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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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.

In a Democratic fundraising email ahead of an expected Supreme Court ruling, Patrick Kennedy warns that tea partiers will go wild if the health care reform law is upheld.

"If the Court upholds the law, dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage," writes Kennedy, a former Rhode Island congressman and son of the late Ted Kennedy, in a DCCC email Wednesday.

"Backed by Super PAC’s and shadowy front groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, they’ll do everything in their power to defeat President Obama, demonize Democrats who fought for health care reform and, if they win the election, dismantle the law piece-by-piece."

The modern Supreme Court is the most conservative since the 1930s.

The median justice during the Roberts Court is more conservative than at any time during the last 75 years, according to a statistical method developed by legal scholars Andrew Martin of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and Kevin Quinn of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

When he was appointed in 1975 by President Ford, Justice John Paul Stevens was considered one of the court's more conservative members. By the time he retired in 2010, he was heralded as its liberal lion.

The high court's rightward trajectory mirrors the broader national shift over the last several decades. President Bush sealed a five-member conservative majority by appointing Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

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