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1:18 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Prompts Foot Race In Press Corps

Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 3:37 pm

There were winners and losers in the journalistic race to get out the news of the Supreme Court's momentous ruling upholding the administration's health care law Thursday.

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1:14 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Debating How To React To Health Care Ruling

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 9:49 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many members of Congress for a loop. Many Northwest lawmakers were surprised that the Supreme Court upheld the law’s individual mandate and put limits on the government’s attempt to expand Medicaid.

Besides upholding the law’s individual mandate, the justices ruled states can reject Congress’ effort to expand Medicaid coverage. Under the original law the government planned to expand Medicaid by nearly 900,000 people in the Northwest.

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Health care reform
9:38 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Chief Justice Roberts jokes he's headed to 'an impregnable fortress'

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 9:53 am

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts surprised the country yesterday by siding with the liberal wing of the court in the health care decision.

Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush and has reliably taken conservative positions. But after yesterday's decision, you can bet his welcome from conservatives who saw him as a hero has chilled.

Speaking to a conference of judges and lawyers outside of Pittsburg, Roberts acknowledged his predicament.

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health care reform
7:02 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Roberts' Ruling Recalls Other Moments When High Court Shocked The Nation

The U.S. Supreme Court on the eve of a hearing about the Florida presidential election recount, Nov. 30, 2000. The justices later ruled 5-4 in the case of Bush v. Gore, effectively deciding the outcome of the presidential race.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 7:41 am

You may already have made a mental note as to where you were when you heard the Supreme Court had upheld the health care law known as Obamacare. It's one of those moments that become touchstones of our memory, personal connections to the history we have witnessed in our lifetimes.

The Supreme Court may not be the source of such moments very often, but when its rulings reach this level of our awareness, they alter the course of our lives.

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health care reform
8:15 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Photo: President Obama after hearing health care news

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in the Oval Office, after learning of the Supreme Court's ruling on the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," on Thursday.
Pete Souza The White House

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 3:42 pm

The White House has released a picture of President Obama on the phone with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in the Oval Office after hearing the health care news. Verrilli was the one who argued the case in front of the Supreme Court.

Here's the picture:

Obama looks rather relaxed. But both The New York Times and NBC News report that Obama, who received the news like most Americans, first thought his signature legislation had been declared unconstitutional.

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health care reform
8:14 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Court's health ruling excites GOP, but will voters remember in November?

William Temple of Brunswick, Ga., waits for the Supreme Court's decision early Thursday. The landmark health care decision that came later ended just one chapter in the nation's long partisan war.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:01 pm

In the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, one of the burning questions is how will the decision play out politically?

President Obama even acknowledged the inevitability of the political maneuvering and handicapping in his comments from the White House soon after the high court delivered its decision. But he did stress that politics wasn't what really mattered in the end.

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Japanese Tsunami debris
8:05 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Oregon Sets Out Dumpsters For Tsunami Debris Clean-up

Tsunami debris on Montague Island, Alaska. Photo courtesy of NOAA

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:22 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is putting out dumpsters at coastal parks for beachgoers to throw away tsunami debris. Governor John Kitzhaber announced Thursday he’s appointed an interagency team to coordinate efforts to dispose of materials washed up from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

A new hotline provides instruction and access to a quick response team for help with larger remains. National Guard General Mike Caldwell, heads the new taskforce.

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Olympic Sports
9:11 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Olympic qualifiers resume as Portland's Rupp aims for 'double'

Portland native Galen Rupp is aiming to qualify for the 5,000 meters at the Summer Olympics. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 5:01 pm

EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field resume Thursday afternoon in Eugene after a two day rest break. Tonight, more athletes with Northwest ties step to the starting line than on any other day of the event.

In the men's pole vault, Spokane native and former University of Washington Husky Brad Walker attempts to qualify for his second Olympic team.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:38 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Washington state may be honored for producing the A-bomb

Hanford's B Reactor was the world’s first, full-scale nuclear reactor and produced the plutonium used in the “Fat Man” bomb dropped over Nagasaki, Japan. Photo courtesy Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 4:14 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress is moving forward with legislation to establish a national park devoted to the Manhattan Project that spurred the global atomic era. One of the proposed sites is at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. It was the subject of a hearing Wednesday.

Washington state played a key role in helping the U.S. develop nuclear weapons. The Department of Energy hails the Hanford site as an “engineering marvel.” It was the first large scale plutonium production facility in the world and was erected in a mere 13 months.

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8:22 am
Thu June 28, 2012

New Republic: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts participates in the court's official photo session on October 8, 2010. Today, the court released its decision on the Affordable Care Act, with Roberts casting the deciding vote to uphold the law.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 8:21 am

Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor for The New Republic.

The Supreme Court has ruled. Health care reform is constitutional.

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Thu June 28, 2012

As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Supporters of President Obama's health care legislation celebrated outside after hearing that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 9:39 am

The Supreme Court ruled today that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional — giving the Obama administration a big election year win over conservative critics who argue that the health care overhaul is a step on the way toward socialized medicine.

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health care reform
5:29 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Waiting almost over for high court decision on health care Llaw

The scene outside the U.S. Supreme Court this morning: lights, camera and soon action.
Scott Hensley NPR

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:45 am

Outside the U.S. Supreme Court early this morning, there were some tired faces, quite a few smiles and the vibe you sometimes feel when a pack of marathoners is nearing the finish line.

Everyone's tired, but there's a sense of anticipation that the long legal slog is almost over.

Three months after historic arguments before the high court over the constitutionality of the administration's sweeping health care law, we're about to find out if it will hold up.

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The Two-Way
5:14 am
Thu June 28, 2012

JPMorgan's losses 'may reach $9 billion'

JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 4:42 am

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The Two-Way
4:26 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Zombie news? No 'bath salts' drug found in system of face-eating attacker

An undated booking mug made available by the Miami-Dade Police Dept., showing Rudy Eugene.

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 2:40 pm

Back in May, we told you that Miami Police suspected that a man who was shot dead while he bit off another man's face was high on "bath salts."

A Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's report released today, however, disproves that theory. According to the AP, the only drug found in Rudy Eugene's system was marijuana.

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NPR health
9:08 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Feds move to curb abusive debt collection by nonprofit hospitals

Deb Waldin testifies about her experience with a debt collector at a Minnesota hospital during a hearing led by Sen. Al Franken in St. Paul, Minn., in late May.
Minnesota Public Radio/Jeffrey Thompson

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 7:36 am

Deb Waldin was in agony when she arrived at the emergency room of Fairview Southdale, a nonprofit hospital in suburban Minneapolis. On a scale of 1 to 10, she says her pain was at 12.

She turned out to have kidney stones. But before she got the diagnosis, while she was still lying on a gurney waiting to see a doctor, she was approached by a debt collector from a company called Accretive Health.

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