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Why the Individual Mandate is still constitutional

  • 10:25 am Friday, June 29th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

Since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama health law on Thursday, I have received a number of messages from listeners and readers arguing that because the Justices found the individual mandate was a tax, it was unconstitutional, as that plan didn’t start in the House. “Article 1, Section 7 …

Congress moves highway, student loan bills

  • 9:49 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

Before leaving town on a July 4th break, the House and Senate on Friday are expected to approve major highway and student loan interest rate measures, demonstrating again that serious lawmaking can take place even at a time when both parties accuse the other of rank partisanship and gridlock. The …

Reporters get a Supreme Court reminder

  • 9:35 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

Through the years that I have covered news in Washington, D.C., I have always tried to follow one rule – don’t try to predict what the Supreme Court is going to do on a certain case. That was driven home this week by decisions in several major cases of the …

Chief Justice Roberts delivers for President Obama

  • 11:44 am Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

With the Supreme Court sharply divided, the Obama health law was saved by Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the four more liberal justices on the Court to uphold both the individual mandate and the overall health reform plan. It was a supremely ironic outcome, as the Roberts Court …

Supreme Court rules on health care

  • 7:10 pm Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

It has been three months since three days of arguments before the Supreme Court wrapped up on the Obama health law, and now the Justices will finally deliver their verdict. But here is something important to remember – there is not just one health care case before the Supreme Court …

Voters knock off another incumbent

  • 12:47 am Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

While high profile lawmakers like Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah survived tough primary challenges, voters on Tuesday night knocked off another member of Congress, as a five term Oklahoma Republican became the latest Congressional casualty. Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) wasn’t well known outside …

Incumbents on alert in Congress

  • 6:35 am Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

As primary voting continues today for the new Congress, two very familiar names are in the spotlight, as Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) hope to fight off challengers and keep their seats in Washington, D.C. Rangel wears the hat as “Most Endangered Incumbent” today, as he …

Supreme Court knocks Arizona Immigration Law

  • 5:06 pm Monday, June 25th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

I’m not a lawyer and I don’t try to play one on TV. But reading through the Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law, it just seems like it is a win for the Obama Administration and a major setback for states looking to exert some influence in the …

A busy week in Congress

  • 7:32 am Monday, June 25th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

With a break for Independence Day on the horizon, the Congress has a lot to deal with before lawmakers scatter across the country, including legislative battles over a major highway bill, interest rates for student loans and a GOP effort for a political rebuke of the Attorney General. That resolution …

Supreme Court Monday

  • 3:13 pm Sunday, June 24th, 2012 by Jamie Dupree

All eyes Monday morning will again be on the U.S. Supreme Court, as this week should bring what some believe may be a landmark decision on the Obama health law as well as a controversial illegal immigration law from Arizona. There are other cases still to be ruled on by …