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11:40 AM ET, July 5, 2014


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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For Obama, loss of the Senate could be freeing  —  The walls seem to be closing in on the Obama presidency.  —  Iraq and Syria are overrun with terrorists.  Violence is flaring in Ukraine and on Israel's borders.  A humanitarian crisis is developing on our own southern border …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Obama Weighs Steps to Cover Contraception  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, reeling from back-to-back blows from the Supreme Court this week, is weighing options that would provide contraceptive coverage to thousands of women who are about to lose it or never had it because of their employers' religious objections.
Andrew Koppelman / The New Republic:
The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision Just Got a Whole Lot Worse  —  In an order Thursday prompted by Wheaton College, the Court abandoned its concern for women impacted by the ruling  —  When the Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on Monday, I was one of the few commentators …
John Harwood / New York Times:
Shut Out of White House, G.O.P. Looks to Democrats of 1992  —  WASHINGTON — It took 24 years for Democrats to end the last period of Republican presidential advantage, in which issues and the makeup of the Electoral College helped Republicans win five of six elections, and to start their own behind Bill Clinton.
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
The Daily Show President: Obama's Edgy Humor  —  Obama's approval numbers may be not so great, but his funny bone is well-honed, and different from his predecessors'.  —  While President Obama's approval ratings may be in the tank, there's still one arena in which he's riding high …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Gatestone Institute:
ISIS Already in Gaza Strip … Despite denials by Hamas, there is growing evidence that the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] — also known as “The Islamic State” — has begun operating in the Gaza Strip.  —  Palestinian Authority [PA] and Israeli security sources …
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Online:
What If America Had Lost the Revolutionary War?  —  The Fourth of July—a time we Americans set aside to celebrate our independence and mark the war we waged to achieve it, along with the battles that followed.  There was the War of 1812, the War of 1833, the First Ohio-Virginia War …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Says She's Donated All University Speaking Fees  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at the University of Connecticut, April 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn.  —  Hillary Clinton continued to justify …
Power Line:
CRACKS APPEARING IN DEMOCRATIC COALITION  —  The population of Mogadishu is moving to Minneapolis, through the miracle of chain immigration.  I don't know whether there is any limiting principle to this or whether all of Mogadishu will one day reside along the Mississippi, but in any event …
Discussion: RedState
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82  —  Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America's modern conservative movement and fueled …
ASU professor encourages students to defy body hair norms  —  To shave or not to shave?  —  That's the question confronting students in classes taught by Breanne Fahs, associate professor of women and gender studies in ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
Brook Wilensky-Lanford / The New Republic:
The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding  —  Myths may comfort us, but facts are our best weapon against Tea Party perversions  —  When it comes to the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution, we can tell a lie—and we have been, ever since before the musket-fire stopped.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Build We Won't  —  You often find people talking about our economic difficulties as if they were complicated and mysterious, with no obvious solution.  As the economist Dean Baker recently pointed out, nothing could be further from the truth.  The basic story of what went wrong is, in fact …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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