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6:50 PM ET, July 1, 2013

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Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times:
Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says  —  Passengers sleep outside Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on June 29, 2013.  (Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA / June 29, 2013)  —  MOSCOW — Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor …
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New York Times:
Putin Says Snowden Must Stop Hurting U.S. to Stay in Russia  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin said on Monday that Edward J. Snowden, the former national security staffer accused of espionage, would not receive political asylum in Russia unless he stops publishing classified documents that hurt the interests of the United States.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Russia's Putin signs draconian anti-gay law banning speech, rainbows, holding hands
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Blade
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Snowden seeks asylum in Russia
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Peter King: ‘KGB thug’ Putin outsmarting Obama over Snowden
Discussion: Politico
BBC:
Snowden ‘seeks asylum in Russia’
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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New York Times:
Egyptian Protesters Storm Headquarters of Ruling Party
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Democrats land top recruit to challenge McConnell in Kentucky  —  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), giving Democrats their favored candidate and turning the race one of the 2014 cycle's marquee contests.
Discussion: Politico and E2-Wire
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Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Grimes will challenge McConnell for U.S. Senate seat in 2014
Sheldon Alberts / Ballot Box:
Lundergan Grimes to announce decision on Kentucky Senate race
Discussion: CNN
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Fast-Moving Blaze Kills 19 Firefighters in Central Arizona  —  CONGRESS, Ariz. — Nineteen firefighters were killed on Sunday battling a fast-moving wildfire menacing a small town in central Arizona.  —  The firefighters died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire near the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
President: ‘Painful’ wildfire deaths in Arizona raise ‘broader questions’
Discussion: The Hill
Philip Messing / New York Post:
JFK Airport security supervisor axed after accidentally sending XXX photo of his genitals in mass email blast  —  A JFK Airport security supervisor has been fired for mistakenly sending out a mass e-mail blast — of his genitals — to nearly two dozen shocked underlings, supervisors and Port Authority executives.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Support for gay marriage hits high after ruling  —  WASHINGTON — A record majority of Americans approve of same-sex marriage in the wake of two landmark Supreme Court decisions, a USA TODAY poll finds.  But the high court's rulings that struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act …
Brian Brown / NOM Blog:
Meet Kamala Harris (and the Future We Must Avoid)  —  Kamala Harris may not yet be a household name across the nation, but she's the uber-liberal state Attorney General of California.  She hails from San Francisco and she doesn't much care for people who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, as God created it.
Discussion: Good As You and American Power
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Tamara Audi / Wall Street Journal:   Worries Swirl Over California's Initiatives
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Surrounded By Men, Ohio Governor Signs Stringent Abortion Restrictions Into Law  —  Gov. John Kasich (R) signs the two-year budget bill on Sunday.  (Credit: Karen Kasler)  —  Flanked by a group of other male officials, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a contentious two-year budget bill into law on Sunday evening.
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Bryan Koenig / CNN:
A t-shirt for Texans  —  (CNN) - No movement is complete without memorabilia.
Discussion: Politico
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP could pay price for gerrymandering  —  No one disputes Republicans used the once-a-decade redistricting process to lock in their House majority — almost certainly through 2014 and possibly until the next round of line-drawing in 2020.  —  But the party could pay a steep price for that dominance.
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The Atlantic Online:
How North Carolina Became the Wisconsin of 2013  —  With a Republican takeover of state government and weekly protests in Raleigh, the Tar Heel State is the front line in America's partisan battle.  —  Nowhere is the battle between liberal and conservative visions of government fiercer than North Carolina.
Discussion: National Review
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Misinformation on classified NSA programs includes statements by senior U.S. officials  —  Amid the cascading disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs, the top lawyer in the U.S. intelligence community opened his remarks at a rare public appearance last week with a lament …
Spiegel Online:
How the NSA Targets Germany and Europe  —  Top secret documents detail the mass scope of efforts by the United States to spy on Germany and Europe.  Each month, the NSA monitors a half a billion communications and EU buildings are bugged.  The scandal poses a threat to trans-Atlantic relations.
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Malte Spitz / New York Times:   Germans Loved Obama. Now We Don't Trust Him.
Realwendydavis / The Real Wendy Davis:
Wendy Davis: Surgically Constructed “Human Barbie Doll”?  —  Most people — at least those without a plastic surgeon on retainer — do not become more good looking as they age from their late 20s to their early 50s.  Without extreme artificial intervention, even the luckiest among us …
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
CUNY is Paying David Petraeus $200,000 to Work Three Hours a Week  —  A first-time adjunct professor teaching a full course load at the City University of New York can expect to pull in around $25,000 per year.  If you recently resigned as C.I.A. director over a long-time affair with your biographer …
Vivian Norris / The Huffington Post:
Texas Women: Stop Having Sex With Men Who Vote Against Your Best Interests  —  “A sex strike, sometimes called a sex boycott, is a strike, a method of non-violent resistance in which one or multiple persons refrain from sex with their partner(s) to achieve certain goals.  It is a form of temporary sexual abstinence.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Guardian
Washington Post:
They said the sequester would be scary.  Mostly, they were wrong.  —  Before “sequestration” took effect, the Obama administration issued specific — and alarming — predictions about what it would bring.  There would be one-hour waits at airport security.  Four-hour waits at border crossings.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Rand Paul Takes On ‘Amnesty’ Opponents: ‘Do They Want Us To Put Illegals In Concentration Camps?’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) may have voted against the Senate's “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill last week, but he seemingly does not count himself among the conservative critics of the bill …
 
 
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