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SUNDAY STUDY GUIDE: Pelosi, Dean, Jindal, roundtable

House Dem Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

  • This month, House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) marked her 25th year of service, representing San Francisco, California’s Eight District.
  • Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted, “Victory for the American people! Millions of American families and children will have certainty of health care benefits + affordable care.”
  • On Thursday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s (D-MA) commitment to health care reform, saying he can “now rest in peace.”

Former DNC Chairman and Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT)

  • Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT), who served as chairman of the Democratic National committee from2005-2009, was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.  
  • On Thursday, Howard Dean spoke to The Nation about the health care ruling, saying that it “pretty much ends the debate about the nature of the private sector in the healthcare business—it’s here to stay in a very big way.”

  Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)

  • Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) was elected into office in 2007.
  • In an opinion piece for Red State, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) criticized the Obama Administration, calling them a “nexus of Liberalism and Incompetence…and this is a deadly combination.”


  • NBC’s Savannah Guthrie has been named co-anchor of TODAY. She makes her debut Monday, July 9.
  • On First Read, NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd summarized President Obama’s June performance this way: “[W]hat started out as a rocky month for Obama ended in a better place for him, just as he embarks on his post-July 4 bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania next week.”
  • Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote, Friday, about the Court’s ruling: “The important thing is the law’s underlying assumption that every American, rich or poor, should have access to adequate health care.” 
  • Read Rich Lowry’s last article on National Review Online writing that Chief Justice John Roberts “overstepped his bounds.” He adds, “The umpire called a balk, but gave the pitcher a do-over. The ref called a foul, but didn’t interrupt the play” –referencing Chief Justice John Roberts’s comments during his 2005 confirmation that “judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules, they apply them.”

Follow these guests on Twitter:

  • Nancy Pelosi: @NancyPelosi  
  • Howard Dean: @deanforamerica
  • Bobby Jindal:@BobbyJindal
  • Savannah Guthrie: @SavannahGuthrie
  • Chuck Todd: @ChuckTodd
  • Eugene Robinson: @Eugene_Robinson
  • Rich Lowry: @RickLowry