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4:30 SITUATIONAL ROOM CNN staffers said to be in “revolt” over brief blown coverage today but were silent through 200 days of Casey Anthony.
3:20 DEMS WIN BATTLE, LOSE WAR? Ezra Klein on how Justice Roberts was actually brilliant as politician and strategist, looking at the long term, as he upheld conservative goals on every point, while giving Dems temporary win “on a technicality.” Sustains right-wing legal agenda while making it harder to paint as purely partisan when rules more radically in future.
2:30 GUNNING FOR DEMOCRATS Former GOP spokesman in Michigan responds to SCOTUS today by musing that “armed rebellion” might now be necessary—and he’s in a heavily armed state, to be sure. (And Michael Moore better duck.) He wrote, “here’s my response. And yes, I mean it. There are times government has to do things to get what it wants and holds a gun to your head. I’m saying at some point, we have to ask the question when do we turn that gun around and say no and resist.” He also cited the American Revolution.
1:45 START SCRUBBING Romney’s web site still calls for appointing judges “in the mold” of John Roberts… Dave Weigel on scene outside after Court rulling, including GOP’s Representative Gohmert call to impeach Kagan. Not Roberts?
1:35 WIELDING A TAX As I predicted, Fox and Friends going nuts over “tax” issue in SCOTUS decision and Obama’s saying he would not “raise taxes.” Fox’s line: “A fraud perpetrated on the American people…massive tax increase.” Awaiting impeachment talk.
12:20 pm CANDIDATES SPEAK Romney, as expected, argued: now people must kick out Obama and put him in. Obama then explains (again) what’s in the bill that’s good, that he’s proud of it, and now let’s talk about jobs… Love this tweet from @Berberich: “Upset about today’s SCOTUS decision? Want to leave the U.S.? Here’s a list of other industrialized countries without universal healthcare…”
11:45 am TAXING PROBLEM As predicted earlier, GOP focusing on “tax” issue. Just one example, Representative Louis Gohmert just now: “The president said the mandate is not a tax. He promised Congress that this is not a tax. But the Supreme Court made clear today it is a tax, they made clear that everyone who works for this president and believes this president are fools.” Representative Michele Bachmann then chimed in with much the same. Newt Gingrich tweeting this line.