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2:50 AM ET, July 3, 2014

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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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Steve Coll / News Desk:
When the Taliban Meets Hobby Lobby
Discussion: NewsBusters and Prairie Weather
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:   Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Orgs Want Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Floodgates  —  A lot of us gabbers suggested yesterday …
Discussion: Eschaton
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Liberals' Hobby Lobby Doublethink
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
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.
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Nicholas P. Fandos / Politico:
Thad Cochran press call crashed by taunter  —  A media call with aides to Sen. Thad Cochran ended in chaos Wednesday after a participant lobbed racially charged questions, asking whether the Republican's campaign had “harvested” black votes during the June 24 primary runoff.
Discussion: CNN
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Lawmaker fuming after HHS immigrant facility denies him entry  —  Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) issued a scathing press release Wednesday after he was denied access to a facility in his state housing more than 1,000 children who crossed the border illegally.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Congressman Jim Bridenstine:
Congressman Bridenstine Denied Access to UAC Housing at Ft. Sill  —  Washington, DC, July 2, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Congressman Bridenstine said, “There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held.
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Don't Put Much Stock in That Poll Calling Obama the Worst President  —  Bush was the “worst,” too  —  There's a new Quinnipiac poll shooting around the Internet this morning that has a shocking headline: Americans think Barack Obama is the worst modern-day president.
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Poll: Obama worst president since WWII
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.
Marketplace.org:
Obama: Middle-class issues drive my agenda  —  Marketplace host and senior editor Kai Ryssdal sat down for an Oval Office interview with President Barack Obama on July 2, 2014.  —  Kai Ryssdal: Mr. President, good to have you with us.  —  President Barack Obama: Great to be here.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Pastor Scott / Scott Lively Ministries:
HBO's “Last Week Tonight” Attacks Pastor Lively  —  On Sunday night I was attacked on HBO's “Last Week Tonight” a supposed comedy/news show in the mold of The Daily Show.  The host is a Brit named John Oliver.  —  Today, the local news organization here in Springfield, MA, MassLive.com …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Issa To Obama: Deport Dreamers  —  House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is calling on President Barack Obama to deport more young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers.  —  Issa and 32 House Republican colleagues sent a letter to the president …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Burger King sells gay pride Whopper  —  Burger King has concocted yet another way to have it your way: a gay pride burger.  —  The Proud Whopper, as it's called, comes wrapped in a rainbow colored wrapper with this inscription: “We are all the same inside.”
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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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Republican: ‘No problem’ for path to legal status  —  Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) said Wednesday there would be “no problem” in getting the House to pass legislation that would provide a pathway to legal status for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, adding that a pathway to citizenship is “potentially doable.”
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Abduction and Murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir  —  Press Statement Secretary of State Washington, DC  —  The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the despicable and senseless abduction and murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir.  It is sickening to think of an innocent …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Favor Religious Exemption from Contraceptive Mandate, 39% Oppose  —  Half of voters agree with the U.S. Supreme Court that a business owner should be able to opt out of Obamacare's contraceptive mandate if it violates his or her religious beliefs.  But most also say a company's level …
 
 
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Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Why the Civil Rights Act couldn't pass today
Discussion: Power Line and Outside the Beltway
Skschust / CBS New York:
Police Looking For Possible Witnesses In Shooting Death Of Newark Teen
Zach Baron / GQ Magazine Online:
Cliven Bundy's War: Inside the Rancher's Independent Sovereign Republic
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Soccer ‘enjoyable’
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Hot Air
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Charts: The Clintons' Well-Oiled Fundraising Machine
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Mark Halperin Gins Up 2016 Buzz For Someone Else Who Probably Won't Run For President
Washington Post:
At time of austerity, 8 universities spent top dollar on Hillary Rodham Clinton speeches
Discussion: National Review
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