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Thursday, June 28, 2012

General public with tickets to listen to a hearing on the Obamacare line up for entering the U.S. Supreme Court March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC General public with tickets to listen to a hearing on the Obamacare at the U.S. Supreme Court. (Getty)

The Supreme Court is expected to rule today on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The decision will be announced around 10am: Todd Zwillich at the court, Michael Sparer of Columbia, Paul Starr of Princeton, and much more. Plus: the Broadband Love series concludes with advice on how to write your online dating profile, and how to make that first date count.

Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Act

Today the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of various parts of "Obamacare" -- most notably the individual mandate. Live coverage and analysis from:

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    The (Other) News from Washington D.C.

    Elizabeth Williamson, Wall Street Journal reporter based in Washington, reviews political news in Washington -- from the vote in Congress on AG Eric Holder to the last-minute agreement on student loans.

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    Supreme Court Health Care Decision Continued

    More coverage of the Supreme Court's decision on the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) with Paul Starr, professor of sociology at Princeton University, co-founder of The American Prospect, and a senior health policy advisor under President Bill Clinton. Then Tom Perriello, former Congressman (who voted for the ACA) and President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, discusses the progressive response to the decision, how Congress goes forward from here, and the impact on the Fall election.

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    Broadband Love: Making the Connection

    Charles J. Orlando, our guest for the month of June, is a relationship expert, YourTango partner, and the author of The Problem with Women…Is Men. We continue our series on online dating with a look at how to write the best profile and what to look for when you make the in-person connection.

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    "State of Date" Online Dating Do's and Dont's

    The website "State of Date" collects surveys from online daters (mostly women) reporting on their experience: how they met, how the date went, and more. When they heard about the Brian Lehrer Show's Broadband Love series, they contacted us and offered to post some of what they've learned, from their own experience and their online community. Below are State of Dates top online dating Do's and Don'ts

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    Our Prep for Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

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    At the Brian Lehrer Show, we are bracing for various scenarios in Thursday’s health care ruling. Here’s what’s in the works, what you need to know, and one weird scenario to keep in mind...

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    As you no doubt know, the Supreme Court has been somewhat cagey about their schedule. We know that opinions are released on Monday and Thursday mornings, but beyond that it’s a guessing game. Hence the many anxious mornings in June. But now that we’re at the end of the month, it’s a virtual certainty that we’ll get a decision on health reform around 10 a.m. Thursday. 10 a.m. is when the judges, after they get dressed in the “robing room”, begin to release information – but they first announce “orders” (what cases they will hear in the future) and then “opinions” (their judgments, read from the bench). Health care is one of three opinions on tap for Thursday, and expected to be announced third, so it may be closer to 10:20 before we have final word.

    The Brian Lehrer Show begins at 10:06, so we’ll be recapping the basic arguments and the possible scenarios with health policy expert Michael Sparer of Columbia as we wait for information to trickle in. We’ll also have The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich on the steps of the Supreme Court, where there’s likely to be a lively scene of protesters and supporters of health care reform.

    After we learn more about the judgment, we’ll do quick analysis of both the policy and political fallout with Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute, Paul Starr of Princeton, and many more.

    What you need to know to get ready for the ruling below...

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