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5:50 PM ET, July 3, 2012


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Josh Kraushaar / 2012 Decoded:
Romney Campaign Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care  —  In the aftermath of the Supreme Court health care ruling, the early conventional wisdom was that an unfavorable health care ruling at the court would be good for Republicans politically, even as it was a serious policy setback for conservatives.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Division, Uncertainty over Court's Health Care Ruling  —  Top One-Word Reactions — ‘Disappointed,’ ‘Surprised’  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public has long been divided in its opinions about the 2010 health care law.  There is now a similar division of opinion over last week's Supreme Court decision …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The amazing number of people who know nothing about the health-care ruling  —  One of the most common mistakes made in political reporting is to assume that average voter is following the daily news cycle as closely as we are.  He or she isn't.  —  This Oct. 8, 2010, photo shows the justices …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House to prohibit IRS from implementing healthcare law  —  The House as early as next week will pass legislation prohibiting the IRS from receiving any money from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the 2010 healthcare reform law.  —  Passage of the financial …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Team Romney: No, we're not declaring ‘cease-fire’ on Obamacare  —  Popular in Politics  —  In the days since the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare, some Democrats and commentators in the press have suggested that Mitt Romney is declaring a “cease-fire” on the issue and will no longer …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
CONSERVATIVES TO MITT: QUIT NOW IF YOU WON'T FIGHT OBAMATAX!  —  The Obama campaign has seized on remarks made by Romney adviser Eric “Etch-A-Sketch” Fehrnstrom this morning on MSNBC, to the effect that the individual mandate in Obamacare (and Romneycare) is not a tax.
Jim Tynen /
Civitas Poll: Romney Leads in NC after Court Ruling
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
A Tax Is a Tax Is a Tax  —  One of the few bright spots …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Public Divides on ACA Ruling, But Romney's Plans Fall Shorter
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Will Romney Pretend to Have a Health Plan?
Paul Campos / Salon:
Roberts wrote both Obamacare opinions  —  A Court source tells Salon the chief justice wrote the majority opinion and much of the dissent in the ACA case  —  This weekend CBS News' Jan Crawford reported that Chief Justice John Roberts switched his vote in regard to upholding the bulk of the Affordable Care Act.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Choice, Not a Whine  —  Hostility toward the Supreme Court has risen sharply since Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. upheld the Obama health care law.  People are apparently angry that the court didn't rid them of a law they detest.  But that's silly.  If Americans want to replace this thing, they should do it themselves.
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Liberals fear the John Roberts rebound
Discussion: Politico, Mother Jones and SCOTUSblog
New York Post:
Roberts the coward  —  Last Friday on NPR, liberal columnist …
Discussion: National Review and UrbanGrounds
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
The “narrative” of judicial intrigue
Discussion: emptywheel
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Joe Walsh Blasts Double Amputee's Military Service, Says She's Not A ‘True Hero’  —  GOP Rep. Joe Walsh (left) and his Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth (right)  —  Though he never joined the military himself, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) disparaged his Democratic opponent's military service …
Nicholas Shaxson / Vanity Fair:
Where the Money Lives  —  For all Mitt Romney's touting of his business record, when it comes to his own money the Republican nominee is remarkably shy about disclosing numbers and investments.  Nicholas Shaxson delves into the murky world of offshore finance, revealing loopholes that allow …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Fifteen governors reject or leaning against expanded Medicaid program
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: No letting up on Bain
Rasmussen: Conservative Anger Against Obamacare Hitting ‘Stratospheric Levels’
Sheriff Confirms Andy Griffith Has Died, Says Actor Has Been “Laid To Rest”  —  Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie has confirmed Andy Griffith has died and also released a short statement from the family.  —  Sheriff Doughtie tells WITN News the family stated that Andy died at seven this morning …
Celebrity Circuit / CBS News:
Andy Griffith dead at 86
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Agitator
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Andy Griffith, Folksy TV Sheriff From Mayberry, Dies at 86
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
This US summer is ‘what global warming looks like’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.  —  Horrendous wildfires.  Oppressive heat waves.  Devastating droughts.  Flooding from giant deluges.
Washington Post:
Global warming no longer Americans' top environmental concern, poll finds
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
Media Connecting The Dots On U.S. Storms, Heat And Wildfires: ‘This Is What Global Warming Looks Like’
Discussion: Guardian and Climate Central
Laura Leslie / @NCCapitol:
Carney: ‘I feel rotten’ about accidental fracking vote  —  State House lawmakers have apparently accidentally legalized fracking in North Carolina, due to a deciding vote one Democrat says was a mistake.  —  Rep. Becky Carney, D-Mecklenburg, says she did not intend to cast the key vote that overrode the governor's veto of the bill.
John Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Lawmaker's mistaken vote puts state on a path toward fracking
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Likely Voters: Carter Was a Better President than Obama  —  According to a Newsweek/Daily Beast poll of likely voters, Barack Obama now rates behind Jimmy Carter in the pantheon of great presidents.  The poll asked likely voters to list the two best and the two worst presidents the history of the United States.
Discussion: Wake up America
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
California Children Could Have More Than 2 Parents Under Bill  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California children could have more than two legal parents if a bill speeding through the Legislature becomes law.  —  The bill by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would allow judges to recognize multiple parents …
Discussion: CBS News
No evidence of mermaids, says US government  —  There is no evidence that mermaids exist, a US government scientific agency has said.  —  The National Ocean Service made the unusual declaration in response to public inquiries following a TV show on the mythical creatures.
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive  —  Over the years, as the media fixated on Anderson Cooper's sexuality, Kathy Griffin talked around the questions.  Now that he's come out, she explains why she thinks her friend needs to be careful.  —  My friend Anderson Cooper is the scion of one of America's great shipping and railroad families, the Vanderbilts.
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
50 Killed in Iraq by Truck Bombs, Explosives and Gunfire
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Jerusalem Post:
'Radioactive substance found on Arafat's clothing'
Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Gov. Snyder snubs large portion of GOP election package
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Mississippi's Threat to Roe v. Wade
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Salon
Chris Bragg / City & State:
Sen. Marty Golden Holding Event Teaching The “Feminine Presence” [UPDATED]
Brian MacQuarrie / The Boston Globe:
No Martha's Vineyard vacation for Barack Obama this summer
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