We have to acknowledge the phenomenal progress we’ve made, and with these two historic rulings we’ve taken two giant steps forward toward the American promise of equal justice under law. But we’re still not there. We’re still not all the way there. We celebrate today, and tomorrow we wake up and fight like hell until full equality is achieved in all 50 states.
First Take from Susan Page: The Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision and what it means
I “would not want to have been the royal officer charged with swabbing the cheek of Patrick Henry.”
A narrowly divided Supreme Court ruled today that police can collect DNA from people arrested but not convicted of serious crimes, a tool that more than half the states already use to help crack unsolved crimes.
It should be pretty clear by now that I didn’t do this because it’s good politics. I did it because I believed it was good for the country.
The Supreme Court today handed President Obama a major election-year victory in upholding his health care law.
Here are some links to some of the best coverage out there.
Our David Jackson writes: “The announcement will have a major impact on the nation’s health care system, the actions of both federal and state governments, and the course of the November presidential and congressional elections.”
USA TODAY’s Richard Wolf explains the ruling from in front of the Supreme Court building.
CNN got the ruling very wrong at first, reporting that the individual mandate had been struck down. Here’s a Storify of some of the reaction. AP then sent a memo to its employees asking them not to gloat.
Twitter reports that the number of tweets peaked at 13,000 per minute at 10:17 a.m. ET.
The New York Times has a smart take on what the decision means for Chief Justice John Roberts’ legacy.
"To those on the left who viewed him as an ideologue eager to pull the court rightward in a political fashion, this will now begin a re-examination of his style and legacy as it will for those on the right who considered the law unconstitutional and relied on him to make that point," Ethan Bronner writes.
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Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.