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3:30 PM ET, July 7, 2014


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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 …
Federal Judge Blasts Hobby Lobby Decision: Supreme Court Should ‘STFU’  —  Judge Richard George Kopf, a George H.W. Bush appointee to the federal bench who maintains his own personal blog, has some harsh words for the Supreme Court in the wake of their birth control decision …
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 …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Hobby Lobby Ruling Prompts Federal Judge To Tell Supreme Court To ‘STFU’  —  Federal Judge Richard Kopf, who was appointed to a U.S. District Court in Nebraska by George H.W. Bush, slammed the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision in his personal blog, Hercules and the Umpire, and told the judges to “stfu.”
New York Post:
Eric Holder's long losing record before the Supreme Court
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN TEXAS IS NOW THE CRAZIEST IN AMERICA  —  It seems almost pointless to mention this but there is simply no state Democratic party in any of the 50 states that is so clearly, obviously demented. … Getty Images  —  If you want to see the clearest symptoms …
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 …
W. James Antle III / The Week:   Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and the new era of conservative policy ideas
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Can ‘Reformicons’ Save the Republican Party?
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Progressives and Constitutionalism
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.
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 …
Why liberals are abandoning the Obamacare employer mandate
Discussion: National Review
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
No one is reading ‘Hard Choices,’ either.  —  By now, the poor sales of Hillary Clinton's new book “Hard Choices” are well-documented.  (Relatively poor, we will add, given the complex topography of bookselling.)  —  But another metric came to our attention this weekend which allows us …
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Guardian
David Nather / Politico:
Searching for Hillary Clinton's big idea
To Improve Accuracy, BBC Tells Its Reporters To Stop Giving Air Time To Climate Deniers  —  Celebrity scientist Bill Nye and CNN Crossfire host S.E. Cupp debate whether climate change exists.  These kinds of debates will be few and far between on the BBC under a new policy announced Thursday.
Lindsay Abrams / Salon:
BBC staff ordered to stop giving equal air time to climate deniers
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
White House Counsel: Boehner Lawsuit Will Be Quickly Thrown Out  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyer Neil Eggleston could be looking toward a comfortable retirement on the generous nest egg he built through high-stakes representation of prominent Washington officials and corporate clients.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama Employs Only 2 Men; Pays Men 46% More Than Women On Staff
Discussion: Washington Post
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
TSA to make U.S.-bound flyers turn on phones  —  The TSA is requiring passengers flying to the U.S. from some overseas airports to power up their electronic devices before boarding — or risk having to leave their phones or tablets behind.  —  News reports have suggested the Department …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Mediaite
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
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 …
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
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Put Spotlight on Companies Moving Overseas  —  New data from the Congressional Research Service shed light on a hot tax question: How many corporations have exited the U.S. for tax purposes in recent years?  —  A summary released Monday by House Democrats says that 47 U.S. corporations …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Conservative Delusions About Inflation  —  On Sunday The Times published an article by the political scientist Brendan Nyhan about a troubling aspect of the current American scene — the stark partisan divide over issues that should be simply factual, like whether the planet is warming or evolution happened.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Mediaite and Bloomberg View
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders  —  The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.  —  Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors.
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ABC News:
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Washington Post:
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