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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.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
New Questions on Health Law as Rulings on Subsidies Differ  —  WASHINGTON — Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for millions of Americans, raising yet more questions about the future …
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 …
Fox News:
Federal courts issue conflicting rulings on legality of ObamaCare subsidies
Discussion: NewsBusters and Fox News Insider
Adrianna McIntyre / Vox:
Why a federal court just ruled Obamacare subsidies are illegal in 36 states
Ezra Klein / Vox:
No, the Halbig case isn't going to destroy Obamacare
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Obamacare Is Safe  —  Don't worry, the ruling against heath …
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
A stinging defeat for the government
Michael F. Cannon / Forbes:
Halbig v. Burwell Would Free More Than 57 Million Americans From The ACA's Individual & Employer Mandates
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Appeals Court Deals Major Blow To Obamacare
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama: No new world order yet  —  BELLEVUE, Wash. — People don't tend to vote on foreign policy.  But reflecting on the crises in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria and Iraq that followed him as he headed to the West Coast for a fundraising swing, President Barack Obama acknowledged that they're adding …
Discussion: Ricochet, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Obama fundraising visit to enrich Democratic super PAC  —  President Obama's fundraising swing through the Seattle area Tuesday will include a high-priced dinner event benefiting a Democratic super PAC — the sort of no-limits political committee he has criticized in the past.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
WHCA lodges press access complaint over Apollo 11 meeting
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Twitchy
Fox News:
Brooklyn Bridge white flag mystery: Police eye video of group atop span  —  Two American flags were replaced by mysterious white flags at the Brooklyn BridgeMyFoxNY.com  —  Police officers fold one of two white flags found on top of the Brooklyn Bridge late Tuesday morning.MyFoxNY.com
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John Del Signore / Gothamist:
Surrender, Brooklyn: Mysterious White Flags Top Brooklyn Bridge
Discussion: ABC News and Business Insider
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
News Outlets Fall For Parody That Took Credit For Brooklyn Bridge White Flags
Thomas Tracy / NY Daily News:
White flags planted on Brooklyn Bridge, American flags missing as mystery deepens
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 …
Michael Bloomberg / CNN:
Bloomberg flies to Israel to protest FAA ban  —  (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel Tuesday night to protest a ban by the Federal Aviation Administration that is preventing U.S. airlines from flying into or out of Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.
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Bart Jansen / Associated Press:
FAA bans U.S. airlines from Israel over rocket threat
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.”
TMZ.com:
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
Christopher Gunness / UNRWA:
UNRWA CONDEMNS PLACEMENT OF ROCKETS, FOR A SECOND TIME, IN ONE OF ITS SCHOOLS  —  Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip.  As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises …
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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
 
 
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McDonald's Fires Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting 9-Year-Old Play In Park Alone
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate Democrats to trim Obama border request by $1B
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Jillian Kay Melchior / National Review:
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