Initial Press Report on Mandate Argument

From the Times: “The conventional view is that the administration will need one of those four [conservative] votes to win, and it was not clear that it had captured one.”

The audio and transcript will be posted here shortly.

UPDATE: Lyle Denniston reports:

If Justice Anthony M. Kennedy can locate a limiting principle in the federal government’s defense of the new individual health insurance mandate, or can think of one on his own, the mandate may well survive. If he does, he may take Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., along with him. But if he does not, the mandate is gone. That is where Tuesday’s argument wound up — with Kennedy, after first displaying a very deep skepticism, leaving the impression that he might yet be the mandate’s savior.