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3:35 PM ET, July 23, 2014

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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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Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Halbig said it was applying the law as written.  Don't believe it.  —  In the Wall Street Journal this morning, Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon, the two principal architects of the exchange litigation, have an op-ed about Halbig and King.  They write that “[t]he president's defenders often concede …
New York Times:
Cuomo's Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission  —  With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics.  It was barely two months old when its investigators …
Yahoo! News:
World suspension of Israel flights a ‘great victory’: Hamas AFP 1 hr ago  —  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Hamas said Wednesday that the suspension of international flights to and from Israel over security concerns about Gaza rocket fire was a “great victory.”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
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Jerusalem Post:
Israel set to open second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Hamas Gambled on War as Its Woes Grew in Gaza
Discussion: VodkaPundit and ABC News
Anton Zverev / Reuters:
Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile  —  (Reuters) - A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia.
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Globe and Mail:
MH17: Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down near crash site, Kiev says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Horovitz / The Times of Israel:
The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas  —  Op-ed: The Israeli national mood is now a mixture of anguish at the toll of IDF dead, anger at aspects of the international response, and confidence in the troops and (atypically) the political leadership
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates  —  More popular than Congress.  (© 2014 LucasFilm/Disney)  —  On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released the results of a poll of Americans' opinions on the “Star Wars” universe.  Not surprisingly, Jar Jar Binks is the most reviled character in the series.
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Congressman Vows to Investigate Google Searches of ‘America’ Movie (Exclusive)  —  “If there was an intent to confuse the public about this movie because of its ideological content, then we're going to find out about it,” says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.  —  Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
waysandmeans.house.gov:
Lerner Hard Drive Was “Scratched” IRS ignored advice to use outside experts to recover data  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Despite early refusals to make available IT professionals who worked on Lois Lerner's computer, Ways and Means Committee investigators have now learned from interviews …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, TPNN, Politico and Hot Air
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
IRS experts: Lois Lerner hard drive was just ‘scratched’ — not damaged beyond recovery
Discussion: TaxProf Blog and Power Line
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Battleground Georgia: Democrats see 2014 flip  —  COLLEGE PARK, Georgia — Democrats have made a national cause of turning Texas blue, even though the chances that Wendy Davis will win the governor's race this fall remain small — and the likelihood that Texas will be a true battleground any time before 2028 probably even smaller.
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Gcourter / Atlas Network:
In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)  —  The freedom movement has lost one of its most influential institution builders.  Atlas Network has lost a dear friend, its past President and Board Member.  John Blundell died July 22, 2014.  —  John Blundell spent two decades as the General Director …
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: The Dish, ACASignups.net and Politico
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  July 23, 2014 - Unknown Libertarian Confuses Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Don't Trust Scott Or Crist  —  Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott trails former Gov. Charlie Crist, running as a Democrat, by a narrow 45 - 40 percent margin in a two-way race.
Discussion: OnPolitics and Wall Street Journal
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.
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 …
Keith Humphreys / Washington Monthly:
The Enduring Myth of the “Killer Heroin”  —  I was at a meeting with the Australian drug addiction researcher Shane Darke last week, which gave me the chance to congratulate him for publically predicting correctly that Philip Seymour Hoffman's autopsy would show that the actor's tragic overdose death …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 
 
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David Dayen / Salon:
“We don't want politicians who've gotta be cajoled”: Keith Ellison unloads to Salon
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Tony Lee / BREITBART.COM:
SARAH PALIN DRIVES STAKE THROUGH HEART OF ‘TRUE BLOOD’ PRODUCERS
Washington Post:
Dutch official: Unclear how many bodies on train carrying remains of Flight 17 victims
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Guardian
Yahoo! News:
Ready for Warren?  Well, even if you are, the Democratic senator says she's not Power Players 15 mins ago
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Hannah Hess / Hill Blotter:
Capitol Police Stop Another Gun From Entering Cannon Building (Updated)
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: Obama “Not Raised With An American Experience”
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to Counter Russia's Jet-Killers
Discussion: National Review, Hit & Run and RT
Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Three people died in illegal human experiments carried out by John Podesta backer's firm
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