Morning Briefing: April 11, 2012

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Most Americans think the Supreme Court’s health care ruling will be based on partisan political views instead of on a neutral reading of the law, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. Fewer than 40 percent expect the decision to be rooted in “the basis of the law.”

President Obama is doubling down on his support for the so-called Buffett Rule in speeches on the campaign trail, and is hitting likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the process, calling him out yesterday for not paying his fair share in taxes. Today, Obama will hold an event with millionaires and their secretaries.

Creditors are again lending to people with poor credit, leading consumer advocates to worry that financial institutions are again preying on the most vulnerable borrowers. In December, credit card lenders gave out 1.1 million new cards to borrowers with damaged credit, a 12 percent jump from the same month last year.

In new court filings, the U.S. Department of Justice argues that South Carolina’s voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and should be struck down.

With Rick Santorum out of the race, his super PAC benefactor Foster Friess is swinging to Romney. Friess told Politico he is going to be “very supportive. Meanwhile, Santorum’s spokesperson said the campaign is already looking at a 2016 run.

The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage will endorse Romney today. The endorsement comes while NOM is embroiled in scandal after leaked memos exposed their intention “to drive a wedge between gays and blacks.”

A huge earthquake rattled Indonesia this morning, and now residents fear a tsunami. The 8.6-magnitude quake, and an 8.2-magnitude aftershock, brought back memories of the 2004 tsunami in the same region that left hundreds of thousands dead.

The the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, will testify today in a military court room in Guantanamo Bay and may discuss the more than four years he spent in secret CIA prisons. The government is trying to block much his testimony from the public, as it may reveal more about the CIA’s clandestine program than previously known.

The FBI has finally gotten around to replacing Osama bin Laden on its infamous 10 Most Wanted list after the terrorist leader sat atop of the list for years.

And finally: Thanks to Gawker’s mole at Fox News, we now know that Mitt Romney favorite “dressage” horse is named “Missouri foxtrotter,” which he claims has a “smoother gait” than inferior horses. Romney and his wife own several horses.

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