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2:20 PM ET, June 29, 2012


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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney raises $4.3M after health ruling  —  Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised $4.3 million since the Supreme Court ruled President Obama's healthcare law is constitutional.  —  Romney started raising funds immediately after the decision, and in a message to supporters Friday morning …
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.
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Why Roberts Did It  —  It's the judiciary's Nixon-to-China: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberal wing of the Supreme Court and upholds the constitutionality of Obamacare.  How?  By pulling off one of the great constitutional finesses of all time.  He managed to uphold …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign: It's a penalty, not a tax  —  A top surrogate for President Obama insisted Friday that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was not a tax — despite the fact that the Supreme Court narrowly preserved the law on those grounds.  —  “Don't believe the hype …
Discussion: Reuters
Todd Gregory / Media Matters for America:
Drudge Smears Justice Roberts Over His Seizures  —  In response to the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of health care reform, the Drudge Report is smearing Chief Justice John Roberts over the possibility that he might use epilepsy medication and suggesting that it affected his judgment.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Conservatives' consolation prize  —  Conservatives won a substantial victory Thursday.  The physics of American politics — actions provoking reactions — continues to move the crucial debate, about the nature of the American regime, toward conservatism.  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has served this cause.
Wall Street Journal:
The Roberts Rules  —  The Chief Justice rewrites ObamaCare in order to save it.  —  Thursday was destined to be an historic day for American liberty, and it was, though the new precedent is grim.  The remarkable decision upholding the Affordable Care Act is shot through with confusion …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Modesty and Audacity  —  Washington is full of arrogant people who grab power whenever they get the chance.  But there is at least one modest minimalist in town, and that's John Roberts Jr.  —  In his remarkable health care opinion Thursday, the chief justice of the Supreme Court restrained the power of his own institution.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Roberts's Ruling Took Guts  —  Why not just cut open a goat and be done with it?  —  In ancient Rome, a special kind of priest called a haruspex would “read” the entrails of sheep to divine the will of the gods, the health of the growing season, or whatever else was weighing on the minds of men.
Sterling Beard / The Hill:
Pelosi: I ‘never feared’ chief justice would strike down healthcare  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she never doubted Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act.  —  In an interview with ABC News's Jonathan Karl on Thursday, Pelosi …
Discussion: Politico
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
High court gives GOP new weapon on taxes
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Glenn Beck Sells Tee Shirts Calling John Roberts A ‘Coward’
Discussion: Salon and The Atlantic Wire
Conservatives Claim Roberts Upheld Obamacare Because Of ‘Cognitive Problems’ Due To Epilepsy Medication
Discussion: Business Insider and Livewire
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Aftermath, Continued  —  Add strange bedfellows George …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
More Hints that Roberts Switched his Vote
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Michael Savage: Roberts Epilepsy Medication Affects His Cognition
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Jack M. Balkin / CNN:
Tax power: The little argument that could
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney ad features Hillary Clinton: ‘Shame on you, Barack Obama’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign has quietly begun airing a TV ad in Ohio that uses an old clip of Hillary Clinton to blast President Barack Obama.  —  The ad pulls footage of the 2008 primary campaign, when Clinton …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign: We've outraised Romney  —  In the wake of Mitt Romney's 24-hour fundraising blitz, President Obama's Chicago-based reelection campaign is claiming that they've actually raised more.  —  “We've outraised the Romney campaign in that time period but that's not the point …
Fund-raising flurry after Supreme Court ruling
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Filibuster Won't Save ObamaCare From President Romney … - Saletan: How Fast Can Republicans Read?  The Conflicting Evidence.  — Magic Mike Is Soderbergh's Most Fun Movie Since Ocean's Eleven  — Why Did Roberts Do It?  To Save the Supreme Court.
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Why Romney Won't Repeal Obamacare
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Medicaid Expansion Rejection Would Particularly Impact People of Color  —  I was just on a conference call where Governor Martin O'Malley (D-MD) was asked whether he thought Republican governors might opt out of the Medicaid expansion in light of the Supreme Court's ACA ruling yesterday.
Wall Street Journal:
Medicaid Decision Looms for States
Discussion: Althouse
Mark Walsh /
Health-Care Ruling Has Implications for Education Spending
Discussion: AEIdeas and Joanne Jacobs
J.D. Heyman /
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Are Divorcing  —  After five years of marriage, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.  —  “This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” says Holmes's attorney Jonathan Wolfe.
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Altmire says he had ‘no other choice’ but to vote for Holder contempt  —  Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), one of the 17 Democrats who voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, said he had “no other choice” but to sanction Holder for withholding documents related to the Fast and Furious investigation.
Discussion: Politico
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Nancy Pelosi Botches Brian Terry's Name While Addressing Congress on Holder Contempt Charges
Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes  —  Taxpayers are reminded that the President's healthcare law is one of the largest tax increases in American history.  —  Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses.  —  Arranged by their respective effective dates …
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Discussion: Mediaite and Gothamist
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Andrew Shain / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
South Carolina Gov. Haley tells ethics panel she never used office for personal gain
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Janie Lorber / Roll Call:
Health Care Ruling Re-Energizes Tea Party
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael King / WXIA-TV:
NYPD Probes “Allah” Graffiti at WTC Memorial
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Don't Often Name Healthcare as Top U.S. Problem