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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 …
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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.”
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).
Abby Haglage / The Daily Beast:
After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage  —  From Notre Dame to manufacturers, dozens of companies were waiting for the Supreme Court's decision in order to opt-out of Obamacare's contraception mandate.  —  Hobby Lobby is about to get a lot more company.
Politico:
Changed America This Year  —  Nineteen legal thinkers run down the court's most important decisions.  —  The justices have retired their robes for the summer (and the interns, their running shoes), after handing down decisions on issues ranging from Obamacare to affirmative action, campaign finance to school prayer.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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: Balloon Juice and RH Reality Check
Sandra Fluke / Washington Post:
The Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women
Discussion: Daily Kos and Religion Dispatches
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
OTC Birth Control: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Responsibility
Discussion: Hot Air and Vox
New York Times:
Limiting Rights: Imposing Religion on Workers
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Supreme Court Breakfast Table
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Really Means
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
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
NM police boot Fox's Jesse Watters from women's conference after ‘sexist’ comments  —  Fox News reporter Jesse Watters said on Monday that Albuquerque police had escorted him out of the 2014 National Organization for Women (NOW) conference after he made sexist comments and failed to obtain a press pass.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Jon Clifton / Gallup:
Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom  —  Perceived widespread corruption in U.S. government on the rise  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared with seven years ago — dropping 12 percentage points from 91% in 2006 to 79% in 2013.
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
ObamaCare coverage for millions in jeopardy as watchdog finds widespread data flaws  —  The Obama administration is struggling to resolve data discrepancies over health insurance that could jeopardize coverage for millions, according to a watchdog report on the still-rocky implementation of ObamaCare.
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 …
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,” …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Landrieu, Cassidy tied in runoff  —  PPP's newest Louisiana poll finds a race largely unchanged from February: Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy are likely to advance to a December runoff, and that match up is a toss up.  Landrieu leads with 44% for the November election to 27% for Cassidy, 8% for Rob Maness, and 5% for Paul Hollis.
 
 
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