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7:40 PM ET, June 29, 2012


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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 …
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.
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 …
Conservatives Claim Roberts Upheld Obamacare Because Of ‘Cognitive Problems’ Due To Epilepsy Medication  —  Chief Justice John Roberts — a George W. Bush appointee — surprised many conservatives when he wrote the majority opinion upholding Obamacare's individual mandate …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
In Health Ruling, Vindication for Donald Verrilli
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Glenn Beck Sells Tee Shirts Calling John Roberts A ‘Coward’
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Salon
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Common Sense: Health Care Won, but Congress May Have Lost
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Conservatives' consolation prize
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Issue Split Decision on Healthcare Ruling  —  Nearly two-thirds believe politics played too great a role  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are sharply divided over Thursday's Supreme Court decision on the 2010 healthcare law, with 46% agreeing and 46% disagreeing with the high court's ruling that the law is constitutional.
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.
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 …
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 …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Allen West: Pelosi is ‘delusional’  —  Rep. Allen West on Friday called Nancy Pelosi “somewhat delusional” for refusing to say that the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act constitutes a tax, and likened the mandate to forcing people to “buy a 9mm Glock.”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House urges Dems to go on offense on healthcare reform
Discussion: Politico
Nick Summers / The Daily Beast:
New Poll: Voters Dislike Supreme Court's Obamacare Ruling
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.
Fox News:
Justice Department shields Holder from prosecution after contempt vote  —  The Justice Department moved Friday to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from prosecution after the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress.  —  The contempt vote technically opened the door for the House …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Altmire says he had ‘no other choice’ but to vote for Holder contempt
Discussion: Politico
Jordy Yager / The Hill:   Justice Department won't prosecute Holder
Associated Press:
Justice Department won't prosecute Attorney General Holder for contempt of Congress
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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?
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 …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Romney: Students Should Get ‘As Much Education As They Can Afford’  —  On the campaign trail Wednesday night in Virginia, Mitt Romney took on the topic of education.  While extolling the virtues of America as “the land of opportunity for every single person,” Romney said that he believes students …
Discussion: Wonkette
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign: We've outraised Romney
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Jindal: Ruling could force people to eat tofu and drive hybrid cars  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Thursday's “frightening” Supreme Court ruling could lead to penalties for Americans whose lives are out of step with government priorities.  —  On a call with reporters …
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.
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.
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Sterling C. Beard / The Hill:
Freshman Rep. West: Nancy Pelosi ‘somewhat delusional’
Associated Press:
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Joe / Joe. My. God.:
DC Republicans Back LGBT Rights
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Koch-backed group launches $9 million ad campaign against health law
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Bill Ong Hing / The Huffington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Ken / Popehat:
Planet Valenti Muzzled: Another Restraining Order Against A Blogger
Wall Street Journal:
Medicaid Decision Looms for States
Discussion: Althouse