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The US Supreme Court will rule on President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act before next year's elections. What are the possible consequences for the White House, Congress and insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans? We look at the range of options. Also, central bankers Join forces in response to European debt crisis, and Hillary Clinton makes the first official US visit to Myanmar since 1955.

Banner image: Chairman of Restore America's Voice Foundation Kenneth Hoagland (R) speaks during a news conference October 5, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Approximately 1.6 million signatures collected on petitions urging a repeal of Obama health-care reform were delivered to the Hill at the press conference. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Healthcare Reform Will Go to the Supreme Court 36 MIN, 19 SEC

President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act has received mixed reviews from appellate courts, and the US Supreme Court has agreed to pass judgment by June of next year. Democrats and Republicans are braced for the impact. From the Right and the Left, pressure is building for liberal Justice Elena Kagan and conservative Clarence Thomas to step aside. The stakes could include next year's presidential election and the make-up of Congress, not to mention health coverage for many millions of Americans. We hear about federal power and states' rights, the mandate to buy insurance and the consequences of possible court decisions.

Guests:
Robert Barnes, Washington Post (@scotusreporter )
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics (@danschnur)
Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University (@uwejreinhardt)
Thomas Miller, American Enterprise Institute

Making News Central Bankers Join Forces in Response to European Debt Crisis 7 MIN, 17 SEC

While heads of state are debating the prospects for another global recession, a coalition of central banks today took some action. It could be the first step in avoiding a financial crisis in Europe that could spread worldwide. Jim Tankersley is economics correspondent for the National Journal.

Guests:
Jim Tankersley, Washington Post (@jimtankersley)

Reporter's Notebook Hillary Clinton Visits Myanmar 6 MIN, 51 SEC

For decades, Myanmar — also called Burma — has been subject to a brutal military dictatorship, most famous for holding Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest after she won a national election. The country has a new civilian leader and there have been some reforms, but skeptical human rights groups have recently released new reports of atrocities. Today, Hillary Clinton has become the first American Secretary of State to pay what she calls a "fact finding" visit since John Foster Dulles in 1955. Joshua Kurlantzick is a fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World.

Guests:
Joshua Kurlantzick, Council on Foreign Relations (@CFR_org)

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