POLITICO: The ruling is a surprise victory for the Obama administration, which faced tough questions from the court during the oral arguments in March. “Simply put, Congress may tax and spend,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “This grant gives the federal government considerable influence even in areas where it cannot directly regulate.” “The federal government may enact a tax on an activity that it cannot authorize, forbid or otherwise control,” Roberts wrote.
CNN had a massive, total FAIL on every level today, from the internet to iPhone “breaking news” coverage. Total, complete failure:
As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, the High Park fire near Fort Collins has burned 83,205 acres and 248 homes, and is 45% contained; the Weber fire has burned 8,300 acres and is 0% contained; the Waldo Canyon fire has consumed 5,168 acres and is 5% contained; and the Last Chance fire, now 100% contained, burned 38,400 acres and destroyed 11 structures in one day. Other fires are burning in Colorado including the State Line fire and the Little Sand fire.
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The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood near the foothills of Colorado Springs. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state. (Photograph: Helen H Richardson/AP — Guardian)
pantslessprogressive: “With news of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act sweeping up every bit of news coverage imaginable today, I second BuzzFeed’s advice: keep your eye on the news dump. Today is a marvelous day for heavy news items to disappear in the news cycle. Case in point:”
When Jamie Dimon, the bank’s chief executive, announced in May that the bank had lost $2 billion in a bet on credit derivatives, he estimated that losses could double within the next few quarters. But the red ink has been mounting in recent weeks, as the bank has been unwinding its positions, according to interviews with current and former traders and executives at the bank who asked not to be named because of investigations into the bank. [ via NY Times]
[...] And the gem…
The suit challenges the cap on the total amount of money that one person may give to political candidates, parties and some types of political action committees during a two-year election cycle. […]
If McCutcheon and the RNC are successful, it would mean that one person could give more than $2 million to candidates and party committees if they divided the money among House and Senate members and various state parties. [via WaPo]
“Many expect an activist Supreme Court will strike down part or all of health reform. If they strike down the mandate, the Supreme Court will be paving the way to a single-payer system, or back to the old broken health care system.” — Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), quoted by TPM.
Medicare for all. Let’s do that.
If Clarence Thomas rules against ACA, he’ll be RICH!
“Scalia’s cafeteria constitutionalism, in which he picks and chooses the laws he ideologically agrees with and ignores the ones he doesn’t, was never on better display than in Monday’s SCOTUS decisions. In the world according to Scalia, Arizona has the rights to patrol its own borders associated with a sovereign state, but Montana must bow to federal power when it comes to obeying Citizens United (the state’s 100-year-old campaign finance law was enacted free its citizens from the corrupt control of mining interests). Or as Harold Meyerson put it in the Washington Post, “You’re sovereign when Scalia agrees with you; you’re nothing when he doesn’t.” — Joan Walsh, Thanks, Antonin Scalia – Salon.com
erosum: Rachel Maddow on “Obamacare”
They did the right thing:
“Hindsight is always 20-20, but last time I checked almost every president since Teddy Roosevelt tried to do something on health care and wasn’t able to do it. It was the right thing to do, and sometimes you don’t get a second chance to do the right thing.” — Former North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge
“Republicans did a great job of misinforming … and scaring the American people. So did the insurance companies, and the fact is when you explain provisions of the bill, the American people support it. …I’m embarrassed for Congress that they didn’t pass health care reform long before we did. Far too many people in Congress think that they are there to get reelected and that’s unfortunate. We’re there to work for the American people, and that’s what we did. We passed a measure that allows millions of Americans to be insured. It allows people with pre-existing [conditions] to get covered.” — Former Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus
“You have to vote with your conscience and do what’s right. In my district, I had 350,000 who had no health insurance. I came from a migrant family, and I knew the seriousness of not having insurance and people dying because they couldn’t go to the doctor. It was the right thing to do, and if I had to do it again, I would do it again. It was now or never.” — Former Texas Rep. Solomon Ortiz
— Politico spoke to Democrat lawmakers who fought to pass the Affordable Care Act — and who were voted out as a result. The consensus? No regrets.