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8:25 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’
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Can ‘Reformicons’ Save the Republican Party?
W. James Antle III / The Week:   Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and the new era of conservative policy ideas
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
John Walsh Takes on NRA, Vows to Continue Piers Morgan's Gun-Control Campaign on CNN  —  “The Hunt” host says Vice President Joe Biden agreed with him that politicians are “scared s—less” of the NRA  —  Piers Morgan is gone from CNN, but new host John Walsh plans to continue his campaign for gun control.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
John Walsh, CNN's new anti-NRA advocate
Discussion: Truth Revolt
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 …
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama Employs Only 2 Men; Pays Men 46% More Than Women On Staff
Discussion: Washington Post
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
White House Counsel: Boehner Lawsuit Will Be Quickly Thrown Out
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kimberly Hefling / ABC News:
NEA Wants Duncan's Resignation  —  The nation's largest teachers' union wants Education Secretary Arne Duncan to quit.  —  Delegates of the National Education Association adopted a business item July 4 at its annual convention in Denver that called for his resignation.
Discussion: CNN
Arne Duncan dismisses union call for resignation
Discussion: Hit & Run
Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
Forget Red State, Blue State: Is Your State “Tight” or “Loose”?  —  A new theory about the cultures of different regions could go a long way toward explaining why the United States is so polarized.  —  It is obvious to anyone who has traveled around the United States that cultural assumptions, behaviors, and norms vary widely.
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 …
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 …
Peter Nickeas / Chicago Tribune:
Fourth of July weekend toll: 82 shot, 14 of them fatally, in Chicago  —  For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood.  —  It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase …
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.
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: Bloomberg View, Mediaite and Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Liberaland
2,500 Oklahoma Earthquakes Linked To Fracking, Scientists Say  —  In this Nov, 6, 2011 photo, Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., following two earthquakes that hit the area in less than 24 hours.  A study published Thursday …
Discussion: Gawker and Balloon Juice
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
New Anti-Obamacare Stunt: A Creepy Carnival On The National Mall  —  Generation Opportunity, a Koch-funded group targeting youths, will be hosting a giant carnival on the National Mall.  —  Generation Opportunity, the conservative nonprofit group who created the Creepy Uncle Sam anti-Obamacare campaign …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
McDaniel's Lawyer: We've Found ‘Thousands’ Of Ineligible Voters  —  State Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) lawyer said McDaniel's campaign and supporters have found “thousands” of examples of ineligible voters who cast their vote for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the runoff election for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Eric Cantor seeks help to repay donors  —  Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat is leaving his campaign in a financial bind.  —  The Virginia Republican's political operation has asked his House GOP colleagues to cut checks so he can refund his donors.  —  Cantor spent funds meant …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
BREITBART TEXAS WITNESSES 4-YEAR-OLD WHO CROSSED BORDER  —  MISSION, Texas—Breitbart Texas witnessed the apprehension of 11 unaccompanied minors in the past 24-hours.  The apprehensions occurred near ground zero of the current border crisis, as the minors turned themselves …
Chris Meyers /
MLK Jr. bridge defaced  —  2nd occurrence has racial theme  —  For the second time in as many weeks and just a few days after the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge in Fort Wayne has been vandalized.  —  This time, the vandalism came in the form of racist writings on two benches.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
TSA to make U.S.-bound fliers turn on phones
Discussion: Mediaite and The Jawa Report
Louis P. Masur / New York Times:
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Harold Pollack / Politico:
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