Kansas Fiscal Woes Force Brownback To Consider Medicaid Expansion

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Gov. Sam Brownback (R) and the Republican-controlled legislature in Kansas is inching ever so slowly toward expanding Medicaid under Obamacare. If Kansas did expand Medicaid, it would be the latest in a list of deep-red states to actually take federal dollars through Obamacare.

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Sickening

The arrest Eric Holder just described — the one with the guy who had just been playing basketball — is simply horrifying. We'll have a full write up on the DOJ's report on Ferguson later this afternoon.

We'll have details from the report itself later, but here are Holder's words describing the incident from his presentation this afternoon ...

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What's the Verdict in Israel?

Livni: “The ties between capital, government and [gambling] chips are destroying our vital relationship with the United States and undermining Israel’s security. Netanyahu and Adelson conceal the amount of money spent on Israel Hayom’s election propaganda. Adelson is a casino magnate who, with his billions, controls the Republicans in the United States, and here, he controls Netanyahu. And as in a puppet show, he pulls the political strings both there and here.”

Tzipi Livni is the number two candidate on the 'Zionist Camp' ticket. In effect she is running as a joint ticket with the Labor Party, headed by Yitzhak Herzog.

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Check This Out

Ed Kilgore reviews the new mini-debate about whether the American constitutional order is in fact doomed (I'm skeptical) and offers his own take. My own take is that the structure of American government (presidential vs parliamentary systems) is relatively unimportant. I'm closer to Chait in thinking the driving issue is the rise of conservative absolutism, grounded in white identity politics, coming into its own in mid-90s and growing, more or less, ever since.

Here We Go

TPM's Sahil Kapur will be at the Supreme Court at 10 a.m. ET for the oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the big Obamacare case. Look for his initial report later this morning. Meanwhile, here's his final dispatch before arguments, and if you're catching up, here's a one-stop shop for all our coverage of King v. Burwell (and the related Halbig case).

The Speech

I've written at great length about this speech, in anticipation of it, and about the Israeli election, to which it is inextricably connected. If you step back, it is amazing that this even happened. A foreign head of state gave a speech to the US Congress explicitly criticizing and trying to block the diplomacy of a sitting U.S. president. Having said all that, what about the speech itself?

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Oooohhh Boy

Earlier this morning we published this story about how AIPAC had invited Steve Emerson to this year's conference even after he'd gotten in all the trouble a few weeks ago for his bogus claims about Birmingham, England ("totally Muslim") and no-go zones in Paris - statements which led the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to call him an "idiot" and which he himself later apologized for. The piece triggered a blizzard of amazing emails from Emerson in which "challenge[d]" us to publish the questions below and which I am actually eager to publish.

I've used bold to add emphasis to the good parts.

You won't want to miss this.

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King of Israel

Bear in mind while you watch this that over the last three weeks Netanyahu's poll numbers and those of his party have been slipping.

11:30 AM: It would be interesting to watch this speech with subtitles which detailed the specific ways in which each point Netanyahu makes is misleading or simply false.

11:32 AM: A key point Netanyahu is making is that the Iranian "break out" phase will be short and that Israel believes it will be shorter than U.S. intelligence believes it will be. Remember that we now know Netanyahu specifically and repeatedly misstated what Israel's intelligence agencies were telling him about the Iranian program in his 2012 speech to the UN.

11:37 AM: BECAUSE IT'S NOT POLITICAL!!!: Netanyahu's campaign site livestreams speech and harvests campaign email lists.

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