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4:25 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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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.
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
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
Hobby Lobby Actually Lavishes Contraception Coverage on Its Employees  —  The Left is foaming at the mouth over the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision this morning.  —  “This is going to turn the dial back,” Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned on MSNBC.
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: Daily Kos
Elias Isquith / Salon:
John Roberts, abysmal failure: How his court was disgraced by corporations and theocrats  —  It wasn't quite March 6, 1857, or Dec. 12, 2000, but make no mistake: June 30, 2014, was not a good day for the U.S. Supreme Court.  Not simply because it saw the court once again unveil …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Supreme Court Breakfast Table
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   Wider impact of Hobby Lobby ruling?
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Chris Christie Doesn't Have An Opinion On Hobby Lobby: ‘Who Knows?’
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
OTC Birth Control: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Responsibility
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
McDaniel's Bizarre Plan To Challenge The Senate Race In Mississippi  —  Supporters of Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) are hinting at a specific plan to cast doubt about the results of the primary runoff election in which he lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) …
Discussion: BarbWire.com, Fox News and RedState
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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
DEMOCRAT PASTOR ACCUSES THAD COCHRAN CAMPAIGN OF VOTE-FOR-PAY SCHEME
Aaron Gardner / RedState:
BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal
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 …
Discussion: Jezebel, Hinterland Gazette and Gawker
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.
 
 
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Phillip Longman / Washington Monthly:
Clueless or Craven? The White House Gets the VA Story Exactly Backwards
Discussion: POTUS Operandi
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Huge Crowds Turn Out for Hong Kong Pro-Democracy March
Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
The Trouble Isn't Liberals. It's Progressives.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Fed Bubble?  —  Further to yesterday's note on …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Associated Press:
European Court Upholds French Veil Ban
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on pregnancy law, church signs
Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Drew Karedes / KHOU-TV:
Police: Man shoots wife, stepson in the head after alcohol dispute
Discussion: The Raw Story
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Obama: White House Pies So Good, You'd Think There Was Crack in Them
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Megyn Kelly to Bill Ayers: Sounds like bin Laden
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Manu Raju / Politico:
The Dick and Liz Cheney recovery tour
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
For Iraq, Potential Leader With a Tarnished Past