Supreme Court upholds Obamacare individual mandate as a tax Thu,28 Jun 2012 06:55 AM PDT 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 [...] Full Story
John Roberts saves Obamacare: How does George W. Bush feel right now? Thu,28 Jun 2012 01:01 PM PDT In his White House memoir, "Courage and Consequence," Karl Rove recalls being the lone non-lawyer among the group of George W. Bush aides who initially interviewed John Roberts for the Supreme Court in 2005. Rove asked Roberts to go back in history to name the justice whom he most revered. Roberts' answer, Robert Jackson, intrigued and reassured Rove. When appointed in 1941, Jackson was serving as Franklin Roosevelt's attorney general and had been expected to be a pro-New Deal rubber-stamp on the court. But, as Rove put it, Jackson "instead demonstrated a fidelity to the Constitution that Roberts admired." Full Story
'Mandate struck down': 'Dewey Defeats Truman' moment for CNN, Fox News Thu,28 Jun 2012 08:43 AM PDT The Supreme Court upheld the individual insurance mandate of President Obama's "Affordable Health Care Act" in a 5-4 decision on Thursday, sending cable news and Twitter into a frenzy. Moments after the 193-page ruling was released by the court, several media outlets--including CNN and Fox News--erroneously reported on-air that the mandate had been struck down. [...] Full Story
Kentucky Father Arrested After Son Left in Hot Car Thu,28 Jun 2012 04:33 AM PDT A Kentucky father has been arrested for allegedly leaving his 2-year-old son inside a hot car parked outside his office. Kenneth Robinson, 31, told police he got distracted Monday and drove straight to work instead of dropping off the boy at daycare. The toddler was... Full Story
House votes to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Thu,28 Jun 2012 01:49 PM PDT The full House of Representatives voted on Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over the Justice Department's decision to withhold documents related to the failed Fast and Furious gunwalking operation. By a vote of 255 to 67, House members voted to hold Holder in contempt, disregarding a protest walkout led [...] Full Story
Excel Shortcuts You Probably Didn't Know Wed,27 Jun 2012 10:37 AM PDT Microsoft Excel is an incredibly powerful spreadsheet program that millions of people use. It's got so many tools in it that even experts don't always know all the shortcuts. But just knowing a few tricks can vastly speed up — and simplify — your workflow. Note: Different versions of Excel may have different commands, so [...] Full Story
Obama: (Insert Issue Here) 'It's the Right Thing to Do' Wed,27 Jun 2012 12:47 PM PDT ABC OTUS News - Doing the right thing seems to be hard for everyone, except President Obama. He always seems to know the "right thing to do." Indeed, he uses his presidential remarks to instruct the American people on the right thing to do over and over again. At... Full Story
The Supreme Court's Obamacare decision: live coverage from SCOTUSblog Thu,28 Jun 2012 06:01 AM PDT The Supreme Court ends its term Thursday morning, when it will issue a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, along with two other rulings. At 8:45 a.m. ET, the experts at SCOTUSblog—SCOTUS stands for Supreme Court of the United States—will begin analyzing what the Court might do in the liveblog below, and when a decision is handed down, this liveblog will likely be the first place to break the news. Full Story
Lab tests detected only marijuana in the system of a Florida man shot while chewing on another man's face, the medical examiner said Wednesday, ruling out other street drugs including the components typically found in the stimulants known as "bath salts."
Hillary Rodham Clinton made and marked history on Thursday, setting a new frequent-flier record for American secretaries of state by touching down in her 100th country and commemorating the strong stand one of her predecessors took against Soviet expansion.
Republicans say Supreme Court ruling will hurt swing-state Democrats in November Thu,28 Jun 2012 11:22 AM PDT The Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold the individual mandate in the president's health care law solidified health care as the cornerstone for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign. But it remains a tricky issue for Democrats running for Senate in conservative and competitive states. Already facing attacks over their ties to and alleged support for "Obamacare," [...] Full Story
The Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's health care law is complicated, just like the law itself. Today the court said the law is mostly constitutional. Here is what it means for you: – You have to buy health insurance or be subject to a...
Record numbers of a once-waning population of sockeye salmon have been returning to the Northwest's Columbia Basin this summer, with thousands more crossing the river's dams in a single day than the total numbers seen in some previous years.
LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists hunting the Higgs subatomic particle will unveil results next week that could confirm, confound or complicate our understanding of the fundamental nature of the universe. Seldom has something so small and ephemeral excited such interest. The theoretical particle explains how suns and planets formed after the Big Bang - but so far it has not been proven to exist. The CERN research centre near Geneva will on July 4 unveil its latest findings in the search for the Higgs after reporting "tantalizing glimpses" in December. ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress on Thursday as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives sanctioned the nation's top law enforcement official for withholding some documents related to a failed gun-running probe. The mostly partisan vote of 255-67 marked the first time a sitting attorney general and presidential Cabinet member was cited for contempt by the full House. No Senate vote is necessary in this House contempt citation. ...
Report: JPMorgan trading losses may reach $9B Thu,28 Jun 2012 10:25 AM PDT Associated Press - Shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. tumbled Thursday as a published report said that the bank's losses on a bad trade may reach as much as $9 billion — far higher than the estimated $2 billion loss disclosed last month. Full Story
Romney: To get rid of Obamacare, replace Obama Thu,28 Jun 2012 10:08 AM PDT Mitt Romney doubled down on his critique of President Barack Obama's health care law, arguing that Obamacare is still a "bad policy" that deserves to be repealed in spite of the Supreme Court's ruling. "Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It's a bad law today," Romney said in a news conference organized on a D.C. rooftop [...] Full Story
THE BIGGEST SCANDAL IN U.S. HISTORY Wed,27 Jun 2012 04:32 PM PDT Ann Coulter - Forget executive privilege, contempt of Congress, "fast and furious," how many documents the government has produced and who said what to whom on which date.The Obama administration has almost certainly engaged in the most shockingly vile corruption scandal in the history of the country, not counting the results of Season Eight on "American Idol. ... Full Story
Search teams have reportedly found the boots and helmets belonging to two Turkish aviators whose plane was shot down by Syrian forces last week, but there's still no sign of the pilots themselves. Top Turkish officials announced today the helmets were found among the two-seat...
Tennessee man returns $13,000 in cash he found on trash can (VIDEO) Wed,27 Jun 2012 11:20 AM PDT When Kenneth Allen picked up the paper bag sitting atop a trash can outside a Tennessee convenience store, he found two things: A bottle of cologne and nearly $13,000 in cash. "It never crossed my mind to take it, because that's not the right thing to do," Allen told local affiliate Fox4KC about the $12,764.73 [...] Full Story
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - A fierce Colorado wildfire that has forced the evacuation of some 35,000 people while raging for six days at the edge of the state's second-most populous city has destroyed 346 homes, Mayor Steve Bach said on Thursday, citing preliminary damage reports. If those figures hold up, the tally of lost homes in and around Colorado Springs would make the so-called Waldo Canyon Fire the state's most destructive on record, surpassing the 257 homes consumed in recent weeks by a much larger blaze north of Denver near Fort Collins. ...
65 percent of Americans say Obama better suited to handle alien invasion than Romney Wed,27 Jun 2012 10:11 AM PDT In the event that Bill Pullman isn't available, two-thirds of respondents to a new survey say that President Barack Obama would be better suited to handle an alien invasion than presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. "We wanted the pulse on people's opinions," said Brad Dancer, senior vice president of research and digital media for [...] Full Story
Colorado Springs officials said Thursday that hundreds of homes have been destroyed by a raging wildfire that has encroached on the state's second-largest city and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Rep. Gutierrez rips Arizona immigration law Thu,28 Jun 2012 12:18 PM PDT Justin Bieber is many things: Singer, actor ... Canadian? It's true! And Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.) used the Bieb's Canadian ancestry to make a point about the controversial Arizona immigration law. [Related: Arizona implements immigration law as feds push back] Gutierrez, who is against the law that allows Arizona law enforcement officials to ask [...] Full Story
Obama cheers Supreme Court's health care ruling, says focus must now be jobs Thu,28 Jun 2012 07:31 AM PDT President Barack Obama called the Supreme Court's decision to uphold his historic health care overhaul a victory for sick and struggling Americans and vowed a renewed focus on the worry atop voters' minds: the sour economy. "Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more [...] Full Story
Is the mandate a tax? Obama has said no Thu,28 Jun 2012 08:06 AM PDT The critical decision by a majority on the Supreme Court to treat the individual mandate included in President Barack Obama's health care law as a constitutionally justified tax is at direct odds with how the president defended the legislation in 2009 as he was working to wrangle sufficient votes to get it passed. Shortly after [...] Full Story
Norwegian mass murderer gets his own psych ward inside prison Thu,28 Jun 2012 10:02 AM PDT The unrepentant Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will have his own private psychiatric ward to be built inside the prison where he now resides. The new wing inside the prison is one more step prison officials are taking to make sure the mass killer stays put at Ila Prison in Oslo. [Related: Norway to [...] Full Story
Texas 'stand your ground' shooter headed to prison Wed,27 Jun 2012 02:07 PM PDT A Texas man convicted of shooting and killing his unarmed neighbor during a dispute over loud music received a 40-year prison sentence on Wednesday. Raul Rodriguez, 47, faced a minimum of five years and a maximum of life in prison. He claimed he shot schoolteacher Kelly Danaher in self-defense under Texas' version of the "stand [...] Full Story
Google reveals pint-sized Nexus 7 tablet for just $199 Wed,27 Jun 2012 10:48 AM PDT Google revealed its long-rumored device today — a 7-inch Nexus tablet running Android's newest operating system flavor, 4.1 Jelly Bean. The pint-sized slate — which the company showed off at its annual Google I/O keynote event — is manufactured by Asus, … Continue reading → Full Story
Outside the Supreme Court, mass confusion over the ruling Thu,28 Jun 2012 08:51 AM PDT WASHINGTON—If you wanted to be the last to learn how the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, the steps of the court were a pretty good place to be. While many Americans were glued to their television screens, or watching the live updates on SCOTUSblog when the decision to uphold the [...] Full Story