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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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From Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act:

We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders. We ask only whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to enact the challenged provisions. ...

In this case we must again determine whether the Constitution grants Congress powers it now asserts, but which many States and individuals believe it does not possess. Resolv- ing this controversy requires us to examine both the limits of the Government’s power, and our own limited role in policing those boundaries. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy, reading from the dissenting opinion, says: "In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety," according to SCOTUSblog.

Kennedy joins Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas in the dissent. The law was upheld 5-4.

The Supreme Court upheld the 'Obamacare' individual mandate in a 5-4 decision Thursday.

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberal-leaning justices to uphold the mandate, and Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the conservatives against it.

Chief Justice John Roberts voted to uphold the 'Obamacare' individual mandate.

Via SCOTUSblog: "So the mandate is constitutional. Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court."

On the verge of an expected Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare, Republicans have removed "replace" from their mantra of "repeal and replace," signaling that they may do nothing this year if some or all of the law is declared unconstitutional.

Congressional Republicans had vowed not to return to the pre-Affordable Care Act status quo, which was widely seen as broken. They've since voted unanimously to roll back the law. And while they've flirted recently with reinstating some of the more popular benefits of 'Obamacare' in a replacement plan, they still haven't coalesced around a proposal.

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Less than an hour before an expected ruling on 'Obamacare', Sen. Richard Blumenthan (D-CT), a former Supreme Court clerk, told MSNBC the GOP lawsuits lack legal merit.

"I think challenge -- let's be absolutely blunt -- was more political than legal," he said.

Today is the Supreme Court's final day of term and it's the day of the long-awaited 'Obamacare' ruling is finally expected.

At 10:00 A.M. the justices will begin to read the final decisions, and they'll be posted online shortly thereafter. Apart from health care, outstanding cases include one about real estate kickbacks and another about military honors.

Stay tuned for up to the minute coverage at TPM.

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