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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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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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House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is calling on President Barack Obama to deport more young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers.

Issa and 32 House Republican colleagues sent a letter to the president, dated July 2, urging him to reverse his 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to halt deportation of people who would be eligible for the stalled DREAM Act. They blamed Obama's "failed policies" for the recent influx of unaccompanied minors into the U.S., mostly from Central America.

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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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President Barack Obama appears to have options to act alone to fill the birth control coverage gap for thousands of women created by the Supreme Court's ruling against Obamacare's contraceptive mandate, legal experts say.

The Supreme Court said religious business owners like Hobby Lobby may opt out of providing cost-free insurance coverage for emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices (IUDs), which means their female employees would have no option other than to pay for birth control out-of-pocket.

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The Supreme Court said in a landmark ruling on Monday that "closely held" corporations with religious owners may opt out of Obamacare's birth control mandate, a definition that sounds narrow in scope but actually comprises a vast majority of American businesses.

The most immediate impact will be felt by the female employees of Hobby Lobby (which employs 13,000 people total) and Conestoga Wood (which employs 1,000 people), who will no longer have cost-free access to emergency contraceptives like the morning-after pill. Beyond that, health care experts and pro-choice advocates say it's close to impossible to know precisely how many women will be affected because it depends on which employers opt out.

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