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Did Josh Earnest just signal that Barack Obama is about to make the biggest mistake of his presidency?

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest may have given a preview of what could become the worst mistake of President Obama's tenure in the Oval Office.

The Washington Examiner's Ashe Schow points to this exchange Monday regarding the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.

It followed Earnest vowing that Obama “will work with Congress to make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage of vital health services as everyone else.”

Or maybe not

"Fact check: Mostly false. Shortly after Earnest’s prepared statement, he was asked whether Obama would take executive actions over the decision.

"Earnest replied: 'We'll consider whether or not there's some opportunity for the president to take some sort of action that would mitigate this decision.'

"This wouldn’t be the first time the Obama administration sought to mitigate a Supreme Court decision it disagreed with.

"The first bill Obama signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, was in response to Ledbetter losing her Supreme Court case against her former employer."

Obama versus everybody else

Earnest may simply have misunderstood or overstated how far Obama is willing to go to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision. And Ledbetter was, after all, a duly passed congressional measure, so there was no risk in it for Obama.

But what if -- perhaps to keep the Left's activist-base troops agitated and campaigning through November -- Obama issues an executive order explicitly touted as an effort to negate Hobby Lobby?

That would transform the familiar Obama versus "do-nothing Congress" scenario into Obama versus Congress and the Supreme Court.

And Chief Justice John Roberts would then have reason enough to grant standing to House Speaker John Boehner's suit against Obama. Don't bet that the ensuing decision wouldn't be a catastrophe for the president.

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

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Watchdog/Richard Pollock: Fleet owners are behind protests against Uber, other digital ride-sharing services.

EXography/David Freddoso: North Dakota, Texas top states in economic growth since Great Recession of 2008.

Columnists/Cal Thomas: Our arrogant president.

Columnists/Gene Healy: First Gulf War in 1991 was America's opening Iraq mistake.

Columnists/Byron York: Obama has the wrong prescription for the border crisis.

Columnists/Sean Higgins: High Court favors caregivers in Harris v. Quinn but declines to ban union-only contracts.

Beltway Confidential/Blake Seitz: Surprise! Liberals find Koch Brothers angle in Hobby Lobby decision.

Beltway Confidential/Philip Klein: House GOP should pass bill allowing over-the-counter birth control pill sales.

PennAve/David M. Drucker: How GOP will use better data to turn out voters.

PennAve/Brian Hughes: Obama asks former soap salesman to clean house at Veterans Affairs.

PennAve/Susan Ferrechio: Five things Obama could do on immigration crisis while ignoring Congress.

Legal Newsline/Kyla Asbury: JCrew settles zip code class-action lawsuit, provides vouchers.

In other news

USA Today: Hong Kong holds massive march for democracy.

CNN: Israel strikes back at Hamas after murdered teens' bodies found.

Time Magazine: Former French President Sarkozy held for questioning in corruption probe.

Righty Playbook

The American Spectator: Supreme Court gets it mostly right.

Washington Free Beacon: Newspaper apologizes for 2008 Obama endorsement, says it misses W.

The Daily Caller: Megyn Kelly takes on Sandy Fluke.

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: How to talk to liberal friends and family members about Hobby Lobby and religious freedom.

Lefty Playbook

The New Republic: How to close the widening racial wealth gap in America.

The American Prospect: The fight over executive authority will define the rest of Obama's tenure.

Salon: How John Roberts' Supreme Court was disgraced by corporations and theocrats.

Bonus must-read

Mother Jones: Why the Hobby Lobby decision is the new Bush v. Gore.

Blog Right

Powerline: Hobby Lobby and the shape of things to come.

Jammie Wearing Fools: Pelosi calls Obama's border insanity "an opportunity."

Legal Insurrection: "Rape culture" theory ensnares innocent men on campus.

Blog Left

Talking Points Memo: Supreme Court's birth control decision may affect millions of Americans.

The Raw Story: Justice Ginsberg's blistering dissent in Hobby Lobby decision trolls Scalia.

Slate: For a "hands-off" court, this one sure is hands-on.

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