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Hamas claims to have Israeli soldier; diplomats seek truce in Gaza conflict

1 hour 24 min ago

JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier is missing following a bloody seven-hour battle Sunday in an East Gaza neighborhood, Israel’s military said Tuesday, but it was unknown yet whether the soldier was dead or alive. The development could complicate diplomatic efforts underway to stop the conflict between Israel and Hamas as it enters its third week.

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PostEverything: Why Obamacare probably isn’t doomed

1 hour 32 min ago

The Affordable Care Act took a potentially serious hit today when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a rule that extended the law’s health-care subsidies to residents of the  three-dozen states where the federal government runs a health insurance exchange.

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Federal appeals courts issue contradictory rulings on health-law subsidies

2 hours 6 min ago

Two federal appellate courts handed down contradictory rulings Tuesday on the legality of a central part of the Affordable Care Act that provides insurance subsidies to millions of Americans in three dozen states that rely on the new federal health insurance marketplace.

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Jeremiah Denton, admiral, senator, heroic POW, buried in Arlington on Tuesday

2 hours 32 min ago

Fellow POWs, dignitaries and family members gathered Tuesday for the burial in Arlington National Cemetery of former U.S. senator, rear admiral and long-time Vietnam prisoner of war Jeremiah A. Denton Jr.

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Sargent: What today’s Obamacare ruling reveals about the GOP

2 hours 54 min ago

Today in a two-to-one decision a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered Republicans perhaps their biggest victory yet in their ongoing legal battle to destroy the Affordable Care Act. This case is far from over — it will probably be appealed to the full appeals court (where today’s decision is likely to be reversed) and then to the Supreme Court. But it demonstrates just how willing Republicans are to lay waste to Americans’ lives if it means they can strike a blow at Barack Obama and his health law.

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FAA bans U.S. airlines from flying to or from Tel Aviv

3 hours 21 min ago

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday afternoon ordered U.S. carriers to stop flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, prohibiting them from traveling through Israel’s largest airport after a rocket landed nearby.

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Why Tony Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam aren’t really a surprise

3 hours 21 min ago

Updated with Dungy statement at 1:30 p.m.

Michael Sam may not be a distraction this week at the St. Louis Rams training camp, but the same cannot be said about Tony Dungy.

The former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts found himself drawing criticism for telling the Tampa Tribune that, if he were still coaching today, he wouldn’t have drafted Sam “(n)ot because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth…things will happen.”

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Memorial tree for George Harrison killed by a swarm of beetles

3 hours 44 min ago

A tree planted as a memorial to musician George Harrison has fallen victim to a swarm of pesky beetles. Really.

Somewhere in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park a bunch of bark beetles and ladybug beetles with a good sense of humor laid claim to the Beatles legend’s memorial tree, according to the LA Times:

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Only 200 bodies from crashed jet were aboard train, Dutch expert says

3 hours 58 min ago

BREAKING: Only 200 bodies of passengers from the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine last week were aboard the train that arrived in Kharkiv from the eastern war zone Tuesday, a Dutch forensics expert said.

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What 2014 is all about. You decide.

4 hours 23 min ago

What is this election year about? Is it jobs and the economy? Immigration and the border crisis? Obamacare? Women’s health issues? The VA scandal? The minimum wage? A world in turmoil? The image of House Republicans? Anger toward Washington? Power?

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GovBeat: How a budget fight in Raleigh could hurt Republican chances of taking back the U.S. Senate

5 hours 53 min ago

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and state Senate President Phil Berger (R) are members of the same party, but they don’t see eye to eye. Since McCrory took office in 2013, the two have been at each other’s throats constantly, on issues ranging from taxes to election reform to immigration. Now, disagreements between two of the most powerful men in Raleigh over teacher pay and whether to accept federal Medicaid money have kept the legislature in session weeks past their planned adjournment date, while McCrory and Berger take shots at each other in the media.

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Kerry broadens U.S. effort to reach truce in Gaza fighting

7 hours 4 min ago

CAIRO — Secretary of State John F. Kerry broadened the U.S. effort to reach a cease-fire in Gaza on Tuesday, seeking to revive a truce proposal rejected by Hamas militants a week ago.

Kerry met early Tuesday with the intelligence chief of the Palestinian Authority, Majid Faraj, and later with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who suggested that a cease-fire be linked to a larger effort to resume failed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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WorldViews: 11 things Prince George will never be able to do

7 hours 51 min ago

Happy birthday, Prince George! You probably don't even know it's your birthday, but your palace handlers and their co-conspirators -- the global media -- will make sure everyone else in the world does. And who can fault them when there's all this sad, troubling stuff happening around the world.

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The Fix: What Russia and Israel have in common

8 hours 23 min ago

Americans now see Russia as the United States' top foreign foe, as its image across the Pacific Ocean hits lows not seen in decades.

But on that second count, Russia is actually in some good company -- with no less than America's top ally: Israel.

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PostEverything: The absolute worst cliche online today

8 hours 49 min ago

On June 9, the data-journalism Web site FiveThirtyEight.com published its lead story previewing the World Cup. Its first two sentences read: “All you really need to know is this: The World Cup gets underway Thursday in São Paulo, and it’s really hard to beat Brazil in Brazil.”

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Seeking redemption in 2016, Rick Perry finds power in immigration standoff

8 hours 54 min ago

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — He came here for redemption. At the Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church, Rick Perry held his arms across his torso and swayed as the choir sang during last Sunday’s morning service. He bowed his head while the pastor preached about “God’s perfect plan of salvation.”

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Train leaves Ukraine war zone with victims of Malaysia plane; black boxes handed over

9 hours 4 min ago

DONETSK, Ukraine — After days of resistance, pro-Russian rebels on Monday yielded some ground in the crisis surrounding downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — handing over passengers’ bodies, relinquishing the plane’s black boxes and pledging broader access for investigators to the crash site.

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The eye-rolling Russian rebel at the center of the Malaysian Airlines investigation

9 hours 27 min ago

In a diplomatic world of blow-dried coifs and pressed Italian suits, Alexander Borodai more than stands out. His rounded face is perpetually patched in scruff and, clad in grunge clothing, Borodai always looks like he just departed a Pearl Jam concert.

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Four foreigners killed in Afghan suicide attack inside Kabul security compound

10 hours 48 min ago

KABUL — A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives detonated inside a security compound in the Afghan capital Tuesday, killing four foreigners and injuring dozens more, police said.

The attack, in the Qassaba district near Kabul International Airport, comes just five days after militants mounted a brazen assault on the airport from the same area, and which for several hours halted international flights to the capital.

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More than 100 Palestinians dead in worst day of Gaza conflict; Israel denies soldier captured

13 hours 9 min ago

GAZA CITY — Day 13 was the bloodiest so far. More than 100 Palestinians were killed in heavy bombardment and street battles in Gaza on Sunday and 13 Israeli soldiers were slain in the most intense day of fighting in Israel’s current offensive against Hamas, officials said.

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