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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 …
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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.
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) …
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Hobby Lobby Case Shows Why Private Companies Shouldn't Provide Insurance.  The Government Should.  —  In one sense, the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby seems less awful than many liberals feared it would be.  The majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito …
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.
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
ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Supreme Court Deals Sharp Blow To Public Sector Unions
Discussion: Slate
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
White House: Congress Must Counter SCOTUS Birth Control Ruling
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court Declares Itself to Be High Priest
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Ruling Allows Some Public Workers to Opt Out of Union Fees
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Conservative Supreme Court Majority Prevails In Two Key Cases [UPDATE: Is Hobby Lobby So Narrow As To Be “Meaningless”?]
Discussion: Politico and Rush Limbaugh
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Do Democrats win by losing Obamacare decision?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
College GOP chairman resigns, joining Democrats  —  The chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans has resigned his post and “will be changing my party affiliation to Democrat in the next few days.”  —  Evan Alvarez resigned his post this morning, which was made public …
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: TaxProf Blog and 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.
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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