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3:20 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 …
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.
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
A Pyrrhic Victory  —  THE obvious victor in the Supreme Court's health care decision was President Obama, who risked vast amounts of political capital to pass the Affordable Care Act.  A somewhat more subtle victor, but equally important, was the rule of law more generally …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Glenn Beck Sells Tee Shirts Calling John Roberts A ‘Coward’
Discussion: Salon and The Atlantic Wire
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
High court gives GOP new weapon on taxes
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Aftermath, Continued  —  Add strange bedfellows George …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Michael Savage: Roberts Epilepsy Medication Affects His Cognition
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
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.
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
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.
O'Malley On The GOP: “Only Health Care Mandate They Embrace Are Trans-Vaginal Probes”
Wall Street Journal:
Medicaid Decision Looms for States
Discussion: Althouse
Nick R. Martin /
TPMMuckraker  —  Conservatives Find A Way To Blame Obama For Monster Colorado Wildfire  —  While Colorado burns, conservatives have looked for ways to blame it on President Obama.  —  Some of the same people who have bashed the president as a big government, big spending liberal …
Michelle Malkin:   Exclusive: When did the Waldo Canyon Fire start, and when did the feds know it?
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record  —  In the midst of a fiery floor debate over contempt proceedings for Attorney General Eric Holder, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quietly dropped a bombshell letter into the Congressional Record.
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
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Congress passes highway funds, extends lower student loan rate  —  Congress on Friday approved legislation that will extend federal highway programs through 2014, a low interest rate on student loans for one year, and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Alec Baldwin — EXPLODES on Another Photog  —  EXPLODES  —  on Another Photog  —  Alec Baldwin got physical with ANOTHER photog in New York City moments ago ... verbally blasting the guy in the middle of the street, squeezing his arm and ordering him to scram.
Discussion: Mediaite, Scared Monkeys and Gothamist
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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