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Jessica Cilella / Daily Herald:
Local clergy hand out condoms at Aurora Hobby Lobby store  —  A small group of clergy and representatives from Planned Parenthood handed out condoms Wednesday evening in front of a Hobby Lobby store in Aurora in response to this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving the company.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives: Hobby Lobby Shut Down Your ‘Consequence Free Sex’  —  In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, conservatives couldn't resist making a ruling officially about religious liberty into how women will no longer be able to freely have sex on the government's dime.
Damon Linker / The Week:
The Hobby Lobby decision is one more sign of the religious right's decline
Emil Henry / Politico:
The Case for Mitt Romney in 2016  —  I'm absolutely serious.  —  No politician wants to be compared to Richard Nixon, but Mitt Romney might like the following.  —  First, consider the similarities in their 1960 and 2012 presidential contests.  Romney and Nixon were both mighty warriors …
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Who Are The Mysterious Forces Behind The ‘Draft Mitt’ Movement?  —  According to its own ticker, DraftMitt.org has gathered more than 28,000 names of people who want Mitt Romney to run for president in 2016.  That isn't anywhere near the 2 million-plus claimed by Ready for Hillary.
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Obama paying the price for insisting he's right  —  The joke about the obsessively doting mother comes to mind.  —  Watching her son parade with rows of fellow troops, she notices he is on his left foot when they are all on the right.  —  “Why are they out of step?” she asks.  —  So it is with Barack Obama.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
A Period Is Questioned in the Declaration of Independence  —  Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation's founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776.  —  Or almost exactly?
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Revising (Or Correcting!) The Declaration Of Independence
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
Cochran presser: Most entertaining conference call ever  —  A conference call set up by the campaign for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran devolved into a shouting match and then ended, after which time supporters of GOP primary challenger Chris McDaniel chatted for a bit.
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
McDaniel camp gathers evidence as it prepares legal challenge
Discussion: Politico
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Jay Carney: ‘A Little Perspective Is Useful’  —  Now that you're leaving your job as White House press secretary, do you know which cable news network you're going to be a pundit for?  I haven't made any decisions about what combination of things I'm going to be doing.
Erwin Chemerinsky / The Hill:
Ted Cruz should be ashamed  —  Reasonable people can disagree on whether it would be good to amend the Constitution to overcome the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) false claims about the proposed amendment have no place in an informed debate.
Discussion: The Raw Story
CBS San Francisco:
Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients  —  BERKELEY (CBS SF) — The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients.
Abby Smith / The Hill:
DNC will visit six cities vying for 2016 national convention  —  The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that its site selection team will visit six cities that are vying to host the party's 2016 convention.  —  Birmingham, Ala., Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Brooklyn, N.Y., Philadelphia and Phoenix are in the running.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Democrats to Visit Potential 2016 Convention Sites
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
What it's like to be a conservative columnist at the New York Times Yahoo News Wednesday, July 2, 2014  —  ASPEN, Colo. — New York Times columnist David Brooks gets a lot of hate mail.  And he doesn't read the comments section.  —  “I used to read them, but it was just too psychologically damaging …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits  —  Data Science Lab Conducted Tests on Users With Little Oversight  —  Thousands of Facebook Inc. users received an unsettling message two years ago: They were being locked out of the social network because Facebook believed they were robots or using fake names.
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Jonathan House / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Adds 288,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate at 6.1%  —  Unemployment Falls to 6.1% as Prior Months' Gains Revised Upward  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. employers added jobs at a robust clip in June and the unemployment rate fell, signs of labor-market strength as the economic recovery heads into its sixth year.
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:   U.S. Economy Added 288,000 Jobs in June; Unemployment Rate at 6.1%
Denver Post:
DEMOCRATS DECRY BEAUPREZ'S “47 PERCENT” COMMENTS RECORDED ON VIDEO  —  On Wednesday, as Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez toured Colorado to “build unity,” a video surfaced that Democrats say shows his divisiveness.  —  The video shows Beauprez in a speech to the Denver Rotary Club …
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Obama Admin Debates Whether Assad Really Must Go  —  Now that the U.S. government and the Syrian regime are both fighting ISIS in Iraq, the faltering U.S. drive to topple Assad is in even more peril.  —  There's a battle raging inside the Obama administration about whether the United States ought …
Discussion: Hot Air
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
The Two Events That Turned Putin Against the U.S.  —  Former ambassador Michael McFaul on what really motivated Russia to invade Ukraine  —  ASPEN, Colo.—One major divide in international relations, as well as in other social sciences, is between those who believe in structure and those who believe in agency.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Is Your Android Device Telling the World Where You've Been?  —  Do you own an Android device?  Is it less than three years old?  If so, then when your phone's screen is off and it's not connected to a Wi-Fi network, there's a high risk that it is broadcasting your location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range that wants to listen.
Discussion: BGR and The Verge
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Ethics Chair: House Will Reverse Itself on Disclosure of Free Trips  —  The panel's decision to delete a disclosure requirement—as lawmakers' travel climbs—sparked quick criticism.  —  House Ethics Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said Thursday that his panel would undo its controversial decision …
Salon:
Alito could have been stopped: Why Dems should have filibustered the radical  —  The man who has wreaked havoc on this country could have been avoided altogether.  Here's why it never happened  —  One of the biggest “tells” in our modern political life is the extent to which the mere mention …
Mike Debonis / Washington Post:
D.C. residents urged to boycott Md. shore to protest congressman's marijuana move  —  If you're a District resident planning to vacation in the Maryland havens of Ocean City or St. Michaels this summer, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and some D.C. activists would prefer you choose Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Chincoteague Island, Va., instead.
Discussion: Firedoglake, DCist and The Raw Story
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Gaffes in London: Gets UK Political Parties Wrong
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Pulse of the People: Why Polls Can Sometimes Get Things So Wrong
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Obama's annoyance with Congress boils over
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