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4:35 PM ET, July 10, 2014

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The Commonwealth Fund:
Gaining Ground: Americans' Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care After the Affordable Care Act's First Open Enrollment Period  —  A new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that in the wake of the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period, significantly fewer working-age adults …
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Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Libertarian Accidentally Shows How Obamacare Is Succeeding  —  Reading months of doomsaying all at once tells a different story.  —  The Commonwealth Fund has a new survey showing that the proportion of adults lacking health insurance has fallen by a quarter, from 20 percent of the population to 15 percent.
Timothy Jost / Washington Post:
Courts won't void the Affordable Care Act over semantics  —  The Supreme Court's term ended in June with another Affordable Care Act ruling, and the ACA survived largely unscathed.  Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has important ramifications for women's health and religious freedom but does not invalidate a single section of the law.
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Haters, Your Case Just Got Weaker  —  New report suggests number of uninsured declined, just as expected  —  Back in the spring, some conservatives insisted that Obamacare enrollment statistics were some kind of sham.  Sure, people were finally signing up for the program.
Jenna Levy / Gallup:
In U.S., Uninsured Rate Sinks to 13.4% in Second Quarter
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Newest Health Insurance Customers Are Generally Happy
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Host Confronts Rick Perry On His Obama ‘Conspiracy’ Theory (VIDEO)  —  CNN host Kate Bolduan confronted Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) in an interview that aired Thursday about his suggestion that President Barack Obama may have engineered the current immigration crisis at the Texas border.
Discussion: Liberaland and New York Times
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James Oliphant / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's Texas Two-Step  —  Instead of focusing on the plight of children massed at the border, the president seems more intent on shifting blame and scoring political points against the GOP.  —  President Obama was 500 miles from the Mexican border when he spoke about the child-migrant …
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air and RedState
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Rant Agenda  —  So little time, so much bad behavior to complain about.
Discussion: CNN
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In border crisis, Obama is accused of ‘lawlessness’ for following law
Discussion: The Mahablog, ABC News and Twitchy
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Perry: Obama's Katrina
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and Mediaite
Journalism.org:
America's Shifting Statehouse Press  —  Can New Players Compensate for Lost Legacy Reporters?  —  Within America's 50 state capitol buildings, 1,592 journalists inform the public about the actions and issues of state government, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.
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Reid Wilson / Washington Post:
The precipitous decline of state political coverage
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Jill Abramson Talks Obama Secrecy and Her New York Times Firing  —  Two months after her abrupt exit from the Gray Lady, the former executive editor delivered a speech about how different Obama is from Bush—and why she was dismissed from her post.  —  Aside from her unceremonious firing …
Sasha Goldstein / NY Daily News:
Washington man first to buy legal weed in Spokane is fired after spotted on news  —  Mike Boyer, 30, was canned Tuesday after waiting 20 hours to buy pot and immediately going home to smoke.  He was called up for urine analysis after he was spotted on TV buying the pot.  Boyer told The News he ‘regrets nothing.’
Discussion: Liberaland, Mashable and The Raw Story
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Major Union Drops Partnership With United Negro College Fund Because Of The Kochs  —  “This was a betrayal of everything the UNCF stands for,” AFSCME president says.  —  Shannon Stapleton / Reuters / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — One of the nation's largest public-sector unions is severing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Niam Yaraghi / Brookings Institute:
Have the Anti-Obamacare Ads Backfired?  —  According to the recent report of nonpartisan analysts Kantar Media CMAG, ACA opponents have spent 450 million dollars on anti-Obamacare ads so far.  Spending on negative ads outpaced positive ones by more than 15 to 1.  This map shows the spending on negative ads in each state.
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:   Study: Anti-Obamacare Ads Might Have Actually Increased Enrollment
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sportsman bill dies in Senate  —  The Senate killed a bipartisan bill Thursday designed to boost hunting and fishing protections — a victim of a long-running war over amendments that came in the shadow of gun politics.  —  The sportsmen's bill — a political boon for its chief Democratic sponsor …
Discussion: The Hill
Ann Coulter / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel backers killing his political future  —  By continuing the fight over the primary, Chris McDaniel and his supporters are risking a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, not to mention McDaniel's own political future.  —  CONNECT  —  Chris McDaniel, candidate for the U.S. Senate …
Ali Watkins / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Justice declines to pursue allegations that CIA monitored Senate Intel staff  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has decided not to pursue accusations that the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee and allegations that committee staff slipped classified documents from a secure agency facility, McClatchy has confirmed.
Washington Post:
Restore trust to douse the fire in Gaza  —  THE LATEST mini-war between Israel and the Hamas movement is as unwinnable for either side as previous rounds in 2009 and 2012.  Though it has stockpiled thousands of rockets and some longer-range missiles, Hamas lacks the ability to inflict serious damage …
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Politico:
Todd Akin's only regret  —  “Doubt me?  Google 'stress and infertility,” Akin writes of his rape comments.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  Todd Akin takes it back.  —  He's not sorry.  —  Two years after the Missouri Republican's comments on rape, pregnancy and abortion doomed his campaign and fueled a …
 
 
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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Alex Jones sinks to a new low, calling Michelle Obama ‘the First Tranny’
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ObamaCare: Death by paperwork
Discussion: RedState
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McCaskill questions athletics-department role in sex-assault cases involving athletes
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