July 1, 2015

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Why A New Supreme Court Case Is An Existential Threat To Unions

The Gist: SCOTUS will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members. Labor officials fear this could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

The Inside Story of Hobby Lobby's New Bible Museum on the National Mall

The Gist: Unsatisfied with their victory in Hobby Lobby vs. Burwell, the Christian company is building a massive Bible museum in the heart of Washington, DC.

O'Reilly Incensed By Rainbow White House Display After Gay Marriage Ruling

The Gist: The Fox host called the rainbow light display at the White House “an ‘in your face’ to traditional Americans.”

From The Reporter's Notebook
The Satanic Temple will no longer try to place its statue at the Oklahoma Capitol now that the state Supreme Court ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol grounds. But the Satanic Temple still plans on finding a home for its Baphomet statue. Lucien Greaves, the group’s spokesman, told TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal that the group will attempt to “counterbalance” any state that allows a Ten Commandments monument.

Agree or Disagree?
Ed Kilgore writes that privately, Republican politicians are delighted with last week’s SCOTUS decisions because they took the divisive issue of gay marriage off the table and “avoided a collision between conservative rhetoric and reality on health care.”

Say What?!

"I've been told many times, I have a face for radio and a face for animation."

- Buzzfeed Video published a video of Ted Cruz doing Simpsons impersonations.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "This decision and the fact that is arises because of an Arizona case is a picture of the real Arizona, where independence is more valued than Conservatism. In this case, like the medical marijuana law which many have been surprised about, Arizona is often more forward looking than the supposed liberal states in the northeast. We have the crazy idea that each person's vote should be equal in a democracy. Not all of us, but a majority of us. There are many places in Arizona far more progressive than NYC. New York City???? They can't make salsa nor, apparently, non gerrymandered districts!"

Related: The Supreme Court upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission.

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What We're Reading

The real story behind the Fort Dix Five terror plot. (The Intercept)

The Supreme Court says midazolam works fine for lethal injections. Experience says otherwise. (Mother Jones)

How trauma shapes the world we know. (NPR)