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Did Republicans Swallow Their Own Grenade?

With the clock ticking down to hearing how the Supreme Court comes down on King v Burwell, the Obamacare subsidies case, it's worth reminding ourselves of the overriding salient fact about the case. This is not in any real sense a question of law or constitutionality that made its way up through the courts in any standard way - not even in the sense that activists often look for 'test cases' to advance some particular argument or test a purported right. King v Burwell is a construction of the Republican party indistinguishable in any meaningful sense from the dozens of times congressional Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare or otherwise torpedo the law since it was passed in 2010.

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Introducing Your GOP

Not Parody

At a now-defunct gay conversion therapy clinic in New Jersey patients were encouraged to beat a pillow with a tennis rack and curse their mothers (symbolized by the pillow) to exorcise their gayness. This information comes from a suit filed by former patients.

Don't Miss This

In case you didn't see this over the weekend: President Obama's eulogy for Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden and former Delaware Attorney General. Watch.

Unexpected Good News from Turkey

Yesterday brought a burst of good news from Turkey, whose democracy has seemed to be teetering on the edge of a descent into de facto strong man rule for several years. The headline news is that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party lost its majority yesterday in national parliamentary elections. They are still far and away the largest party in the parliament. But without an absolute majority they must form a coalition with other parties. In most multi-party democracies this would be in the normal course of things. But in 2015 Turkey, it is a dramatic result.

Here's why.

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Liar Liar

If you'd read the Duggar police report it was pretty clear that they lied consistently through their Fox News interview. Here are some key examples.

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