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Week In The News: Health Care, Immigration, Wildfires

The Supreme Court on health care. And immigration. “Show me your papers.” Wildfire and mass evacuation in Colorado. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP)

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP)

The Supreme Court doesn’t do high drama that often. But when it does, watch out. Explosive news from the court this week. A 5-4 vote, after months of anticipation, to uphold President Obama’s health care reforms. The conservative chief justice siding with the liberal majority. Relief in the reform camp. Fury in the GOP.

We’ve got a “show me your papers” green light from the same court. A contempt vote on Eric Holder in the House. Epic wildfire in Colorado. Tens of thousands evacuated. Mountains burning.

This hour, On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Jan Crawford, political correspondent and chief legal correspondent for CBS News.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “The Supreme Court on Thursday left standing the basic provisions of the health care overhaul, ruling that the government may use its taxation powers to push people to buy health insurance.”

The Weekly Standard “With the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare, the issue now shifts to the elected branches of government and raises this question: Will the intense opposition dissipate or will it lead to a fervent new effort to repeal the liberal health care law?”

Washington Post “President Barack Obama cast the Supreme Court’s election-year vindication of his sweeping federal health care law as a victory for the American people. His Republican rival Mitt Romney vowed to repeal it on his first day in office if he wins the November election.”

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