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12:15 PM ET, July 3, 2013

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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obamacare's employer mandate shouldn't be delayed.  It should be repealed.  —  Delaying Obamacare's employer mandate is the right thing to do.  Frankly, eliminating it — or at least utterly overhauling it — is probably the right thing to do.  But the administration executing …
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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).
Bloomberg:
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.
Valerie B. Jarrett / White House.gov 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.
Jared Bernstein / Economix:
Putting Off the Employer Mandate
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The politics of delaying Obamacare
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
ObamaCare employer mandate delayed until after 2014 midterms
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Reuters:
Mursi, Egypt army ready to die in ‘Final Hours’ showdown  —  (Reuters) - Egypt's army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline neared on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Egypt's Morsi defiant under pressure as deadline looms
New York Times:
Depth of Discontent Threatens Muslim Brotherhood and Its Leader
Samer S. Shehata / New York Times:
In Egypt, Democrats vs. Liberals
Discussion: BBC, Hullabaloo and msnbc.com
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Rubio to Introduce Senate Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks  —  Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today agreed to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill to ban abortion after an unborn child is 20 weeks old.  A similar measure passed the House last month and a state version is now being debated …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Could Perry be a player in 2016?  —  (CNN) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has found himself squarely in the middle of the national political conversation as he clashes with Democrats over a restrictive anti-abortion bill that has drawn thousands of protesters to Austin.
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Texas Democrats Use Wendy Davis Filibuster To Register New Voters
Discussion: Daily Kos and Off the Kuff
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.
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Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
North Carolina Abortion Bill: State Senate Votes On Restrictive Measure
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 …
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Angelika Gruber / Reuters:
Austrian plane search for leaker Snowden enrages Bolivia
Discussion: ViralRead and Riehl World News
Carlos Valdez / bigstory.ap.org:
BOLIVIAN LEADER'S PLANE REROUTED ON SNOWDEN FEAR
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Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
WATCH: ABORTION SUPPORTERS CHANT ‘HAIL SATAN!’  WHILE PRO-LIFE ACTIVISTS SING ‘AMAZING GRACE’ OUTSIDE TEXAS CAPITOL  —  The abortion battle in Texas was still raging Tuesday as both abortion supporters and pro-life activists flooded the State Capitol to make their voices heard.
Michal Conger / Washington Examiner:
State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook ‘likes’  —  State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook “likes,” prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was “buying fans” in social media, the agency's inspector general says.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Fox News wouldn't discuss state of GOP  —  Rush Limbaugh says Fox News did not want him to talk about the state of the Republican Party on the network and he called the move “quite telling.”  —  “They asked me, what do you want to talk about, I didn't want to talk about Egypt …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
State's Witnesses in Zimmerman Trial Put the Prosecution on the Defensive  —  SANFORD, Fla. — Prosecutors in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman scrambled Tuesday to undo damage to their case by one of their leading witnesses, a Sanford police officer who interviewed …
Discussion: Right Turn
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
University Tells Student to Remove Cross Necklace  —  A Sonoma State University student was ordered to remove a cross necklace by a supervisor who thought other students might find it offensive, in a case that prompted even one campus official to speculate that “political correctness got out of hand.”
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Clapper: I gave ‘erroneous’ answer because I forgot about Patriot Act  —  Intelligence chief tries to explain false Senate testimony by saying he 'simply didn't think' of NSA efforts to collect phone data  —  The most senior US intelligence official told a Senate oversight panel that he …
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Alan Duke / CNN:
Paula Deen invokes same-sex marriage ruling in lawsuit defense  —  (CNN) — Celebrity chef Paula Deen hopes the Supreme Court's ruling allowing same-sex marriage to be legal in California will help in her defense against a racial discrimination lawsuit.  —  The woman alleging that she was subjected …
Discussion: Politico and Jezebel
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Bennett Marcus / Vanity Fair:
Alec Baldwin Will “Never” Tweet Again: “It's Just Another Chink in Your Armor for People to Come and Kill You”
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's Crisis of Competence
Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg
Yasmine Saleh / Reuters:
Egypt army says ready to die in “final hours”
Discussion: Quartz, Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Carroll Doherty / Pew Research Center:
Describing Obama, Bush in a word
Russell Berman / The Hill:
No pressure on House Republicans to tackle immigration reform
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Hollywood Still Seeking the Great Right (Terrorist) Hope
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Guardian
Des Moines Register:
Review underway of speeding by governor's vehicle
Samuel T. Wilkinson / Wall Street Journal:
Pot-Smoking And the Schizophrenia Connection
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
It's Uphill All the Way for Social Conservatives
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Rush Limbaugh