New, bright and shiny open thread

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Obamacare setback. The DC Circuit Court ruled that Obamacare tax credit subsidies are only applicable to the sixteen state exchanges, and it hinged on the interpretation of this phrase: "an Exchange established by the State." Adler:

Halbig ruling Comes Down

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Enforcing the actual language of the law as written instead of making it up? What sort of racist crap is *this*?*

*--Scott's Extra-Sarcastic Voice, copyright 2014

Instability round-up [Update: Malaysian Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine]

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Iraq. The Iraqi parliament chose a "moderate" Sunni as speaker, but the problem is that al Maliki is still prime minister, though he might be one step closer to losing his job. Whoop de do.

Eleven days at the SC

The last week and a half has been very,  very good for those in favor of limited government and a robust Bill of Rights.   We have no "Gloating" category so this diary will have to go under "Politics".


Summer solstice open thread

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Summer solstice begins tomorrow at 3:58AM PST. In my neck of the woods, sunrise is at 5:12am and sunset is 9:14pm, getting light around 4:30am and getting dark by around 10:00pm. I love this time of year.

You know there's something wrong with the Bolivarian Revolution when...

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  • The annual inflation rate is over 68% for the past two months.

The It's Been a While Since the Last Open Thread Open Thread

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Academic brilliance. Last month, the collegiate dumbasses were the administrative weisenheimers at Cedarville University. This month, it's Charleston Southern University.

Bergdahl: What we know and don't know so far

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What do we know? Bergdahl deserted. The 2010 Pentagon investigation concluded that "he walked away", Michael Hastings said in 2012 that Bergdahl deserted, and six soldiers in his unit are saying it now. The soldiers' anger appears genuine. According to the NYT:

"Suck it up and salute" [Updated]

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Rather than a long reply in comments there, I'd rather put it here. Whether a rant is "better" than a non-rant or other rants, y'all be the judge. Personally, I like this rant better.

Racism for Profit Open Thread

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Racism for profit. Before Donald Sterling's racist rants were made public, the 2014 market value of the LA Clippers was $575 million. When NBA Commissioner Silver banned Sterling for life and started the process of forcing him to sell the team, an amazing competitive bidding war emerged, with talk of Oprah and Magic and Geffen and others wanting to buy the team.

Systemic [Update: Shinseki out]

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The latest IG report on the VA concludes, in part, the following:

Allegations at the Phoenix HCS include gross mismanagement of VA resources and criminal misconduct by VA senior hospital leadership, creating systemic patient safety issues and possible wrongful deaths. While our work is not complete, we have substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality of care at this medical facility.

But it ain't just Phoenix.

Some really terrible ideas from the Obama Administration

So my summer online section of World Civilization to 1650 is just about done, and now that I have space, I should be working on my monograph. 


Strategery diplomatique

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Peter Beinert has a pretty good piece on what U.S. diplomatic strategy should be. The three key nuggets:

Memorial Weekend Open Thread

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Blow up the Mississippi Tea Party. Four people, so far, have been arrested for their involvement in the videotaping of Thad Cochran's wife. I would say blow up the entire Tea Party, but they seem to be doing it themselves without outside help.

"If these allegations prove to be true" [Updated]

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