to MPBN about her decision to step down. In sports, Tebow has been traded to the Jets, however contract issues could put a hold on the deal. And, happy 6th birthday to Twitter…they grow fast don’t they!

  • World – French Police Execute Raid on Toulouse Jewish School Shooting Suspects – NYTimes.com | French Shooting Suspect Mohamed Merah Under Siege in Raid – The Daily Beast
  • Nation – Obama to visit DMZ, raise pressure on North Korea – Reuters | Trayvon Martin’s Death in Florida to Be Probed by Justice Department – WSJ.com
  • Maine – Tour with 2,000 bicyclists selects Maine – The Portland Press Herald | McCormick: ‘Systematic Attack’ Hobbled MSHA – MPBN
  • Sport -Report: Tim Tebow to Jets Trade Hits Snag, Contract Issues Could Nullify Deal – NFL – NESN.com

Other Reading:

  • Coffeehouses brought people and ideas together – Explore
  • Trayvon Martin’s Killer Was Looking for Trouble — and Found It – Andrew Cohen – National – The Atlantic
  • This month 48 years ago – Maine’s Primary Choice – DownEast Magazine

Awesome Thing(s) of the Day: 

Today’s News & Culture Buzz

Authorities say at least 39 people were killed and 188 wounded as car and roadside bombs exploded in at least 12 cities and towns across Iraq. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit near Acapulco, Mexico; President Calderon says no serious damage reported. Republicans released their budget plan today with plans to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and overhaul Medicare. In Maine, the director of the Maine State Housing Authority says she has “reluctantly” resigned and a charitable organization believes an employee embezzled at least $55,000. Fans and ‘stars’ are celebrating the return of ‘Mad Men’; the season premiere is March 25, coming after a 17 month hiatus…and in sports, Peyton Manning makes it official.

  • World – Wave of bombs kills dozens in 12 cities across Iraq – msnbc.com | Strong, Long 7.6 Quake Shakes Mexico City – NYTimes.com
  • Nation – House GOP Reignites The Medicare Fight With Its Budget – TPMDC
  • Maine – Maine housing director ‘reluctantly’ steps down – WMTW | Maine health care charity reports embezzlement – wcsh6.com
  • Entertainment – ‘Mad Men’ New York Premiere: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Creator Matthew Weiner & More – The Daily Beast
  • Sport – Peyton Manning looking forward to winning a Super Bowl in Denver – NBC Sports

Other Reading:

  • Albert Einstein Archive Now Online, Bringing 80,000+ Documents to the Web – Open Culture
  • Israelis Grow Confident Strike on Iran’s Nukes Can Work – Bloomberg
  • Despite GOP Claims, High Gas Prices Are Not Obama’s Fault – TIME

Awesome Thing(s) of the Day: 

  • Lion Cubs Hug Trainer On His Last Day At Park (VIDEO) – Huff Post Green
  • Sweet Home Alabama played on Tesla coils – NPR