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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.
-- The bodies of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped in the West Bank three weeks ago were found Monday just north of Halhul, near Hebron. Israel launched air strikes against 34 targets in the Gaza Strip it said were terror-related, while security forces clashed with Palestinian protestors in Jenin. (Haaretz) Israeli military sources believe the teenagers were killed by two Hamas members soon after they were kidnapped on June 12. (Times of Israel)
-- Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has ended a ceasefire and ordered new military efforts to crush pro-Russian separatists in the east. Poroshenko said in a televised statement that rebels had not laid down their weapons during the 10-day ceasefire. (New York Times)
-- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled family-owned businesses do not have to offer employees contraceptive coverage if doing so conflicts with the owners' religious beliefs, a blow to the Affordable Care Act. Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the 5-4 majority, said his opinion applied only to "closely held" companies like those which brought the suit. (Washington Post, New York Times)
-- The Court also ruled Monday that home health-care workers cannot be forced to pay union fees if they aren't members of a union. The 5-4 ruling, a defeat for organized labor, classified the health care workers as quasi-public employees. The ruling also foreshadows what could be a bigger loss for organized labor in the future: Alito criticized a 1977 decision giving states the power to require public employees to pay union dues. (Washington Post)
-- WaPo's Robert Barnes offers his take on the 2013-2014 term: It was a good year for religion, a bad year for campaign finance regulation -- they all are -- plus a loss for Obamacare and a win for the EPA. The court’s decision about cellphone searches -- privacy in the digital age -- may be its most lasting. There was a record high for unanimous decisions and dearth of 5 to 4s, but when the court split ideologically, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was still the decider.
-- President Obama said Monday he will redirect immigration enforcement efforts to the border after acknowledging Congress will not act on reform by year's end. The White House plans to take executive actions, such as expanding on a 2012 decision to defer deportations of young immigrants, while seeking statutory authority from Congress to more quickly deport the thousands of children who have streamed over the border in recent months. (Washington Post)
-- Graph of the Day: On July 1, 2013, there were 1,972,363 non-Hispanic white children younger than 1 year old, and 1,969,420 minority children, according to new Census Bureau figures. A sharp decline in birth rates, especially among Hispanics, has slowed the nation's evolution to a majority-minority youth population, though whites and non-whites make up almost the same percentage of younger Americans. Click on the link for an incredible chart showing white and non-white shares of the population by age. (Pew Research Center)
-- Front Pages: Most papers led with the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decisions, including WaPo, the Indianapolis Star, the Des Moines Register, NYT, WSJ, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the L.A. Times and the Denver Post. USA Today leads with GM recalls.
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- New Mexico: Attorney General Gary King (D) has hired Keith Breitbach to manage his gubernatorial campaign. Breitbach just helped Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) make it through a tough primary. (Albuquerque Journal) But they've got a long way to go: Gov. Susana Martinez (R) leads King by a 54 percent to 38 percent margin, according to a poll Martinez's campaign will put out today. The Public Opinion Strategies poll shows Martinez's favorable rating stands at 62 percent, compared with just 33 percent for King.
-- Louisiana: As promised, Rep. Vance McAllister (R) said Monday he will run for re-election, reversing himself just three months after video emerged showing the freshman smooching a staffer. McAllister said he won't talk about the scandal during his campaign. (Monroe News-Star) McAllister's campaign is $207,000 in debt to various consultants, and it owes the candidate himself $395,000. (Politico) Yeah, McAllister won't talk about it, but we're guessing everyone else will.
-- New Jersey: Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday vetoed a three-year tax increase on incomes over $1 million and a one-year corporate business tax surcharge, both parts of a $34.1 billion budget passed by Democratic lawmakers last week. Christie also nixed a $2.25 billion pension payment, which he said the state couldn't afford. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Christie is prepping for his first trip to Iowa in two years; he'll headline a fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on July 17. (Des Moines Register)
-- California: The Supreme Court on Monday said it would not hear a challenge to a state law banning conversion therapy, aimed at turning gay minors straight. The Court let stand a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that found the state had demonstrated that conversion therapy doesn't have scientific merit, and that the law doesn't violate First Amendment rights. (Los Angeles Times)
-- More California: State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee (D) has edged former Assembly Speaker John Perez (D) by just 500 votes for second place in the race for state Controller. With the last county reporting results on Monday, Yee led 878,191 to 877,707 in one of the closest statewide elections in U.S. history. Perez could seek a recount; the winner will be the favorite to beat Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin (R), who finished first in last month's all-party primary, in November. (Sacramento Bee) This is a big-time upset of Perez, once one of the most powerful Democrats in California.
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama meets with the Cabinet this morning before bolting out of the White House bubble again. He'll deliver remarks this afternoon on the economy at Georgetown Waterfront Park.
-- Everyone have a nice commute yesterday? Thank recess.
-- Congress has quietly ended a requirement that privately sponsored travel be reported on lawmakers' annual financial disclosure forms. The trips must still be reported to the Clerk of the House, but the House ethics committee deleted the provision requiring lawmakers to report travel themselves. (National Journal)
-- Early look at 4th of July fireworks weather: Lower to mid-80s during the day, cooler at night, just a few clouds and falling temperatures. Storms will make Thursday a bit dodgy, but they should clear out by Friday. (Capital Weather Gang)
TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.
-- A special edition of TV Time Out today: The top media markets for political ad spending, year to date (Note: These include future buys too, meaning not all of these ads have run):
-- Denver, Colo.: $26.8 million. Top spenders: Senate Majority PAC ($4.3 million). DSCC ($3.7 million). NRSC ($2.1 million). Crossroads GPS ($1.6 million). DCCC (for the House race in CO 06, $1.4 million).
-- Tampa, Fla.: $22.8 million. Top spenders: DCCC (For the FL 13 special election, $4.3 million). Let's Get To Work (Gov. Rick Scott's super PAC, $4.2 million). NRCC (FL 13 special, $3.9 million). Chamber of Commerce (FL 13 special, $2.1 million). Alex Sink's campaign (FL 13 special, $1.8 million).
-- Detroit, Mich.: $15.5 million. Top spenders: DSCC ($4.6 million). Americans for Prosperity ($2.2 million). Senate Majority PAC ($1.3 million). DGA ($1 million). DCCC (For House races in MI 07, MI 08 and MI 11, $990,000).
-- Anchorage, Alaska: $14.8 million. Top spenders: American Crossroads plus Crossroads GPS ($3.9 million). Put Alaska First (Super PAC backing Sen. Mark Begich, $3 million). NRSC ($2.6 million). DSCC ($2.1 million). Ex-Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) ($846,000).
-- Little Rock, Ark.: $13 million. Top spenders: DSCC ($2.4 million). Senate Majority PAC ($1.9 million). NRSC ($1.7 million). Patriot Majority (Democratic outside group, $992,000). Americans for Prosperity: $862,000.
-- Other top spending markets: Charlotte, N.C. ($11.6 million). Raleigh-Durham, N.C. ($9.9 million). Atlanta, Ga. ($8.2 million). Phoenix, Ariz. ($6.8 million). Des Moines, Iowa ($6.7 million).
The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.
-- Harlem produced New York's first black Congressman, Adam Clayton Powell; the city's first black mayor, David Dinkins; and the state's first black governor, David Paterson. But the iconic neighborhood is losing power: "Harlem voters make up less than half of the congressional district [currently represented by Rep. Charlie Rangel], which includes a swath of the Bronx; more than half the district's voting-eligible residents are Hispanics." (New York Times)
-- African Americans make up just 61 percent of central Harlem, and 38 percent of greater Harlem, which includes East Harlem and Hamilton Heights. In central Harlem, whites make up 11 percent, while about one in five residents are Hispanic.
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- Beginning today, every broadcast TV station in the country must post information about political advertisements they air on their websites. The FCC initially required the top networks in the 50 largest markets to begin reporting ad buys two years ago; now, as many as 2,000 stations will have to begin reporting. (Sunlight Foundation)
-- General Motors has added 8.4 million vehicles to the list of recalls, mostly to deal with ignition defects linked to inadvertent key rotation. The automaker has recalled more than 28 million cars in North America alone this year. (Washington Post)
-- Markets are trading higher before the bell this morning after a mixed day yesterday. Most international markets are trading higher today; the Nikkei gained more than 1 percent. (CNN)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- Ahmad Chalabi, the one-time darling of the Bush administration's plans for a post-war Iraq, is back in the conversation: He's one of two candidates being seriously discussed as the next prime minister, if Nuri al-Maliki is replaced. Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress has just one seat in Parliament, but he's under consideration from an important bloc of Shiite members. (New York Times) Fun read: This 2006 Dexter Filkins look at Chalabi's fall from favor.
-- Choose Your Own Adventure: Analysis of the Hobby Lobby decision from both sides: Daily Beast and Think Progress on the left, The Federalist and Powerline on the right. And SCOTUSblog right down the middle. Bonus points to SCOTUSblog for being good-humored about all the dopes who mistook them for the actual Supreme Court on Twitter.
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- Students of political advertising history will recall one of Mitch McConnell's first ads, this 1984 spot in which a pack of bloodhounds goes searching for Sen. Dee Huddleston (D). Roger Ailes made the ad, in which another McConnell admaker appears: That's Larry McCarthy in the Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses. (Lexington Herald-Leader) Nice '80s hair, Larry.
-- World Cup: U.S. vs. Belgium today at 4 p.m. Waffle House is boycotting Belgium waffles.
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- In 2008, the Billings Gazette endorsed President Obama. Last week, they decided they'd been wrong. "Obama's administration has us yearning for the good ol' days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq," the paper's editorial board wrote. (Townhall)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- Well, not outrages, but you get the idea: Evan Alvarez, chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans, has quit his post and says he will register as a Democrat. Alvarez says tea party activists have come to dominate the GOP. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)