By Robert Barnes and Del Quentin Wilber, The Washington Post
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., under intense scrutiny for his decision upholding President Obamaâ€™s health-care law, is headed for an overseas teaching gig in Malta.
â€œAn impregnable island fortress,â€ Roberts told a conference of judges and lawyers meeting Friday morning in rural Pennsylvania. â€œIt seemed like a good idea.â€
Back in Washington, the legal and political worlds are trying to digest the stunning news that one of the courtâ€™s most consistent conservatives had pulled Obamaâ€™s signature domestic achievement from the brink.
Court specialists analyzed Thursdayâ€™s 5-to-4 opinion for clues, wondering whether Roberts might have switched his vote from invalidating the law to upholding it largely unscathed.
Conservatives found new ways to express their anger: Radio host Glenn Beck was offering a $30 T-shirt with Robertsâ€™s face and the word â€œCOWARDâ€ boldly printed in yellow.
And some liberals were making a 24-hour pivot from praising Robertsâ€™s statesmanship to wondering whether the victory for Obama and congressional Democrats was delivered in a Trojan horse.
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