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7:05 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 …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Family Behind Hobby Lobby Has New Project: Bible Museum
Discussion: Mediaite
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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William Booth / Reuters:
Dispatch: Israeli strike kills four children on a Gaza beach
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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!
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
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: New York Times and Mediaite
 
 
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Jelani Cobb / Comment:
TALKING OPENLY ABOUT OBAMA AND RACE
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Chicago Tribune:
Minimum wage hike imperils Chicago job creation
Discussion: RedState
Politico:
Justice IRS probe also includes Lois Lerner emails
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon: More Russian Troops on Ukraine Border
Discussion: Politico
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers
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Rmchatelain / CBS New York:
Police: Al Qaeda Magazine Suggesting Attack On US Open
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