How Valerie Jarrett Got the Health-Care News

She was reading SCOTUSblog on her iPad.

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Top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett regaled the Aspen Ideas Festival crowd with a little tick-tock on where she was when the Supreme Court health-care decision came down Thursday. The White House did not know which way the decision was going to go, because that was one thing in Washington that did not leak. Jarrett herself was in her office with the White House Counsel and other attorneys, "tuned into SCOTUSblog on my iPad," she said.

"Fortunately we were not tuned into CNN so we missed that scare," she said.

But when another aide came in and described what CNN was saying, she "had someone scoot down to the Oval Office" and "make sure the president had the facts."

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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