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7:50 PM ET, June 28, 2012

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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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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 …
Tom Scocca / Slate:
Obama Wins the Battle, Roberts Wins the War  —  The chief justice's canny move to uphold the Affordable Care Act while gutting the Commerce Clause.  —  There were two battles being fought in the Supreme Court over the Affordable Care Act.  Chief Justice John Roberts—and Justice Anthony Kennedy …
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 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.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Blog chatter: Impeach Roberts  —  Furious conservative activists lashed out Thursday in the blogosphere at Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for siding with the left and upholding the individual mandate in “Obamacare,” with some even calling for his impeachment.
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Don't call it a mandate — it's a tax (UPDATED)  —  UPDATED to 12:50 p.m. For those reading the opinions, the key section on the mandate is in Roberts' opinion, from pp.  33-44.  That clearly has five votes behind it.  —  Salvaging the idea that Congress did have the power to try …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
I'm Not Down on John Roberts  —  Having gone through the opinion, I am not going to beat up on John Roberts.  I am disappointed, but I want to make a few points.  —  First, I get the strong sense from a few anecdotal stories about Roberts over the past few months and the way he has written …
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 …
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.
Rush Limbaugh:
The Court Rules: Obamacare is the Largest Tax Increase in the History of the World  —  RUSH: Hey, folks, have you seen the economic news today?  Have you heard about the unemployment numbers today? (laughing) Gross domestic product, have you heard about any of that?  Because I have it here, and it sucks.
Lawrence Solum / Legal Theory Blog:
The Decision to Uphold the Mandate as Tax Represents a Gestalt Shift in Constitutional Law
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Conservative Republicans Turn On Former Hero, Chief Justice John Roberts
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
John Roberts Saves Us All
Daniel Epps / The Atlantic Online:
In Health Care Ruling, Roberts Steals a Move From John Marshall's Playbook
New York Times:
Victory for Obama, but Ruling Limits Medicaid Provision
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Chief Justice Roberts May Have Switched Health Care Vote at Last Minute
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
How far the four dissenters were willing to go
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Medicaid and the ACA: What's the Deal?
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to rule Thursday on health-care law
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Three Big Questions
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Fox News Releases Statement After Initially Reporting Individual Mandate Was ‘Gone’
Discussion: Poynter and Little Green Footballs
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
House charges Holder with contempt of Congress  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Thursday for failing to provide documents relating to the Fast and Furious gunwalking program.
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New York Times:
Fast and Furious Contempt Citation for Holder
CNN:
House holds Holder in contempt
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Holder decries ‘political’ vote, vows to go back to work
Discussion: Politico
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Pelosi to walk on Holder vote: What GOP is doing is ‘contemptible, even for them’
Eric Kleefeld / Livewire:
DeMint: ‘Obamacare’ Still Unconstitutional — States Should Refuse To Implement It  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) called on states to outright refuse to implement health care reform in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision upholding the law — which would amount to nullification by states.
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Scott Wong / Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘Obamacare’ is still unconstitutional
Discussion: The Stranger … and ABCNEWS
Mj Lee / Politico:
Rubio: IRS to ‘come after’ uninsured
Discussion: CNN
BuzzFeed:
People Who Say They're Moving To Canada Because Of ObamaCare  —  I'm sure they'll like the healthcare just fine there.  —  Dave Stopera  —  a half hour ago  —  763 responses
Tom Gantert / Michigan Capitol Confidential:
Former GOP Spokesman: ‘Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?’  —  Lansing attorney does not like Supreme Court Obamacare ruling  —  The former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party sent out an email that questioned whether armed rebellion was justified over the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare.
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama threatens to veto defense appropriations bill  —  The House's defense appropriations bill on Thursday joined the list of spending bills that the White House has threatened to veto over the caps in the Budget Control Act (BCA).  —  The Obama administration said Thursday that it would recommend …
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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