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David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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The court ruled 6-3 to reject the latest challenge to the President Obama's signature health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor. Read the full opinion.

My very initial take is the court decided the case in exactly the way it should have, consistent with the normal rules of statutory construction. That means not getting fixated on the select words in the statute that were in dispute -- “an Exchange established by the State" -- but rather giving meaning and substance to the statute as written as a whole. Interpreting those few words deep in the statute in isolation would have yielded the ridiculous outcomes that had health policy experts, legal observers, and most sentient Americans so deeply concerned about the court's decision in this case.

Roberts saved the court. But the irony is that in the long run it will be seen, I feel quite confident, as ultimately having saved conservatives from themselves.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) is expected to address the media at 4 p.m. ET, and there are some indications that she will back a move to finally remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state Capitol.

Fox's Bill Hemmer: “I mean as a white American, my entire life I know that this is an electric word. And you stay away from it. … This is something that we thought was entirely off-limits and now you have the President using it.”

Jon Stewart: "I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn't exist. I'm confident though that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won't do jack shit. Yeah. That's us."

Obama's remarks on the Charleston church shooting were pained and angry. As I indicated earlier, he put the shooting into the larger historic context of this particular church's role in the civil rights movement, of violence against black churches generally, and of the scourge of gun violence in America. Watch.

President Obama just spoke about the Charleston church shooting and rightly noted the broad sweep of American history in which this particular church has a especially significant role. We've just published at TPMCafe a brief history of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, its place in the history of Charleston, the anti-slavery movement, and perhaps most fascinating to me, the creation of what came to be known as the Citadel, the crown jewel of Southern militarism, which was born from white fears of slave rebellion triggered by this church. It's worth your time.

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