OBAMACARE UPHELD! In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the individual mandate and declare Obamacare legal. The decision is complicated and we are reading it now, but the bottom line is the entire ACA was upheld, with the exception of the Medicaid funds rules. Conservative Chief Justice Roberts, appointed under George W. Bush, joined the liberal majority and declared the individual mandate constitutional as a tax, NOT the Commerce Clause.
Second Supreme Court ruling – SCOTUS strikes down (9 to 0) the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to falsely claim past military service. More from expert Mark Kogan.
Fast and furious – Attorney General Eric Holder is on the hot seat today. At 4:30 pm, the House of Representatives will vote on whether to find him in contempt of Congress for failure to adequately respond to a congressional subpoena for documents in Fast and Furious, the federal law enforcement operation that allowed firearms to circulate among criminals on both sides of the Southwest border. It would be the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt of Congress. Wait, what happens to Eric Holder if he is found in contempt?
Also happening today – NBC is giving Ann Curry the boot. The media scandal is true. Just this morning, Curry announced her departure on air. Savannah Guthrie will replace Ann Curry.
Tonight – The NBA holds its draft. Kentucky is expected to clean up with number one pick Anthony Davis and possibly Kidd-Gilchrist going second (H/T@chris_miles_). To warm-up, check out 9 worst NBA draft fashion statements.
Will Jamie Dimon survive as CEO? – JPMorgan trading loss could reach $9 billion, far exceeding earlier public estimates. The red ink has been mounting in recent weeks, as the bank has been unwinding its positions, according to interviews with current and former traders and executives at the bank who asked not to be named because of investigations into the bank.
Must read – 100 'Confidential' Postcards from Hillary Clinton (Sarah Swong) – This week Hillary Clinton visits her 100th country, Latvia, setting a record for most countries visited as Secretary of State. Here are the postcards she sent us from each country. Share!
Top PolicyMic Stories – 80% of 10-Year-Old Girls Have Been on a Diet: It is Time to Change Our Priorities (Courtney Hodrick) – We are so much more than a number on a scale, and we need a culture that recognizes that.
Earth to Jimmy Carter: You Were Responsible for Human Rights Violations, Too(Raoul Kleven) – The ex-president's recent op-ed bemoans the fact that the U.S. is abandoning its role as a global human rights champion. If only he saw the real problems with America while in office.
Mohammed Morsi Does Not Rule Egypt, We the People Do (Menna Alaa) – To President elect Mohamed Morsi: We are watching you. 13 million people might have chosen you, but we are the ones who rule.
Thursday fun – Which countries smoke the most pot? (Economist); Infographic: The impact of eating meat (NPR); Election 2012 pop quiz: Who said what? (NYTimes); Why a coin-flip could determine the Olympic track-and-field gold winner (Death and Taxes); The art world’s 30 most influential young figures (Art Info); How Reddit built its empire (Fast Company).
What we’re reading – How doctors can ethically harness the placebo effect (Discover Mag); Meet Egypt’s ultraconservative first lady (Daily Beast); Health care coverage around the world (Juan Cole); Mexico’s presidential hopefuls make their final push (BBC).
Dessert – Magic Mike Trailer: Movie Review, Photos, and Why Women Are Going Gaga Over This.