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The answer might come from the states, Joanne Kenen writes for the Association of Health Care Journalists. The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule before the end of the month and the health care law's individual mandate, among other provisions, is on the line. Kenen says states are getting ready: "If your state officials say they don’t have any backup plans, ask again ... If they won’t tell you before the Supreme Court ruling, ask again right after. And keep asking."

It was pure-and-simple phishing, the Guardian reports after the Heartland Institute makes public an email chain in which Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick asks for — and gets — internal documents from the climate-denying thinktank. Turns out Gleick pretended to be a Heartland board member and asked to have board emails sent to an address that wasn't the board member's. Gleick asked for a leave of absence Friday.

Among a half-dozen selections from Curtis Brainard's 2011 collection are the "hot ticket" of the ScienceOnline conference, and the logistical and political challenges of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar. Also, a possible turning point for climate coverage, and why journalists go wrong when "covering crazy" — "From killers to celebrities to dictators, this year has already born witness to more armchair psychiatry than critics can stomach."

NASW member Maryn McKenna blogs some 9/11 stories from the CDC, excerpted from her book “Beating Back the Devil.” She describes them as “stories of that day and what came after: the terrorism first, and then the fears of a bioterror attack to follow; the relief when no epidemic appeared, and then the sinking shock when it did. The 'disease detectives' of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were at the center of that month of horror and confusion.”

Rick Perry's entry into the presidential race poses a challenge for journalists, Adam Hochberg writes on the Poynter Institute site. The Texas governor's views on evolution and global warming are unsupported by science, and journalists must make that clear, Hochberg says: "It’s understandable that mainstream journalists don’t want to be seen as taking sides in a political conflict. But you can write a fair story while still referencing the prevailing scientific view."