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6:30 PM ET, July 1, 2014

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Emma Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Supreme Court Isn't Waging a War on Women in Hobby Lobby  —  Responses to the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby are a study in contradictions.  It's “a landmark victory for religious liberty” that gives bosses “license to harm their female employees in the name of religion.”
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Associated Press:
Justices act in other health law mandate cases Associated Press 11 mins ago  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Limiting Rights: Imposing Religion on Workers  —  The Supreme Court's deeply dismaying decision on Monday in the Hobby Lobby case swept aside accepted principles of corporate law and religious liberty to grant owners of closely held, for-profit companies an unprecedented right to impose their religious views on employees.
Sasha Volokh / Washington Post:
Is RFRA unconstitutional?  —  I basically agree with my co-bloggers' posts from yesterday about Hobby Lobby (see, e.g., Eugene's posts here and here): given RFRA, I think Hobby Lobby should have prevailed, as it did.  In particular, I favor the idea that corporations should be able to assert rights under RFRA (see Ilya's post here).
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Wider impact of Hobby Lobby ruling?  —  The Supreme Court sent a fairly strong signal on Tuesday that its ruling giving some for-profit businesses a right not to provide birth control services to their female workers goes beyond the specific methods at issue in that decision.
Discussion: RH Reality Check and Balloon Juice
The Hill:
Obama weighs executive hammer  —  President Obama is weighing executive actions after the Supreme Court ruled against ObamaCare's contraception mandate.  —  The White House swiftly called on Congress to enact a legislative fix but realistically knows lawmakers aren't about to act.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Abby Haglage / The Daily Beast:
After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
OTC Birth Control: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Responsibility
Discussion: Vox and Hot Air
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Supreme Court Breakfast Table
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Really Means
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie gives no opinion on Hobby Lobby case
Discussion: Politico and State of the Union
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
Wait Until You See the Picture Frame NBC's Cameras Found in Valerie Jarrett's Office  —  Editor's Note:  —  Be sure to read to the bottom to see Jarrett's explanation.  —  Don't blink or you might miss it.  —  Earlier this week during NBC's exclusive peek inside the world of Valerie Jarrett …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
What's Going With This Photo In Valerie Jarrett's Office?  —  An NBC package over the weekend shows an odd display.  —  “Our Cynthia McFadden was granted unique access and spent a day behind the scenes with Valerie Jarrett at the White House,” host David Gregory said introducing the segment.
Discussion: Althouse
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take  —  House Ethics reverses decades of precedent as lobbyist-sponsored lawmaker travel expands.  —  It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around …
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Cochran campaign denies vote-buying reports  —  The U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran campaign is denying reports from a conservative blogger that it was trying to buy votes in Lauderdale County.  —  Blogger Charles C. Johnson of GotNews.com is reporting that Stevie Fielder says the Cochran campaign told …
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
McDaniel's Bizarre Plan To Challenge The Senate Race In Mississippi
Discussion: BarbWire.com, Fox News and RedState
Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
The Trouble Isn't Liberals.  It's Progressives.  —  Not everyone on the left wants to quash dissent or indulge President Obama's abuses of executive power.  —  Social conservatives.  Libertarians.  Country-club conservatives.  Tea party conservatives.  Everybody in politics knows …
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Gays have right to marry in Kentucky, judge rules  —  A federal judge today ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry in Kentucky.  —  “In America, even sincere and long-hold religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted,” …
Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed:
What Happens When A Prep School's Black Student President Mocks Her White Male Classmates  —  An Instagram photo allegedly led the country's most expensive boarding school to strip its first black female student body president of her role.  —  One day last March, Lawrenceville School Student …
Phillip Longman / Washington Monthly:
Clueless or Craven?  The White House Gets the VA Story Exactly Backwards  —  Sad to say, the Obama administration seems clueless about what might be broken at the VA and how to fix it.  Either that, or it is just cravenly saying and doing whatever it thinks is necessary to make the story go away.
Discussion: POTUS Operandi
Pew Research Center:
Americans show modest interest in Iraq news, less interest in World Cup  —  So far, the growing crisis in Iraq has not drawn strong interest from the American public.  As Sunni militants extend their control of large swaths of Iraq, 25% say they are paying very close attention to the growing violence and political instability in Iraq.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to call for infrastructure funding  —  President Obama will urge Congress to fund the rapidly depleting Highway Trust Fund by eliminating corporate tax breaks during a speech Tuesday in Georgetown.  —  The president will argue “that by closing unfair tax loopholes for companies …
 
 
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Jon Clifton / Gallup:
Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
French Ban on Face Veils Upheld by European Rights Court
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Dish
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Huge Crowds Turn Out for Hong Kong Pro-Democracy March
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Fed Bubble?  —  Further to yesterday's note on …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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Associated Press:
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Megyn Kelly to Bill Ayers: Sounds like bin Laden
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