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2:20 PM ET, July 25, 2014


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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?
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges (Updated With Another Admission)  —  Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration's implementation …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus  —  The supposedly independent agency harassed the administration's political opponents and saved its health-care law.
John Sexton / BREITBART.COM:
Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Once Again Ties Subsidies to State-Based Exchanges  —  Did Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber make the same mistake twice?  A new audio clip finds him once again explaining that Obamacare subsidies are tied to state health exchanges.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Instapundit
Ryan Radia / Competitive Enterprise Institute:
Obamacare Architect Admitted in 2012 States without Exchanges Lose Subsidies  —  This week, an unprecedented circuit split emerged in Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell over whether health insurance premium assistance is available in states that didn't set up health insurance exchanges.
Michael F. Cannon / Forbes:
ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber: “If You're A State And You Don't Set Up An Exchange …
Adrianna McIntyre / Vox:
Has a key Obamacare architect given the lawsuit against it a boost?
Discussion: American Prospect and NewsBusters
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting public opinion on immigration
Joan Rivers — GOES OFF on Epic Israel/Palestine Rant  —  GOES OFF ON EPIC  —  Israel/Palestine Rant  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Joan Rivers jettisoned comedy for politics ... unleashing an impassioned defense of Israel that included an awesome New York/New Jersey analogy.
Reihan Salam / Slate:
Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Is Paternalistic  —  It's also a thoughtful, compassionate blueprint for a better social safety net.  —  Paul Ryan has just released a new anti-poverty plan, and it's a doozy.  Though the plan is very much a work in progress—Ryan's team calls it a …
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:   Paul Ryan's Plan: Rebooting Compassionate Conservatism
Blupman / Our Bad Media:
More Plagiarism From “One Of The Web's Deeply Original Writers”  —  Yesterday, this blog posted an article about serial plagiarism by Buzzfeed's Benny Johnson that came after said reporter called out another publication for plagiarizing his own work.  Gawker's J.K. Trotter eventually managed …
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Carol Kerr / KECI:
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Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
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Discussion: Booman Tribune
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