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12:35 PM ET, July 25, 2014

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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Did Jonathan Gruber Just Endorse the Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit?  —  Obamacare architect offers an explanation for his 2012 quote  —  Did the people who designed Obamacare intend to deprive millions of people of health insurance, just because officials in their states decided not to operate their own insurance marketplaces?
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Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges  —  Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration's implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule …
Michael F. Cannon / Forbes:
ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber: “If You're A State And You Don't Set Up An Exchange, That Means Your Citizens Don't Get Their Tax Credits”  —  Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell are the most important and hotly contested legal challenges involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus  —  The supposedly independent agency harassed …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say no to impeachment and lawsuit  —  Washington (CNN) - There's not a lot of public appetite for a Republican push to sue President Barack Obama, or for calls by some conservatives to impeach him, according to a new national survey.  —  A CNN/ORC International poll …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting public opinion on immigration  —  Washington (CNN) - The current crisis on the nation's southern border appears to be fueling a notable shift in American attitudes toward immigration policy with border security growing in importance, according to a new national survey.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Paul Ryan and the Party of Ideas  —  I will probably have more to say about Congressman Paul Ryan's latest policy proposals on poverty and mobility — both their substance and their possible implications — very soon; either tomorrow or in Sunday's column, mostly likely.
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Reihan Salam / Slate:
Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Is Paternalistic
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:   Paul Ryan's Plan: Rebooting Compassionate Conservatism
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Left Coast Rising  —  The states, Justice Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy.  And it's still true.  For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Fund / National Review:
The Moment of Truth on Corporate Welfare  —  It seems like decades since Republicans have been able to permanently zero out a government program of any size.  The tea-party base often doesn't take seriously the GOP's commitment to shrinking government and has accused the GOP of ladling out benefits to the elite and well connected.
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Ben Carson Sold More Books Than Hillary Clinton Last Week  —  For many book buyers last week, choosing whether to buy Ben Carson's new book or Hillary Clinton's new memoir was not a hard choice.  —  According to Nielsen Bookscan numbers provided to The Daily Caller, Carson's ""One Nation" …
Discussion: Mediaite and Truth Revolt
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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Blupman / Our Bad Media:
More Plagiarism From “One Of The Web's Deeply Original Writers”  —  Yesterday, this blog posted an article about serial plagiarism by Buzzfeed's Benny Johnson that came after said reporter called out another publication for plagiarizing his own work.  Gawker's J.K. Trotter eventually managed …
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
BuzzFeed Editor Caught Lifting Text From Yahoo! Answers
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Proposes Weeklong Halt to Fighting in Gaza Strip  —  CAIRO — Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday.
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New York Times:
Blasts Kill 16 Seeking Haven at Gaza School
Discussion: Guardian, Mondoweiss, IDF Blog and The Dish
Associated Press:
Rejected atheist booth in city hall draws lawsuit  —  WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan and two other groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking an injunction against a Michigan city's ban on an atheist booth in a municipal building.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Michigan GOP Mayor Compares Atheists To Nazis, KKK
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Reaction to Middle East Situation Similar to Past  —  Divided on whether Israel's actions against Hamas justified  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are divided in their views of whether Israel's actions against the Palestinian group Hamas is “mostly justified” or “mostly unjustified …
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Issa asks Holder to turn over docs on mortgage fraud settlements  —  The chairman of the House Oversight Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday to turn over documents related to the Justice Department's decisions to settle mortgage fraud accusations against two of the nation's biggest banks.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Washington Post:
Iran confirms arrest of Post correspondent  —  Iran confirmed Friday that The Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran has been arrested on unspecified charges.  —  Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, director general of the Tehran Province Justice Department, told reporters that the …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John McCain: Arizona execution ‘torture’  —  A botched execution in Arizona on Wednesday amounted to “torture,” said the state's senior senator John McCain.  —  The longtime Republican lawmaker, who experienced years of torture while being held in captivity by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War …
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Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Regulator assailed for quick ‘spin through the revolving door’
Steve Beck / CBS Philly:
Officials ID Caseworker Killed In Medical Facility Shooting In Delaware County
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Simon Shuster / TIME:
In Russia, Crime Without Punishment
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Carol Kerr / KECI:
Army War College to investigate plagiarism claims against Walsh
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
E.J. Dionne's Unseemly Whinging About the Judiciary Continues Apace
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Associated Press:
Tacoma casino cancels Nugent shows, citing racism
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
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Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's audacious defense against Boston Marathon bombings defamation suit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ben Judah / Newsweek:
Behind the Scenes in Putin's Court: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator
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