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8:10 AM ET, July 2, 2014


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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 …
Changed America This Year  —  Nineteen legal thinkers run down the court's most important decisions.  —  The justices have retired their robes for the summer (and the interns, their running shoes), after handing down decisions on issues ranging from Obamacare to affirmative action, campaign finance to school prayer.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Sasha Volokh / Washington Post:
Is RFRA unconstitutional?  —  I basically agree with my co …
Sandra Fluke / Washington Post:
The Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Wider impact of Hobby Lobby ruling?
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
NM police boot Fox's Jesse Watters from women's conference after ‘sexist’ comments  —  Fox News reporter Jesse Watters said on Monday that Albuquerque police had escorted him out of the 2014 National Organization for Women (NOW) conference after he made sexist comments and failed to obtain a press pass.
Jonathon M. Seidl /
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
What's Going With This Photo In Valerie Jarrett's Office?
Discussion: Althouse
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP has lost O-Care fight  —  Republicans bet the house that ObamaCare would be a disaster.  They lost.  —  After a four-year feast criticizing ObamaCare, Congressional Republicans are now left picking at the crumbs of minor complaints.  Their longstanding predictions of failure have come up empty.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Lina Khan / Washington Monthly:
Thrown Out of Court  —  How corporations became people you can't sue.  —  Late last year a massive data hack at Target exposed as many as 110 million consumers around the country to identity theft and fraud.  As details of its lax computer security oversight came to light …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
More on the IRS's Illegal Destruction of Evidence  —  Scott wrote earlier today about the motion that True the Vote is bringing against the IRS in the federal court in the District of Columbia.  The motion asks for expedited discovery with respect to the IRS's destruction of evidence relevant …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Male-female pay gap remains entrenched at White House  —  The White House has not narrowed the gap between the average pay of male and female employees since President Obama's first year in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of new salary data.  —  The average male White House …
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
US: Libyan Militant Motivated by Extremism  —  In the days before the Benghazi attacks, the Libyan militant now in U.S. custody voiced concern and opposition to the presence of an American compound in Benghazi, the government said Tuesday in a court filing.  —  Ahmed Abu Khattala was motivated …
Discussion: Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Majority of U.S. Veterans Say Access to VA Care Difficult  —  Fifty-five percent say it is difficult to access care; 30% say it is easy  —  This article is part of a weeklong series analyzing the veteran experience in the United States, especially how returning veterans transition from the military to civilian life.
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 is reporting that Stevie Fielder says the Cochran campaign told …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Privacy board backs NSA's foreign spying  —  A federal privacy watchdog is largely putting its support behind a major pillar of the National Security Agency's foreign snooping.  —  A draft version of a new Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) report released late Tuesday …
Discussion: Politico
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
UK data regulator probes Facebook over psychological experiment  —  A UK data regulator is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on users of the social network.  —  The Information Commissioner's Office …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Chief Justice Courts Liberals In Search of Middle Ground  —  Supreme Court's Leader Joined Liberal Colleagues to Achieve Some Major Decisions This Term  —  WASHINGTON—In the Supreme Court term that just concluded, Chief Justice John Roberts joined with liberal colleagues to draw some of the court's major decisions toward the middle.
Al Jazeera America:
Japan relaxes pacifist constitution, will allow fighting overseas  —  Major policy shift from post-WWII charter has alarmed regional rival China  —  Japan's Cabinet has agreed on a proposal to end a ban on its military fighting abroad, a major shift away from the country's postwar pacifism and a move that is riling China.
Fox News:
ObamaCare coverage for millions in jeopardy as watchdog finds widespread data flaws  —  The Obama administration is struggling to resolve data discrepancies over health insurance that could jeopardize coverage for millions, according to a watchdog report on the still-rocky implementation of ObamaCare.
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Fox News:
Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
Protesters Block First Wave Of Detained Immigrants In Murrieta
Discussion: BREITBART.COM, USA Today and Liberaland
Dean Starkman / The New Republic:
The $236,500 Hole in the American Dream
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Landrieu, Cassidy tied in runoff
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Putin's Pilots Set to Fly Over Iraq
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Clinton: Much coverage ‘unimportant’
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
French Ban on Face Veils Upheld by European Rights Court
Discussion: Mashable, Hit & Run and The Dish
Phillip Longman / Washington Monthly:
Clueless or Craven? The White House Gets the VA Story Exactly Backwards
Discussion: POTUS Operandi
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Huge Crowds Turn Out for Hong Kong Pro-Democracy March
Discussion: Gawker and Marginal REVOLUTION
Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
The Trouble Isn't Liberals. It's Progressives.
Shane Goldmacher /
Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take