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4:40 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.
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.
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, Hot Air and Power Line
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.
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
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”.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Who's banned from editing Wikipedia this week?  Congress  —  9,000 House staffers can't touch the site, at least not for anonymous edits.  —  Most members and staffers of the US House of Representatives won't be able to edit pages on Wikipedia for more than a week.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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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McDaniel lawyer: legal challenge ‘slightly delayed’
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
Blue crush: How the left took over the Dem Party
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New York Times:
Housing Dispute Puts Quaker University at Front of Fight Over Transgender Issues
Washington Post:
Iran confirms arrest of Post correspondent
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Ben Carson Sold More Books Than Hillary Clinton Last Week
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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’
Steve Beck / CBS Philly:
Officials ID Caseworker Killed In Medical Facility Shooting In Delaware County
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Simon Shuster / TIME:
In Russia, Crime Without Punishment
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Carol Kerr / KECI:
Army War College to investigate plagiarism claims against Walsh
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
E.J. Dionne's Unseemly Whinging About the Judiciary Continues Apace
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Tacoma casino cancels Nugent shows, citing racism
Discussion: The Raw Story