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8:00 PM ET, July 2, 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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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 …
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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 and Booman Tribune
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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 and BizPac Review
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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Sarah Smith / Politico:
‘House of Cards’ United Nations request denied
Discussion: RT and Outside the Beltway
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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
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
James Ball / Guardian:
EU's right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google  —  Publishers must fight back against this indirect challenge to press freedom, which allows articles to be ‘disappeared’.  Editorial decisions belong with them, not Google  —  When you Google someone from within the EU …
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 …
Ken Herman / MyStatesman.com:
To boot or not to boot?  The readers speak  —  Recently, I opined (they pay me to do that) about my desire to own cowboy boots but my fear that, for men, they might qualify as underwear because much of the boot never shows.  —  Though the fact is irrefutable, some of you chose to refute.
KUSA-TV:
Armed waitresses on menu in Rifle restaurant  —  Armed waitresses on menu in Rifle restaurant.  9NEWS at 6 p.m., 7/1/14.  —  CONNECT  —  RIFLE, Colo. — At Shooters Grill, you can decide whether your freshly made cherry pie comes with ice cream, but you have no choice on who delivers it: An armed waitress.
 
 
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