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12:50 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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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
Jim Newell / Salon:
Right-wing judges push to gut Obamacare: What you should know re: Halbig case
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Obamacare Takes a Body Blow
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)
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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Jerusalem Post:
Israel set to open second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations
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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James Hohmann / Politico:
Perdue wins Georgia Senate runoff
Daniel Malloy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue wins Republican Senate nomination
Discussion: Peach Pundit, Hot Air and RedState
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.
New York Times:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Short Life of the 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 …
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
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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and National Review
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: Wall Street Journal and OnPolitics
Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Three people died in illegal human experiments carried out by John Podesta backer's firm  —  WATCHDOG BARACK OBAMA CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS FDA ACCOUNTABILITY JOHN PODESTA  —  John Podesta, one of President Obama's closest White House advisers, counts among his key financial supporters Hansjorg Wyss …
 
 
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David Horovitz / The Times of Israel:
The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Sophie Yeo / RTCC:
Venezuela climate summit calls for end to “green economy”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
nber.org:
Do Large Modern Retailers Pay Premium Wages?
Discussion: AEIdeas
Arutz Sheva:
Soldier: Terrorists Charged with Babies in Hand
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
They want a baby. The economy won't play along.
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Fox News:
Brooklyn Bridge white flag mystery: Police eye video of group atop span
ThinkProgress:
McDonald's Fires Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting 9-Year-Old Play In Park Alone
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Ted Cruz / Facebook:
Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO's True …
Chad Merda / Chicago Sun Times:
Snoop Dogg talks about that time he got high at the White House
TMZ.com:
Sarah Palin — Ticketed for Speeding ... 'I Wasn't Speeding, I Was Qualifying'
 

 
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Andy / TorrentFreak:
MPAA says Google positioning itself as a defender of free speech is shameful

Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FBI to name North Korea, and possibly China, responsible for Sony hack before 1:30pm today

Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Guardian and Observer journalists to get vote on next editor-in-chief

 
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