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Judge Jeffrey Sutton is the first Republican appointee to find health reform's individual mandate is constitutional.

Expect lots of headlines about this today

06/29/11 02:25PM

Just kidding! NBC News correspondent Pete Williams reports:Today's ruling by a federal appeals court in Ohio, upholding the Obama health care law, marks the first time a Republican-appointed judge has found the most controversial part of the law constitutional. Today's ruling by a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals was 2-1 on the "individual mandate" -- the requirement that all Americans get health insurance. One of the judges voting to uphold it was Jeffrey Sutton, an appointee of George W. Bush and a former law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. read more

Putting a face to the name 'illegal'

06/29/11 01:58PM

Yesterday Jose Antonio Vargas , the Pulitzer-winning journalist who told his own story about being an undocumented immigrant, was present as the DREAM Act had its very first hearing in the United States Senate. The debate comes 10 years after the first version of the bill was introduced in the Senate (by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch). Now that Republicans no longer like the idea of reforming immigration policy, it is left to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who simply refuses to quit on this. read more

The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska, hard by the flooded Missouri River.

Old nuke plants are like classic cars

06/29/11 12:08PM

Here in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant when its original licenses expire in 2013 and 2015. The first wave of nuclear plants in the U.S., including Indian Point were designed to last 40 years, and their time's almost up.But as the AP has been reporting, and as we covered last night on the show, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the industry now want to keep the plants open for as much as a century. The reason is simple: Money. Plants like Indian Point in New York and Fort Calhoun in Nebraska were expensive to build. read more

Fun-sized Rachel Maddow

06/29/11 09:32AM

Four minutes isn't a lot of time for Rachel's brand of reasoned, contextualized analysis, but she managed to cram a lot of insight into a chat with Ann Curry this morning on the Today Show. A few? Don't count Sarah Palin out, Palin or Bachmann is a false dichotomy, Chris Christie is "polishing his brand." Also, Rachel enjoys Latin.  read more

Morning Maddow: June 29

06/29/11 07:58AM

Wisconsin's union-busting law takes effect today.Surprise! Not one abortion clinic passes Kansas's new standards. And Ohio's House passes a ban on abortion after five weeks.Six young illegal immigrants arrested after protesting Georgia's immigration policies.O hai, Michele Bachmann. Say, um, about Medicaid...New York's governor is determined to close Indian Point nuclear plant.Is Rudy Giuliani breaking his vow to marry a gay couple?  read more

What changed?

What changed?

06/29/11 01:31AM

By popular demand, the chart from yesterday's A block revealing a sudden, mysterious change in Republican voting on the debt ceiling. read more

Name that grunt!

Name that grunt!

06/28/11 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares's interactive challenge to name the disembodied grunts of professional tennis players. watch

This is how it happens

This is how it happens

06/28/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show with some help from NBC News Chief foreign correspondent... watch