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6:45 PM ET, July 1, 2014

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Emma Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Supreme Court Isn't Waging a War on Women in Hobby Lobby  —  Responses to the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby are a study in contradictions.  It's “a landmark victory for religious liberty” that gives bosses “license to harm their female employees in the name of religion.”
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Associated Press:
Justices act in other health law mandate cases Associated Press 11 mins ago  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Hullabaloo and Weasel Zippers
Sasha Volokh / Washington Post:
Is RFRA unconstitutional?  —  I basically agree with my co-bloggers' posts from yesterday about Hobby Lobby (see, e.g., Eugene's posts here and here): given RFRA, I think Hobby Lobby should have prevailed, as it did.  In particular, I favor the idea that corporations should be able to assert rights under RFRA (see Ilya's post here).
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Wider impact of Hobby Lobby ruling?  —  The Supreme Court sent a fairly strong signal on Tuesday that its ruling giving some for-profit businesses a right not to provide birth control services to their female workers goes beyond the specific methods at issue in that decision.
Discussion: RH Reality Check and Balloon Juice
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.
Abby Haglage / The Daily Beast:
After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage  —  From Notre Dame to manufacturers, dozens of companies were waiting for the Supreme Court's decision in order to opt-out of Obamacare's contraception mandate.  —  Hobby Lobby is about to get a lot more company.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
OTC Birth Control: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Responsibility
Discussion: Vox and Hot Air
Sandra Fluke / Washington Post:
The Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women
Discussion: Daily Kos and Religion Dispatches
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Supreme Court Breakfast Table
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Really Means
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
Wait Until You See the Picture Frame NBC's Cameras Found in Valerie Jarrett's Office  —  Editor's Note:  —  Be sure to read to the bottom to see Jarrett's explanation.  —  Don't blink or you might miss it.  —  Earlier this week during NBC's exclusive peek inside the world of Valerie Jarrett …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
What's Going With This Photo In Valerie Jarrett's Office?  —  An NBC package over the weekend shows an odd display.  —  “Our Cynthia McFadden was granted unique access and spent a day behind the scenes with Valerie Jarrett at the White House,” host David Gregory said introducing the segment.
Discussion: Althouse
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Cochran campaign denies vote-buying reports  —  The U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran campaign is denying reports from a conservative blogger that it was trying to buy votes in Lauderdale County.  —  Blogger Charles C. Johnson of GotNews.com is reporting that Stevie Fielder says the Cochran campaign told …
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
McDaniel's Bizarre Plan To Challenge The Senate Race In Mississippi
Discussion: BarbWire.com, Fox News and RedState
Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
The Trouble Isn't Liberals.  It's Progressives.  —  Not everyone on the left wants to quash dissent or indulge President Obama's abuses of executive power.  —  Social conservatives.  Libertarians.  Country-club conservatives.  Tea party conservatives.  Everybody in politics knows …
Jon Clifton / Gallup:
Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom  —  Perceived widespread corruption in U.S. government on the rise  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared with seven years ago — dropping 12 percentage points from 91% in 2006 to 79% in 2013.
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,” …
Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed:
What Happens When A Prep School's Black Student President Mocks Her White Male Classmates  —  An Instagram photo allegedly led the country's most expensive boarding school to strip its first black female student body president of her role.  —  One day last March, Lawrenceville School Student …
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.
 
 
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Sarah Smith / Politico:
Megyn Kelly to Bill Ayers: Sounds like bin Laden
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Manu Raju / Politico:
The Dick and Liz Cheney recovery tour
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
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