It's All Politics
12:16 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Legal Scholars React: 'Many People Were Stunned'

Courtesy Columbia

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:08 pm

In the most anticipated and politicized Supreme Court ruling since Bush v. Gore, which decided the 2000 U.S. presidential contest, the high court on Thursday let stand, in a 5-4 decision, the centerpiece of President Obama's health care legislation.

Chief Justice John Roberts, providing the deciding vote and writing the majority opinion, laid out the rationale, which says that Congress under the Commerce Clause does not have the authority to require people to buy insurance — but it does have the authority to tax people who do not have coverage.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

The Health Care Ruling Was SCOTUSblog's Olympics

Reporters await a decision by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act, President Barack Obama's signature healthcare legislation.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 4:39 pm

At its peak, 866,000 people were glued to SCOTUSblog, waiting for the Supreme Court's judgment on President Obama's signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Not very long ago, SCOTUSblog was an unknown, a website where lawyers and legal wonks parsed even obscure Supreme Court decisions. But over the past few weeks, it has become the go-to place to get up-to-second news on the court.

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It's All Politics
11:41 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Obama's Supreme Court Health Care Victory Hard To Overstate

President Obama signs the health care bill into law at the White House on March 23, 2010.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 2:50 pm

Even in Washington, a city where hyperbole rules, it still seems difficult to overstate how big a win the Supreme Court's decision on President Obama's signature piece of domestic legislation is for the man in the Oval Office.

The Affordable Care Act is so identified with him, after all, that its opponents quickly dubbed it "Obamacare," a term supporters at first eschewed but later came to embrace.

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Holiday Closures
11:35 am
Thu June 28, 2012

What's Open, What's Closed On The Fourth Of July

 

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Wednesday, July 4.

This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation Centers, the Animal Shelter, CityArts, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cowtown, the Wichita Art Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Ice Center, Century II administrative offices, Wichita Transit, Wichita Public Library locations and Neighborhood City Halls.

The following will be open on July 4:

Botanica will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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NPR Story
11:12 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Health Care Ruling: Business, Legal Reactions

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:03 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We have been devoting this hour of MORNING EDITION to the Supreme Court's decision upholding President Obama's signature health care law that came through less than two hours ago. Within minutes of the court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, health care related stocks swung up and then down.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:09 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Health Care Ruling: Examing Dissent

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:48 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer. In a momentous and long-anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold President Obama's health care law. The decision is a major victory for the president.

MONTAGNE: His challenger, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will offer his own response in a few moments. For their part, House Republicans have vowed to repeal the law.

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Television
11:08 am
Thu June 28, 2012

'Louie': TV's Most Original Comedy Returns

Louis C.K. has written for The Late Show with David Letterman, The Chris Rock Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
FX

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:50 am

A lot of stand-up comedians make us laugh, but only a handful, like Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen or Richard Pryor, actually change the way that comedy is done. It's too early to be sure, but another one of them may be Louis C.K., the paunchy, balding, ginger-haired comic who's something of a quiet radical. He has one of those comic talents that's at its best when it isn't worried about being funny.

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Latin America
10:45 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Violence Targets Women In Mexico, Central America

Violence against women in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala has reached crisis proportions, according to a report by the Nobel Women's Initiative. The group's delegation spent ten days documenting homicides, disappearances, and attacks of sexual violence. Laura Carlsen wrote the report and discusses the findings with guest host Viviana Hurtado.

Law
10:45 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Does Court's Rule Put End To Health Care Battle?

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VIVIANA HURTADO, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Viviana Hurtado. Michel Martin is away. Still to come, we see how African-American lawyers fought civil rights battles in court even when the law cast them as second class citizens. That's in a few minutes.

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NPR Story
10:44 am
Thu June 28, 2012

How Does The Ruling Change The Health Care Law?

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:37 pm

The entire health care sphere has been bracing for what might happen and all the chaos that might ensue from what the court might do, but the ruling doesn't change much about the Affordable Care Act.

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