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11:35 AM ET, July 25, 2014


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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.
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?
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for ‘biggest, fattest’ checks
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting public opinion on immigration
Ron Fournier /
How White House Reporters Can Reclaim Their Beat
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
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.
New York Times:
Blasts Kill 16 Seeking Haven at Gaza School
Discussion: Guardian, Mondoweiss, IDF Blog and The Dish
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Paul Ryan's Plan: Rebooting Compassionate Conservatism  —  The ex-VP candidate has been touring the country has he formulates an anti-poverty plan Republicans can get behind.  Now he's unveiling some of the details.  —  After traveling around the country for the last year to better understand …
Simon Shuster / TIME:
In Russia, Crime Without Punishment  —  Vladimir Putin backs the rebels suspected of shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.  Why each new crisis makes him stronger  —  The scene was almost too horrible to take in, and yet in a world of bristling threats no scene has been more revealing …
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Ben Judah / Newsweek:
Behind the Scenes in Putin's Court: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator
Discussion: Ricochet
Masha Gessen / Slate:   The Flight 17 disaster is just one misstep in the Russian president's wider war on the West.
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:   Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran
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
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.
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 …
Norm Ornstein /
The Existential Battle for the Soul of the GOP  —  What happens when extremism becomes mainstream?  —  A protester carries an historic flag during a ‘tea party’ demonstration against taxes in Lafayette Park across from the White House on April 15, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Carol Kerr / KECI:
Army War College to investigate plagiarism claims against Walsh  —  GALLATIN COUNTY  —  BOZEMAN, Mont. -  —  In a written statement to NBC Montana Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Army War College said it will convene an Academic Review Board to look into allegations of plagiarism against democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Regulator assailed for quick ‘spin through the revolving door’  —  News that a departing member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is headed for a major industry group with business before the agency is prompting criticism from advocates who call the move a record-fast “spin through the revolving door.”
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Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed
Steve Beck / CBS Philly:
Officials ID Caseworker Killed In Medical Facility Shooting In Delaware County
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
E.J. Dionne's Unseemly Whinging About the Judiciary Continues Apace
Associated Press:
Tacoma casino cancels Nugent shows, citing racism
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (And Most Everything Else)
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan GOP Mayor Compares Atheists To Nazis, KKK
Discussion: Associated Press and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: GOP lawsuit against Obama could play into Dems' hands
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's audacious defense against Boston Marathon bombings defamation suit
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BuzzFeed Editor Caught Lifting Text From Yahoo! Answers