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12:50 PM ET, July 7, 2014


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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obamacare's next threat: A September surprise  —  Obamacare open enrollment closed March 31.  The White House's Obamacare war room did not.  —  Most state health insurance rates for 2015 are scheduled to be approved by early fall, and most are likely to rise, timing that couldn't be worse …
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
The Republican Party After the Apocalypse  —  Chill pills for the crazy party.  —  Last week, Marco Rubio delivered a speech outlining his economic agenda, and it was widely hailed as the cutting-edge statement of “reform conservatism,” an intra-Republican movement that is also the subject …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Can ‘Reformicons’ Save the Republican Party?
Why liberals are abandoning the Obamacare employer mandate
Discussion: National Review
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Inequality issue can boost Dems
RGK / Hercules and the umpire:
Remembering Alexander Bickel's passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases  —  In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation …
Philip J. Victor / Al Jazeera America:
Gitmo detainees' lawyers invoke Hobby Lobby decision in court filing  —  Attorneys say clients have religious rights afforded by same law cited by SCOTUS in controversial Hobby Lobby ruling  —  Lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees have filed motions asking a U.S. court to block officials …
Federal Judge Blasts Hobby Lobby Decision: Supreme Court Should ‘STFU’
New York Post:
Eric Holder's long losing record before the Supreme Court
Discussion: RedState
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
July 4 Parade Features ‘Obama Presidential Library’ Outhouse Float  —  An Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Nebraska included a float depicting President Obama's presidential library as an outhouse, sparking outcry from residents as well as the state's Democratic Party.
Omaha World-Herald:
Discussion: Althouse, Washington Post and Gawker
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Why the White House Ignored All Those Warnings About ISIS  —  Team Obama was told, over and over, that the Iraqi army couldn't stop a terror group that was ready to pounce.  But Washington was a prisoner to its paradox of an Iraq policy.  —  On November 1, 2013, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited …
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:   In Iraq, airstrikes slam into Mosul, city held by al-Qaeda-inspired militants
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The House GOP Should Man Up Instead of Resorting to Political Theater in the Courts  —  John Boehner and the House Republicans may lack the testicular fortitude to fight President Obama, but I would kindly ask that he save the taxpayers further money on a political stunt
Yahoo! News:
Inside President Obama's secret schedule Yahoo News 1 hr ago  —  On May 29, President Barack Obama had lunch at the White House with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The likely 2016 presidential contender has been to hundreds of West Wing meetings, first as first lady, then as senator …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Sarah Palin On Hillary Clinton, Advice for ‘The View’ and Her Latest TV Show (Exclusive)  —  As Sportsman Channel orders a second season of her “Amazing America,” the GOP star offers her thoughts on the firings at daytime talker, Clinton's new book and our “incorrigibly disastrous” political system.
Lindsay Abrams / Salon:
BBC staff ordered to stop giving equal air time to climate deniers  —  The network will stop airing “debates” featuring members of the anti-science fringe  —  Good news for viewers of BBC News: you'll no longer be subjected to the unhinged ravings of climate deniers and other members of the anti-science fringe.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Barcepundit and Power Line
To Improve Accuracy, BBC Tells Its Reporters To Stop Giving Air Time To Climate Deniers
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Pew Research Center:
1-in-10 Americans don't give a hoot about politics  —  As Republicans and Democrats gear up for midterm elections this November, there's one group of Americans that is paying very little, if any, attention to the whole ordeal.  —  Overall, 10% of Americans are what we call Bystanders …
Washington Post:
It's time for progressives to reclaim the Constitution  —  You cannot talk for very long to a conservative these days without hearing the words “constitutional” and “constitutionalist.”  —  Formulations such as “I am a constitutional conservative” or “I am a constitutionalist” are tea party habits …
New York Post:
Obama called the N-word in headline  —  WestView News editor George Capsis (right) agreed to run this piece, along with its shocking headline, in his paper.  —  The WHAT in the White House?  —  Well-heeled West Villagers will be in for a rude surprise when they open the latest copy …
David Nather / Politico:
Searching for Hillary Clinton's big idea  —  Here's one thing you won't find in Hillary Clinton's book: a clear reason to run for president again.  —  The “Hard Choices” book tour has had all the trappings of a warm-up for 2016, and even though Clinton insists she hasn't decided yet …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Shakesville
Jacob Heilbrunn / New York Times:
Are Neocons Getting Ready to Ally With Hillary Clinton?
Discussion: RedState and Power Line
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Brownsville Herald:
Militia group heading to Texas border
Jonathan Turley / NY Daily News:
Obama's irresponsible taunt
Matt Sczesny / KMOV-TV:
Woman shot in face by stray bullet during fireworks celebration
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Democrats Face a Tough Fight to Hold the Senate
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Highway fund running on fumes
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Post:
Audit the IRS!  —  The headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington.
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Meet Sean Haugh, the Libertarian pizza guy who may deliver a Senate seat in N.C.
Jennifer Agiesta / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Most Still Align With Dems or GOP
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
The United States' global leadership has eroded
Yahoo! News:
New footage of Pistorius revealed
Discussion: Guardian, Mediaite, TalkLeft and Mashable
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Chicago Tribune:
Authorities: Military member with concealed carry permit shoots attacker
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Who Do We Think We Are?  —  WASHINGTON — AMERICA'S infatuation …
Discussion: Washington Monthly