Jonathan Cohn

Senior Editor

What a difference a day makes. The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The ruling, as expected, does not establish a universal right to same-sex marriage. But Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for a five-to-four majority, eschewed a narrow opinion that threw out the law simply on federalism grounds. Instead, Kennedy and the four liberal justices declared that DOMA deprives same-sex couples of “equal protection” under the law.

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It’s shaping up as a pretty big news week. The Senate is voting on immigration reform, the Supreme Court is handing down potentially historic decisions, the George Zimmerman trial is getting underway, and, somewhere on the planet, Edward Snowden is making a run for it.

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Last night LeBron James came through for the Miami Heat. Can he also come through for Obamacare? As Politico’s Kyle Cheney is reporting, the Administration has approached the National Basketball Association about helping to make the public aware of the new health insurance options that Obamacare will make available next year. It’s not clear exactly what the NBA or its stars would be doing, according to Cheney, or even if the league has agreed to participate.

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Does Father’s Day seem silly to you? You’re not the only person who feels that way. And you’re certainly not the first.

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Hillary Clinton is making some news today. And while it’s not about whether she’ll run for president, it’s about an idea she's likely to embrace if she does: improving early childhood care and education. And that's good for the cause, no matter who becomes president in 2016.

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Meet Your New Physician, Dr. Walgreens

Welcome to the new world of medicine, for better or worse

You have a sore throat, or maybe a rash. You could call your physician’s office and make an appointment, which could mean waiting for an opening and, then, schlepping across town. Or you could pop into the local Walgreens. You’ll probably see a nurse practitioner or medical assistant, rather than a physician. But you can go right away. You’ll get your prescription right there. And it might even be cheaper.

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Selling Republican Lite in Massachusetts

Gomez to the voters: My party is crazy, but I'm not

The special election for John Kerry’s vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts is less than two weeks away. And the Republican nominee is doing everything he can to convince voters he’s not actually a Republican.

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You Call This Insurance?

Ohio's lieutenant governor is misleading the public about Obamacare 'rate shock'

Ohio's lieutenant governor is misleading the public about Obamacare 'rate shock'.

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Un-rigging the Rate-Shock Debate

The truth about what those healthy 25-year-olds will pay

Not all healthy 25-year-olds will pay more under Obamacare. Here's why.

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Anatomy of a Bogus Obamacare Argument

How an irresponsible Forbes writer distorted the debate

How an irresponsible Forbes writer distorted the debate.

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