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12:40 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  It should be repealed.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
Discussion: American Prospect
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:   A Blow to Both Obamacare and the Rule of Law
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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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Rubio Plans To Introduce Texas-Style Abortion Ban In The Senate  —  Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is planning to introduce a bill in the Senate that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, the Weekly Standard reported on Wednesday.  The bill is meant to mirror anti-abortion legislation passed last month by the House of Representatives.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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
Cahnman / Cahnman's Musings:
Texas Capital Abortion Supporters chant “Hail Satan”  —  It's been a very interesting day at the Texas State Capitol.  Cahnman's Musings hasn't been following the hearing.  Instead, we've been participating in the surrounding events.  LetTexasSpeak has been doing a live broadcast …
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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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Texas committee advances abortion bill, as poll shows opposition
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
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 …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement  —  WASHINGTON — Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home.
Discussion: Blue Mass Group
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Hires Yves St Laurent CEO for Special Projects  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL) is hiring Paul Deneve, the former chief executive officer of luxury fashion house Yves St Laurent Group (YSLG), to work on special projects for CEO Tim Cook.  —  Deneve returns to the iPhone maker after working for Apple in Europe during the 1990s.
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
 
 
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Estelle Shirbon / Reuters:
Ecuador says it found a hidden microphone at its London embassy
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
Carroll Doherty / Pew Research Center:
Describing Obama, Bush in a word
 Earlier Items: 
Russell Berman / The Hill:
No pressure on House Republicans to tackle immigration reform
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
Alan Duke / CNN:
Paula Deen invokes same-sex marriage ruling in lawsuit defense
Discussion: Politico and Jezebel
Samuel T. Wilkinson / Wall Street Journal:
Pot-Smoking And the Schizophrenia Connection