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Obama agenda: SCOTUS and 2012

“The Obama administration has decided not to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for further review of a ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Obama’s health-care overhaul,” AP writes. “The decision makes it more likely that the Supreme Court will hear a case on the issue in its term starting next month, and deliver a verdict in the midst of the 2012 presidential-election campaign.”

“A bizarre Bible-thumping heckler called President Obama ‘the Antichrist’ as the Secret Service dragged him out of a presidential fund-raiser Monday,” the New York Daily News writes of Obama’s fundraiser in Los Angeles.

A Roanoke College poll shows Mitt Romney beating the president 45%-37% in Virginia; Rick Perry leads by a slimmer 42%-40% margin. Obama has a 39%-54% approval rating in the state, according to the poll. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Sen. Mark Warner (D) have an identical 67% approval rating.

Obama’s in Denver today, pitching his jobs plan, and Politico takes a look at his fortunes in the state. It quotes former Democratic governor Bill Ritter as saying, “A repeat of 2008 is very unlikely… I’d say he’s looking at a high-wire act here.” (That’s despite the 2010 victory by Sen. Michael Bennet -- at perhaps the peak of the Tea Party enthusiasm.)

The Wall Street Journal’s Seib writes, “Amid those dark political clouds overhead right now, President Barack Obama can console himself with this silver lining: The electoral map remains stacked in favor of him and his Democrats. In a close presidential election—and there is every reason to believe that 2012's will be—that is an important and often overlooked fundamental. It will affect the strategic decisions both parties make as the campaign unfolds. Indeed, the shape of the electoral map already appears to be driving some moves this year, and offers signposts indicating which states will be pivotal next year.”