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8:15 AM ET, July 3, 2013


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Health-Law Employer Mandate Said to Be Delayed to 2015  —  Businesses won't be penalized next year if they don't provide workers health insurance after the Obama administration decided to delay a key requirement under its health-care law, two administration officials said.
Mark J. Mazur / U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner  —  Over the past several months, the Administration has been engaging in a dialogue with businesses - many of which already provide health coverage for their workers - about the new employer and insurer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
ObamaCare employer mandate delayed until after 2014 midterms  —  The ObamaCare employer mandate requiring businesses to provide their workers with health insurance will be delayed by a year, the administration said Tuesday in a stunning announcement.  —  Delaying the requirement until 2015 represents …
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Crucial Rule Is Delayed a Year for Obama's Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — In a significant setback for President Obama's signature domestic initiative, the administration on Tuesday abruptly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in his health care law's mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties.
Discussion: Politico, American Power and Twitchy
Valerie B. Jarrett / White Blog:
We're Listening to Businesses about the Health Care Law  —  From the start, this Administration has encouraged an ongoing dialogue with the leaders of our nation's businesses, large and small.  There's more to do, but working together we've helped rebuild our economy.
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Cantor: ‘Best delay for ObamaCare is a permanent one’
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: ObamaCare employer mandate to be delayed until 2015
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Daily Mail:
Obamacare employer mandate delayed until 2015 to give Democrats breathing room until …
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Health Law Penalties Delayed
Discussion: Washington Wire
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obamacare's employer mandate shouldn't be delayed. It should be repealed.
Discussion: Hot Air and Marginal Revolution
Carlos Valdez /
BOLIVIAN LEADER'S PLANE REROUTED ON SNOWDEN FEAR  —  You are here  —  Home » Evo Morales » Bolivian leader's plane rerouted on Snowden fear  —  LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday …
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Bolivian president's jet rerouted amid suspicions Edward Snowden on board  —  France and Portugal accused of refusing entry to their airspace, while plane lands in Vienna with no sign of Snowden  —  • Read live updates on the diplomatic crisis  —  Bolivia reacted with fury …
Agence France Presse:
Bolivia FM denies Snowden on Morales plane  —  LA PAZ — Bolivia's foreign minister on Tuesday denied that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling aboard President Evo Morales's plane, which was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Austria.
Exclusive: Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament - sources  —  (Reuters) - Egypt's armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail …
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
As Egypt Showdown Looms, Protesters Tap ElBaradei
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Paula Deen Cites Prop 8 Ruling To Defend Herself Against Racism Lawsuit  —  Paula Deen, the disgraced celebrity chef now mired in allegations of racism from a former employee, is seeking solace from an unusual source — the recent Supreme Court decision that effectively killed California's anti-gay Proposition 8.
Alan Duke / CNN:
Paula Deen invokes same-sex marriage ruling in lawsuit defense
Discussion: Politico and Jezebel
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
I Don't Stand With Wendy Davis  —  Stand with the pink-sneakered Texas legislator and her fight to allow mothers to abort babies past the 20th week of pregnancy?  Never—and most women wouldn't either, says Kirsten Powers.  —  Eric Gay/AP  —  It's amazing what is considered heroism these days.
Mark Binker / @NCCapitol:
Senate tacks sweeping abortion legislation onto Sharia law bill  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Senators tacked a suite of new restrictions and regulations pertaining to abortion clinics onto a bill dealing with the application of foreign laws in North Carolina family courts Tuesday.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Raleigh News & Observer:
NC Senate gives preliminary approval to bill restricting abortions
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Gary Martin / Texas on the Potomac:
Rep. Filemon Vela quits Congressional Hispanic Caucus to protest lawmakers' acceptance of border ‘militarization’  —  Texas Rep. Filemon Vela, who represents a South Texas border district, resigned from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in protest of the group's embrace of a Senate immigration bill …
Discussion: Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Dem quits Hispanic Caucus to protest Senate immigration bill border measures
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Intelligence director Clapper apologizes for lying to Congress on snooping  —  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has apologized for a “clearly erroneous” statement he made to Congress over the National Security Agency's surveillance activities.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andres Jauregui / The Huffington Post:
Chinese Porn Accidentally Broadcast On Enormous, Public LED Screen (PHOTO)  —  Unless you're into that whole eating-sushi-off-a-naked-body thing, the words “sex” and “chopsticks” probably don't enter your thought stream at the same juncture.  But an unsuspecting crowd at a train station …
Discussion: New York Post and Gawker
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Washington Post Is a Bitter, Jealous Little Newspaper  —  The Washington Post, the pre-Politico newsletter of choice for The Political Establishment, has the worst opinion section in America.  Today, they once again prove why: the paper, which helped to break the NSA Prism spying story …
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