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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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An internal feud between Senate Democrats spilled back into public last week, with Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) berating Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) because the latter "refuses to try and understand the history and culture of a great state like Alaska."

The clash cropped up as McCaskill sought answers from the Obama administration about federal contracting perks for Alaska Native Corporations.

It's unusual for Senate Democrats to attack each other so publicly, and Begich pulled no punches in his Wednesday statement. He ripped McCaskill's efforts to scrutinize the contracting benefits for the native corporations as "misguided" on the same day that McCaskill sent a letter requesting information from the Small Business Administration.

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House lawyers filed a brief Friday rebuffing the Securities and Exchange Commission's subpoenas for a GOP staffer and a congressional committee in its investigation into the leak of market-moving information to Wall Street.

And in it, after SEC lawyers had alleged the House aide "may have been" the source of the leaks, congressional counsel pointed the finger back at the Obama administration.

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Stopping members of Congress from receiving their government employer contribution when they purchase health coverage on an Obamacare exchange was a hot topic last fall during the government shutdown. It was one of the many mechanisms that the GOP tried to use to extract a concession from Democrats on the law.

Though that ploy failed, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) didn't give up. He filed a lawsuit in federal court in January, attempting to undo the administrative rule allowing members and their office staff to keep their employer subsidy. The government's lawyers retorted that Johnson had no standing to challenge, and part of their argument was that this is a benefit for Johnson. What harm could he claim?

A federal judge will hear oral arguments Monday on the standing question, according to USA Today, and he'll consider a rebuttal from Johnson. Part of that rebuttal: Receiving this benefit under Obamacare could hurt Johnson when he runs for re-election in 2016.

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Roy Nicholson, the former founding chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, is one of the supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) who says Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and his allies stole the runoff election for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

"To my mind they are, again, actively engaged in a conspiracy to distort the election results in favor of Thad Cochran. So that's my reasons for offering to be involved in a plaintiff," Nicholson said in an interview with TPM.

He's putting his money where his mouth his. Nicholson joined voter-fraud-myth-pushing group True The Vote as one of the plaintiffs in its lawsuit to get Mississippi to open the poll books that granted Cochran his win in the runoff (its an argument that some experts met with skepticism).

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According to its own ticker, DraftMitt.org has gathered more than 28,000 names of people who want Mitt Romney to run for president in 2016. That isn't anywhere near the 2 million-plus claimed by Ready for Hillary. It's only about a quarter of the interest needed to earn an official response from the White House (if it were on the We The People website, which requires 100,000 signatures.)

But it's not nothing.

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Senate Democrats are crafting legislation, which could be unveiled as early as next week, to counteract the Supreme Court's decision against the Obamacare contraception mandate, according to well-placed sources familiar with the effort.

The effort is being led by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, No. 4 in Democratic leadership and Budget Committee chair. Democrats are debating whether the legislation should be narrow and confined to the specifics of the ruling, or whether it should be broad and aim to prevent additional consequences.

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