Quote of the day.
"This is all the Holy Spirit. If it had been us doing this, we would have had cut-out felt letters on a Prius." - Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, on the “Nuns on a Bus” tour.
1. High court upholds key part of Obama health law.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama''s historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years.
2. Supreme Court upholds health-care law.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual health-insurance mandate that is at the heart of President Obama’s landmark health-care law, saying the mandate is permissible under Congress’s taxing authority.
3. Future of an aging court raises stakes of presidential vote.
Its decisions during this historic “flood season,” as Justice Ginsburg described the end-of-term rush, are likely to make the panel — and the tenure of some of the justices — a significant issue in the presidential campaign.
(New York Times)
4. Congress reaches deal on transportation bill, the first since 2005.
Congress has reached an agreement on a transportation bill for the first time since 2005, averting a crisis that could have disrupted the nation’s highway projects at the height of the construction season.
5. House headed toward contempt vote on Holder.
An eleventh-hour deal elusive, the House of Representatives was poised to vote Thursday on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, in contempt of Congress.
6. Local, state hiring jumps.
In a rare bright sign for the job market, state and local governments are hiring at the fastest pace in four years.States, cities, counties and school districts hired 828,000 workers in the first four months of the year, up 20% from a year earlier, and the most since 2008.
7. Strong explosion rocks Syria's capital.
A strong explosion rocked the Syrian capital Thursday near a busy market and the country''s highest court, wounding at least three people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky. The blast came as tensions threatened to spread across the region. Neighboring Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns and other weapons alongside its border with Syria.
8. In a divided Egypt, the U.S. plays all sides.
The ambiguous outcome of Egypt's revolution leaves Washington no choice but to deal with the country's two major players, the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, despite its disagreements with each.
9. Deadly Baghdad car bombs kill and injure dozens.
Reports say the attacks happened in and around Baghdad, with at least eight people killed when a car bomb exploded outside a market in a mainly Shia district of the capital. A dawn car bomb also targeted a government building in the nearby predominantly Sunni city of Taji.
10. Eurozone divided ahead of summit.
On the summit's eve, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held two hours of talks with the French President Francois Hollande in Paris. The two remain at odds on how to move forward, with Germany opposed to pooling debt while France insists the eurozone needs further integration.