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9:20 PM ET, July 22, 2014


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Tom Goldstein / Washington Post:
Why Obamacare probably isn't doomed  —  The Affordable Care Act took a potentially serious hit today when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a rule that extended the law's health-care subsidies to residents of the three-dozen states where the federal government runs a health insurance exchange.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health Care Law  —  WASHINGTON — Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange.
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
This Shamefully Dishonest Obamacare Ruling Could Blow Up in the GOP's Face  —  The case of Halbig v. Burwell (formerly Halbig v. Sebelius), in which plaintiffs are attempting to void Affordable Care Act subsidies in states that didn't set up their own healthcare exchanges …
Adrianna McIntyre / Vox:
Why a federal court just ruled Obamacare subsidies are illegal in 36 states  —  Halbig v. Burwell is arguably the Affordable Care Act's greatest existential threat since the Supreme Court case decided in 2012.  —  On July 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling …
Fox News:
Federal courts issue conflicting rulings on legality of ObamaCare subsidies  —  WASHINGTON - Two federal appeals court rulings put the issue of ObamaCare subsidies in limbo Tuesday, with one court invalidating some of them and the other upholding all of them.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Fox News Insider
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Appeals Court Deals Major Blow To Obamacare
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
A stinging defeat for the government
William Deresiewicz / The New Republic:
Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League  —  The nation's top colleges are turning our kids into zombies  —  In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee.  We that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean's office, and me, the faculty representative …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
News Outlets Fall For Parody That Took Credit For Brooklyn Bridge White Flags  —  Two prominent news outlets were fooled Tuesday by a Twitter parody account that claimed responsibility for replacing two American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge with white flags.
John Del Signore / Gothamist:
Surrender, Brooklyn: Mysterious White Flags Top Brooklyn Bridge
Discussion: ABC News and Business Insider
Thomas Tracy / NY Daily News:
White flags planted on Brooklyn Bridge, American flags missing as mystery deepens
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza  —  ‘How many more schools will have to be abused by Hamas missile squads before the international community will intervene?’  Foreign Ministry fumes  —  For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school …
Ted Cruz / Facebook:
Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO's True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list.  Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a “Ted Cruz fundraiser.”
Sarah Palin — Ticketed for Speeding ... 'I Wasn't Speeding, I Was Qualifying'  —  Ticketed for Speeding  —  'I WASN'T SPEEDING I WAS QUALIFYING'  —  EXCLUSIVE … President Obama  —  MYSTERIOUSLY CANCELS  —  Hollywood Leg of L.A. Visit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNN and OnPolitics
Chad Merda / Chicago Sun Times:
Snoop Dogg talks about that time he got high at the White House  —  Security at the White House is apparently a bit looser than everyone thinks.  —  Snoop Dogg, while on his internet talk show “Double G News Network” with Jimmy Kimmel, told about the time he got high at the White House.
Tracy Van Slyke / Guardian:
Thomas the Tank Engine had to shut the hell up to save children everywhere  —  Classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism: any parent who discovered these hidden lessons will appreciate that the show's star just quit  —  There are many terrible children's programs through …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Colin Brazier / Guardian:
MH17: my error of judgment, by Sky News reporter  —  Colin Brazier on how he came to pick up crash victims' luggage live on air - and immediately realised he had crossed a line  —  Journalists spend most of their working days in familiar environments.  For me, that mainly means the Sky News studio …
Charles E. Schumer / New York Times:
Charles Schumer: Adopt the Open Primary  —  WASHINGTON — POLARIZATION and partisanship are a plague on American politics.  —  Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970s.  The Senate hasn't been so polarized since Reconstruction …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution  —  John Napier Tye is speaking out to warn Americans about illegal spying.  The former State Department official, who served in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2014, declared Friday that ongoing NSA surveillance abuses …
McDonald's Fires Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting 9-Year-Old Play In Park Alone  —  Debra Harrell, the mother who let her nine-year-old daughter play in a park while she worked her shifts at McDonald's and was arrested after adults at the park called the police, has been terminated from that job, her lawyer confirmed for ThinkProgress.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Grist and Shakesville
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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