President Obama waves after signing the Affordable Care Act at the White House on March 23, 2010.
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June 29, 2012 Back when President Obama was urging Congress to pass his health care law, he rejected claims that the penalty for not obtaining insurance would amount to a tax. On Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts begged to differ — while using the tax classification to save the law. And Republicans pounced.
Chief Justice John Roberts, shown in 2010, is still "finding his role as chief justice," says one law professor.
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June 29, 2012 Thursday's ruling on the controversial health care law showed that perhaps it's best not to pay too much attention to how smoothly oral arguments go, or to the legal prognosticators who try to predict the outcomes.
The U.S. Supreme Court
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June 27, 2012 Only a few dozen people know how the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. And it'll stay that way until Thursday morning. Justices and their law clerks don't leak opinions, which may explain the intense focus on what tea leaves can be read.
June 11, 2012 If you're looking to get your mind ready for the news before it's released, we've got some suggested links.
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Breyer in 2011
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May 18, 2012 US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's Washington home was burglarized in early May, just months after he and his wife were robbed while on vacation in the West Indies.
Pastor Warren H. Stewart of First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix joins other clergy members to demonstrate against SB 1070.
April 25, 2012 At one spot, songs and chants in English and Spanish called on the court to strike down the law. At another, supporters of State Bill 1070 unfurled flags of the United States, Arizona and the Tea Party. Here are a few of the people who traveled to the steps outside the court on Wednesday.
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April 2, 2012 If the Supreme Court decides in June to throw out the healthcare law, will President Obama target the Court during his re-election campaign?
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March 30, 2012 By the standards of marketing, especially political ads, the RNC's ad is a great success since it has generated so much free media, including blog posts like this.
March 29, 2012 What should they do if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in whole or part was a question being asked after the end of oral arguments this week... the GOP-led House was prepared to pass a controversial Republican budget that would make major changes to Medicare... Newt Gingrich met secretly over the weekend with Mitt Romney.
March 28, 2012 The job of a White House press secretary is to stay on message no matter how disbelieving the journalists before you. Earnest did what he was paid to do despite the obvious skepticism of journalists to his assertions that the White House had no contingency plans in case the high court strikes down the health law or was pleased with the solicitor general's performance.
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March 28, 2012 What happens when impassioned demonstrators come this close to each other? Opponents and defenders of the new national health care law found out this week, sometimes facing off outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices inside heard three days of oral arguments on the law's constitutionality.
March 28, 2012 The Supreme Court was in the third and final day of oral arguments on the health-care law... Newt Gingrich cut a third of his campaign staff as he focused on a convention strategy... New Florida laws have discouraged voter-registration.
March 27, 2012 After Tuesday's high court arguments, former Clinton-era Solicitor General Walter Dellinger told NPR's Robert Siegel it was easy to answer the justices' question about what would stop the federal government from ordering citizens to buy products other than insurance. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said the more fundamental point was that the U.S government didn't have the power.
March 27, 2012 The Supreme Court moved to take on the heart of the debate over the new health-care law's constitutionality... President Obama used humor to downplay a candid remark about missile-defense that was caught on an open mic... The EPA was expected to issue new rules to limit greenhouse gases from new power plants.
March 16, 2012 The court said it is making the same-day audio available because of the "extraordinary public interest" in the health care cases. The legal challenges to the Obama overhaul law are to be argued for six hours over a three-day period at the end of March.
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