Nicole Frye sobbed as she drove through the smoke-filled streets of her Colorado Springs neighborhood. Breathing heavily from a combination of ash and emotional distress, Frye cries "We gotta get out of here." The Waldo Canyon fire was engulfing hills in the near distance.
During her evacuation, she hit record on her video camera to document the devastating situation. Frye thought she was leaving her house for the last time, and ultimately the wildfire did destroy her home and her grandmother's house.
Today President Obama toured a neighborhood consumed by the wildfires. He praised the continuing efforts of firefighters and local, state and federal agencies who are battling to contain the flames. The President signed a federal disaster order to provide more funding to local and state governments and organizaitons.
So far hundreds of homes have been ruined, more than 16,700 acres of land scorched, and more than 30,000 forced to evacuate. Tragically, the first fatality was discovered inside a home.
Hear from Frye about her escape, and the latest in Colorado at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
The Supreme Court upheld health care mandate as a tax. Was Mitt Romney's mandate in Massachusetts similar? CNN's John King talks with Romney surrogate Barbara Comstock.
President Obama said the health care mandate wasn't a tax, but Thursday the Supreme Court upheld the law because it was.
Both major campaigns think the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold President Obama's health care law will rally their base.
Rep. John Mica tells CNN's John King that Eric Holder has brought "shame and disgrace" to the Department of Justice.
What everyone’s talking about:
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, but upheld a key piece that allows state police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect of being in the U.S. illegally. Now the spotlight is on the presidential candidates' policies on immigration, with voters asking what they think of the ruling. While some believe Mitt Romney isn’t being specific enough, CNN’s John King says Romney is giving more policy details than others running for office in the past.
Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 out of 48 counts related to child sex abuse. It was an emotional case with horrific stories recounted by victims on the witness stand. Their testimony painted a picture of a man who targeted disadvantaged young boys without fathers. Two jurors spoke to Anderson after the trial about what they witnessed in the courtroom and how they came to their decision. Joshua Harper found Sandusky’s expressions “creepy” while the witnesses were on the stand. “It seemed to be he was kind of reminiscing of the victims…he would kind of lean in towards them…like he was thinking about the victims and his behavior with them,” said the juror.
In a major victory for President Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the controversial health care law known as Obamacare. The justices voted 5-4 that, among other measures, the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance is valid as a tax, which is within Congress's power.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who was nominated by President George W. Bush, sided with his liberal colleagues.
CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin had anticipated a different ruling. "I was wrong. I thought that argument went very badly. I was very critical of Donald Verrilli," said Toobin. Solicitor General Verrilli made his argument before the Supreme Court in March. Back then, Toobin called his presentation “a train wreck."
"I thought that the argument on the commerce clause was really the core of this case, and all of the conservative justices, including Chief Justice Roberts, and especially Justice Kennedy, were very skeptical about whether the commerce clause was a justification for this law. They voted against the commerce clause, but this taxing power issue really snuck up on us and it certainly snuck up on me," explained Toobin.
Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. He never responds, so I suppose he and I both wonder why I even bother.
Dear Mr. President,
Congratulations on your big victory in the Supreme Court. I’m sure it is a great relief to find that your signature legislation is constitutional. Like sometimes when I order a shrimp po-boy, I feel really tense until it arrives, because you never know if the bread is going to be crispy and lovely, or chewy and awful. Was your day up until the ruling kind of like that? I’m guessing so.
That said, I have to wonder if you have a whole new worry on your plate now. Because even though the court gave you a policy win, politically what they had to say was like a grenade tossed right into the middle of your re-election campaign. They did, after all, suggest that the primary funding mechanism for all this…the requirement that people buy insurance…is (gasp!) a tax. You, your Democratic pals, and pretty much everyone else who cheered this legislation on during its formative times bent over backward to insist it was not, could not, would not ever be a tax under any conditions…and here is the highest court in the land saying, “Poppycock. Of course, it’s a tax!”
This is going to be trouble for you. I’m sure of it.
I mean, seriously, it took Republicans minutes…minutes!...to start ripping into you; saying that this is certified proof that you broke your promise not to raise taxes the middle class. And you can bet your cufflinks they’ll revisit that theme over and over and over again this summer.
That’s why I imagine your celebration is somewhat muted. Your know that for an awful lot of Americans, taxes remain a toxic subject, and voters can be pretty harsh about punishing anyone who brings taxes to their door…no matter what those taxes are ultimately for.
Anyway, congratulations again…a win is a win, as they say…but at the same time, good luck with the backlash.
Editor's note: Watch AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight for expert analysis on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance.
The Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that the predictions about how it will affect Americans remain in place.
The court did rule that a part of the law involving Medicaid must change. The law calls for an expansion of eligibility for Medicaid, which involves spending by the federal government and the states. The law threatens to remove existing Medicaid funding from states that don't participate in the expansion. The high court said the government must remove that threat.
Several groups that follow the health care law closely said they were keeping an eye on the potential impact of the Medicaid ruling.
Here are some highlights:
The decision leaves in place the so-called individual mandate - the requirement on Americans to have or buy health insurance beginning in 2014 or face a penalty - although many are exempt from that provision.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien and Rep. John Mica discuss an article that casts doubt on his perception of the ATF's "Fast and Furious" operation.