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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.
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Two Guys With Guns Have Showdown On First Day Of Georgia's New ‘Guns Everywhere’ Law  —  A “misunderstanding” between two armed men in a Georgia convenience store led to an arrest on the very day that the state's new expansive gun rights law went into effect, according to The Valdosta Daily Times.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:   Big Win For Gun Control Groups: Target Bans Guns In Its Stores
Paul Horwitz / New York Times:
Hobby Lobby Is Only the Beginning  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — THE United States Constitution speaks of the Supreme Court's jurisdiction over “cases” and “controversies.”  But when social controversies do come before the court, its powers are limited.  In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores …
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Politico:
Changed America This Year
Discussion: aflcio.org
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: No regrets on waiting for GOP  —  President Obama does not regret waiting on House Republicans to move on immigration reform, despite their failure to do so, the White House said Tuesday.  —  The president on Monday directed his administration to “fix as much of our immigration system …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hullabaloo
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Immigration advocates to Obama: Go big
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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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 …
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
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.
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
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
Justin Huggler / Telegraph:
Nazi ‘perfect Aryan’ poster child was Jewish  —  Hessy Taft's baby photograph was selected by Nazi party as the ideal Aryan infant, but Joseph Goebbels' propaganda machine never discovered that she was in fact Jewish  —  When Hessy Taft was six months old, she was a poster child for the Nazis.
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 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Panelist: Single Women Depend On Gov't Because They Don't Have Husbands (VIDEO)  —  Single women are “Beyonce voters” who depend on the government in lieu of husbands to provide their birth control, according to one Fox News panelist.  —  Jesse Watters made the comment Tuesday on …
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
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 …
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
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
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The new Bloomberg Media  —  Last weekend, Bloomberg L.P. held its annual company picnic, a seven-figure soirée on Randall's Island with the types of attractions you'd expect from the company's billionaire benefactor: food tents cooking up everything from hamburgers to gourmet pizza …
 
 
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Give Scotusblog a Seat in Court
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Gary Johnson gets into pot
Grant Gallicho / Commonweal Magazine:
Archbishop Nienstedt under investigation.
Steven Overly / Washington Post:
The data on America's annual tradition: injuring ourselves with fireworks
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Federal judge strikes down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Majority of U.S. Veterans Say Access to VA Care Difficult
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Privacy board backs NSA's foreign spying
Discussion: Politico and Guardian
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
US: Libyan Militant Motivated by Extremism
Discussion: Politico
Al Jazeera America:
Japan relaxes pacifist constitution, will allow fighting overseas
Dean Starkman / The New Republic:
The $236,500 Hole in the American Dream
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
NM police boot Fox's Jesse Watters from women's conference after ‘sexist’ comments