The Daily Digest (Court upholds health care law, Minnesota prepares for law and politicking)

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld virtually all of the federal health care law.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the court by declaring that the individual mandate is permissible.

MPR reports that the state’s health care system has been left largely intact.

Officials within the Dayton Administration say they’ll press ahead with implementing the new health system. GOP Sen. David Hann says he’s hoping Republicans have a clean sweep in November and repeal the law.

Here’s a Q and A on the impact of the ruling.

The National Journal says the health care decision means more acrimony in the states.

MPR has a look at the initial reaction in Minnesota to the ruling.

You can read some of the politicos statements to the ruling here.

The New York Times says the ruling will likely prompt a re-evaluation of Chief Justice John Roberts.

AP says Roberts joined a president who opposed him. Obama voted against his confirmation.

The ruling vindicates President Obama and the Solicitor General who argued the law before the court.

The New York Times says the ruling secures Obama’s place in history.

President Obama and other Democrats say they’re now moving past the health care fight.

Republicans believe they can repeal the law with Romney as president, a GOP controlled House and 51 GOP votes in the Senate.

The Washington Post said it’s a victory for Obama in June but wonders what the impact will be in November.

Politico says President Obama will cherry pick the best parts of the law and use them on the campaign trail.

Republicans, including Mitt Romney, will make an election year push to repeal the law.

Romney also said the health care law will raise taxes.

Democrats are pushing back on Romney’s push for a repeal. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak asked on Twitter whether Romney wanted to cut people off of health care.

The Washington Post says Romney “made stuff up” in his response to the health care ruling.

Romney’s campaign says he raised more than $3 million off of the decision.

House Republicans say they’ll hold another vote to repeal the law.

Minnesota’s medical device makers are ready for the law.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton talked jobs and education at an event in Winona.

The Star Tribune says Minnesota is seeing unusual gun trends.


The EU agrees on a bank rescue.

The U.S. economy grew modestly (1.9%) in the first quarter of the year.

Weekly unemployment claims fell in the U.S.

Minnesota’s exports hit record totals but the Pi Press says the growth is slowing.

JP Morgan’s trading loss may reach $9 billion.


The transportation bill is inching toward passage.

The U.S. House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Democrats Collin Peterson and Tim Walz voted for the resolution.

The Fix says the vote affirms what most voters think of Congress.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Rep. Collin Peterson will discuss the Farm Bill at an event in Moorhead on Saturday.

Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie gave the amendment a new title. It will read: “Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples.” The move has supporters of the amendment claiming Ritchie is “meddling.”

Middle East

Turkey deploys troops and tanks to the Syrian border.

Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing is preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan.


The Digest is taking next week off. Have a good 4th of July.

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