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The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare and its individual insurance mandate today, although Fox News and CNN apparently expected a different outcome.

They were so surprised, they reported it was struck down!

Many in the media expected the Supreme Court to throw out the 2010 Affordable Care Act, but no one officially knew until the ruling at 10:15 Thursday.

Looks like CNN and Fox News jumped the gun. Fail.

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The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling established that the law, which mandates citizens have health insurance, is constitutional, since not doing so results in a tax.

Nonetheless, Fox's ticker initially reported that individual mandate had been declared “unconstitutional,” while CNN said the mandate had been “struck down.”

Both networks ultimately corrected their reports, but not before their utter idiocy was disseminated throughout the Twitterverse. Really, guys, awesome work.

It's unclear if they were merely confused by the court's extensive 193-page ruling or if they had that text ready to go ahead of time and forgot to change it.

In any case, as HitFix's Alan Sepinwall joked, this would make for a great episode of The Newsroom ... in two years, with the full benefit of hindsight.

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Are you ready, THG readers, to play everyone's favorite new game: Pick Out the Immigrant... starring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez!

With most of the political world reacting today to the Supreme Court upholding Barack Obama's healthcare plan, it's worth also noting that Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) took the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday and expressed his disdain for the Arizona immigration policy that, essentially, allows police offers to ask for the identification of any resident, merely based on his/her appearance.

"In Arizona today, all that stands between you and a legal nightmare is whether a police officer feels there is a reasonable suspicion to inquire about your country of origin. Yet, Arizona politicians will tell you with a straight face no less, that they can apply this law without using racial profiling."

Gutierrez then aimed to prove these folks wrong by posting several images of celebrities and asking Congressmen to determine which is the immigrant. Watch for yourself:

"The point is simple," Gutierrez concludes. "The idea that any government official can determine who belongs in America and who doesn't simply by looking at them is completely ridiculous, unfair and un-American ... and yet this absurdity is the law of Arizona."

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In a somewhat surprising and extremely controversial decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's signature health care law Thursday morning.

The 2010 law's mandate that every American purchase health insurance or face a fine had been challenged on constitutional grounds by 26 U.S. states.

The mandate was upheld as a tax, however, by a 5-4 vote.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court. Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog says Roberts effectively "saved' the Affordable Care Act.

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Opponents cast the law, known pejoratively as "Obamacare," as the federal government forcing citizens to enter a market and buy a product against their will.

The government countered that the law was actually only regulating an existing market, as everyone requires health care at some point in his or her life.

Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer sided with the government and declared the law valid.

Ginsburg, Kagan, Sotomayor and Breyer agreed that the individual mandate should be upheld as part of Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce.

Roberts disagreed, writing that the mandate is actually a tax, despite the Obama administration's reluctance to describe it that way during the bill's passage.

In any case, however, he declared the law constitutional as such, writing:

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A majority respondents to a new survey say President Barack Obama is better suited to handle an alien invasion than GOP nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney.

Yes, someone actually polled this.

"We wanted the pulse on people's opinions," said Brad Dancer of National Geographic, who conducted the survey for the new series "Chasing UFOs."

"We wanted to get a sense of how Americans view UFOs, what people believe and how mainstream pop culture may or may not play into their opinions."

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For whatever reason, nearly 65 percent of respondents said Obama would be better suited to handle a theoretical alien invasion than Romney.

Obama trumped Romney across the board, winning broad support from women (68 percent), men (61 percent) and those aged 18-64 (68 percent).

During a May visit to the White House by the actor Will Smith and his family, Obama was quizzed by Smith's 13-year-old son, Jaden, about aliens.

"OK, I can neither confirm or deny the existence of extraterrestrials," Obama said from the White House Situation Room, according to Will.

"But I can tell you if there had been a top secret meeting, and if there would have been a discussion about it, it would have taken place in this room."

No idea how Obama would poll against some top movie presidents.

Who would you vote for if the election were today?

 

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Rielle Hunter was eviscerated on The View yesterday as the gabfest panel, in particular Whoopi Goldberg, went nuclear on John Edwards' mistress.

"In your book, you trash a dead lady," Goldberg stated, referring to Rielle Hunter's new tell-all book, in which she bashes Elizabeth Edwards often.

"That was kind of crappy."

Regarding What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me, the author responded, "I wrote to tell the truth. I was truthful about their dynamic."

In the interview, Hunter acknowledged that despite recent photos of the happy family on a North Carolina beach, she broke up with John Edwards.

Asked if the split was caused by her memoir, Rielle dodged. "I don't want to hide any more," she said. "It's hard under media scrutiny, it takes a toll."

The mother of Edwards' love child spent a good part of the interview defending herself. "I'm not a mistress, I'm a mom," Rielle Hunter insisted.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck wasn't buying it: "Truth be told, you were a mistress." 

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Here's a new Chuck Norris fact for you: the actor is very unhappy with Barack Obama right now.

In light of James Turley - a Boy Scouts of America official and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young - recently stating that he planned on working to change the longtime rule that bans homosexuals from serving as Scout leaders, Norris has penned a column for Ammo Land that places the blame for this maneuver on the President's shoulders.

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Running down the connections between Turley and Obama (e.g. they were just guests at a state dinner and Turley was nominated to President Obama’s Export Council in 2010) and citing the President's support of same-sex marriage, Norris believes Turley is catering to a "pro-gay" Obama agenda.

Writes/asks Norris:

Hasn’t America reached a new low in its history when its president (and the honorary president of the BSA!) distances himself and his administration from the Boy Scouts of America yet invites groups such as the Secular Student Alliance to participate in its faith and college missions?

Adding that he has personally "known a host of Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts and BSA leaders," Norris concludes that these individuals epitomize the best of America," which seems to imply gay BSA leaders would epitomize... the worst?

Where do you stand? Should gays be allowed to serve as Boy Scout leaders?

 

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Less than a week after saying she was still together with John Edwards, Rielle Hunter now says she and the disgraced politician are no longer a couple.

Apparently they broke up within the last few days.

"We are a family, but as of the end of last week, John Edwards and I are no longer a couple," she said on today's Good Morning America. "Not at all."

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Rielle Hunter, who has a daughter, Quinn, 4, with John, said she still loves the two-time presidential candidate, who was seen at her beach house last week.

As for whether that feeling is mutual, "You have to ask him," said Hunter, whose covert relationship with Edwards was exposed and led to his political downfall.

"I really think he does."

"I fell in love with a married man and became something I wasn't in order to be with him," Hunter gushed last week, while promoting her new book.

Rielle would not reveal who initiated the split with the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina, only, "We decided to end it. It's hard. It's painful."

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Louis C.K. is far from apologetic about the profane Sarah Palin Tweets that caused major controversy and cost him his White House Correspondents' Dinner gig.

The Louis star was slated to host the annual D.C. event but bowed out amid the uproar sparked by harsh Tweets he wrote about the ex-Alaska Governor.

So, is he sorry? Mmmnot so much.

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"It's caused me some problems that I wrote s--t about her," C.K. admitted on the Today show Monday. "But I also... why not, man? I mean, what is she?"

"She's just a person. I don't think she's some sacred person."

"And, to me," he added of his Tweets, which were written drunk on a plane, "I was writing poems. It was like poetry to me, and I enjoyed writing them."

Poetry comprised of C-bombs, F-bombs and Sarah Palin jokes.

Asked if he would write the same things again, C.K. replied:

"Yeah, I probably would, I think so. It still makes me laugh a little bit, the stuff that I wrote, when I think about it ... I actually thought it was well-written."

Hey, might as well own it. The man does not mince words.

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Mary Cheney, the openly gay daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, married her longtime partner Heather Poe earlier today.

Cheney spokeswoman Kara Ahern confirmed the nuptials.

“Our daughter Mary and her long time partner, Heather Poe, were married today in Washington, DC,” the Cheneys said in a statement.

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Mary (left) and Heather "have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are all delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized,” Dick and his wife Lynne added.

“Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness.”

As V.P., Dick Cheney regularly broke ranks with the Republican party and president George W. Bush with his support of same-sex marriage.

Poe and Mary Cheney have two children: Cheney gave birth to their son in 2007, and their daughter in 2009. They live together in Virginia.

Congratulations to the whole family!

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The UnFair campaign, a new anti-racism effort from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, challenges racial stereotypes by pointing the finger at white privilege.

As such, it has been accused by some critics as being racist itself.

University of Minnesota-Duluth calls the UnFair Campaign "a major anti-racism effort focusing on the role white people can play in addressing racial disparities."

Sounds good, right? See if you think so after watching it:

The 30-second spot shows multiple white men and women, remarks stenciled in black on their faces, explaining what being white provides them inherently.

One white male declares, “society was setup for us, and our silence keeps it in place.” Fairly or not, it looks to associates fair skin and features with guilt.

UMD’s Chancellor Lendley Black, who supports the effort, said he sought to “create an inclusive campus climate for all” with the campaign’s components.

The campaign has elicited some strong reactions from those who criticize it for being anti-white more than anti-racism. Tell us what you think of it below:

 

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