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1:15 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.
The Hill:
Obama weighs executive hammer  —  President Obama is weighing executive actions after the Supreme Court ruled against ObamaCare's contraception mandate.  —  The White House swiftly called on Congress to enact a legislative fix but realistically knows lawmakers aren't about to act.
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
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
Hobby Lobby Actually Lavishes Contraception Coverage on Its Employees  —  The Left is foaming at the mouth over the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision this morning.  —  “This is going to turn the dial back,” Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned on MSNBC.
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?”
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Supreme Court Breakfast Table
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie gives no opinion on Hobby Lobby case
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Really Means
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Ginsberg's Epic Dissent In Hobby Lobby Is Already A Song
New York Times:
Hobby Lobby Decision Highlights Parties' Divide
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Misstripleem / Twitchy:
‘Fu*k you:’ Left-wingers want to ‘burn down’ Hobby Lobby after SCOTUS win
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Supreme Court Rules Government Can't Make Some Employers Cover Contraception
Discussion: Hit & Run and Conservatives4Palin
Abby Ohlheiser / The Wire:
Read Justice Ginsburg's Passionate 35-Page Dissent of Hobby Lobby Decision
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
McDaniel's Bizarre Plan To Challenge The Senate Race In Mississippi  —  Supporters of Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) are hinting at a specific plan to cast doubt about the results of the primary runoff election in which he lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) …
Discussion: Fox News, and RedState
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Aaron Gardner / RedState:
BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Gays have right to marry in Kentucky, judge rules  —  A federal judge today ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry in Kentucky.  —  “In America, even sincere and long-hold religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted,” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Times of Israel:
What happened on the night of the kidnapping  —  The teenagers were shot dead in the backseat of the car within minutes of the abduction; the killers believed, erroneously, that the security forces were on their trail  —  Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16 …
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Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
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Discussion: The Raw Story
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mashable
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The Dick and Liz Cheney recovery tour