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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.”
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.
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).
Sandra Fluke / Washington Post:
The Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women  —  How is birth control different from blood transfusions and vaccines?  It's not.  —  Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the nationally followed Hobby Lobby case.  The for-profit corporations that brought these cases to the Supreme Court …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Wider impact of Hobby Lobby ruling?
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Supreme Court Breakfast Table
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?
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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Jesse Watters / Fox News Insider:
WATCH: Police Kick Watters Out of NOW Conference  —  This weekend, Jesse Watters took a trip to a National Organization for Women conference at the Hyatt in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where an interesting turn of events took place.  —  Watters interviewed some of the attendees, asking questions like …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Chief Justice Courts Liberals In Search of Middle Ground  —  Supreme Court's Leader Joined Liberal Colleagues to Achieve Some Major Decisions This Term  —  WASHINGTON—In the Supreme Court term that just concluded, Chief Justice John Roberts joined with liberal colleagues to draw some of the court's major decisions toward the middle.
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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
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 …
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.
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
More on the IRS's Illegal Destruction of Evidence  —  Scott wrote earlier today about the motion that True the Vote is bringing against the IRS in the federal court in the District of Columbia.  The motion asks for expedited discovery with respect to the IRS's destruction of evidence relevant …
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 …
Al Jazeera America:
Japan relaxes pacifist constitution, will allow fighting overseas  —  Major policy shift from post-WWII charter has alarmed regional rival China  —  Japan's Cabinet has agreed on a proposal to end a ban on its military fighting abroad, a major shift away from the country's postwar pacifism and a move that is riling China.
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