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11:55 AM 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
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:   Reid: ‘Absurd’ Obamacare Decision Vindicates ‘Nuclear Option’ (Video)
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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Jerusalem Post:
Israel set to open second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations  —  Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time.  —  Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies …
New York Times:
In Israel, Kerry Sees ‘Work to Do’ to Get Deal on Cease-Fire  —  JERUSALEM — Secretary of State John Kerry began a round of intensive meetings here on Wednesday as he sought to forge a cease-fire to stop the bitter fighting in the Gaza Strip.  —  Mr. Kerry began his consultations by meeting …
Bart Jansen / Associated Press:
FAA bans U.S. airlines from Israel over rocket threat
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: Hot Air, Peach Pundit 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.
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, Politico, TPNN 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 Betsy's Page
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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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's West Coast tour: fundraisers, but no Jimmy Kimmel
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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.
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
nber.org:
Do Large Modern Retailers Pay Premium Wages?  —  NBER Working Paper No. 20313 … You may purchase this paper on-line in .pdf format from SSRN.com ($5) for electronic delivery.  —  Information about Free Papers  —  You should expect a free download if you are a subscriber …
Discussion: AEIdeas
 
 
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Venezuela climate summit calls for end to “green economy”
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Bachmann Says She Might Seek Presidency in 2016
Arutz Sheva:
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Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
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