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11:10 AM 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: Daily Kos
BURWELL V. HOBBY LOBBY STORES, INC.  —  Syllabus  —  BURWELL v. HOBBY LOBBY STORES, INC. ( )  —  No. 13-354, 723 F. 3d 1114, affirmed; No. 13-356, 724 F. 3d 377, reversed and remanded.  — Syllabus [HTML] [PDF]  — Opinion, Alito [HTML] [PDF]  — Concurrence, Kennedy [HTML] [PDF]
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
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Charlie Neuman/ZUMA  —  On Monday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a blistering dissent to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the government can't require certain employers …
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Supreme Court Rules Government Can't Make Some Employers Cover Contraception
Discussion: Hit & Run
Abby Ohlheiser / The Wire:
Read Justice Ginsburg's Passionate 35-Page Dissent of Hobby Lobby Decision
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Ginsberg's Epic Dissent In Hobby Lobby Is Already A Song
Discussion: Mediaite
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hillary Clinton blasts Hobby Lobby ruling
Discussion: National Review, Hit & Run and Mediaite
Misstripleem / Twitchy:
‘Fu*k you:’ Left-wingers want to ‘burn down’ Hobby Lobby after SCOTUS win
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Hillary Clinton Calls SCOTUS's Hobby Lobby Ruling ‘Deeply Disturbing’
Discussion: The Dish and The Daily Caller
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Hobby Lobby Case Shows Why Private Companies Shouldn't Provide Insurance.  The Government Should.
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court Declares Itself to Be High Priest
Discussion: National Review and Hullabaloo
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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: Weasel Zippers
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’
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.
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Blaming Congress, Obama readies unilateral action on immigration  —  Shares -  —  After waiting more than a year for the House to take up an immigration overhaul passed by the Senate, President Obama is moving ahead with a series of executive-level actions he says will improve the system …
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:   Obama To Move Toward Reducing Deportations Without Congress
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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
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
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