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1:40 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.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney team agrees with Obama, individual mandate not a tax  —  A spokesman for Mitt Romney said the former Massachusetts governor agrees with President Obama that the individual mandate upheld by the Supreme Court last week is a penalty or a fine, rather than a tax.
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?
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Obamacare Support Rises After Supreme Court Ruling, Poll Finds
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
David Axelrod: Top GOP officials are ‘sliming their own nominee’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
Rupert Murdoch / CNN:
TRENDING: Murdoch on Romney: ‘Of course I want him to win’
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.
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Dems target vulnerable GOP lawmakers over health law repeal vote  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new campaign Monday targeting vulnerable GOP lawmakers on healthcare ahead of the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Donald Trump: ‘Roberts wanted to be loved’
Discussion: The Raw Story, Hot Air and The Hill
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 …
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)
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.
Discussion: Wonkette and Good As You
Lexi Stemple / Fox News:
Gov. Scott: Florida will not implement insurance exchanges or expand Medicare  —  Florida, the state the led the fight against President Obama's health care law, will not comply with the Supreme Court opinion.  —  Gov. Rick Scott tells Fox News that he and his Attorney General, Pam Bondi …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Scott and Jindal Go Over the Brink on Medicaid Expansion
Florida Governor Rick Scott:
Discussion: Politico and The Page
Associated Press:
Armando Montano, AP summer intern, dies in Mexico City at age 22  —  Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press - In this June 4, 2012 photo, Armando Montano, 22, poses for an ID photo at the Associated Press office in Mexico City.  Montano, an aspiring journalist who was working this summer …
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.
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Europe's Great Illusion  —  Over the past few months I've read a number of optimistic assessments of the prospects for Europe.  Oddly, however, none of these assessments argue that Europe's German-dictated formula of redemption through suffering has any chance of working.
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Just A Conservative Girl / Potluck:
A Tale of One Tragedy and Two Campaigns  —  As I am sure you have heard several states are in a state of emergency due to a sudden thunder-storm that was accompanied by high winds.  Millions were left without power during days of record heat.  I am among the powerless.
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Vice president hopefuls play the name game  —  The vice-presidential selection process is not merely the act of each nominee picking a running mate.  It's also the political equivalent of the Oscars.  —  Just as aspiring movie stars covet being among the nominees for cinema's ultimate prize …
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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
Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
The real victor in Brussels was Merkel
ObamaCare Ruling Fills Republican Coffers
Discussion: Hot Air
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
GOP senators propose House-Senate work groups on sequester
Seth / GLAAD:
Facebook adds new timeline icons for married same-sex couples
Associated Press:
Privately devout Romney worships with his family
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Freedman / Climate Change:
Heat Wave Sets More All-Time Temperature Records
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Times
Mexico's old rulers claim presidential election win
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Half of U.S. Hispanics Identify as Political Independents
Discussion: NBC Latino, CNN and Politico
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Eric Rauchway: Megan McArdle Says Something Wrong on the Internet
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Uber, an App That Summons a Car, Plans a Cheaper Service Using Hybrids
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch