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2:55 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 …
Jim Newell / Salon:
Right-wing judges push to gut Obamacare: What you should know re: Halbig case
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 …
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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Gershom Gorenberg / American Prospect:
This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Hamas Gambled on War as Its Woes Grew in Gaza
Discussion: VodkaPundit and ABC News
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: RedState, Peach Pundit and Hot Air
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.
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 …
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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: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
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: Power Line and TaxProf Blog
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.
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
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.
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
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
Globe and Mail:
MH17: Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down near crash site, Kiev says  —  Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Dutch official: Unclear how many bodies on train carrying remains of Flight 17 victims
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Yahoo! News:
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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
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Three people died in illegal human experiments carried out by John Podesta backer's firm
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Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
They want a baby. The economy won't play along.
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Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
The Supreme Court's Coming Paralysis
 

 
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