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Need to know:
"It's constitutional, b*tches."

Thus the head of the Democratic National Convention on Twitter, moments after the news dropped that the US Supreme Court had upheld Obamacare.

By a single vote, SCOTUS ruled that the majority of the president's Affordable Care Act, including the controversial mandate making health insurance compulsory, was legitimate.

The judgment has drawn the battle lines for November's election deeper than ever. "Our mission is clear," per Mitt Romney: "If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we are going to have to get rid of Obama." Within hours, both campaigns were rallying their troops – and raking in their donations – behind the slogans of either vindication or full repeal.

As for Patrick Gaspard, the Democrat who expressed his approval a little too exuberantly, he admitted letting his excitement get the better of him. But hey, in the heat of the moment, lots of people said some things they shouldn't have – CNN, Fox News, we're looking at you – that we're sure they'll live down, oh, sometime.

Want to know:
President Obama has declared a disaster in Colorado, where wildfires have claimed at least one life and more than 300 homes.

The declaration allows federal funds to be used to help the areas ravaged by the fires, which are now officially the most destructive the state has ever seen.

A total of 346 properties have been destroyed in Colorado Springs, officials say; the first body was found in the remains of one of the houses yesterday. At least 10 people are missing, while thousands have been evacuated from their homes.

Obama is due to visit the area later today.

Dull but important:
It took them 13 and a half hours and until 4:30am, but euro-zone leaders have struck a deal to ease borrowing costs and aid floundering banks.

The 16 other euro countries ganged up on Germany, it seems, to insist that they be allowed to use the joint bailout fund to buy up government debt. They also agreed that the funds could be lent directly to struggling firms, once the euro zone has a single supervisory body to oversee its banks.

They're short-term measures designed to help Spain and Italy, according to euro leaders. They seem to be working: Spanish and Italian bond yields have fallen, the single currency surged over 1 percent against the dollar this morning, and European stocks have spiked.

Just because:
China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft has returned to Earth, after its historic 13-day mission. 

State TV showed the capsule landing in Inner Mongolia this morning. The three "taikonauts" onboard, all said to be in good health, were seen smiling and waving at supporters.

They were responsible for manually docking Shenzhou-9 with a Chinese space laboratory in orbit, making China only the third nation ever to accomplish the delicate maneuver.

It may not be a giant leap for mankind. But the milestone is one solid step further in China's race to catch the US space and technology program, not to mention its quest to build a space station.

Strange but true:
Whatever you do, don't call Egypt's first lady "First Lady."

An Associated Press reporter made that mistake, and was asked: "Who said that the president's wife is the first lady anyways?"

Naglaa Ali Mahmoud – who, you'll note, hasn't adopted the last name of her husband Mohamed Morsi – would like to be referred to as "the president's wife," thanks very much. You may also call her "Umm Ahmed," the Arabic for "mother of Ahmed," her eldest son.

We can't help but wonder how she and Umm Malia will get on.