From the Supreme Court to Trayvon Martin, here are the top 10 stories you should read this evening:
(1) CNN's Jeffrey Toobin walked out of the Supreme Court calling today's questioning a "trainwreck for the Obama administration." He said that it "looks like it's going to be struck down." Chief Justice John Roberts was the only conservative Justice who appeared as if he might uphold the law, with Anthony Kennedy appearing "enormously skeptical."
(2) Outside the Supreme Court, it has been a wild scene with protests featuring doctors, dogs, Tea Partiers, feminists, and Rick Santorum. GQ has the scoop:
(3) This week, Pakistan's parliament is expected to debate whether the United States must stop drone strikes inside its territory and apologize unconditionally for airstrikes last year that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. Last week, the Parliamentary Committee on National Security published a report which said, "No overt or covert operations inside Pakistan shall be tolerated." U.S. relations with Pakistan remain strained as President Obama met Tuesday with Pakistan's prime minister. The White House has offered to curtail drones in an effort to bridge relations.
(4) The viral video of Rick Santorum cursing out New York Times' Jeff Zeleny. See here.
(5) New statistics show an even more startling income inequality gap: In 2010, 93 percent of the additional income created in the country went to the top 1 percent of taxpayers. 37 percent of these additional earnings went to the top 0.01 percent (15,000 households) with average incomes of $23.8 million. Steven Rattner explains in a New York Times op-ed.
(6) New secret documents by the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay marriage group, show the organization looked to defeat gay marriage campaigns by "fanning the hostility" between black voters and gay voters and cast President Obama as a radical foe of marriage. "The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks -- two key Democratic constituencies," says an internal report.
(7) Scientists issued a dire call for immediate action on climate change, saying the planet is near an irreversible point of global warming. We may have already passed the tipping point on global warming, says a group of scientists at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London. Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University's climate change institute, said: "We can ... cap temperature rise at two degrees, or cross the threshold beyond which the system shifts to a much hotter state."
(8) Did Occupy Wall Street co-opt the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin? Some have condemned Occupy Wall Street for co-opting Martin's death for their own cause. Stand-up comedian Elon James White wrote, "With chants of 'We are the 99 percent' and signage to that effect as well, I was a little thrown off. I thought the purpose of this march was to bring awareness to the death of a young boy." But, Salon's Natasha Lennard writes that Trayvon Martin and Occupy are more intimately connected than you might think.
(9) Wired reports that the Stanford Education Experiment could change higher learning forever. Two graduate-level professors Sebasatian Thrun and Peter Norvig have opened their class to anyone with a web connection. Lectures and assignments are posted and auto-graded online each week. Stanford doesn't issue course credit, but students who complete the course are awarded an official Statement of Accomplishment. "People around the world have gone crazy for this opportunity. Fully two-thirds of my 160,000 classmates live outside the U.S. There are students in 190 countries—from India and South Korea to New Zealand and the Republic of Azerbaijan. More than 100 volunteers have signed up to translate the lectures into 44 languages, including Bengali. In Iran, where YouTube is blocked, one student cloned the CS221 class website and—with the professors’ permission—began reposting the video files for 1,000 students."
(10) Fun study of the day: A new study from the auto-research firm Strategic Vision proves that political affiliations are correlated to the type of cars people purchase. Dems significantly outnumber Republicans in buying smaller, more fuel-efficient cars; Republicans outnumber Dems in every SUV category. Republicans outnumber Democrats more than 3:1 in the purchase of convertibles. Full results here.