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LISTEN: Supreme Court Audio of Health Care Ruling Released

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Only a few people -- those lucky enough to get seats inside -- were able to witness history last June when the Supreme Court announced its health care decision.  Now, as it begins its new term, the court has turned over audio recordings of the event.

Courtesy of, you can listen to an excerpt of the opinions.  Chief Justice John Roberts begins by saying that the mandate could not be upheld under the Commerce Clause, but then he stuns the audience by announcing the law would be upheld as a taxing power.

Justice Anthony Kennedy then reads from the dissent he coauthored with Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia.  The tone is polite, but the words are scathing.

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