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6:40 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?
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.
Adam Serwer /
Adviser's past remarks could give Obamacare a headache  —  Liberals and Democrats have been near-unanimous in ridiculing the central claim of a lawsuit that could cripple the Affordable Care Act in much of the country, dismissing it as an opportunistic attempt to bring down the law over a drafting error.
Discussion: The Federalist and Ricochet
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus  —  The supposedly independent agency harassed …
Adrianna McIntyre / Vox:
Has a key Obamacare architect given the lawsuit against it a boost?
Michael F. Cannon / Forbes:
ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber: “If You're A State And You Don't Set Up An Exchange …
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   U.S. Congressman Mistakes U.S. Gov't Officials For Indian Officials (VIDEO)
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 …
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 25, 2014  — n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle  —  ISRAEL REJECTS PROPOSED CEASE-FIRE ... Israel's security cabinet unanimously rejected a proposed one-week humanitarian cease-fire with Hamas.
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
Blue crush: How the left took over the Dem Party
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.
Joe Miller / BBC:
Wikipedia blocks ‘disruptive’ page edits from US Congress  —  Computers on Capitol Hill have been banned from making edits to Wikipedia in the past  —  Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing”.
Israel cabinet rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza  —  Diplomatic-security cabinet “flatly rejects” American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has rejected proposals for a cease-fire …
Discussion: Israpundit and The Gateway Pundit
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Proposes Weeklong Halt to Fighting in Gaza Strip
Tom Ley / Deadspin:
First Take Discusses A Woman's Responsibility To Avoid Being Beaten  —  First Take panelists Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless continued to discuss the Ray Rice suspension on this morning's episode, and Smith seized on the opportunity to say some deeply stupid things about the responsibility women …
Lawrence A. Franklin / Gatestone Institute:
Hamas Mega-Attack Planned through Gaza Terror Tunnels … Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today by the Israeli daily Maariv.
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 …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D'Souza's ‘America’ Be Shown in Schools  —  Florida GOP state senator Alan Hays said he'll propose a bill mandating that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mediaite and Fox News
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Could Arizona fiasco lead to firing squads for death penalty?  —  (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)  —  CRIME SUPREME COURT APPEALS COURTS ARIZONA LAW DEATH PENALTY  —  The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts Wednesday afternoon …
Discussion: Instapundit
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ABC News:
Inside the Furious, Close-Range Gun Battle at Pennsylvania Hospital
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel lawyer: legal challenge ‘slightly delayed’
New York Times:
Housing Dispute Puts Quaker University at Front of Fight Over Transgender Issues
Washington Post:
Iran confirms arrest of Post correspondent
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Ben Carson Sold More Books Than Hillary Clinton Last Week
Discussion: Mediaite and Truth Revolt
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Left Coast Rising
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Issa asks Holder to turn over docs on mortgage fraud settlements
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Regulator assailed for quick ‘spin through the revolving door’