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11:00 AM ET, June 30, 2014


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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
JUSTICES: CAN'T MAKE EMPLOYERS COVER CONTRACEPTION  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
Irin Carmon /
Every way the Supreme Court could rule in Hobby Lobby  —  Monday's the day.  That's when the suspense of the most-watched Supreme Court case this term is expected to abate.  In the case, known as Hobby Lobby for short, the justices should finally settle whether a corporation can be religious and …
Breaking: Supreme Court rules for companies in Obamacare case  —  (CNN) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely held companies cannot be required to pay to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees, ending its term with a narrow legal and political setback for a controversial part …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Fox News
James Risen / New York Times:
Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater  —  WASHINGTON — Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor's operations in Iraq.  But the inquiry was abandoned …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas  —  Two years ago Kansas embarked on a remarkable fiscal experiment: It sharply slashed income taxes without any clear idea of what would replace the lost revenue.  Sam Brownback, the governor, proposed the legislation — in percentage terms …
Discussion: Daily Kos
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
Why We Can't Talk About Gun Control  —  When one writer suggested that guns can be regulated without anyone's rights being infringed, he lost his job.  Dick Metcalf told his story this morning to a skeptical crowd.  —  ASPEN, Colo. — “I pose this question, Mr. Metcalf, as a hunter of birds.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Americans Losing Confidence in All Branches of U.S. Gov't  —  Confidence hits six-year low for presidency; record lows for Supreme Court, Congress  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government has fallen, reaching record lows for the Supreme Court …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS staredown not going away  —  A top GOP investigator and former IRS official Lois Lerner's lawyer squared off on Sunday, underscoring that the battle over the agency's improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups isn't going anywhere this election year.  —  House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   CNN's Crowley to Lerner Attorney: Don't Missing Emails Seem ‘Suspicious’?
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
How Hillary Won Over the Skeptical Left  —  The surprising source of Clinton's invincibility  —  Jay Brown is a blunt-talking doctor from Ames, Iowa, the kind of guy who believes the biggest threats to the republic are the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, and the corporatization of politics.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Althouse
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
A kinder, gentler turn to the gender wars?  Column  —  Men and women need to discuss gender issues.  One can't hear what the other doesn't say.  —  Are we coming to a truce in the gender wars?  Or just opening a second front?  Or, perhaps, actually starting to talk to each other?
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Bush Campaign Advisor: Sending Troops Into Iraq Was A Huge Mistake The First Time  —  Matthew Dowd, the former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney '04 presidential campaign, said that it was a mistake America got involved in fighting in Iraq the first time.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Bobby Jindal Courts Religious Right With His Eye On 2016  —  “The groups that are more and more picked on in society are evangelical Christians,” Louisiana's governor tells BuzzFeed.  Is the future of social conservatism in Baton Rouge?  —  John Gara  —  BATON ROUGE, La. …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Barack Obama taps ex-Procter and Gamble exec Robert McDonald to lead VA  —  President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, which has been plagued by long waits for treatment, a White House official said Sunday.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Bob McDonald, former P&G chief, to be Obama's nominee to lead Veterans Affairs
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John Fund / National Review:
D'Souza's America  —  The Fourth of July weekend is coming up …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Covering New War, in Shadow of Old One
CBS News:
ISIS declares creation of Mideast caliphate across Iraq and Syria
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Bruce Alpert / NOLA River:
Rep. McAllister schedules Monday news conference — likely to reveal whether he'll run for re-election
Discussion: Washington Post
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Canada pulls the plug on the U.S. Keystone Pipeline - will send oil to Asia
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Rove blasts Obama's executive actions: ‘This is imperial power’
 Earlier Items: 
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Barack Carter  —  Obama is leaving America weaker on the world stage than Carter did
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Obama's ‘woe is me’ attitude
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jeffrey Toobin Tells Americans To Be ‘Grateful’ That Dick Cheney Is Back On Their TVs
Discussion: Mediaite
Daily Mail:
‘Infidels must wear red collars and shave heads’: ‘Nazi’ …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Vox Popoli