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  • The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its ruling in Halbig v. Burwell today, and decided that the IRS violated ObamaCare by granting subsidies to people who purchased health insurance on the federal exchange, as opposed to the state exchanges. A straightforward reading of the ObamaCare law indicates subsidies were to be paid to people who purchased insurance on state exchanges — this was intended to encourage the states to implement exchanges. When that didn’t happen in most states, people went to the federal ObamaCare exchange instead and… received subsidies anyway. The D.C. Circuit ruling says this violates the law. Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option” in the Senate first and foremost to stack this particular court, so you can expect the Obama administration to appeal this decision by a three judge panel to the full court, where they expect to win. Unfortunately for the Obama administration, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the same subject on the same day, and went the other way. With two appeals courts ruling in diametrically opposite directions, there’s a chance the Supreme Court will take the case sooner rather than later. I can’t wait to read an opinion from Chief Justice Roberts on how the federally created ObamaCare exchange is simultaneously a federal exchange and a state exchange.

  • Government Accountability Office investigators created fraudulent, subsidized accounts on the federal ObamaCare exchange web site in 11 out of 18 attempts. Apparently there are still some bugs in the web site.

  • Last year Senator Ron Johnson filed a lawsuit challenging the ObamaCare subsidies paid to members of Congress and their staffs. Yesterday a federal district court judge tossed the lawsuit because Johnson doesn’t have standing to bring the case.

  • A Pew Research report says 91% of the illegal immigrant children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2013 were teenagers. The number of young children apprehended is increasing, but the number of children accompanied by adults is shooting way up.

  • Human smugglers and drug traffickers are moving into Laredo, Texas through sewer tunnels that connect the city to the Rio Grande. Apparently no one in Laredo’s city government is willing to weld the manhole covers in place. The city doesn’t allow law enforcement officers into the tunnels, either.

  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says new evidence suggests the IRS knew about Lois Lerner’s lost emails back in early February and waited four months to inform Congress. Previous testimony by IRS officials indicated they learned about the lost emails in April. Meanwhile the IRS advertising for contract help to destroy another 3,200 hard drives.

  • Victor Davis Hanson fired another broadside at Silicon Valley’s hypocrisy:

    If Silicon Valley produced gas and oil, built bulldozers, processed logs, mined bauxite, or grew potatoes, then the administration, academia, Hollywood, and the press would damn its white-male exclusivity, patronization of women, huge material appetites, lack of commitment to racial diversity, concern for ever-greater profits, and seeming indifference to the poor. But they do not, because the denizens of the valley have paid for their indulgences and therefore are free to sin as they please, convinced that their future days in Purgatory can be reduced by a few correct words about Solyndra, Barack Obama, and the war on women.

    Practicing cutthroat capitalism while professing cool communitarianism should be a paradox. But in Silicon Valley it is simply smart business. The more money you make, any way you can make it, the more you can find ways of contextualizing it. At first these Silicon Valley contradictions were amusing, then they were grating, and now they are mostly just pathetic.

  • In response to new and threatened gun control legislation in Maryland, Beretta is moving its Accokeek, Maryland factory to Gallatin, Tennessee. The new factory will open in the middle of next year and will eventually employ 300 people.

  • 20,000 people attended Sean Carmeli’s funeral in Haifa. Carmeli is the Texas native who died on Sunday while fighting for the IDF in the Gaza Strip.

  • Anonymous sources in the U.S. intelligence apparatus claim that Hamas may have 60 tunnels on the Israel-Gaza border, more than the Israelis have (publicly) estimated. The American estimate is based on data from high resolution infrared sensors on spy satellites.

  • The New York Times captured photos of fuselage wreckage from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that suggest the plane was hit by a supersonic missile with a proximity fuse, which describes the Russian SA–11 missiles the “pro-Russian separatists” in eastern Ukraine possessed — at least until they were moved back into Russia.

  • Islamic State is shutting off water to regions it doesn’t control. Kurdish administrators in the town of Qaraqosh have to truck water in and dig wells because Islamic State turned off the town’s pipeline to the Tigris River.

  • It must be getting close to election time in Turkey: The Turkish government arrested dozens of police officers, accusing them of spying on Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan expects to become Turkey’s first directly elected president next month, and after general elections next year his political party will propose a new constitution that strengthens the office of president — it’s currently largely ceremonial.

  • Ansar al-Sharia rented the house next door to the U.S. facility in Benghazi three weeks after the Americans moved in. They used the building to plan and stage the attack on September 11, 2012. The Americans knew they were there, but did nothing about it.

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