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6:55 PM ET, July 22, 2014

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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health Care Law  —  WASHINGTON — Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange.
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Tom Goldstein / Washington Post:
Why Obamacare probably isn't doomed  —  The Affordable Care Act took a potentially serious hit today when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a rule that extended the law's health-care subsidies to residents of the three-dozen states where the federal government runs a health insurance exchange.
Adrianna McIntyre / Vox:
Why a federal court just ruled Obamacare subsidies are illegal in 36 states  —  Halbig v. Burwell is arguably the Affordable Care Act's greatest existential threat since the Supreme Court case decided in 2012.  —  On July 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
This Shamefully Dishonest Obamacare Ruling Could Blow Up in the GOP's Face  —  The case of Halbig v. Burwell (formerly Halbig v. Sebelius), in which plaintiffs are attempting to void Affordable Care Act subsidies in states that didn't set up their own healthcare exchanges …
Discussion: New York Times
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Appeals courts split on whether ObamaCare subsidies are legal  —  A pair of federal appeals courts delivered conflicting rulings Tuesday on ObamaCare, putting the law's premium subsidies at risk in more than two dozen states.  —  In the first decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals …
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Court Rules That Subsidies in Obamacare's Federal Exchange are Illegal, Dealing Huge Legal Blow to Health Law  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered a huge blow to Obamacare this morning, ruling that the insurance subsidies granted through the federally run health exchange …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Appeals Court Deals Major Blow To Obamacare  —  A federal appeals court dealt a huge blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, banning  —  the federal exchange from providing subsidies to residents of the 36 states it serves.  —  A divided three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled …
Washington Post:
Federal appeals courts issue contradictory rulings on health-law subsidies  —  Two federal appellate courts handed down contradictory rulings Tuesday on the legality of a central part of the Affordable Care Act that provides insurance subsidies to millions of Americans in three dozen states …
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
A stinging defeat for the government
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judge throws out Ron Johnson's Obamacare lawsuit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
William Deresiewicz / The New Republic:
Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League  —  The nation's top colleges are turning our kids into zombies  —  In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee.  We that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean's office, and me, the faculty representative …
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza  —  ‘How many more schools will have to be abused by Hamas missile squads before the international community will intervene?’  Foreign Ministry fumes  —  For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
News Outlets Fall For Parody That Took Credit For Brooklyn Bridge White Flags  —  Two prominent news outlets were fooled Tuesday by a Twitter parody account that claimed responsibility for replacing two American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge with white flags.
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Thomas Tracy / NY Daily News:
White flags planted on Brooklyn Bridge, American flags missing as mystery deepens
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution  —  John Napier Tye is speaking out to warn Americans about illegal spying.  The former State Department official, who served in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2014, declared Friday that ongoing NSA surveillance abuses …
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TMZ.com:
Sarah Palin — Ticketed for Speeding ... 'I Wasn't Speeding, I Was Qualifying'  —  Ticketed for Speeding  —  'I WASN'T SPEEDING I WAS QUALIFYING'  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Sarah Palin may be conservative, but her driving is unabashedly radical ... giving TMZ an epic rationalization for speeding in her pick up truck in Alaska.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNN and OnPolitics
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
F.A.A. Halts U.S. Flights to Israel  —  Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours.
Ted Cruz / Facebook:
Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO's True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list.  Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a “Ted Cruz fundraiser.”
Chad Merda / Chicago Sun Times:
Snoop Dogg talks about that time he got high at the White House  —  Security at the White House is apparently a bit looser than everyone thinks.  —  Snoop Dogg, while on his internet talk show “Double G News Network” with Jimmy Kimmel, told about the time he got high at the White House.
Charles E. Schumer / New York Times:
Charles Schumer: Adopt the Open Primary  —  WASHINGTON — POLARIZATION and partisanship are a plague on American politics.  —  Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970s.  The Senate hasn't been so polarized since Reconstruction …
Jillian Kay Melchior / National Review:
Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado  —  For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online.  Such apparent abuses have caught the eye …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
While Hillary Clinton offers a resume, Elizabeth Warren offers a plan  —  DEMOCRATIC PARTY HILLARY CLINTON 2016 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS ELIZABETH WARREN  —  It seems almost too obvious to mention, but presidential candidates need a clear idea of why they want to be president.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hot Air
BBC:
Gaza conflict: France criticises ‘anti-Semitic’ riot  —  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has condemned “anti-Semitic” violence that broke out during a protest against Israel's action in Gaza.  —  Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue were targeted in the suburb of Sarcelles, just outside Paris.
 
 
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