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4:05 PM ET, August 12, 2011


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Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare law  —  (Reuters) - An appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.  —  The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
John Roberts Is No Fool  —  The White House tries to put one over on the Supreme Court.  —  “The White House . . . has quietly altered its website to remove the references to Jerusalem being in ‘Israel,’ ” the New York Sun reports.  It sounds like another make-work Keynesian stimulus: dig a hole, fill it up.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Associated Press:
Appeals court strikes down health overhaul requirement that most Americans must buy insurance  —  ATLANTA — A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Reuters:
11th Circuit says mandate unconstitutional  —  The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law's requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation that increases the odds that the Supreme Court will have to review the law.
Appeals Court / Wall Street Journal:
Health-Law Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional  —  A divided U.S. appeals court in Atlanta ruled Friday that a key provision of last year's federal health-care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with a group of 26 states that challenged the law.  —  The 2-1 ruling marks the Obama administration's biggest defeat …
Fox News:
U.S. Appeals Court Rules Against Obama's Health Care Law  —  A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled Friday that a provision in President Obama's health care law requiring citizens to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, but the court didn't strike down the rest of the law.
Katie Mulvaney / Providence Journal:
Anti-gay marriage group loses appeal of R.I. court ruling  —  BOSTON — A federal appeals court panel Thursday rejected an anti-gay marriage group's bid to block its need for compliance with Rhode Island campaign disclosure laws.  —  The National Organization for Marriage …
Discussion:, Law Blog and Good As You
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   The Republican's dissent  —  At the district court level …
New York Times:
8 From G.O.P. Trade Attacks at Iowa Debate  —  AMES, Iowa — A withering critique of President Obama's handling of the economy was overshadowed by a burst of incivility among the Republican presidential candidates who, in a debate here Thursday night, fought to stay alive in the party's increasingly competitive nominating race.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cruel thoughts on a weak field  —  On last night's Republican presidential candidates debate in Iowa, as William Buckley used to say, a few observations.  —  Mitt Romney: He has the frontrunner role nailed, and his canned responses on Romneycare and Bain were enough to deflect attention last night.
Discussion: No Left Turns
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Palin, asked if she'll endorse while in Iowa: 'I haven't even decided yet' whether to run  —  Photo by fairgoer Rose Driscoll, a Republican from Williamsburg  —  Will tea party rock star Sarah Palin endorse anyone while she's in Iowa - maybe Texas Gov. Rick Perry?
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Rushes To Romney's Defense: ‘All Of Us Are Corporations’  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from the Republican presidential debate in Ames, Iowa.  —  Mitt Romney & Rand Paul Think These Are People  —  During a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair yesterday …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ten-to-one isn't good enough for the GOP
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty: Poor straw poll showing would force him to ‘reassess’
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Sarah Palin Tells ThinkProgress ‘Mitt Romney Was Right’ That Corporations Are People
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Palin at Iowa State Fair: I'm still undecided on 2012
Discussion: Politics
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Discussion: Salon, Weekly Standard and USA Today
The Daily Beast:
Rick Perry on the Record  —  From scrapping Social Security and Medicare to immigration to Constitutional amendments, Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke openly last fall with Andrew Romano.  —  In Fed Up!, you criticize the progressive era and the changes it produced: the 16th and 17th Amendments, Social Security, Medicare, and so on.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Says Social Security And Medicare Are Unconstitutional  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has, to say the least, a very odd understanding of the Constitution.  He thinks Texas should be able to opt out of Social Security, and he believes that everything from federal public school programs to clean air laws are unconstitutional.
Discussion: The Agitator and Daily Kos
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking the GOP debate in Iowa
The Daily Beast:
Perry's Entitlement Problem
Alex Campbell / Indianapolis Star:
Email rendezvous entangles state Rep. Phillip Hinkle  —  Lawmaker calls encounter set up with young man on Craigslist a ‘shakedown’  —  State Rep. Phillip Hinkle, shown speaking on a motion during the recent session, said he is “aware of a shakedown taking place.”  / Charlie Nye / 2011 Star file photo
Bil Browning / The Bilerico Project:
Indiana Anti-Gay Lawmaker Offers Teen Boy $80 for Sex
Discussion: The Raw Story and AMERICAblog Gay
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gay Man Challenges Pawlenty On Opposition To Marriage Equality: 'Do You Think I'm A Second Class Citizen?'  —  A gay man challenged Tim Pawlenty on his opposition to same-sex marriage this afternoon, as the candidate was speaking on the ‘Soap Box’ at the Iowa State Fair.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:   Palin Spotted - and Swarmed - at Iowa State Fair
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Defining Moments of the GOP Debate  —  There were several noteworthy exchanges in Iowa.  The most important showed that low taxes matter to Republicans far more than deficits  —  The most noteworthy and damning moment of the GOP debate in Iowa Thursday was when the moderators asked …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Newt Gingrich Brawls With Fox News' Chris Wallace Over Debate ‘Gotcha’ Question
Matt Bai / The Caucus:
Debate Showed Why Americans Hate Government
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Enjoy Slight Edge on 2012 Congressional Ballot  —  Twice as many voters say Tea Party endorsements are a negative rather than a positive  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's first measure of the 2012 congressional elections shows Democrats leading Republicans, 51% to 44% …
Washington Times:
Did media cover up Sen. Durbin's confrontation with reporter? (VIDEO)
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hijacked Crisis  —  Has market turmoil left you feeling afraid?  Well, it should.  Clearly, the economic crisis that began in 2008 is by no means over.  —  But there's another emotion you should feel: anger.  For what we're seeing now is what happens when influential people exploit a crisis rather than try to solve it.
New York Post:
JetBlue flier who ‘peed’ on girl could be axed from US Ski Team  —  By GORDON BOCK in Warren, Vt., and DON KAPLAN in NY  —  He probably just pissed away his Olympic dreams.  —  The drunken JetBlue passenger who treated a sleeping 11-year-old girl like his personal potty is a member …
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
The Mystery of Herman Cain and the Donna Summer Lyrics  —  One of the weirdest moments of last night's Republican debate probably slipped completely under the radar for most viewers.  This moment occurred in Herman Cain's closing statement, when the former pizza-chain CEO recited a favorite inspirational quote:
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
G.O.P. on Defensive as Analysts Question Party's Fiscal Policy
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
AP analysis: Special interests gave $3 million to members of new budget supercommittee
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jillian Berman / Bloomberg:
Consumer Sentiment Plunges to 30-Year Low
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
More on the Postal Service  —  One point that came up repeatedly …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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