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1:30 PM ET, June 29, 2012


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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Dustin Weaver / The Hill:
High court gives GOP new weapon on taxes  —  Republicans have seized on the Supreme Court's decision that the health insurance mandate is a tax, believing it will help them argue a second term for President Obama would be devastating for the economy.  —  Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney employed …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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
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 …
Conservatives Claim Roberts Upheld Obamacare Because Of ‘Cognitive Problems’ Due To Epilepsy Medication
Discussion: Business Insider
David Brooks / New York Times:
Modesty and Audacity  —  Washington is full of arrogant people …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Aftermath, Continued  —  Add strange bedfellows George …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The political genius of John Roberts
Randy Barnett / The Daily Beast:
Is The Supreme Court's Health-Care Ruling a Turning Point in Constitutional Law?
Discussion: Power Line, PJ Media and Hot Air
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
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The Chief Justice's Gambit
Discussion: Overlawyered
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Biggest Winner in Healthcare Decision: The Founders
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Don't Often Name Healthcare as Top U.S. Problem
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 …
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 …
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
Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes  —  Obamacare law contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses  —  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.
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Eurozone bank bailout deal throws lifeline to Spain and Italy  —  Italy and Spain stunned Germany by blocking progress until they obtained softer bailout rules in 14 hours of bad-tempered talks  —  European leaders have pulled back from the brink of disastrous failure in their attempts to rescue the euro …
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