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4:20 PM ET, July 23, 2014

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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 …
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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.
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.
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Maggie Ybarra / Washington Times:
Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine to fend off Putin-backed rebels
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and RT
Globe and Mail:
MH17: Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down near crash site, Kiev says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to Counter Russia's Jet-Killers
Discussion: National Review
Yahoo! News:
World suspension of Israel flights a ‘great victory’: Hamas AFP 1 hr ago  —  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Hamas said Wednesday that the suspension of international flights to and from Israel over security concerns about Gaza rocket fire was a “great victory.”
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Jerusalem Post:
Israel set to open second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations
New York Times:
Cuomo's Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by 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 when its investigators …
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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Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Hamas Gambled on War as Its Woes Grew in Gaza
Discussion: VodkaPundit and ABC News
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Watch: Open Carry Activists Hold Event at Dealey Plaza, Site of Kennedy Assassination  —  A group of open carry gun activists who protested Saturday at Dealey Plaza in Dallas filmed a bizarre, more-than-10-minute video of their demonstration and posted it to YouTube.
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Stephen Young / Unfair Park:
An Open Carry Group Protested at Dealey Plaza Saturday. There's a YouTube Video.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates  —  Vader/Binks 2016?  (© 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.
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.
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: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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: TaxProf Blog and Power Line
Tony Lee / BREITBART.COM:
SARAH PALIN DRIVES STAKE THROUGH HEART OF ‘TRUE BLOOD’ PRODUCERS  —  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rejected overtures from True Blood's producers for a cameo role on the conservative-bashing vampire show.  Her instincts proved to be correct after Sunday's HBO episode in which Republican women …
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Harriet Hernando / Daily Mail:
Christian sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan
Discussion: Israpundit and Weasel Zippers
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Verge
David Dayen / Salon:
“We don't want politicians who've gotta be cajoled”: Keith Ellison unloads to Salon
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Yahoo! News:
Ready for Warren?  Well, even if you are, the Democratic senator says she's not Power Players 15 mins ago
Discussion: Daily Kos, Washington Post and ABC News
Hannah Hess / Hill Blotter:
Capitol Police Stop Another Gun From Entering Cannon Building (Updated)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Mediaite and DCist
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman: Obama “Not Raised With An American Experience”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Richard Pollock / Washington Examiner:
Three people died in illegal human experiments carried out by John Podesta backer's firm
nber.org:
Do Large Modern Retailers Pay Premium Wages?
Discussion: AEIdeas
Keith Humphreys / Washington Monthly:
The Enduring Myth of the “Killer Heroin”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
CNN:
CNN Poll: Is Obamacare working?
Discussion: ACASignups.net, The Dish and Politico
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
They want a baby. The economy won't play along.
Discussion: AEIdeas
Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
The Supreme Court's Coming Paralysis