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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

First Drip (7/1/14): Hurricane expected to hit N.C. coast, more

A tropical depression off Florida's coast could intensify by the weekend, turning into a hurricane - though not a super strong one - projected to hit Wilmington directly. The rest of the Carolina coast could see heavy rain and high surf. Over half a million people are expected to visit the coast for the holiday weekend, and a Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce representative said he isn't hearing of many cancelled plans.

The Atlantic has an interesting take on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case: No one gets to be right. And why are analysts separating religious freedoms from women's rights? "Hobby Lobby is a balancing act, not a bludgeon - and certainly not an attack on women's rights."

Frustrated by Congress' lack of action on the matter, President Obama is tackling immigration reform by himself. He's asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to recommend moves he can make "to address some of the aims of a comprehensive bipartisan bill that passed the Senate last year. Among the steps he could consider would be to focus deportations on people with serious criminal records, something the administration has already tried to do, with mixed results."

Scientists have discovered that every ocean in the world features floating plastic debris, or what they call "microplastic," pollution that can last for hundreds of years.

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