3:53pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Judging The Health Care Law

Court's Recent Rulings Shake Up Partisan Narrative

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 8:26 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court justices — (first row, from left) Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, (back row) Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan — pose at the Supreme Court in 2010.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

It's a bit less likely now than a week ago that you'll hear people accuse the Supreme Court of being politicized.

That's because this week, the court ended its session with two controversial decisions — neither one of which was decided on the usual and predictable split between the five justices appointed by Republican presidents and the four appointed by Democrats.

But that doesn't make the court any less of a political animal.

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3:50pm

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Students Seen Bullying Bus Monitor Suspended For A Year

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 4:18 pm

From the video of Karen Klein being bullied.
youtube.com

The Greece Central School District in Western New York has decided on a punishment for the students seen bullying their 69-year-old school bus monitor on a YouTube video that went viral earlier this month.

Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said the parents of the four middle school students agreed to a one-year suspension and 50 hours of community service with senior citizens. They will also be required to complete a bullying prevention program.

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3:50pm

Fri June 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Ironies Abound In New Romney Ad

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 9:57 am

In a new anti-Obama ad, Mitt Romney's campaign has struck a mother lode of delicious ironies.

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3:38pm

Fri June 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Opponents Of Secondary Provisions In Health Care Law Look To Lower Courts

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:45 am

A demonstrator protests outside the the Supreme Court Thursday in Washington, D.C.
David Goldman AP

When the Supreme Court upheld the central tenet of President Obama's health care law, it meant that several lower court fights on other aspects of the sweeping legislation can move forward.

Those cases, including high-profile lawsuits by Catholic organizations challenging the law's contraception coverage rules, would, obviously, have been affected if the court had found the individual mandate unconstitutional or struck down the law in its entirety.

But with the law intact, the lawsuits — many of them held in abeyance pending the high court's decision — will proceed.

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3:22pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Politics

Tea Party Sees Ruling As New Rallying Cry

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 8:26 pm

The Supreme Court is reflected in the sunglasses of Susan Clark on Thursday as she demonstrates against President Obama's health care law.
David Goldman AP

Some of the earliest and most vocal opponents of President Obama's health care law were members of the Tea Party. In fact, health care quickly became the issue fueling the rise of the movement.

Anger over the Affordable Care Act drove the Tea Party and Republicans to big gains in the 2010 elections, but since then the movement has seen its prominence and influence wane.

Now, Tea Party activists say the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the law will reignite that original passion in time for this fall's election.

Call For Repeal Continues

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2:51pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Judging The Health Care Law

Doctors Applaud Ruling But Keep Champagne On Ice

"It's a great idea, health care for everyone," says Gary Small, director of the geriatric psychiatry division at UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, "but who pays for it?"
Vince Bucci AP

For people in the medical and insurance fields, the Supreme Court's health care ruling cleared up a lot of uncertainty. But by no means all of it.

By upholding the bulk of the federal law passed in 2010, the court allowed the status quo to remain more or less in place.

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2:44pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Europe

Europe Reaches Deal To Help Ease Debt Woes

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 8:26 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. For once, we have what looks like good news from the eurozone. At least that's how the financial markets view it. Markets shot upwards today after European leaders reached a deal to help Spain and Italy survive the region's financial crisis.

The agreement came at a summit in Brussels. NPR's Philip Reeves was there.

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2:32pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Fast Tests Are Latest Weapons Against Infections

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 6:42 pm

A new lab test could quickly detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, bacteria like these in the blood.
Janice Carr CDC

Show up at the emergency room or your doctor's office with symptoms of a serious infection, and there's a good chance you'll get an antibiotic. You might even get a few.

But antibiotics don't work on viruses. And a particular antibiotic may be suited for one kind of germ, but not another.

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2:21pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Politics

Week In Politics: Health Care, Eric Holder

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 8:26 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

We're joined now by our regular political commentators, columnist E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times. Both of you in Aspen, Colorado today for the Aspen Ideas Festival. Gentlemen, welcome.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be with you.

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2:17pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Around the Nation

Juvenile Sentencing Ruling May Change Mich. Case

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 8:26 pm

This week, the Supreme Court struck down mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles. Youth Radio's Sayre Quevedo looks at one case in Michigan that may be affected by the court's decision.

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