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12:15 PM 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.
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 …
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 …
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Why Today's Hobby Lobby Decision Actually Hurts People Of Faith  —  In response to today's Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which allowed the the craft store giant and other “closely-held corporations” to be granted religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) …
BREAKING: Supreme Court Deals Sharp Blow To Public Sector Unions  —  In a 5-4 decision by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to public sector unions on Monday, although the opinion fell short of the claim made by the anti-union litigation shop that argued that case …
Discussion: Slate
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
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
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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.
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.
A leap forward in quarterly earnings stories  —  The Associated Press announced in an advisory to customers today that the majority of U.S. corporate earnings stories for our business news report will eventually be produced using automation technology.  —  Here, Lou Ferrara …
Mitchell Prothero / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
ISIS declares establishment of caliphate, demands allegiance from all Muslims  —  IRBIL, IRAQ — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday the establishment of the Muslim caliphate and declared that its leader was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the current head of ISIS.
CBS News:
ISIS declares creation of Mideast caliphate across Iraq and Syria
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
John Fund / National Review:
D'Souza's America  —  The Fourth of July weekend is coming up, and this year you can do something other than fireworks and a barbeque to celebrate our nation's freedom.  —  Dinesh D'Souza, the controversial social commentator who shook up Hollywood with the $33 million earned by the theatrical release …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Thomas Frank / Salon:
Free markets killed capitalism: Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, Wal-Mart, Amazon and the 1 percent's sick triumph over us all  —  Monopoly is back: Barry Lynn on the concentration of American economic power — and how we can restore fairness  —  Barry C. Lynn is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation …
Washington Post:
Bob McDonald, former P&G chief, to be Obama's nominee to lead Veterans Affairs  —  President Obama on Monday will nominate Bob McDonald, a West Point graduate who served as the chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to take over as head of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, according to White House officials.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Barack Obama taps ex-Procter and Gamble exec Robert McDonald to lead VA
Discussion: Daily Kos
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Bruce Alpert / NOLA River:
Rep. McAllister schedules Monday news conference — likely to reveal whether he'll run for re-election
Discussion: Roll Call
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Rove blasts Obama's executive actions: ‘This is imperial power’
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
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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