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Ezra Klein / Vox:
No, the Halbig case isn't going to destroy Obamacare  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  The Halbig case could destroy Obamacare.  But it won't.  The Supreme Court simply isn't going to rip insurance from tens of millions of people in order to teach Congress a lesson about grammar.
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Jim Newell / Salon:
Right-wing judges push to gut Obamacare: What you should know re: Halbig case  —  Just like that, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's viability is once again in legal jeopardy.  And over the most cynical objection, which two conservative judges have now declared meritorious.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Is Obamacare working?  —  Washington (CNN) - More than half the public says Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the health care law, according to a new national poll.
Discussion: ACASignups.net and Politico
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.
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Obamacare Is Safe  —  Don't worry, the ruling against heath …
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:   Reid: ‘Absurd’ Obamacare Decision Vindicates ‘Nuclear Option’ (Video)
Robert Pear / New York Times:
New Questions on Health Law as Rulings on Subsidies Differ
Adrianna McIntyre / Vox:
Why a federal court just ruled Obamacare subsidies are illegal in 36 states
Fox News:
Federal courts issue conflicting rulings on legality of ObamaCare subsidies
Discussion: NewsBusters and Fox News Insider
Mike Bloomberg:
Statement of Mike Bloomberg  —  “This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel.  Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely.
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Michael Bloomberg / CNN:
Bloomberg flies to Israel to protest FAA ban  —  (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel Tuesday night to protest a ban by the Federal Aviation Administration that is preventing U.S. airlines from flying into or out of Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.
Bart Jansen / Associated Press:
FAA bans U.S. airlines from Israel over rocket threat
Politico:
GOP asks: What if Mitch McConnell loses?  —  It's a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that's on many senators' minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid?  —  There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama: No new world order yet  —  BELLEVUE, Wash. — People don't tend to vote on foreign policy.  But reflecting on the crises in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria and Iraq that followed him as he headed to the West Coast for a fundraising swing, President Barack Obama acknowledged that they're adding …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Mediaite and Ricochet
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Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Obama fundraising visit to enrich Democratic super PAC
Discussion: Ricochet, CNN and National Review
Hadas Gold / Politico:
WHCA lodges press access complaint over Apollo 11 meeting
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Twitchy
Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
The Supreme Court's Coming Paralysis  —  Why there's really no chance President Obama will be able to appoint another Justice to the bench, regardless of what happens in November.  —  It's a question that's roiled the liberal universe for years: Why won't 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
IRS experts: Lois Lerner hard drive was just ‘scratched’ —  not damaged beyond recovery  —  Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner's hard drive — the one containing emails that could shed light on the IRS targeting scandal — was irreparably damaged before it was destroyed completely in 2011.
Discussion: Betsy's Page, TPNN, TaxProf Blog and Hot Air
Christopher Gunness / UNRWA:
UNRWA CONDEMNS PLACEMENT OF ROCKETS, FOR A SECOND TIME, IN ONE OF ITS SCHOOLS  —  Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip.  As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises …
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Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza
Allison Benedikt / Slate:
A Birthright trip convinced an American with shaky Hebrew that he was ready to die for another country.  —  In 2012, Los Angeles native Max Steinberg traveled to Israel for the first time, on a 10-day trip sponsored by Birthright Israel.  A few months later, he joined the Israel Defense Forces.
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.
Fox News:
Brooklyn Bridge white flag mystery: Police eye video of group atop span  —  Two American flags were replaced by mysterious white flags at the Brooklyn BridgeMyFoxNY.com  —  Police officers fold one of two white flags found on top of the Brooklyn Bridge late Tuesday morning.MyFoxNY.com
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John Del Signore / Gothamist:
Surrender, Brooklyn: Mysterious White Flags Top Brooklyn Bridge
Discussion: ABC News and Business Insider
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.”
 
 
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Bachmann Says She Might Seek Presidency in 2016
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Arutz Sheva:
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Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
They want a baby. The economy won't play along.
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ThinkProgress:
McDonald's Fires Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting 9-Year-Old Play In Park Alone
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate Democrats to trim Obama border request by $1B
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