2:33pm

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Health Care Decision: When A Tax Is Not A Tax

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:49 pm

This paragraph from the Supreme Court's majority opinion struck us as odd:

"It is of course true that the Act describes the payment as a 'penalty,' not a 'tax.' But while that label is fatal to the application of the Anti-Injunction Act, it does not determine whether the payment may be viewed as an exercise of Congress's taxing power."

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2:24pm

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Good News: 'Great Progress' Reported In Fighting Colorado Springs Fire

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:44 pm

Smoke was rising earlier today from the Waldo Canyon wildfire that's threatening Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ed Andrieski AP

Our day began with talk of "hell in the review mirror" when a reporter from The Gazette in Colorado Springs fled his home earlier this week as the Waldo Canyon wildfire approached.

But the newspaper now reports that:

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1:56pm

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Multifaceted Moby's A Photographer, Too

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:09 pm

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Moby's 2011 book, Destroyed, is a visual journey of a touring artist's insomnia. See a gallery of photos from Destroyed.
Moby from the book 'Destroyed'

While he's best known for his aural pursuits, musician and DJ Moby has been taking photographs for years. He released his 2011 photo book, Destroyed, to accompany an album of the same name.

The book offers a visual journey of a touring musician's insomnia. Isolated and disoriented by jet lag and strange hotels, Moby shows readers what it's like to roam the world at hours when most of us are sleeping.

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1:56pm

Thu June 28, 2012
Mental Health

Concrete Steps For Creating A Happier Office

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 3:03 pm

Conventional wisdom holds that happier workers are also more productive. But precisely how to boost staff morale has eluded many employers. But some researchers say there are specific ways companies can build a better workplace, from moving coffee stations to increasing diversity.

1:56pm

Thu June 28, 2012
Health Care

What's Next For Health Care, At Home And On The Hill

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 8:02 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan at the Aspen Ideas Festival, but the big news today comes from Washington, where the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law in a series of five-to-four votes. In a surprise, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal members of the court.

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1:50pm

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

We Must Mention Don Grady Of 'My Three Sons,' It's The Polite Thing To Do

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 2:02 pm

Don Grady (second from right) as "Robbie Douglas," with (at far left) Barry Livingson as "Ernie," Fred MacMurray as "Steve Douglas" the dad, and Stanley Livingston as "Chip."
CBS /Landov
  • A Bit Of The 'My Three Sons' Theme

Now that we're past the day's big news about health care, we just want to take a moment to note the death of actor Don Grady. He died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

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1:24pm

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

The Health Care Ruling Was SCOTUSblog's Olympics

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:39 pm

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

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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1:16pm

Thu June 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Legal Scholars React: 'Many People Were Stunned'

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:08 pm

Courtesy Columbia

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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12:50pm

Thu June 28, 2012
Fresh Food

Marcus Samuelsson: On Becoming A Top 'Chef'

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:16 pm

James Beard award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson has been a judge on Top Chef, Iron Chef America and Chopped.
Courtesy of Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson owns two restaurants in New York City and two restaurants in Sweden. He's cooked for President Obama and prime ministers, served as a judge on Top Chef and Chopped, and recently competed against 21 other chefs on Top Chef Masters. (He won.) He's the youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times.

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12:25pm

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Health Care Ruling: Examing Dissent

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:48 pm

Transcript

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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