Hope Rebounds

Barack Obama at first watched his legacy crumble on live television as he stood just outside the Oval Office, where a flat-screen TV broadcasts the feeds of four cable-news stations. "Supreme Ct. Kills Individual Mandate," the CNN screen read; Fox reported the same grim news. Two years of work, most of his political capital, the chance to insure millions more Americans--it was all slipping away. The President did not speak. He just gazed at the monitor, looking anxious and puzzled, one aide said.

Then White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler bounded in, all smiles, her two thumbs raised in the air. One...

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