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4:10 PM ET, July 2, 2012


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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I'm Gay.”  —  Last week, Entertainment Weekly ran a story on an emerging trend: gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past.  In many ways, it's a great development: we're evolved enough not to be gob-smacked when we find out someone's gay.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
W.H. gets unexpected backup: Romney camp says it's a penalty, not a tax  —  Prominent Dems including White House chief of staff Jack Lew and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have repeatedly argued in recent days that the fee for not buying insurance under the health care law is in fact a penalty and not a tax.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Early Reaction to Supreme Court Decision on the ACA  —  This poll fielded following the Supreme Court's decision upholding the heart of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) finds a majority of Americans (56 percent) now say they would like to see the law's detractors stop …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politico and Daily Kos
CNN Poll: Health care ruling changes views of Supreme Court  —  Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the national health care law may not have changed many minds regarding the controversial measure, but a new poll indicates it sure did change Americans views of the high court.
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Hill
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Fox News Psychiatrist: Obamacare ‘Absolutely Infantilizes Americans’
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
David Axelrod: Top GOP officials are ‘sliming their own nominee’
Rob Portman / CNN:
Portman to headline New Hampshire GOP event
Discussion: GOP 12
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Why are Republicans so awful at picking Supreme Court justices?  —  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s decision to side with the court's liberal bloc and uphold Obamacare raises an important question for conservatives: Why are Republicans so awful at picking Supreme Court justices?
Austin Frakt / The Incidental Economist:
Obamacare is the biggest tax increase in history ... if you ignore history  —  Maybe you've heard that Obamacare is the biggest tax increase in history.  Not so.  Not even close.  Kevin Drum posted the evidence in a table.  I turned it into a chart.  More here and here.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
No, ‘Obamacare’ isn't ‘the largest tax increase in the history of the world’ (in one chart)  —  Since the Supreme Court decision, Republicans have been calling the Affordable Care Act “the largest tax increase in the history of the world.”  Politifact rates this false.
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Romney Surrogate Falsely Claims That Obamacare Would Harm Breast Cancer Patients
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A New Grievance For the Right  —  The big non-weather news …
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
CPAC's boy wonder swings left  —  Jonathan Krohn took the political world by storm at 2009's Conservative Political Action Conference when, at just 13 years old, he delivered an impromptu rallying cry for conservatism that became a viral hit and had some pegging him as a future star of the Republican Party.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell: Covering 30 million uninsured is ‘not the issue’  —  Mitch McConnell's appearance today on Fox News Sunday was remarkably revealing — it showed as clearly as you could want that the Supreme Court decision is finally forcing Republicans to declare what, exactly …
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
White House ready to move on and implement health care law; McConnell: We can defeat ObamaCare in November
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
US manufacturing shrinks for first time in 3 years  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years, a troubling sign as evidence builds that economic growth is slowing.  —  The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers …
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Manufacturing Contracts For First Time In Three Years
Discussion: Reuters, AEIdeas and ThinkProgress
David Corn / MoJo Articles:
Romney Invested in Medical-Waste Firm That Disposed of Aborted Fetuses, Government Documents Show  —  And these documents challenge Romney's claim that he left Bain Capital in early 1999.  —  Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Zuma  —  Earlier this year, Mitt Romney nearly landed …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Scott and Jindal Go Over the Brink on Medicaid Expansion  —  In the continuing campaign for the mantle of America's Worst Governor, Florida's Rick Scott and Louisiana's Bobby Jindal became the first of their peers to put aside coy equivocation and flatly say they would oppose implementation …
Wall Street Journal:
A Vast New Taxing Power  —  The Chief Justice's ObamaCare ruling is far from the check on Congress of right-left myth.  —  The commentary on John Roberts's solo walk into the Affordable Care Act wilderness is converging on a common theme: The Chief Justice is a genius.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney at Langone, Murdoch, Blankfein meeting: I won't be ‘flip-flopper’ on immigration  —  Mitt Romney last week told a private group of potential supporters and business and media elites, including Rupert Murdoch, that he was treading carefully around the issue of immigration to avoid looking like a “flip-flopper.”
Discussion: GOP 12 and Guardian
Washington Post:
Sweaty Washington returns to work; mass outages persist, though numbers decline  —  Area residents experienced slightly less sweltering temperatures and relatively quiet roads on Monday, as utility companies continued to battle massive power outages from Friday's severe storms.
Josiah Ryan / Campus Reform:
Secret Service disrupts students' ‘Fire Holder protest’ over ‘suspicious package’  —  The Secret Service on Monday shutdown a student-protest calling for the firing of Attorney General Eric Holder saying they were acting on concerns over a ‘a suspicious package’ apparently left by a tourist on White House grounds.
Alex Keefe / WBEZ:
Downstate county clerks move to defend gay marriage ban  —  Two downstate county clerks are stepping in to defend Illinois' gay marriage ban, after high-ranking government lawyers made the rare decision not to defend the state law against a pair of legal challenges in Cook County.
Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
The real victor in Brussels was Merkel  —  Mario Monti faced down the German chancellor and won the battle.  He will survive a few more weeks or months in politics.  It was clever of him to threaten a veto on something Angela Merkel badly needed.  He had her in the corner.
Christie Calls Reporter “Idiot” at Press Conference  —  When a reporter tried to ask Chris Christie an off-topic question at a press conference, the governor snapped at him  —  New Jersey's governor is known for speaking his mind when something displeases him.
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Mitt Romney's secret weapon: Wife Ann, and her lessons of MS
Discussion: The Hill and Wall Street Journal
Washington Post:
Colorado's table was set for monster fire
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Doing Double Duty at Justice
Marc Ambinder / GQ:
Exclusive: In His Second Term, Obama Will Pivot to the Drug War
Discussion: Hit & Run
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
Playing It Dangerously Safe
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
GOP senators propose House-Senate work groups on sequester
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A Tale of One Tragedy and Two Campaigns
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Privately devout Romney worships with his family
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Andrew Freedman / Climate Change:
Heat Wave Sets More All-Time Temperature Records
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Times
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Half of U.S. Hispanics Identify as Political Independents
Discussion: NBC Latino, CNN and Politico
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Vice president hopefuls play the name game
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Eric Rauchway: Megan McArdle Says Something Wrong on the Internet
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Paramount CFO Naveen Chopra says the company expects to take about a $1B charge in Q1 due to ongoing programming shifts and previously announced layoffs

Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
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