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Friday, June 29, 2012

#Obamacare Lives. Now What?


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June 29, 2012

 

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Obamacare Lives. What's Next?

By Adam Serwer

It survived. 

The largest expansion of the American welfare state since the Great Society stands, upheld by the most conservative Supreme Court in decades. Yet the decision is not simply a landmark ruling, it is a monumental setback for a conservative movement strategy meant to sabotage, by all available means, the presidency of Barack Obama.

Here's where we go from here: [READ MORE]

 

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We Could Stop Importing Oil From the Middle East Today if We Wanted

By Kevin Drum

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal passed along some good news: Within a few years, America will be able to substantially reduce its dependence on Middle East oil. But the article mainly emphasizes the benefits of new shale oil fields that have been opened up by hydraulic fracturing; this is a misreading. Fracking is important, but it's not really the key to America's petroleum future.

Here are three things you should know from the recent release of the EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2012: [READ MORE]

 

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THIS WEEK'S NEWS ROUNDUP

John Roberts Has Gone Rogue

Things we didn't expect to write: John Roberts joined the five most liberal justices in upholding Obamacare. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing her own opinion, took time to needle Mitt Romney.) The conspiracy du jour: Roberts flipped at the last minute, leaving Scalia to write the dissent.

But don't worry: It's still the most conservative court we've seen in decades. (If you needed any more evidence, check out what they just said about campaign finance.)

Oh, and 65 percent of Americans think President Obama is better suited than Mitt Romney to respond to an alien invasion. You know, if it comes to that.

 

CHART OF THE WEEK: Hotter Planet = More Wildfires [READ MORE]

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: It's a Tax! [READ MORE]

 

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