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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Hands down Obama is the worst president since WWII: poll  —  Poll after poll shows President Obama's approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012.  —  With Mr. Obama deploying military troops to Iraq …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Poll: Obama worst president since WWII  —  A plurality of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, a new poll says.  —  According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters think the current president is the worst since 1945.
Emily Rudisill / A Bullseye View:
Target Addresses Firearms in Stores  —  Every day at Target, in everything we do, we ask ourselves what is right for our guests?  We make all of our decisions with that question in mind.  Questions have circulated in recent weeks around Target's policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores.
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Another federal judge tells IRS to explain itself on lost emails  —  IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency.  —  They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton …
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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 …
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.
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP has lost O-Care fight  —  Republicans bet the house that ObamaCare would be a disaster.  They lost.  —  After a four-year feast criticizing ObamaCare, Congressional Republicans are now left picking at the crumbs of minor complaints.  Their longstanding predictions of failure have come up empty.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Male-female pay gap remains entrenched at White House  —  The White House has not narrowed the gap between the average pay of male and female employees since President Obama's first year in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of new salary data.  —  The average male White House …
Fox News:
Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest  —  A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Facebook Lawyer: That Emotion-Manipulation Study Was About Customer Service  —  ASPEN, Colo.—During a session on freedom of speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival, hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, Facebook's Head of Global Policy Management, Monika Bickert, was asked …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Rick Perry to Obama: Come to the border  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that President Barack Obama must visit the Texas southern border to see the immigration crisis for himself.  —  “If he doesn't come to the border, I think it's a real reflection of his lack of concern of what's …
Discussion: Monitor and The Gateway Pundit
Lina Khan / Washington Monthly:
Thrown Out of Court  —  How corporations became people you can't sue.  —  Late last year a massive data hack at Target exposed as many as 110 million consumers around the country to identity theft and fraud.  As details of its lax computer security oversight came to light …
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
A Solar Show With Mixed Reviews  —  Solar maximum is now.  —  Indeed, the maximum — the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle, when the sun erupts with solar flares and energetic bursts of electrons and protons — may have already passed.  —  As solar maximums go, this has been a tepid one …
Discussion: Althouse
Dion Lefler / Wichita Eagle:
Sens. Moran, Roberts: Don't go back to Iraq now  —  Both Kansas senators said Monday they don't support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq to try to rein in Islamic militants, who have seized much of the country and have declared areas they control an independent caliphate.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon sends attack helicopters to Iraq  —  The United States has sent Apache attack helicopters to Iraq as part of the buildup in U.S. military personnel, the Pentagon said Tuesday.  —  Officials would not say how many of the armed helicopters have been sent to the country …
Discussion: RedState and ParaPundit
Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
Protesters Block First Wave Of Detained Immigrants In Murrieta  —  MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) — Dozens of protesters blocked the road Tuesday so buses full of undocumented immigrants couldn't make their way to a U.S. Border Patrol Station in Murrieta.  —  Approximately 140 people were flown …
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.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Immigration advocates to Obama: Go big  —  House Democrats and other immigration reformers are calling on President Obama to go big when it comes to administrative changes in deportation policy.  —  For months, liberal reform advocates on and off Capitol Hill have urged Obama to tap …
Discussion: New York Times
Grant Gallicho / Commonweal Magazine:
Archbishop Nienstedt under investigation.  —  Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis is being investigated for “multiple allegations” of inappropriate sexual conduct with seminarians, priests, and other men, according to the archbishop's former top canon lawyer, Jennifer Haselberger.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Federal judge strikes down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage  —  Noteworthy for three reasons.  One: The judge is a Bush 41 appointee, nominated to the federal bench by, er, Mitch McConnell.  Two: This decision doesn't matter much on the ground because the Sixth Circuit, the federal appellate court …
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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