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Press group asks justices to televise health care decision

News organizations are asking the Supreme Court to allow cameras in the courtroom for the first time for its eagerly awaited decision on President Obama’s health care overhaul.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director Lucy Dalglish says the court should allow live audio and video coverage of the decision, expected in the next two weeks.

Ms. Dalglish acknowledges the court is unlikely to grant the request, so she also is asking for the speedy release of audio of the opinion announcement in the same way the court released same-day audio of the arguments over three days in March.

Nearly 50 media outlets, including the Associated Press, and media advocacy groups signed a letter Ms. Dalglish sent to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Thursday.


Obama inspects skyscraper being built at 9/11 site

President Obama ventured onto the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center site Thursday, getting a firsthand look at the skyscraper being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“This is what the American spirit is all about,” Mt. Obama said.

The president toured the 22nd floor of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, walking along the unfinished cement floor and stopping at easels set up with renderings of what the completed tower will look like.

Joined by first lady Michelle Obama, the president later came down to the base of the building and signed a large white beam affixed with the words “One World Trade Center” painted in blue  that will be used in the construction. Mr. Obama inscribed on the beam, “We remember we rebuild we come back stronger!” followed by his signature.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports