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Tracy Bloom
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Tracy Bloom left broadcast news to study at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. There she eventually became deputy editor of Neon Tommy, the most-trafficked online-only college website in…
Tracy Bloom

Obama Thought the Law Had Been Overturned:

Thanks to CNN and Fox News, President Obama initially thought his health care law had been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. A short time later he got the correct information from two sources: the White House lawyer at the Supreme Court and SCOTUSblog.com. As The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan put it, “Cable news needs to shut itself down. They failed high school newspaper tests this morning.” (Read more)

All About the Broccoli: Who would have thought a small green vegetable would play such a crucial role in the SCOTUS health care reform case? Well, it did, mainly because of the argument that Congress cannot use the commerce clause in the Constitution to force people to buy health insurance any more than it can make them buy and eat vegetables — broccoli, for example. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Robert, who wrote the majority 5-4 opinion upholding Obamacare, cited the broccoli argument to support his opinion. (For the record, the word “broccoli” was mentioned 12 times). (Read more)

Thinking About Going North Over Health Care Ruling? Think Again: Do the people who took to Twitter to say they were moving to Canada because of the Supreme Court’s health care decision not realize what kind of health care system is there? If they want to protest socialized medicine … maybe they should go somewhere where there’s no socialized medicine. (Read more)

Stolen Valor Act Ruled Unconstitutional: Another ruling garnering headlines Thursday was the Supreme Court’s decision on the Stolen Valor Act, an important case because of its First Amendment implications. By a 6-3 vote, the high court struck it down. The Stolen Valor Act made it a federal crime punishable by imprisonment to lie about receiving military medals. (Read more)

Holder Held in Contempt: The House has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over the botched Fast and Furious program. The final vote was 255-67. Numerous House Democrats walked out to protest the vote. (Read more)

Flashback Video of the Day: Bill O’Reilly owes us all an apology. The outspoken Fox News host said back in March he would “apologize for being an idiot” if the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care reform law. It did. Now it’s time for him to say he is sorry.

— Posted by Tracy Bloom

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