Here is some important news from the past few days:
SUPREME COURT AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE: “In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed a landmark 2010 ruling that allows corporations to make unlimited political expenditures, reversing a Montana Supreme Court ruling from December without hearing arguments.
“The summary reversal of American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, which directly rebutted the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, indicates the Supreme Court will stand by its view of corporations as people. It also clarified that the 2010 rules apply on the state level.” — The Hill 6/25/12
SUPREME COURT AND HEALTH CARE: “In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court upheld his signature health care law’s individual insurance mandate in a 5-4 decision, upending speculation after hostile-seeming oral arguments in March that the justices would overturn the law. The mandate has been upheld as a tax, with Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, joining the liberal wing of the court to save the law … “
“The court’s four liberal justices agreed that the individual mandate should be upheld as part of Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce, but Roberts disagreed, and wrote that the mandate is actually a tax, despite the Obama administration’s reluctance to describe it that way during the bill’s passage.” — Yahoo News 6/28/12
NEWS OUTLETS MISREPORT SUPREME COURT RULING: “In A Rush To Be First, CNN, FOX, Huffington Post and TIME Get Supreme Court Story Exactly Wrong” — Think Progress 6/28/12