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10:30 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 …
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Associated Press:
Democrats fail in attempt to reverse Hobby Lobby contraceptive ruling
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Sarah Chacko / Roll Call:
Birth Control Legislation Stalls in Senate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Dem birth control bill stalls
Tod Lindberg / The New Republic:
The 2014 Midterms Don't Mean Anything  —  Pundits and pols say the stakes couldn't be higher.  Quite the opposite.  —  The political media's handicapping of the November 4 midterm election has contributed to the impression, fostered by many partisans and commentators, that the stakes have never been higher.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Partisanship Infuses Hearings on Health Law and Executive Power
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Pentagon told lawmakers that it plans to move six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay  —  The Pentagon recently notified members of Congress that it intends to transfer six low-level detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Uruguay soon, including a Syrian man who is legally challenging the manner …
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Documents Detail Heinous Crimes Committed by Gang Members Being Housed in Nogales Processing Center  —  SHARES  —  Late last week I reported 16 MS-13 gang members exploiting the unaccompanied minor crisis were being housed at a Border Patrol processing center in Nogales, Arizona.
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
Kevin Rawlinson / BBC:
Blogger fined for restaurant review  —  The restaurant argued the negative review's prominence in Google's search results was unfairly harming business  —  A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.
Discussion: BizPac Review and National Review
Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-dictator Manuel Noriega sues Activision over ‘Call of Duty’ game  —  Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is suing the Santa Monica video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. for depicting him and using his name without his permission in one of the fastest-selling video games.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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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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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 …
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
Connie Stewart / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona politician, protesters mistake YMCA campers for immigrants  —  A would-be congressman joined protesters in Oracle, Ariz., to object to housing some Central American immigrant children at a local academy.  But when all was said and done, he might have been better off staying home.
Mark Bittman / New York Times:
The True Cost of a Burger  —  In 2005, the House of Representatives passed an act that forbade consumers to sue fast-food operators over weight gain.  “The Cheeseburger Bill” (formally, “The Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act") attempted to legislate the message that the costs …
Discussion: Althouse and Forbes
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Bowe Bergdahl Thanks Obama for ‘Saving His Life’  —  The former Taliban prisoner is gearing up for the investigation into his disappearance and abduction in Afghanistan.  His new lawyer says Bergdahl is grateful to the president for making the prisoner swap that brought him home.
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and Mediaite
KOMO News:
Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint  —  SEATTLE — Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames.  —  Fire crews were called to a home in the 10200 block …
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
 
 
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Academics: UK ‘Drip’ data law changes are ‘serious expansion of surveillance’
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Chicago Tribune:
Minimum wage hike imperils Chicago job creation
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
FEC Filing: Pro-Cochran PAC Funded Black Outreach
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Justice IRS probe also includes Lois Lerner emails
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon: More Russian Troops on Ukraine Border
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Decriminalization arrives, and D.C. police prepare for sea change in marijuana laws
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