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Unprecedented by Randy Barnett, Josh Blackman

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PART VIII

Judgment Day

(June 28, 2012)

The Affordable Care Act’s day of reckoning came on June 28, 2012. Hollywood could not have scripted a more dramatic minute-by-minute conclusion to this epic saga.

THE QUIET BEFORE THE STORM

On judgment day, all news organizations descended on One First Street NE. Beat Supreme Court reporters—those with the so-called hard press passes—secured coveted seats upstairs inside the Court’s main chamber. They were there to witness history. Other reporters were downstairs, in the press room, where they could listen to a closed-circuit audio feed of the proceedings in the Court. As soon as the justices began to announce an opinion, the Public Information Office would distribute printed copies and post a copy of the ...

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