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Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 03/20/2012

The Supreme Court mulls death and life; Santorum convinced by a film; and Hillary lauds Amelia Earhart (read-this roundup)


The Supreme Court is mulling a strange case. (J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
Something akin to science fiction—or maybe a particularly twisted plot for a “Law and Order” spin-off—is unfolding at the Supreme Court. We’ve got two takes on the wacky case of a woman trying to get survivor benefits for her twins—who were conceived after their father’s death (there’s a sperm bank involved). Our colleague Robert Barnes breaks down the legal arguments in the case, while Dana Milbank points up the absurdities at hand (“The justices pretty much had to wing it,” he writes.)

He’s Visual Learner — If you need to convince Sen. Rick Santorum of something, try showing him some film. In an in-depth story today about the GOP candidate’s Catholic faith journey, his mother-in-law says she once showed Santorum and her daughter a video of people graphically describing abortions. “They just sat there crying,” Betty Lee Garver said. “And they became instantly pro-life.”

In Plane Sight — And in other science fiction-esque developments, a team of scientists searching for the remains of Amelia Earhart’s plane in remote Pacific waters are getting a boost from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She’ll meet with the team in an event that will “underscore America’s spirit of adventure and courage, as embodied by Amelia Earhart, and our commitment to seizing new opportunities for cooperation with Pacific neighbors founded on the United States’ long history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region,” the State department says.

Senatorial Standup — “In Santorum’s case, I think it’s the first time he’s actually ever used protection.” --Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass., cracking wise about the news that the GOP candidates are now getting Secret Service protection.

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