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12:15 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
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.
New York Times:
Crucial Rule Is Delayed a Year for Obama's Health Law
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: ObamaCare employer mandate to be delayed until 2015
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Health Law Penalties Delayed
Discussion: Washington Wire
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 …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Davis popular, but Gubernatorial bid a long shot  —  PPP's new Texas poll finds that Wendy Davis made a good impression on voters in the state last week- but that Rick Perry has also enhanced his political standing considerably over the last five months, making him tough to beat for reelection.
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.
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, Hot Air and Quartz
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
How Did the U.S. Lose the Egyptian People?
Discussion: Guardian, Hot Air and The Hill
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
As Egypt Showdown Looms, Protesters Tap ElBaradei
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
Lois Romano / Politico:
Dan Balz book: Christie a wanted man in 2012  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thought far more seriously about jumping into the 2012 presidential race — and was under intense pressure to do so — than previously known, according to a new book about the campaign, “Collision 2012.”
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
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.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
And They Wonder Why Everyone Isn't with Them  —  Here's just two of the super-classy, super-clever signs abortion rights activists are carrying around in Texas.  —  More here.  —  This is a fundamental disadvantage that pro-choice activists have in the public debate.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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.
Raleigh News & Observer:
NC Senate gives preliminary approval to bill restricting abortions
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
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: Gawker
Benjy Sarlin /
How the GOP stopped worrying about Latinos and learned to love the base  —  In a June 23, 2012 photo, Mauricia Horta Fuentes, 36, at the fence marking the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico.  (Photo by Gregory Bull/AP)  —  If the 2012 election was a wakeup call for Republicans to address …
Matt Barreto / Latino Decisions:
2016 forecast: Rubio, Bush, Ryan have chance to win over 40% of Latino vote
Ben Golliver / The Point Forward:
Dennis Rodman to Sports Illustrated: I should be considered for Nobel Peace Prize  —  Dennis Rodman appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated's.  ‘Where Are They Now?’ issue.  (Clay Patrick McBride for Sports Illustrated)  —  Sports Illustrated's annual “Where Are They Now?” …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Glenn Greenwald: New bombshell coming  —  Another big National Security Agency scoop is coming soon, Glenn Greenwald said on Monday.  —  “I will say that there are vast programs, both domestic and international spying, that the world will be shocked to learn about, that the NSA is engaged …
Caitlin MacNeal / The Huffington Post:
OFA Rallies For Immigration Reform With Mixed Success  —  WASHINGTON — With prospects of comprehensive immigration reform dependent on the House of Representatives moving a bill, advocates of reform have scattered across the country to put pressure on lawmakers.  The results have been mixed, local news reports suggests.
Former U.S. Attorney Gen Ramsey Clark Offers to Represent Hasan  —  (KCEN) — The accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was back in court today to enter his pleas.  —  He refused to enter his pleas and requested three more days, because an attorney has offered to represent him.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Conservative groups struggling to recruit candidates in key 2014 races  —  Despite pledging to wage fights against establishment Republicans deemed guilty of ideological impurity, conservatives have had a rocky cycle so far, failing to front candidates in a number of top races.
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Pro-Life Texas Legislators Receive Threats  —  Pro-choice activist to pro-life senator: “I hope your daughter's raped.”  —  Pro-abortion demonstrators marched on the Texas state capitol in Austin on July 1.  —  Pro-life legislators in the Texas statehouse have faced threats and abuse …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
FBI trailed Al-Awlaki to hookers, NPR, Bertucci's  —  In the weeks after the September 11 attacks, the FBI tailed Muslim cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki around the Washington area, following him to an NPR interview and watching him as he munched on pizza at Bertucci's, according to documents obtained …
Jeremy Hooper / Human Rights Campaign Blog:
Audio: NOM's Comm Director doesn't want dialogue, hangs up on interviewer  —  On the day that the Supreme Court rulings came down, NOM's Comm.  Director, Thomas Peters, went on KABC radio's “McIntyre in the Morning,” where he wanted to talk about marriage and how it is supposedly about kids.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
Ashley Collman / Daily Mail:
‘All he did was love me’: Heartbreaking moment police shoot and kill dog that was defending owner when officers arrested him for FILMING them  — Leon Rosby, 52, was walking his dog and video-tapping a police scene when he was arrested for obstruction of justice
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Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
It's Uphill All the Way for Social Conservatives
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Booman Tribune
Mongolian neo-Nazis rebrand themselves as environmentalists
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
San Diego jury finds protester not guilty in chalk-vandalism case
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem quits Hispanic Caucus to protest Senate immigration bill border measures
Discussion: Politico
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Michael Bloomberg Will Host Fundraiser For Joe Manchin
Discussion: CNN, The Fix and Ballot Box
David Barboza / New York Times:
Loan Practices of China's Banks Raising Concern
Discussion: The Week, The Big Picture and DealBook
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Hawaii Dems clash on 2014 polls
Discussion: Civil Beat
 Earlier Items: 
Elise Labott / CNN:
U.S urging Morsy to call early elections amid official denials
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
John Kerry's Bid for Mideast Peace Is Doomed
Discussion: American Spectator
David Lat / Above the Law:
A Law School's Possible Purge Of Its Junior Faculty Ranks
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Don't fear the leaker: Column
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalist dead, 1 raped, more attacked in Egypt