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CNN: Emotions high after Supreme Court upholds health care law
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the health care law championed by President Barack Obama reignited an intense debate, with Democrats celebrating millions of Americans getting access to insurance while Republicans railed against what they contend is a dangerous expansion of government.
CNN: House holds Holder in contempt
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in 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 House approved a pair of criminal and civil measures against the attorney general, marking the first time in American history that the head of the Justice Department has been held in contempt by Congress.
CNN: Fund-raising flurry after Supreme Court ruling
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said on Thursday it had raised $3.2 million following the Supreme Court's decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care law. The fund-raising figure included money raised through 9 p.m. ET. Earlier in the evening the campaign said they raised funds from more than 26,000 donations.
CNN: First lady implores black churchgoers to get political
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.
CNN: Nearly 350 homes destroyed in Colorado Springs, officials say
Firefighters made progress Thursday in fighting a blaze that has devoured more than 18,000 acres in Colorado, but their sense of accomplishment was tempered by the news that nearly 350 homes in Colorado Springs had been destroyed by the flames. Mayor Steve Bach, citing preliminary numbers, told reporters that 346 residences on 34 streets were destroyed.
CNN: Justices dismiss law making lying about military honors a crime
The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a federal law making it a crime to falsely claim military medals earned. The 6-3 ruling was a free speech victory but perhaps in name only - for a onetime California public official who publicly lied about winning the prestigious Medal of Honor.
CNN: Soldier dead, two others injured in Fort Bragg shooting
One U.S. Army soldier was killed Thursday and two others wounded when one soldier shot another, then turned the gun on himself at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, authorities said. All three soldiers were from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, the installation said in a statement. The shooting occurred during a unit safety brief, said Fort Bragg spokesman Col. Kevin Arata.
CNN: Zimmerman to seek second bond
George Zimmerman and his attorney will be back before a Florida judge Friday to argue Zimmerman should be allowed bond a second time despite misrepresenting his finances. Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin, will attend the morning hearing unshackled and in civilian clothing.
CNN: Turkey deploys troops, tanks to Syrian border
Turkey said Thursday that it will act against "hostile action" by Syria as troops and tanks deployed to the border after the downing of a Turkish jet last week. "The incident of our unarmed plane on a test and training mission being shot down by Syria on June 22, 2012 in international airspace, has been discussed in detail," said a statement from Turkey's National Security Council after a five-hour meeting. "It has been stressed that Turkey will act with determination against this hostile action reserving all its rights arising from international law," the statement said.
CNN: Blasts erupt near Syrian ministry; Clinton in Russia for meeting
On the eve of a key gathering of world diplomats, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Friday with her Russian counterpart in a bid to find common ground on the crisis in Syria. The St. Petersburg meeting between Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to include discussion of Russian arm sales to the Syrian regime, a State Department official told reporters this week.
CNN: UK police serve notice on Assange in embassy
Police served a notice Thursday on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange demanding that he appear at a police station in connection with his extradition, after he sought asylum last week at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The surrender notice was served "upon a 40-year-old man that requires him to attend a police station at date and time of our choosing,"a Metropolitan Police statement said.
CNN: UK journalist assaulted in Tahrir Square: 'Please make it stop'
Amid the celebrations that greeted the declaration of a winner in Egypt's first freely elected presidential vote, a British student journalist was being sexually assaulted by a mob in Tahrir Square. Natasha Smith recounted the experience on her blog and in an interview with CNN. Smith, who has since left Egypt, wrote that the moving demonstrations of freedom turned to horror "in a split second" when dozens of frenzied men dragged her away from two male companions and began to grope her "with increasing force and aggression."
CNNMoney: EU leaders continue to debate growth measures
European Union leaders remained behind closed doors late Thursday as talks over a plan to boost economic growth and create jobs continued at a summit in Brussels. European Council president Herman Van Rompuy stressed that the leaders have made progress on the so-called growth pact, which he said would mobilize €120 billion in "immediate measures."
CNNMoney: Stocks close lower, but pare earlier losses
Stocks closed in negative territory Thursday, after clawing back from much steeper losses in the last hour of trading. A Bloomberg article stating that German Chancellor Angela Merkel cancelled a press conference at a European Union summit was enough to get investors speculating about a possible deal coming out of the summit.
CNNMoney: Nike shares sink after earnings miss
Nike shares plunged 13% in after-hours trading Thursday following a quarterly earnings report that missed analyst estimates. The sportswear giant's quarterly revenue rose 12% versus last year to $6.5 billion, but net income fell 8% on declining margin and increased expenses. In particular, Nike cited factors including rising materials costs, a higher effective tax rate and increased marketing expenses surrounding events like the Summer Olympics and soccer's European Championship.
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President Obama says the Supreme Court's ruling on health care reform is a victory for the people.
lesson we've got a 2 choices, pick mitten And get: a oil well in every backyard in America. pushing more carbon and pollution in our atmosphere; choking the earth to death, free trade to China pitting American workers against slave laborers in china for our jobs, the new world order where government and labor would give all the power to corporations ; as corporations put the world on the same wages,. voting for Obama :clean energy all over ;giving the earth some needed breather, infrastructure modernization putting millions of Americans to work; and pulling countless of internation businesses to our shores putting even more American to work, and having health insurance for every one ; instead of corporations raping the people and pulling every dime they have in their pocket.
Listen to this very honest USA citizen, some GOP cult is inculcating fear in you–this law is not a new tax, listen carefully, once healthcare state government EXCHANGES set up–insurance companies come to your feet to buy from them, otherwise you go to Exchanges–they know. So, my fellow middle class Americans, do not FEAR!!! God bless us all.
PS: my sweet name for insurance companies is "thugs of insurance". Shhh do not tell all! God bless!