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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
More Hints that Roberts Switched his Vote  —  Reader Stuart Buck provides more detail as to why the dissent reads like a majority opinion (see also Deborah Pearlstein at Balkanization):  —  1. The dissent has a whole section on severability that is completely beside the point except …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The political genius of John Roberts  —  After Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes deftly beat back Franklin Delano Roosevelt's court-packing proposal, FDR said, with grudging admiration, that Hughes was the best politician in the country.  “That was hardly the way Hughes would have chosen to be remembered …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Real Winners  —  So the Supreme Court — defying many expectations — upheld the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare.  There will, no doubt, be many headlines declaring this a big victory for President Obama, which it is.  But the real winners are ordinary Americans — people like you.
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
CNN News Staffers Revolt Over Blown Coverage  —  “Embarrassing.”  “F**king humiliating.”  “Shameful.”  A veteran producer jumps the gun, a young correspondent goes too far, and the network's crisis deepens.  —  News staffers at the cable network CNN, long the gold standard in television news …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Was the Dissent Originally a Majority Opinion?  —  The four-Justice dissent, at least on first quick perusal, reads like it was originally written as a majority opinion, [something Larry Solum also noticed] (for example, he refers to Justice Ginsburg's opinion as “The dissent") [update …
Randy Barnett / The Daily Beast:
Is The Supreme Court's Health-Care Ruling a Turning Point in Constitutional Law?  —  Although it upheld the individual mandate, the Court reaffirmed the traditional view that there must be a judicially-enforceable limit on the powers of Congress, writes Randy Barnett.
Discussion: PJ Media and Democracy in America
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
How far the four dissenters were willing to go  —  In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  But as the political, legal, and policy world scrutinizes the details of today's ruling, it's worth pausing to appreciate just how far the four dissenters …
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Did Nino Scalia Firmly Think He Had His “Constitutional Moment”, and His Majority?  —  Sure sounds like he did not search-and-replace his text to correct it when Roberts peeled off.  —  Successfully electing George W. Bush 5-4 was not enough for him.  He thought he had repealed the ACA 5-4 as well.
Lawrence Solum / Legal Theory Blog:
Evidence that the Votes Shifted After Conference (Initial Vote to Declare Mandate Unconstitutional)  —  After a preliminary read of the opinions in the Health Care Cases (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sibelius), there seems to be substantial evidence that the initial vote …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The Chief Justice's Gambit
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Paul Campos / Salon:
Did John Roberts switch his vote?
Discussion: Politico
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Conservatives' consolation prize
Lawrence Solum / Legal Theory Blog:
The Commerce Clause Discussion and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis (Updated)
Discussion: Hit & Run
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Supreme Court puts new limits on Commerce Clause. But will it matter?
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tom Scocca / Slate:
Obama Wins the Battle, Roberts Wins the War
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Initial Thoughts on the Health Care Ruling
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pence likens health care ruling to 9/11  —  In a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.
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Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Why Romney Won't Repeal Obamacare  —  Mitt Romney, speaking just before noon today, declared that on his first day in office, “I will act to repeal Obamacare.”  I think he chose his words carefully.  As President, he may indeed “act” to repeal it on Day One, but I don't believe he will actually be able to overturn the law.
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Repeal Is a Fantasy  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court ruling on health care in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012.  (Charles Dharapak / AP Photo)  —  The Republican Plan B is to repeal Obamacare on Day 1 of a Romney presidency.  —  Good luck with that.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Don't Often Name Healthcare as Top U.S. Problem  —  But they do rate healthcare as important when asked about it specifically  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Although the Affordable Care Act of 2010 has dominated the news recently, with coverage exploding Thursday as the Supreme Court ruled …
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney raises $4.2M after health ruling  —  Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised $4.2 million since the Supreme Court ruled President Obama's healthcare law is constitutional.  —  Romney started raising funds immediately after the decision, and in a post on Twitter his campaign spokeswoman …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
4 Reasons Why Republicans Won't Be Able To Repeal Obamacare
Economics Policies for the 21st Century:
SCOTUS Post-Mortem: What's Next?
Discussion: National Review
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Nancy Pelosi Botches Brian Terry's Name While Addressing Congress on Holder Contempt Charges  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), while speaking on the House floor opposing the contempt charges of Attorney General Eric Holder, actually botched the name of slain border patrol agent Brian Terry.
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New York Times:
Fast and Furious Contempt Citation for Holder
The White House:
The Affordable Care Act is helping millions of Americans like you.
Bloomberg:
EU Leaders Ease Debt-Crisis Rules On Spain  —  Euro-area leaders agreed to relax conditions on emergency loans for Spanish banks and possible help for Italy as an outflanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave in on expanded steps to stem the debt crisis.  —  After 13 1/2 hours of talks ending …
Jerusalem Post:
PM threatens to drop Keshev C'tee if Arabs omitted  —  Yisrael Beytenu, Habayit Hayehudi quit c'tee after panel says it won't obligate Arab service; new threat of split in Kadima looms.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned members of the Keshev Committee on Thursday that unless …
Discussion: Israpundit
 
 
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