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8:25 AM ET, July 17, 2014

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Ned Resnikoff / msnbc.com:
Hobby Lobby: A new tool for crushing workplace unionization?  —  A little-known religious exemption to United States labor law may have just become extremely important, thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby.  —  By declaring that “closely held” corporations may hold religious beliefs …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Associated Press:
Democrats fail in attempt to reverse Hobby Lobby contraceptive ruling
Discussion: NPR, PoliticusUSA, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Dem birth control bill stalls
Discussion: Sky Dancing, ThinkProgress and Politico
Sarah Chacko / Roll Call:
Birth Control Legislation Stalls in Senate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Boys Drawn to Gaza Beach, and Into Center of Mideast Strife  —  GAZA CITY — The four Bakr boys were young cousins, the children of Gaza fishermen who had ordered them to stay indoors — and especially away from the beach.  But cooped up for nine days during Israeli bombardments …
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Brian Witte / Associated Press:
Immigration Leads to O'Malley and Obama Spat  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was one of President Barack Obama's top fundraisers in 2012, raising more than $1 million for his re-election campaign and supporting him regularly on political talk shows.  Now, O'Malley is finding out what it's like to be on Obama's bad side.
Discussion: Politico
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New York Times:
57,000 Reasons Immigration Overhaul May Be Stalled for Now
Discussion: Hot Air and JustOneMinute
Numbers / Pew Research Center's Religion …:
How Americans Feel About Religious Groups  —  Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly  —  Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public.  When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Pelosi, in Reversal, Says She Opposes Speeding Child Deportations  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, reversed course on Wednesday and said she would not back changes to a 2008 law that gave certain undocumented immigrant children broader legal rights to enter the United States.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Partisanship Infuses Hearings on Health Law and Executive Power
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politico and Mediaite
Politico:
Behind the GOP focus on Obamacare
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional  —  A federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California's death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  —  U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition …
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
The 7 Ugliest Government Buildings In Washington, D.C.  —  There are many gorgeous buildings in D.C.  —  Unfortunately for us, in the '60s and '70s, the federal government only hired architects with early onset glaucoma.  —  7. Welcome to the U.S. Post Office building!
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Coming Democratic Schism  —  There is a striking generational split in the Democratic electorate.  —  This deepening division is apparent in a June Pew Research Center survey of more than 10,000 people, “Beyond Red vs. Blue.”  The Pew survey points up the emergence of a cohort …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FEDS TO OPEN $50 MILLION RESORT FOR ILLEGAL CHILDREN - Complete With Tennis Courts, Sauna & Pools (Updated)  —  Welcome to America!  —  The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Bluegrass bravado: Untested Alison Lundergan Grimes takes on Mitch McConnell  —  Then Grimes took the podium, electrifying the crowd in a 36-minute speech with a succession of zingers at McConnell and populist-tinged proposals, such as raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and easing regulations on coal production.
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Decriminalization arrives, and D.C. police prepare for sea change in marijuana laws  —  On Wednesday, a D.C. cop who catches someone carrying a small amount of marijuana is required to launch his suspect on an onerous journey through the criminal justice system — one likely to involve handcuffs, fingerprinting and forensic analysis.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Poynter
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Continuing Agonies of the Super-Rich  —  As we well know by now, being rich in America is tough.  Imagine driving your Porsche out the Goldman Sachs garage, intent on a relaxing weekend at your Hamptons retreat, only to find some wretched Occupy sympathizer giving you a dirty look through …
Associated Press:
FEC Filing: Pro-Cochran PAC Funded Black Outreach  —  Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political machine paid to turn out the black vote for Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid, according to campaign finance reports.  His vanquished rival insisted that was improper …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Minimum wage hike imperils Chicago job creation
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