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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
JUSTICES: CAN'T MAKE EMPLOYERS COVER CONTRACEPTION  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Americans Losing Confidence in All Branches of U.S. Gov't  —  Confidence hits six-year low for presidency; record lows for Supreme Court, Congress  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government has fallen, reaching record lows for the Supreme Court …
ThinkProgress:
Why Today's Hobby Lobby Decision Actually Hurts People Of Faith  —  In response to today's Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which allowed the the craft store giant and other “closely-held corporations” to be granted religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) …
ThinkProgress:
The Bait-And-Switch Behind Today's Hobby Lobby Decision  —  Protesters hold signs in support of Obamacare's birth control mandate  —  For many years, the Supreme Court struck a careful balance between protecting religious liberty and maintaining the rule of law in a pluralistic society.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
6 Stupid Arguments About Hobby Lobby From Dumb Liberals  —  The Supreme Court's decision today affirming the right of business owners to run their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs has caused no small amount of consternation among the anti-science, functionally illiterate Left.
Jeffrey Toobin / CNN:
Court rulings: It's GOP v. Democrats  —  Editor's note: Jeffrey Toobin is CNN senior legal analyst and author of “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.”  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.  —  (CNN) — Elections have consequences.
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Charlie Neuman/ZUMA  —  On Monday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a blistering dissent to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the government can't require certain employers …
ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Supreme Court Deals Sharp Blow To Public Sector Unions
Discussion: Slate
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
5 Major Takeaways From The Hobby Lobby Decision
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Ginsburg: SCOTUS Has ‘Ventured Into A Minefield’ In Birth Control Ruling
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Conservative Supreme Court Majority Prevails In Two Key Cases [UPDATE: Is Hobby Lobby So Narrow As To Be “Meaningless”?]
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
Eugene Robinson: Hobby Lobby Sort of Like Segregationists
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Three Bodies Found Believed to Be Missing Israelis  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli military searchers found three bodies believed to be those of the missing Israeli teenagers who disappeared more than two weeks ago in the occupied West Bank, a senior government official said on Monday.
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
How Hillary Won Over the Skeptical Left  —  The surprising source of Clinton's invincibility  —  Jay Brown is a blunt-talking doctor from Ames, Iowa, the kind of guy who believes the biggest threats to the republic are the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, and the corporatization of politics.
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Ben White / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's money problem
Stephanie Simon / Politico:
Harris v. Quinn ruling: Unions hit, but not fatally, by SCOTUS  —  The conservative majority on the Supreme Court on Monday signaled its distaste for state laws requiring public-sector workers to pay union dues — but stopped short of sweeping them away, handing organized labor a sweet but potentially short-lived victory.
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Ruling Allows Some Public Workers to Opt Out of Union Fees
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas  —  Two years ago Kansas embarked on a remarkable fiscal experiment: It sharply slashed income taxes without any clear idea of what would replace the lost revenue.  Sam Brownback, the governor, proposed the legislation — in percentage terms …
Discussion: Daily Kos
KNSD-TV:
Boy Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound at Boy Scout Camp: SDPD  —  A 12-year-old Boy Scout shot himself in the head at the Fiesta Island Youth Camp in Mission Bay  —  A boy has died after shooting himself in the head Monday at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego, officials confirmed.
James Risen / New York Times:
Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater  —  WASHINGTON — Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor's operations in Iraq.  But the inquiry was abandoned …
ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking And Drilling  —  New York towns and cities are allowed to pass bans on oil and gas drilling and fracking, the state's highest court ruled Monday.  —  The New York Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of a lower court that local governments …
 
 
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