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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Obama’s hot mike; Rick Perry’s punch lines; and high drama at the high court (read-this roundup)

President Obama chats with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev — and their words went public. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais - Associated Press)
The live mike strikes again! President Obama apparently didn’t realize his candid comments Monday morning to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about missile defense were being picked up by a Russian camera crew.

“‘It’s important for him to give me space,’ Obama can be heard telling Medvedev, apparently referring to incoming Russian president — and outgoing prime minister — Vladi­mir Putin,” report our colleagues David Nakamura and Debbi Wilgoren.

Obama then said he’d have “more flexibility” after the presidential election.

True — but the comments were much blunter than Rick Perry’s punch lines. According to our colleagues at the Reliable Source, Perry just killed at his comedy routine at the Gridiron dinner this weekend. His best material:

“Yes, I would say stuff like ‘Solyndra is a country,’ or ‘The voting age is 21,’ ” the governor acknowledged. “Mitt would say things like, his wife drives a couple of Cadillacs, or his pals own NASCAR teams. My problem was saying stuff that wasn’t right. Mitt’s problem is saying stuff that is.”

And this zinger: “You know, it was weird standing next to him at the debates. I kept waiting for him to say, ‘Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?’”

Courting Drama — Forget March Madness — the hottest court action this week has nothing to do with basketball. Here’s a handy breakdown of the lineup for the week’s hearings as the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the health care law.

And since semantics is everything in politics, it’s interesting that Obama is embracing the term “Obamacare” — which his political rivals use as a pejorative — to describe the law.

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