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12:45 PM ET, July 1, 2014

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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.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’  —  Mitt Romney said it, and on Monday the Supreme Court upheld it: Corporations are people, my friend.  —  The 2012 Republican presidential nominee was jeered when he made the claim in 2011 at the Iowa State Fair.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Chris Christie Doesn't Have An Opinion On Hobby Lobby: ‘Who Knows?’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't sure whether the U.S. Supreme Court was right in its Monday “Hobby Lobby” ruling limiting the scope of the federal government's contraception coverage mandate.  —  “Who knows?”
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Supreme Court Breakfast Table  —  For a hands-off court, this one sure is hands-on.  —  One of the big mysteries of this morning's announcement of decisions in Harris v. Quinn and the Hobby Lobby case is that Justice Antonin Scalia is not present.  He's here in spirit.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Ginsberg's Epic Dissent In Hobby Lobby Is Already A Song
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision
New York Times:
Hobby Lobby Decision Highlights Parties' Divide
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Supreme Court Rules Government Can't Make Some Employers Cover Contraception
Discussion: Hit & Run
Misstripleem / Twitchy:
‘Fu*k you:’ Left-wingers want to ‘burn down’ Hobby Lobby after SCOTUS win
Abby Ohlheiser / The Wire:
Read Justice Ginsburg's Passionate 35-Page Dissent of Hobby Lobby Decision
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Hobby Lobby Case Shows Why Private Companies Shouldn't Provide Insurance.  The Government Should.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Officer's Conviction in Cannibalism Case Overturned  —  The 2013 conviction of a former New York City police officer in a plot to kidnap, torture, kill and eat women was overturned late Monday by a federal judge who said there was not sufficient evidence to support it.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Megyn Kelly to Bill Ayers: Sounds like bin Laden  —  Fox News host Megyn Kelly had a heated interview with former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers about his past actions as part of the radical group.  —  “You sound like — with respect — Osama bin Laden,” Kelly said to Ayers …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Tim Wilson / CBS Boston:
I-Team: Acton Vet Finally Gets VA Doctor's Appointment - 2 Years After He Died  —  By WBZ-TV Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve  —  ACTON (CBS) - “He was steadfast.  He took care of us, all of these years.”  —  Suzanne Chase of Acton was talking about her husband, Doug …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
DEMOCRAT PASTOR ACCUSES THAD COCHRAN CAMPAIGN OF VOTE-FOR-PAY SCHEME  —  A black Mississippi pastor has emerged to claim Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign paid “thousands” of Democrats $15 each to vote in the June 24 GOP runoff - and that he was part of the scheme.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Aaron Gardner / RedState:
BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal
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.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on pregnancy law, church signs  —  Taking on new social controversies for its next Term, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to clarify the protection that women workers get under federal law when they become pregnant, and to consider the right of religious groups to put up outdoor signs to promote their worship services.
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
For Iraq, Potential Leader With a Tarnished Past  —  BAGHDAD — He took millions of dollars from the C.I.A., founded and was accused of defrauding the second-biggest bank in Jordan and sold the Bush administration a bill of goods on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The Times of Israel:
What happened on the night of the kidnapping  —  The teenagers were shot dead in the backseat of the car within minutes of the abduction; the killers believed, erroneously, that the security forces were on their trail  —  Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16 …
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Washington Post:
Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show  —  Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents.
Manu Raju / Politico:
The Dick and Liz Cheney recovery tour  —  Dick and Liz Cheney have been impossible to miss in recent weeks, sparring with Democrats and Rand Paul over the latest mess in Iraq, making the rounds on Fox News and launching a group to reassert the case for their hawkish brand of foreign policy.
Eun Kyung Kim / Today:
Monica Lewinsky on Clinton scandal: ‘I was a virgin to humiliation’  —  Monica Lewinsky, the most famous White House intern in history, has stayed silent for 10 years, thanks to a sex scandal that rocked the nation.  —  Last month, Lewinsky wrote in a Vanity Fair essay that it was “time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”
 
 
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Adam Bellow / National Review:
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Associated Press:
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Police: Man shoots wife, stepson in the head after alcohol dispute
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Obama: White House Pies So Good, You'd Think There Was Crack in Them
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
LAUSD shifts gears on technology for students
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Odds are increasing that D.C. will vote on legalizing marijuana — despite Congress
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Kersey / USA Today:
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