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Opponents of Obamacare who lost their legal case over federal subsidies last week are now appealing directly to the Supreme Court, CNBC reported, but it is not clear whether the Supreme Court will take the case.

The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, who lost when a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the subsidies on the federal Obamacare exchange, petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to hear their case, rather than seeking a review from the entire 4th Circuit Court. The 4th Circuit, once the most conservative federal appellate court, now has a majority of judges appointed by Democratic presidents.

The lawyers noted that after last week's ruling on the case, which came the same day that another federal appeals court ruled that the subsidies were not legal, millions of people "have no idea if they may rely on the IRS’s promise to subsidize their health coverage."

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Now that the Washington, D.C. City Council has passed a "yoga tax," which taxes gym and fitness center memberships in the city, yoga advocates are trying to contort their way out of the tax service at a "fitness club, fitness center, or gym the purpose of which is physical exercise."

Richard Karpel, president of the Yoga Alliance, argues that yoga is not technically fitness, as its original purpose is not exercise.

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House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their border supplemental legislation prior to a scheduled vote on Thursday, a sign that they lacked the votes to pass it. It appeared members would go home for recess without acting, a situation that GOP leaders wanted to avoid.

Immigration-weary conservatives said the $659 million supplemental, and the subsequent measure to end the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, didn't go far enough in rebuking the president's actions.

It was a remarkable defeat for the new GOP leadership team on the day that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) stepped down as majority leader.

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