Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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In case you missed it last week, TPM's Brian Beutler ran down a very interesting take on the issue of a "severability" clause, or what happens to President Obama's health care reform law if just one part - the mandate - is ruled unconsitutional:

By dint of a small, but highly consequential legislative oversight, the ACA does not include such a clause. That means it’ll be up to the justices to decide how much of the law can stand if they rule that the individual mandate violates the Constitution.

Here's a schedule for what and how long the Supreme Court oral arguments on the health care law will focus on for the next three days, per the Wall Street Journal:

Monday: 90 minutes of argument on whether to shelve the entire case because of a federal law requiring taxpayers to pay their assessments before they can challenge a levy's legality.
Tuesday: Two hours of argument on whether the law's requirement that most Americans carry health insurance or pay a penalty, also known as the “individual mandate,” violates the Constitution. This is seen as the key day.
Wednesday: 90 minutes of argument on how much of the overhaul law should remain in effect if the court strikes down the individual mandate. Then, an hour of argument on whether the law’s expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program unlawfully requires states to grow the program.

CNN's Lisa Desjardins tweets that 110 members of the public received the highly-prized Supreme Court tickets to hear oral arguments on the health care reform law, while 117 members of the press did so as well.

As the Supreme Court begins to hear oral arguments over the health care reform law, the Washington Post's Felicia Sonmez tweets this image of the scene on the steps outside:

Herman Cain is out with a new video attacking the stimulus program, using a rabbit to signify President Obama's oft-decried initiative. Watch:

"The rabbit is fine but our current tax code is killing small business," the description reads. "The current tax code allows the Government to pick winners and losers by doling out favors and dividing the country with class warfare." 

Update: The video has been pulled from YouTube.

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The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on President Obama's health care reform law over the next three days, for a total of six hours - its longest in 45 years. Buffalo News has a great run down of some of the previous cases that received the longest oral arguments, including:

Arizona v. California: 16 hours, three minutes on Jan. 8-11, 1962.

United States v. Louisiana: 13 hours and 32 minutes on Oct. 12-15, 1956. 

Brown v. Board of Education II: 13 hours, 25 minutes on April 11-14, 1955. 

Re-argument of Griffin v. Maryland and consolidated cases: Nine hours and 45 minutes on Oct. 14-15, 1963.

Permian Basin Area Rate Cases: Eight hours on Dec. 5-7, 1967. 



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The Republican National Committee (RNC) is scheduled to host a press conference in Washington on Monday morning, 9 am EST, to "discuss the Supreme Court's hearing on the constitutionality of ObamaCare."