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President Obama celebrated a 6-to-3 majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts — over a blistering dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia. Conservative states will be spared from chaos in the insurance marketplace, but Republicans promise the fight will continue in the presidential campaign.

Also, the US and NATO are beefing up forces in Eastern Europe for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Does the message to Vladimir Putin increase the chance of unintended escalation? Are NATO members in Europe really ready for a possible fight?

Photo: Will O'Neill

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Supreme Court's 6-3 Ruling Is a Big Victory for Obama 22 MIN, 6 SEC

In an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the US Supreme Court ruled today that tax credits for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act are legal in states with federal exchanges — not just in states which created their own exchanges. Responding to the Court's decision, President Obama declared, "Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay."

The President re-iterated his intention to "put politics aside" and work to convince more governors and legislatures to expand Medicaid. "We've still got states out there that, for political reasons, are not covering millions of people that they could be covering, despite the fact that the federal government's picking up the tab."

President Barack Obama celebrates the Supreme Court ruling on Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies
with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Outer Oval Office. June 25, 2015
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

 

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@NormOrnstein)
Jonathan Cohn, Huffington Post (@CitizenCohn)

More:
Marco Rubio slams the Obamacare ruling
Jeb Bush, other GOP candidates on Obamacare decision
Ornstein's 'It’s Even Worse Than It Looks : How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism'

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Jonathan Cohn

NATO Returns to Its Original Mission: Countering Moscow 27 MIN, 21 SEC

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the NATO alliance became a world police force. Now, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has re-focused attention back to protection of Eastern Europe. On Tuesday, the US announced it will send tanks, armored personnel carriers and other heavy equipment into Eastern Europe. Yesterday, in Brussels, the NATO alliance accelerated its mobile rapid response by beefing up forces with 40,000 soldiers.  It’s the first such buildup since the fall of the Soviet Union.


OSCE SMM monitoring the movement of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine

Guests:
Gordon Lubold, Wall Street Journal (@glubold)
Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (@RNicholasBurns)
Edward Lozansky, American University in Moscow (@EdwardLozansky)
Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution (@steven_pifer)

More:
Wall Street Journal on NATO's response to Russia
Fiona Hill's strategy for dealing with Russia
Bill Bradley's five steps for peace in Ukraine

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