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1:00 PM ET, June 30, 2015


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Obama's approval rating grows following memorable week  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)Could Barack Obama's great week mark a turning point in his poll numbers?  —  After months of stagnant approval ratings, a new CNN/ORC poll finds that for the first time in more than two years …
Barack Obama / The Huffington Post:
A Hard Day's Work Deserves a Fair Day's Pay  —  It's been a good few days for America.  —  On Thursday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Affordable Care Act.  It is here to stay.  —  And, Democrats and Republicans in Congress paved the way for the United States to rewrite the rules …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Ted Cruz rides the backlash  —  Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping to ride the conservative backlash on gay marriage to the front of the Republican presidential pack.  —  The Texas Republican has hit the Supreme Court with repeated rhetorical barbs in the wake of its ruling Friday that allowed …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
As Book Is Released, Ted Cruz Sours on His Role Model
David French / National Review:   The Church Will Survive Gay Marriage if It Sticks to Its Guns
NBC News:
Chris Christie's Challenge: He No Longer Looks Like Mr. Electable  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  Chris Christie's Challenge: When Mr. Electable no longer looks so electable
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Chris Christie Announces Run, Pledging ‘Truth’ About Nation's Woes  —  LIVINGSTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie declared his candidacy for president here on Tuesday in a 20-minute speech full of New Jersey-style swagger, unwavering self-regard and a barrage of bromides, vowing that as president …
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Betting it all on New Hampshire
Discussion: ABC News
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Bush to release 33 years of personal tax returns
Discussion: OnPolitics and NBC News
Washington Post:
A college balks at Hillary Clinton's fee, books Chelsea for $65,000 instead  —  When the University of Missouri at Kansas City was looking for a celebrity speaker to headline its gala luncheon marking the opening of a women's hall of fame, one of the names that came to mind was Hillary Rodham Clinton.
National Review:
VIDEO: How Well Do We Know Hillary Clinton?  —  She may be the only formidable Democrat candidate running for president, but Hillary Clinton has plenty of scandals to overcome — and lots of questions to answer.  —  As more Americans decide she simply can't be trusted look for alternatives …
Susanna Kim / ABC News:
Walmart Apologizes for Making ISIS Cake for Man Denied Confederate Flag Design … A man in Louisiana is asking for an explanation from Walmart after his request for a Confederate flag cake at one of its bakeries was rejected, but a design with the ISIS flag was accepted.
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
KKK chapter to hold rally on South Carolina Statehouse grounds
Discussion: The Week and Daily Mail
Richard H. Pildes / New York Times:
At the Supreme Court, a Win for Direct Democracy  —  IN 2000, voters in Arizona adopted a state constitutional amendment that created an independent commission to draw congressional districts.  But the commission immediately faced a legal challenge: the United States Constitution gives …
Discussion: Althouse
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Mindlessly Literal Reading Loses Again  —  This Supreme Court decision is a dig at Bush v. Gore.  —  The Supreme Court ended its term Monday with another major rejection of conservative attempts to use wooden, textualist arguments to upset sensible policies.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Liberals Shouldn't Assume Redistricting Verdict Will Help Them
Discussion: Slantpoint
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Next Culture War  —  Christianity is in decline in the United States.  The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping.  Evangelical voters make up a smaller share of the electorate.  Members of the millennial generation are detaching themselves from religious institutions in droves.
Washington Post:
The only prudent way forward for Greece  —  GREEK PRIME Minister Alexis Tsipras chose an academic expert on game theory as finance minister, so it's fitting that his left-wing government has now decided to play games with the fate of Europe and the global economy.  Alas, it's no theoretical exercise.
Christine Byers / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Justice Department faults Ferguson protest response  —  FERGUSON  • Police trying to control the Ferguson protests and riots responded with an uncoordinated effort that sometimes violated free-speech rights, antagonized crowds with military-style tactics and shielded officers from accountability …
Matthew Halverson / Seattle Met:
Donor Says Girl Scouts Can't Use $100K Gift for Transgender Girls  —  So the organization gave the money back.  And now they want your help.  —  Courtesy Girl Scouts of Western Washington  —  A $50,000 donation is cause for celebration at the Queen Anne offices of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
Discussion: Refinery29, Advocate, PinkNews and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Begin Planning to Nuke Filibuster and Repeal Obamacare  —  Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are onboard; other candidates will follow.  —  Shares … The pairing of Supreme Court decisions last week, on same-sex marriage and health care, created an impression that the fate of the two issues …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Republicans Should Reform Obamacare, Not Repeal It
Discussion: Washington Post
Riley Snyder / Associated Press:
Rand Paul Meets With Cliven Bundy on Nevada Campaign Stop  —  Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul met with southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Monday during a question-and-answer session in the town of Mesquite with about 50 supporters and activists interested in land rights.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Apple Music First Look: Rich, Robust — But Confusing  —  Paid streaming music has arrived on Planet Apple, where it was regarded as unworthy for years.  Today, the tech giant has entered the streaming music business with its much-anticipated Apple Music subscription service.
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How Marco Rubio turned political star power into a soaring personal income
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Robbie Collin / Telegraph:
Back to the Future remake? Over my dead body, says Robert Zemeckis
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Puerto Rico Goes Broke
Discussion: New York Times and BBC
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Monica Lewinsky blocked from sitting near Al Gore at Cannes festival
Discussion: Daily Mail, CBS DC and The Daily Caller
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush to Release 33 Years of Tax Returns
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Works Globally to Fight Antismoking Measures
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Does John Kerry want an Iran deal too much?
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and Israel Matzav
Alex Guillén / Politico:
Supreme Court's ruling comes too late for coal
Discussion: The PJ Tatler