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The domestic implications of a Hobby Lobby case

The domestic implications of a Hobby Lobby case

Members of a media set adult in front of a U.S. Supreme Court Monday in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Members of a media set adult in front of a U.S. Supreme Court Monday in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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Today in a Morning Line:

  • Waiting for Hobby Lobby
  • Scathing VA report; Obama to announce new boss
  • Our updated Senate ratings
  • No change in a tip 8 races
  • Iowa cracks a tip 10 while Michigan drops off a list

All eyes on a Supreme Court: The Supreme Court currently will confirm dual cases with extended implications for a boss and Democrats — possibly a Affordable Care Act can need companies to yield preventive coverage and a box that could vanquish open zone unions. Two years after a Supreme Court inspected President Barack Obama’s health caring law as constitutional, a justices on Monday during 10 a.m. ET will emanate a preference in a Hobby Lobby box and confirm possibly a ACA violates a giveaway practice of religion. We’ll contend this — Chief Justice John Roberts positively likes drama, withdrawal a many argumentative preference for a final day of a event after a fibre of unanimous decisions. There are a horde of other contraception hurdles creation their approach by a courts from religious non-profits and Catholic universities. The domestic implications from today’s preference are large — any weakening of an ACA sustenance will be trumpeted by Republicans as they find transformation forward of November’s elections. But if it’s upheld, it will be a singular bit of good news for Democrats and a Obama administration of late. The justice could go so distant as to decide that open zone unions can’t automatically concede impost from members. As is mostly a box with a court, there’s a doubt of how slight or extended it goes.

New Secretary of Veterans Affairs: President Obama will announce Monday during 4:30 p.m. ET former Procter Gamble CEO Bob McDonald as a new conduct of Veterans Affairs. The pierce came after a White House-commissioned news expelled Friday found a “corrosive culture,” “significant and ongoing systemic failures” and an group that is “cumbersome and outdated.” The news also called a 14-day watchful requirement instituted by former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki “unrealistic.” McDonald, 61, is a West Point connoisseur and Army veteran. That will expected give transformation to a bipartisan check on Capitol Hill to remodel a VA, though a adhering indicate — as with many things — is money. In further to indicating out a VA’s problems and failures, it also records that a VA lacks a required resources. McDonald has a large plea in front of him. Of all a central supervision agencies, a VA stands out as a print child. His business and West Point credentials will expected douse a wheels of his confirmation, though that’s when a tough partial begins. The other indicate here — was it ever startling to people that a VA was “cumbersome and outdated”? It has been for a prolonged time. Why did it take a Obama administration 6 years and a liaison to comprehend that? Also today, a boss hosts Chilean President Michelle Bachelet during a White House during 10:55 a.m. ET and hosts an LGBT honour accepting during 5:25 p.m. ET.

Battle for control of a Senate: Establishment Republicans followed a good month in May (North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky) with another clever month in Jun with Joni Ernst avoiding a runoff in Iowa and Thad Cochran winning his runoff in Mississippi, that in all contingency takes a Magnolia State off a list for Democrats. Below is a updated list of Top 10 Senate races, with No. 1 being a many expected to flip. There is not many altered in a order. In fact, a tip 8 all sojourn a same. But Iowa creates a debut, Michigan is squeezed out and Alaska drops to No. 10. The firewall for Democrats continues to be Mark Begich in Alaska and Mark Pryor in Arkansas, who is holding steady. It’s really early, and a landscape will substantially reason for many of a summer. But don’t design it to sojourn that way. Most people don’t start profitable courtesy until after Labor Day. So watch for some turmoil in mid-to-late September. As a reminder, Republicans need to net 6 seats to win a Senate majority. And, as always, we bottom a research on conversations with campaigns and committees, open and private polling, and voter and state trends. These are not dictated to be projections, though a demeanour during where things mount right now.

  1. South Dakota (Open-Democratic controlled): Republican former Gov. Mike Rounds looks to be in good figure opposite Democrat Rick Weiland, even with former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler using as an independent. (Previous rank: 1)

  2. West Virginia (Open-D): Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant faces an ascending stand opposite GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in a state where President Obama is deeply unpopular. (Previous: 2)

  3. Montana (Walsh-D): Republican Rep. Steve Daines continues to reason an advantage over Democratic Sen. John Walsh, both in terms of cash-on-hand and in a polls. Democrats contend they have seen some tightening here in new weeks, though acknowledge Walsh still has belligerent to make up. (Previous: 3)

  4. Louisiana (Landrieu-D): The large doubt here is possibly Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu can win a competition undisguised on Election Day by holding some-more than 50 percent of a vote. There are 3 Republicans on a ballot, creation it formidable for GOP frontrunner Bill Cassidy to transparent that threshold. The contingency still demeanour good for this competition to conduct to a Dec runoff (aka “Louisiana Limbo”) that could potentially confirm control of a Senate. (Previous: 4)

  5. North Carolina (Hagan-D): The toss-up competition between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican state House orator Thom Tillis in this presidential bridgehead state might be a closest thing we have to a domestic weathervane this November. After being bombarded with millions of dollars in conflict ads from Americans for Prosperity, Hagan is starting to see some outward assistance flow in from inhabitant women’s groups such as EMILY’s List and Planned Parenthood. Tillis also has had to take time divided from a debate route to understanding with a warlike legislative session that began in May. (Previous: 5)

  6. Kentucky (McConnell-R): Republicans trust conservatives will come home and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will find a approach to lift out a win in Nov — notwithstanding many open and private polls display a competition to be a passed heat. As is a box with a other red states on this list, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes contingency overcome a president’s low capitulation ratings in a state — an bid not helped by a administration’s new proclamation of new regulations to cut CO pollution from energy plants in this coal-friendly state. (Previous: 6)

  7. Arkansas (Pryor-D): Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor still looks like he’s holding his possess notwithstanding early on being called a cycle’s “most exposed incumbent.” Ironically, Pryor has done GOP Rep. Tom Cotton’s voting record a centerpiece of his campaign, aggressive his competition for ancillary a renovate of Medicare and Social Security and hostile a Farm Bill. Cotton has had his hurdles as a candidate, though stays a pivotal partisan and will advantage from copiousness of outward spending on his behalf. At a moment, both sides see their claimant with a slight advantage. (Previous: 7)

  8. Georgia (Open-R): Things are during a delay in a Peach State for a few some-more weeks, as Republicans wait a outcome of a Jul 22 runoff between GOP Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General/Reebok arch executive David Perdue. The polls uncover Kington with a lead, an outcome Democrats contend would concede them to run opposite House Republicans. But Republicans will take possibly over regressive firebrands Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, who mislaid in a primary. Democrat Michelle Nunn has benefited from a drawn-out GOP primary process, though design a polls to change once she has an competition and a attacks start in full force. (Previous: 8)

  9. Colorado (Udall-D) and Iowa (Open-D): Both of these states went for President Obama twice, though they are looking like tough turf for Democrats this fall. In Colorado, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is operative tough to conclude GOP Rep. Cory Gardner as extreme, generally on amicable issues such as termination rights and “personhood.” Gardner has looked to reframe his positions, writing an op-ed in a Denver Post advocating that women should be means to squeeze birth control though a prescription. Republicans also got some assistance with former Rep. Tom Tancredo losing a GOP gubernatorial primary, avoiding a awaiting of carrying his past argumentative statements redirected during Gardner. In a Hawkeye State, meanwhile, Republican Joni Ernst has combined regressive support and started to collect adult a fundraising pace, while Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley’s early debate has been characterized by missteps. She saw a strike after a primary, though Braley binds a four-point lead in a new Quinnipiac University poll. (Previous: 10 / Not ranked)

  10. Alaska (Begich-D): The fact of a matter is that it Sen. Mark Begich is in improved figure than any of a other Democrats on a list. Yes, he represents a state that Mitt Romney won by 14 points in 2012, though a geographic subdivision of a state from a reduce 48 might work in his favor. He can drive transparent of a lot of a inhabitant domestic noise. Democrats contend Begich has usually gotten stronger as a debate has advanced, and Republicans acknowledge he is using a intelligent race. On a GOP side, former state healthy resources commissioner Dan Sullivan looks to be a favorite, though he contingency understanding with a primary competition that won’t be resolved until Aug 19. The doubt is: Does this competition start to tighten in a fall, given a regressive bent? (Previous: 9)

Honorable mentions: Michigan was tied for 10th final month, though it comes off a list for now, as Rep. Gary Peters appears to be in improved figure opposite Republican Terri Lynn Land. New Hampshire, Oregon and Virginia sojourn ascending climbs for Republicans.


  • President Obama warned in an ABC interview of Europeans sympathizing with ISIS who could poise a hazard to a United States with this: “We have seen Europeans who are sensitive to their means roving into Syria and now might now transport into Iraq, removing battle-hardened. Then they come back. They’ve got European passports. They don’t need a visa to get into a United States.”

  • While Hillary Clinton’s book rollout resources gaffe might have resonated inside a Beltway, it’s not carrying many impact outward of it. By a 55 percent to 37 percent margin, an NBC/WSJ/Annenberg poll finds Americans trust she can relate.

  • Mr. Obama skeleton to ask Congress for some-more than $2 billion in puncture appropriations to respond to a arise in Central American migrants illegally channel a U.S. border. He’ll also find revised principle to concede a Department of Homeland Security to accelerate a screening and deportation of unparalleled minors not from Mexico.

  • The State Department halted their 2007 review of Blackwater’s operations in Iraq after a confidence contractor’s tip manager threatened “that he could kill” a arch investigator, James Risen reports in The New York Times.

  • The Wall Street Journal: “ISIS Declares New Islamist Caliphate.”

  • Democrats are building adult on-the-ground resources in farming areas of Alaska and Montana to justice a Native vote.

  • Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s preference to designate Brian Schatz to reinstate a late Sen. Daniel Inouye, except Inouye’s wish for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to fill his seat, is “setting off a recoil that threatens to disintegrate both Mr. Schatz and a governor,” reports a New York Times’ Adam Nagourney.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has lifted and distributed $2.3 million to 28 Democratic Senate nominees and is campaigning with exposed Dems in red states like Kentucky and West Virginia.

  • Warren, on her skeleton for 2016, to a Boston Globe this weekend: “I am not using for president. Do we wish to put an exclamation indicate during a finish of that?”

  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution breaks down where a state’s heading parliament possibilities have lifted money. Democrat Michelle Nunn has lifted $3 million from 49 states, while GOP Rep. Jack Kingston has lifted about a same volume — a many of any claimant — from Georgia.

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is in danger this fall, and he’s about to pointer into law a horde of new easier-to-vote supplies that will usually request to this fall’s elections — things like same-day voter registration, stretched early voting, even college students being means to change their central residences from their home states to their Illinois colleges on Election Day.

  • Renewed assault in Iraq is making it difficult for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to justice a GOP prolonged dominated by a pro-defense wing. Dick Cheney and daughter Liz are combining a new classification to support a clever inhabitant invulnerability in response to Paul, whom Liz calls “dangerous.”

  • “There are few signs,” The New York Times’ Manny Fernandez writes, that Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis “has entirely harnessed a power” of a grass-roots transformation sparked by her marathon filibuster final year “to remonstrate electorate that she can win in a state where Democrats have not won a governor’s competition given 1990 and have not won any statewide competition given 1994.”

  • House conservatives who corroborated Rep. Raul Labrador’s bid for Majority Leader have set their sights on rewriting House rules, including forcing leaders to concede a full 3 days between when a check is introduced and voted on.

  • The map of House races during play has shrunk, as Democrats and Republicans face comparatively fewer pick-up opportunities compared to new years, and consequently, flow even some-more income into fewer districts, as this map from National Journal demonstrates.

  • Florida’s Rep. Curt Clawson, who won a special choosing to reinstate Rep. Trey Radel, wants to offer as a new model for a tea celebration candidate.

  • New Jersey Democrats are bracing for a array of vetoes of taxation increases and grant payments from Gov. Chris Christie Monday — his final day to act on a $34.1 billion bill a Legislature sent him final week. The New York Times editorial house questions Christie’s ability to conduct a state’s income “in ways that advantages a public.”

  • The Georgetown neighbors of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen object to her confidence detail in their gated community, including a waiting of complicated trucks for any Yellen pick-up and a “doughnut bellies” of a blue-uniformed officers.

  • Forget it, a Kissing Congressman is not retiring after all. Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, a married regressive Republican, is announcing during a noon ET Monday press discussion that he’s recanting his Apr oath to retire after being held on fasten creation out with a staffer.

  • Keep an eye on the Rundown blog for violation news via a day, a home page for uncover segments, and follow @NewsHour for a latest.


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