Morning Briefing: March 28, 2012

During oral arguments yesterday, some Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical of the Obamacare’s individual mandate. Today, the court will hear arguments about whether the law could survive if the mandate was struck down. But if the court invalidates the insurance requirement, there are few contingency plans for how the White House and Congress would move forward to reduce the number — almost 50 million — of uninsured Americans.

Running out of campaign funds, Newt Gingrich has cut his staff and scaled-back his schedule — a move his campaign tried to spin as a “big-choice convention” strategy.

A record high 50 percent of registered voters hold an unfavorable view of Mitt Romney, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Just 34 percent hold a positive view, the lowest score for a top presidential contender since 1984. The former Massachusetts governor trails President Obama by 19 points in popularity. Obama’s favorability rating is 53 percent.

Republicans are writing their own version of the DREAM Act in hopes of winning over Latinos in time for the fall election. No details on the specifics of the bill are yet known, but Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has previously suggested providing student visas but no path to citizenship for undocumented children, is one of those writing the proposed legislation.


Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson seems poised to give millions more for pro-Republican independent expenditures, iWatchNews reports.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked a bill that would have imposed further sanctions against Iran yesterday. Though the measure had bipartisan support, Paul opposed it, saying that he wanted Congress to first clarify that the U.S. will not go to war with Iran.

“Afghan security forces shot and killed three international troops Monday in two separate incidents.” So far this year, Afghan security forces — our purported allies — are responsible for one-third of U.S. troop deaths.

And finally: New web ads produced by Herman Cain’s new group Cain Solutions depicts the state of the economy by having a young girl narrate the death of a rabbit. Then, a second ad showed a suffocating goldfish representing the “economy on stimulus.” Cain complained to reporters last night that “the liberals are trying to paint it like I’m killing animals,” which the ads certainly do depict. “If I went out there with namby-pamby ads to drive home a point, nobody would notice, because it is intended to be provocative.”