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12:00 PM ET, July 1, 2014


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New York Times:
Limiting Rights: Imposing Religion on Workers  —  The Supreme Court's deeply dismaying decision on Monday in the Hobby Lobby case swept aside accepted principles of corporate law and religious liberty to grant owners of closely held, for-profit companies an unprecedented right to impose their religious views on employees.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’  —  Mitt Romney said it, and on Monday the Supreme Court upheld it: Corporations are people, my friend.  —  The 2012 Republican presidential nominee was jeered when he made the claim in 2011 at the Iowa State Fair.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Chris Christie Doesn't Have An Opinion On Hobby Lobby: ‘Who Knows?’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't sure whether the U.S. Supreme Court was right in its Monday “Hobby Lobby” ruling limiting the scope of the federal government's contraception coverage mandate.  —  “Who knows?”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Ginsberg's Epic Dissent In Hobby Lobby Is Already A Song
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Really Means
Abby Ohlheiser / The Wire:
Read Justice Ginsburg's Passionate 35-Page Dissent of Hobby Lobby Decision
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Supreme Court Rules Government Can't Make Some Employers Cover Contraception
Discussion: Hit & Run
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision
Misstripleem / Twitchy:
‘Fu*k you:’ Left-wingers want to ‘burn down’ Hobby Lobby after SCOTUS win
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hillary Clinton blasts Hobby Lobby ruling
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court Declares Itself to Be High Priest
Discussion: National Review and Hullabaloo
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Officer's Conviction in Cannibalism Case Overturned  —  The 2013 conviction of a former New York City police officer in a plot to kidnap, torture, kill and eat women was overturned late Monday by a federal judge who said there was not sufficient evidence to support it.
Naftali Frenkel's mother: We will learn to sing without you  —  Families of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel decide to bury the the boys together after consulting with their rabbis and the police; Netanyahu to eulogize teens.  —  Shahar Chai, Itay Blumental, Ahiya Raved
Discussion: and Guardian
Shane Goldmacher /
Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take  —  House Ethics reverses decades of precedent as lobbyist-sponsored lawmaker travel expands.  —  It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
DEMOCRAT PASTOR ACCUSES THAD COCHRAN CAMPAIGN OF VOTE-FOR-PAY SCHEME  —  A black Mississippi pastor has emerged to claim Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign paid “thousands” of Democrats $15 each to vote in the June 24 GOP runoff - and that he was part of the scheme.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Aaron Gardner / RedState:
BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Megyn Kelly to Bill Ayers: Sounds like bin Laden  —  Fox News host Megyn Kelly had a heated interview with former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers about his past actions as part of the radical group.  —  “You sound like — with respect — Osama bin Laden,” Kelly said to Ayers …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Pew Research Center:
Americans show modest interest in Iraq news, less interest in World Cup  —  So far, the growing crisis in Iraq has not drawn strong interest from the American public.  As Sunni militants extend their control of large swaths of Iraq, 25% say they are paying very close attention to the growing violence and political instability in Iraq.
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
For Iraq, Potential Leader With a Tarnished Past  —  BAGHDAD — He took millions of dollars from the C.I.A., founded and was accused of defrauding the second-biggest bank in Jordan and sold the Bush administration a bill of goods on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Tim Wilson / CBS Boston:
I-Team: Acton Vet Finally Gets VA Doctor's Appointment - 2 Years After He Died  —  By WBZ-TV Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve  —  ACTON (CBS) - “He was steadfast.  He took care of us, all of these years.”  —  Suzanne Chase of Acton was talking about her husband, Doug …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Obama: White House Pies So Good, You'd Think There Was Crack in Them  —  President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had a bit of a weird moment at the White House tonight during an LGBT reception when the president praised the exquisite work of the White House Executive Pastry Chef and joked if he puts crack in them.
Manu Raju / Politico:
The Dick and Liz Cheney recovery tour  —  Dick and Liz Cheney have been impossible to miss in recent weeks, sparring with Democrats and Rand Paul over the latest mess in Iraq, making the rounds on Fox News and launching a group to reassert the case for their hawkish brand of foreign policy.
Washington Post:
Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show  —  Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents.
Eun Kyung Kim / Today:
Monica Lewinsky on Clinton scandal: ‘I was a virgin to humiliation’  —  Monica Lewinsky, the most famous White House intern in history, has stayed silent for 10 years, thanks to a sex scandal that rocked the nation.  —  Last month, Lewinsky wrote in a Vanity Fair essay that it was “time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on pregnancy law, church signs  —  Taking on new social controversies for its next Term, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to clarify the protection that women workers get under federal law when they become pregnant, and to consider the right of religious groups to put up outdoor signs to promote their worship services.
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
College GOP chairman resigns, joining Democrats  —  The chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans has resigned his post and “will be changing my party affiliation to Democrat in the next few days.”  —  Evan Alvarez resigned his post this morning, which was made public …
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Hillary Clinton: Mississippi runoff ‘of major historical importance’
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Associated Press:
NFL Capsules: Video shows S.C. trooper threatened Taser use on former Texans lineman
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Drew Karedes / KHOU-TV:
Police: Man shoots wife, stepson in the head after alcohol dispute
Discussion: The Raw Story
Sky News:
Sir Elton Says Jesus Would Back Gay Marriage
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
“Buy Now” Buttons Start Appearing in Tweets. Is Twitter Shopping Finally Here?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mashable
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
LAUSD shifts gears on technology for students
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Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Odds are increasing that D.C. will vote on legalizing marijuana — despite Congress
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Kersey / USA Today:
Workers handed a victory over unions: Column