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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Hobby Lobby Is Already Creating New Religious Demands on Obama  —  This week, in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that a religious employer could not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception.  That decision is beginning to reverberate …
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ThinkProgress:
The Most Partisan Supreme Court Justice Of All  —  In mid-November of 2012, hundreds of tuxedo-clad Republican lawyers gathered at a hotel ballroom in Washington, DC.  They were a mix of heads hung in dejection and chests puffed out in compensatory bluster.
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Floodgates  —  A lot of us gabbers suggested yesterday that the Hobby Lobby decision might open the “floodgates” to new legal claims of “religious liberty” exemptions from various federal laws by “closely-held” for-profit corporations.  But even as lawyers scurry to think about suits …
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Orgs Want Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order  —  The day after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Last Time the Supreme Court Meddled in Women's Health, It Was a Big Setback for the GOP
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Exclusive: A Liberal Organization's Post-Hobby Lobby Battle Plan
Discussion: National Review
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
CNN Rips Hobby Lobby For Investing In Birth Control: ‘Hypocrisy At Its Finest’
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.
Washington Post:
At time of austerity, eight universities spent top dollar on Hillary Clinton speeches  —  At least eight universities, including four public institutions, have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hillary Rodham Clinton to speak on their campuses over the past year …
Discussion: National Review
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Without even running, Hillary Clinton achieves an Iowa victory
Discussion: CNN
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Charts: The Clintons' Well-Oiled Fundraising Machine
Discussion: Politico and National Review
thegazette.com:
Clinton, candidates: Come to Iowa
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and BuzzFeed
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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
Alexis Levinson / Roll Call:
Thad Cochran Conference Call Descends Into Chaos  —  Thad Cochran, above, won the GOP runoff for Senate.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  A conference call held by Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign quickly devolved into chaos and ended Wednesday after one of the participants repeatedly asked racially charged questions.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Sarah Smith / Politico:
‘House of Cards’ United Nations request denied
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul rebukes White House in pro-Israel column  —  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul blasted the White House's response to a kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in a strongly worded column designed to highlight his pro-Israel credentials.  —  Paul, a potential GOP presidential contender …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: No regrets on waiting for GOP
Discussion: CNN and Booman Tribune
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Murrieta protesters turn back Border Patrol detainees  —  Amid rising concern over a surge of young immigrants crossing the border illegally, flag-waving protesters blocked three busloads of detainees in Riverside County on Tuesday, preventing them from reaching a Border Patrol processing station in Murrieta.
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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.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Mark Halperin Gins Up 2016 Buzz For Someone Else Who Probably Won't Run For President  —  Mark Halperin, perhaps the most famous Beltway pundit, knows that you've got to milk it when you have a piping hot take on the next presidential race to share.  —  And so Halperin wasn't just going to blurt …
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.
Charles Murray / Salon:
Charles Murray's new disgrace: “Bell Curve” author has a “liberal” obsession  —  But here's what's really behind the disingenuous game  —  There was a time in the not so distant past when the “L” word ("liberal") was so toxic that only the most die-hard, Birkenstock-shod, soy latte swillers would even dare to identify as such.
DownWithTyranny!:
Bagels And Cream Cheese And A Million Of His Own Dollars Won't Win Sean Eldridge A Seat In Congress  —  Poor Sean Eldridge!  Well, not really... he's very rich.  He married Chris Hughes, the former Harvard roommate of Mark Zuckerberg and the ultimate example of being in the right place at the right time.
Reason:
Selling Obamacare  —  The weird, misleading propaganda behind the federal health care law  —  Mark Hemingway from the August/September 2014 issue  —  It might seem odd that Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, was invited to the White House for lunch.
 
 
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