11:27am

Thu June 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 2:55 pm

Supporters of the health care law march in front of the Supreme Court building.
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In one of the most widely anticipated decisions in recent history, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the sweeping federal law overhauling the nation's health care system is constitutional.

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10:59am

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Update On The Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:21 pm

The law was upheld thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the court's more liberal wing, on a very narrow grounds: Instead of saying Congress has the authority to regulate interstate commerce, they said Congress has the authority to levy taxes. And the penalty for people who do not have health care is a tax and therefore constitutional.

10:53am

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

5 Justices Agree: Insurance Penalty Considered A Tax

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:21 pm

Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer has the latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled that the law — with its "individual mandate," or requirement that virtually all Americans buy health insurance — is constitutional.

10:34am

Thu June 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Niagara Falls offers to pay student debt in exchange for living downtown

Niagara Falls is testing a novel approach to attracting new residents. The city is offering to pay a portion of recent college graduates' student debt in exchange for living downtown for two years.

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10:11am

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Supreme Court Rules On Health Care Law

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:14 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Supreme Court has just wrapped up its term with one of the most consequential cases in decades.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The justices have ruled that the landmark health care law that has become a signature of Barack Obama's presidency is largely upheld. The opinions run hundreds of pages. We're looking at all those pages now and we'll bring you detailed news and analysis all morning.

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10:00am

Thu June 28, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned to Yesterday

# 590, Mystery, It’s a Crime, Mr. Collins “Canary-Yellow Sack” 1956 Screen Guild Theater “The Blue Dahlia” 4/21/49 

 Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

9:50am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:39 pm

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

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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9:36am

Thu June 28, 2012
Politics and Government

End of session: Mixed results for Governor Cuomo

The just concluded 2012 legislative session brought mixed results for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is in his second year as governor.  While Cuomo and lawmakers could claim credit for a calm and functional end to the session,  the governor had to drop some of his original goals  in order for that to happen.

Cuomo’s second legislative session was far less dramatic than his first legislative session in 2011, when he convinced the legislature to authorize same sex marriage, instate a two percent property tax cap, and close a massive $10 billion budget deficit.

In his second session, the governor’s record of achieving his stated goals was not as complete.

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8:58am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

If E.T. Comes Calling, Americans Favor Obama Over Romney To Handle Things

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:00 pm

In the 1996 20th Century Fox film Independence Day, the White House did not fare well.
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This comes from National Geographic, not The National Enquirer:

"Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans think [President] Barack Obama would be better suited than fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion."

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8:40am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip Only Slightly; First-Quarter GDP Estimate Unchanged

Two fresh bits of economic data, neither of which change the picture much if at all:

-- The Employment and Training Administration says there were 386,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 6,000 from the week before. But it also revised up that previous week's estimate, from the initial report of 387,000.

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