The death knell for Obamacare? A federal appeals court has ruled the US government can't subsidize health care in the 34 states that didn't set up their own exchanges, and opted instead to go with healthcare.gov. That number probably includes Oregon, even though we desperately tried—and spectacularly failed—to create our own exchange. The decision could be huge, but won't go into effect right away. The Obama administration will ask the full court to review the ruling first.
Man, growing up in Oregon is the WORST. Not technically the worst, actually, but this one study says not great. Mississippi, now that's the worst (both according to the report [pdf] and in the eyes of a stern, judgmental nation).
"The central morgue in Gaza City is overflowing, its wheezing refrigerators losing the struggle against the smell. The graveyards are filling, and mourners dig their own holes."
Israel, meanwhile, is scrambling to figure out if Hamas militants have taken an Israeli soldier prisoner, as claimed—a development that could give Hamas leverage.
Okay, good. The pro-Russian separatists that had been keeping investigators away from the crash site of that downed Malaysian Airlines plane have turned over its black boxes and the remains of hundreds of passengers. Still not the crash site, though.
That 2010 attempted car bombing near Pioneer Courthouse Square isn't nearly the only terror case where government agents had direct involvement in making plans for an attack, according to a new Human Rights Watch report. In fact, nearly every such sting since 9/11 featured heavy handed agent participation. "In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report says.
This is ugly business: Three teens in New Mexico are charged with murdering two homeless men, after repeatedly dropping cinderblocks on the victims' faces.
Rick Perry is somehow still the highest ranking elected official in Texas, meaning it's somehow still his prerogative to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border. Not to arrest people, but to give them directions? "We think they'll come to us and say, 'Please take us to a Border Patrol station,'" one officials says.
Fine, then. Rain pants it is.