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For the third time, the US Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Federal health insurance subsidies for seven million Americans will depend on how the Justices rule on arguments they heard today.

Also, a just released Justice Department report finds widespread racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. On today's Talking Point, possible oil drilling in the Arctic -- where there's no proven technology available to clean up a spill.

Photo: Protestors in favor of the Affordable Care Act hold signs that show the number of people in Texas, Ohio, and Arizona who will possibly lose affordable healthcare, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington March 4, 2015.(Gary Cameron/Reuters)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sasa Woodruff
Jenny Hamel

Justice Report Finds Widespread Racial Bias in Ferguson PD 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After an extensive investigation, the US Department of Justice has cleared former Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights violations in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. A separate report found widespread racial bias in the city's police department. Reporter Matt Apuzzo is following the case for the New York Times and has the details.

Guests:
Matt Apuzzo, New York Times (@mattapuzzo)

More:
DOJ report on criminal investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown
DOJ investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

Four Words and Seven Million Americans 33 MIN, 33 SEC

The Supreme Court found Obamacare to be constitutional two years ago.  Today it was asked to decide a legal challenge. Does the law provide that subsidies for low-income people apply only where health insurance markets have been "established by the state?" The Court's interpretation of those four words could determine if subsidies are valid for seven million people who signed up where the federal government established the markets. It's a case deeply rooted in partisan politics. Four liberal court members and two conservatives made clear what they think.  Chief Justice John Roberts could be the decider — but he was hardly heard from.

Guests:
Robert Barnes, Washington Post (@scotusreporter)
Elizabeth Wydra, Constitutional Accountability Center (@ElizabethWydra)
Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis Network (@jcnseverino)
Byron York, Washington Examiner (@ByronYork)
Ian Millhiser, Think Progress (@imillhiser)

More:
Barnes on Supreme Court justices' split in the challenge to Obamacare subsidies
Constitutional Accountability Center on King v. Burwell
Severino on King v. Burwell and who writes the laws in the US
York on GOP scramble to keep Obamacare subsidies flowing in case of Supreme Court victory
Millhiser on Obamacare probably surviving its second trip to the Supreme Court
USA Today on King v. Burwell, IRS rules, killing the employer mandate
Kaiser Family Foundation on public's views of King V. Burwell and exchanges

Injustices

Ian Millhiser

Oil Companies Could Be a Nightmare for the Whales of the Arctic 9 MIN, 54 SEC

The BP oil spill fouled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and cleanup is still under way. What would happen if there were a similar accident in Arctic waters off the shores of Alaska? The Obama Administration has issued an environmental impact report that has environmentalists furious about the potential for just such a disaster. Subhankar Banarjee is author of Arctic Voice: Resistance at the Tipping Point.

Guests:
Subhankar Banerjee, environmental writer and activist

More:
Banerjee on Obama, Shell and the fate of the far north

Arctic Voices

Subhankar Banerjee

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