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10:50 PM ET, July 7, 2014


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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 …
RGK / Hercules and the umpire:
Remembering Alexander Bickel's passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases
Lauren French / Politico:
Benghazi panel ramps up  —  There are no Benghazi hearings on the House calendar but the silence doesn't mean the investigation is fading away.  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy is launching a special committee to wrangle a probe that's sprawled across the jurisdictions of multiple headline-hungry committee chairmen.
Paul Singer / Associated Press:
House Benghazi panel may cost $3 million this year  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans are planning to spend as much as $3.3 million for this year's operations of the special committee they created in May to investigate the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, a bigger budget than the House Veterans Affairs …
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
Associated Press:
AP Sources: Border Policy Requests to Come Later  —  President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster from the Southern border, following criticism that the administration's planned changes were too harsh.
Discussion: Power Line
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama Employs Only 2 Men; Pays Men 46% More Than Women On Staff
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Holly Fisher: Public Enemy Number 310,345,204  —  This image — which features an American woman named Holly Fisher and an international terrorist named Sherafiyah Lewthwaite — has been doing the rounds on Lefty Twitter:  —  “Explain the difference”?  With pleasure.
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?
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Behind Harry Reid's war against the Koch brothers  —  At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid.  —  The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October …
Discussion: Power Line and BuzzFeed
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
Christopher Dickey / The Daily Beast:
ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq  —  Iraqi antiquities officials are calling on the Obama administration to save Nineveh and other sites around jihadist-occupied Mosul.  But are drone strikes really the answer?  —  PARIS — More than two and a half millennia ago …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Eric Cantor seeks financial help  —  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 wind down his once-powerful campaign committee …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ned Resnikoff /
Exclusive: California truck drivers go on strike  —  California truck drivers at three major transportation companies went on strike Monday morning, demanding an end to purported labor law violations such as misclassification and intimidation.  This is the fourth strike initiated by the drivers …
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: Mediaite, Bloomberg View and Hullabaloo
Rush Limbaugh:
Every Day is an All-Out Assault  —  RUSH: Where you been, Snerdley?  Snerdley walks in here, brings me his Stack of show prep that he wanted me to see today, and he's outraged.  Have you not been listening to this program?  “More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Daily Caller
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