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Alabama's Ruling Explained

A federal judge struck down an anti-abortion law in Alabama designed to close clinics there with burdensome regulations, and Robin Marty explains the sudden fortuitous turn in federal judges ruling in the favor of some — but not all — laws like this.

Read J.J. Goldberg

The title of this post is straightforward enough. Read J.J. Goldberg if you're interested in getting a sane, detailed and reported look at what's happening in Israel-Palestine. J.J. is the former editor of and now editor-at-large and columnist for The Forward, a Jewish-American paper that has existed in various forms for more than a century. (For most of its history The Forward was published in Yiddish.) Some of you will say, Well, that's hardly going to give me an unbiased or disinterested read on what's happening. And that's true as far as it goes. I don't want to speak for him. But J.J. writes from what is essentially a two-state, liberal Zionist perspective, which, yes, is one I share.

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And Now for Something Completely Different

For the last two years, I've been taking teams from our New York office for off-sites on the Long Island Sound. No fancy team building gurus or exercises - no need for any discussion of work at all. Just a day together, outside of the work, to get to know each other better, relax, so we can bring some of that team energy and renewed personal rapport back to the office and our work at TPM.

We held one of these last week with our Publishing team. And for whatever reason we got to talking about what is the best American band.

It turns out it's kind of deceptively complicated question. Or at least that's what we decided.

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Finding Agreement

Let me speak entirely for myself for a moment. The Israelis and Palestinians, under various names, have been in an unending battle for a century, arguably longer. There is so much history, such ingrained competing narratives, so much emotion, such a hate-drenched interlocking of two victimized peoples that I find it very hard to point to any one person and say: Yes, this person says what I would say. I agree with that. But for me here's that person: Amos Oz, speaking here in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

House GOP's Peace Out

Well, House Republicans did it, they passed a symbolic bill to say they've dealt with the migrant crisis and threw in a little rebuke to Dreamer kids while they were at it. Now they can go home and confidently say they did something. Even if it was actually nothing.

Notes on the Subsidy Truth Movement

Over the last couple days, TPM's Dylan Scott has been taking a deep look at the emerging Obamacare Subsidy Truth Movement and the history of the legislation that gave rise to it. I wanted to make sure you didn't miss them because they're exceptionally good pieces and examples of the longer, reported pieces we'll be doing more of. The first piece looks at the chaotic, late phase of the passage of the ACA, with House Democrats wanting a single federal exchange and the Senate wanting a state based approach. The battle over which side would win was short-circuited by the surprise election of Sen. Scott Brown, which robbed Senate Democrats of their filibuster proof majority and essentially forced the House to accept the Senate's bill more or less intact.

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Pulling A Late Night

Before House Republicans jet for August Recess, they want to get that vote on the child migrant crisis. As Sahil Kapur explains here, the vote is pretty much a show since Obama has promised to veto a weaker version of the bill and the Democratic-controlled Senate won't touch it. But Republicans, who have estimated votes to start at 8:00 or 8:30 p.m. and finish around 11:00 p.m. ET, are showing the world that they're working hard on this problem. The question is if enough people who believe it are watching.

In Good Hands

You can all rest assured since the team of Michele Bachmann and Steve King led the charge in getting the GOP's own immigration bill torpedoed and are now cheering the new phony bill as one of history's great pieces of legislation. So all good.

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