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Senior Republican senators are throwing their support behind House Speaker John Boehner's decision to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly failing to faithfully execute the law.

TPM put the question to numerous senators in the Capitol on Tuesday, and several of them suggested the House sue over the president's unilateral changes to Obamacare deadlines before and after the law's botched rollout.

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Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), one of the more vulnerable Democrats in this fall's midterm elections, was unusually harsh last week when he criticized his fellow Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), for scrutinizing the federal contracts of Alaska Native Corporations despite his "repeated attempts to reason with her."

It was an uncharacteristically abrasive tone for Begich to strike with another Democrat. But in the context of his re-election race, it makes more sense. His campaign's message has focused on Alaskan issues -- like energy and fishing policy -- and battling another Democrat is never a bad look for a Democrat in a otherwise red state.

Now a follow-up letter sent by Begich on Tuesday and the accompanying statement from McCaskill suggests that McCaskill, while legitimately pursuing an issue that she's studied for six years, is also content to let Begich score a few political points at home.

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Updated: July 8, 2014, 3:00 PM

Tea Party groups who seemed to grudgingly concede State Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) loss in a a close runoff election to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate are now sending out fundraising emails to rally their members to contribute to McDaniel's legal challenge to the results.

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Religious leaders in Kansas view the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision last week as an opportunity to revive legislation that would protect their "religious freedom" -- measures that gay rights advocates warn would legitimize discrimination against LGBT people.

The Associated Press reported this weekend that social conservatives believe they have an opening to bring the state's religious freedom bill back in 2015. The legislation failed this spring; it passed the House, but stalled in the Senate after significant backlash from business groups. It would have prevented businesses from being sued if they refused to serve LGBT people for religious reasons.

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Ed Klein is back. The long-time journalistic nemesis of the Clintons has a new book, detailing the alleged and titular "Blood Feud" between Hillary and Bill and the Obamas, and a theoretically blockbuster report on Sunday in the New York Post that the 44th President would prefer Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- not Hillary -- be the 45th.

A grain of salt might be warranted. BuzzFeed has published a handy list of the more implausible moments in Klein's book -- which at least one TPM reporter has admittedly not yet read. The Post report relied on the premise that the top advisers from Obama's 2012 campaign are lining up for a Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, while their former boss is making moves for another candidate.

But set all that aside. Klein's old reporting on the Clintons might provide the astute reader with enough perspective to evaluate the new ones. Here is TPM's refresher on the man who seems hellbent (again) on stopping Hillary.

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The Supreme Court may have signaled a broadening of its Hobby Lobby ruling on Thursday afternoon while Americans were leaving work for the July 4 holiday weekend, legal experts say.

The justices granted an emergency injunction saying Wheaton College, an evangelical institution, need not fill out the government Form 700 to opt out of the contraceptive coverage requirement and can simply inform the Obama administration of its intentions while its lawsuit is pending in the courts. Wheaton -- and 121 other religious nonprofits -- say the form violates their religious freedom because it makes them complicit in the sin of covering birth control.

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