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NY Times Finds Satisfaction With Supreme Court Falls After Health Ruling; Scalia Denies ‘Falling Out’ With Roberts

Scalia says press reports of a clash between him and the chief justice on the health law ruling are wrong.

The New York Times: Public's Opinion Of Supreme Court Drops After Health Care Law Decision
The American public's satisfaction with the Supreme Court, which had already been low by historical standards in recent polls, dropped further in the wake of the court's 5-to-4 ruling last month upholding President Obama's health care overhaul law (Liptak and Kopicki, 7/18).

The Associated Press: Scalia Says No 'Falling Out' With Roberts
Justice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday he hasn't had a "falling out" with Chief Justice John Roberts over the Supreme Court's landmark 5-4 decision validating much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. In an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," the justice said despite reports that he and Roberts had clashed, there is not a personal feud going on between the court's two leading conservatives (Holland, 7/18).

USA Today's The Oval: Scalia: No 'Falling Out' With Roberts After Obamacare Ruling
"You shouldn't believe what you read about the court in the newspapers," Scalia told Morgan. "No, I haven't had a falling out with Justice Roberts" (Madhani, 7/19).

Politico: Scalia Says He's Not Feuding With Roberts
Justice Antonin Scalia is shedding little light on the Supreme Court's deliberations over President Barack Obama's health care law, but the court's longest-serving justice did deny in an interview aired Wednesday night. ... While Scalia offered no warm words for Roberts, the Reagan-appointed justice and conservative legal mind denied in general terms that his colleagues are prone to personal infighting. "There are clashes on legal questions but not personally," Scalia said. "The press likes to paint us as nine scorpions in a bottle. That’s just not the case" (Gerstein, 7/19). 

Reuters: Scalia Says No Fallout With Roberts Over Health Care Decision
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said there was no bad blood between himself and Chief Justice John Roberts, who stunned conservatives by voting to uphold President Barack Obama's health care law. In a rare interview that aired on Wednesday night, Scalia also told CNN he had "no regrets" over the court's 5-4 decision that swung the 2000 presidential election to Republican George W. Bush (7/18).

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