June 28th, 2012
09:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Romney's health law 'hasn't worked'

(CNN) – Rick Santorum didn't hold back Thursday when describing the Massachusetts health plan put in place by Mitt Romney, saying the measure pushed through by the GOP presidential candidate left the Bay State with high costs and uninsured citizens.

"I think what you're seeing is it hasn't worked in Massachusetts," Santorum, who has endorsed Romney for president, said of the law on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Tweet of the day: 'Big – important – deal'
June 28th, 2012
06:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Tweet of the day: 'Big – important – deal'

(CNN) - When President Barack Obama signed his health care bill into law in 2010, Vice President Joe Biden turned to him and said in his ear, but loudly enough that microphones picked it up, "This is a big f***king deal."

That came to be the best-remembered moment from the ceremony. The Obama campaign printed it on t-shirts and the White House press secretary weighed in with a response.
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Filed under: Health care • Joe Biden • President Obama • Supreme Court
June 28th, 2012
05:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Behind Romney's health care response

(CNN) - GOP candidate Mitt Romney reacted Thursday to the Supreme Court's health care ruling. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.


Filed under: Health care • Mitt Romney
Reaction to House vote holding Attorney General Holder in contempt
June 28th, 2012
05:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Reaction to House vote holding Attorney General Holder in contempt

(CNN) – A collection of reaction from various groups and individuals to the House of Representatives vote Thursday holding Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running sting.

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Holder • Justice Department • White House
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 28, 2012
June 28th, 2012
05:09 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 28, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 28, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING… HOLDER FOUND IN CONTEMPT: The House of Representatives voted 255-67 Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running sting.

“Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what has become a misguided and politically motivated investigation over an election year,” Holder said in a press conference following the vote. “By advancing it over the past year in a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety. Instead of trying to find ways to improve law enforcement.... they have led us to this unnecessary and regrettable outcome.”

UPHELD... THE SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS OBAMACARE AS CONSTITUTIONAL

10:10 a.m. ET… Chief Justice Roberts from the bench: “Congress did not intend the payment to be treated as a “tax” for purposes of the Anti-Injunction Act. The Affordable Care Act describes the payment as a “penalty,” not a “tax.” That label cannot control whether the payment is a tax for purposes of the Constitution, but it does determine the application of the Anti-Injunction Act. The Anti-Injunction Act therefore does not bar this suit.”

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Michelle Obama praises husband's 'historic reform'
June 28th, 2012
04:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Michelle Obama praises husband's 'historic reform'

(CNN) – Stumping for President Barack Obama on the campaign trail Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama added one more item to the list of accomplishments she normally boasts when talking about her husband.

"When it comes to healthcare, please, please tell people about the historic reform this president passed," she said, referring the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health care reform law passed in 2010.
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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Michelle Obama • Supreme Court • Tennessee
BREAKING: House votes to hold Holder in contempt
June 28th, 2012
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: House votes to hold Holder in contempt

(CNN) - The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt for refusing to turn over documents tied to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting - a discredited operation that has become a sharp point of contention between Democrats and Republicans in Washington.

The 255-67 vote marked the first time in American history that the head of the Justice Department has been held in contempt by Congress. Almost every House Republican backed the measure, along with nearly 20 Democrats.

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Holder
First lady implores black churchgoers to get political
June 28th, 2012
04:40 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady implores black churchgoers to get political

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned pitch for black churchgoers to embrace political action on Thursday in a speech to the country's oldest black religious denomination.

"To anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better," Obama said at a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Michelle Obama • Tennessee
Obama campaign to opponents: Move past health care fight
June 28th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign to opponents: Move past health care fight

Washington (CNN) - Team Obama attempted to frame the political debate following the Supreme Court's ruling on health care Thursday, positioning the ruling as the final word on reform and urging Republicans not to resurrect earlier political fights.

"All three branches of government have now agreed that President Obama's health care law is the right thing to do," read a memo from Democratic campaign officials. "It's time to move past the same political battles and fully implement the law."
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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • President Obama • Supreme Court
Obama first learned of court ruling from cable TV
In an official White House photo, President Obama speaks on the phone with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli after learning the Supreme Court's ruling on his health care law.
June 28th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama first learned of court ruling from cable TV

Washington (CNN) – A calm President Barack Obama received the news of the Supreme Court's health care ruling while just outside the Oval Office Thursday, senior administration officials said.

After first learning, from a TV with four split screens, that the individual mandate section of the law was struck down, the president waited on word from his staff.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama • Supreme Court
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