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In HBO's hit show Game of Thrones, there are dragons, sword fights, and zombie armies. But the heart of the show is intense political intrigue. Alliances are forged and broken; backroom deals are cut; principles are sacrificed. It's a dirty game. Yet imagine how much more unsavory it would be if super-PACs and dark-money outfits existed in the Seven Kingdoms. We did—and here are the results. Click through for all three ads (and mild season 2 spoilers). [READ MORE]

 

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What Really Happens If the Supreme Court Strikes Down the Obamacare Mandate?

By Kevin Drum

As everybody waits with bated breath for the Supreme Court to release its ruling on Obamacare (maybe Monday!), the fashionable parlor game among the chattering classes is to figure out what the impact of different kinds of rulings would be. So let's play! But most of the alternatives are uninteresting. If the court upholds the law, then everything goes forward as planned. If they strike down the entire law, then everything stops. The only interesting question is: What if they strike down the individual mandate but uphold the rest of the law?

We can game this out. [READ MORE]

 

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THIS WEEK'S NEWS ROUNDUP

2 Fast, 2 Furious, the Supreme Court, and Immigration

The "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal—portions of which date back to the Bush administration—exploded into "new levels of inanity" this week, Kevin Drum writes, as House Republicans moved to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress.

Over on the Senate side, GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks he can make things up about President Barack Obama without suffering any consequences. Kevin says he's right.

The Supreme Court didn't decide whether Obamacare is constitutional, but it probably will next week. Here's what the court striking down Obamacare would mean for American politics. Here's one case the court actually ruled on this week.

Last Friday, Obama announced that certain young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children will be spared deportation and granted work authorization. Republicans freaked out.

The presidential campaign was pretty quiet/silly this week. But Mitt Romney gave a speech on immigration that only highlighted his major reversal on the issue. As you can tell from our interactive, Romney's immigration positions have changed a lot over the years. It's probably just another example of Romnesia.

Andy Kroll's cover story on the long, scandal-filled history of money in politics published this week. And super-PACs promptly took aim at some of the main characters of HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones." [READ MORE]

 

CHART OF THE WEEK: Chart of the Day: God Is Dead—to Millennials, Anyway [READ MORE]

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Quote of the Day: GOP Leader Says Obama Using the IRS to Punish His Enemies [READ MORE]

 

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