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6:45 PM ET, July 4, 2014


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Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Says She's Donated All University Speaking Fees  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at the University of Connecticut, April 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn.  —  Hillary Clinton continued to justify …
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Phoebe Greenwood / Guardian:
Edward Snowden should have right to legal defence in US, says Hillary Clinton  —  Former secretary of state tells Guardian that NSA whistleblower should return to US if he is serious in engaging in debate  —  Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden should be entitled to both a legal …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
What we've learned from Hillary Clinton's book tour  —  From endless coverage of “dead broke” to flagging sales of her new book, Hillary Clinton has had a rough couple of weeks.  —  But Clinton has nevertheless accomplished much of what she set out to do with the rollout of “Hard Choices,” her memoir of her time as secretary of state.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Callers Use C-SPAN Civil Rights Discussion To Complain About White Oppression (VIDEO)  —  When C-SPAN invited viewers on Thursday to offer their thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a handful of individuals used the opportunity to lament white oppression.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Different Kind of Patriotism  —  Today's Independence Day must-read is from political scientist Lynn Vavreck at The Upshot, about generational change in how Americans express affection for their country. … But when it comes to substance rather than symbols, the youngsters come across rather differently:
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
A Survey Says: Younger Americans Are Less Patriotic.  At Least, in Some Ways.  —  Younger Americans Are Less Patriotic.  At Least, in Some Ways.  —  Mario Tama/Getty Images  —  They are less devoted to symbols of the nation, like the flag.  But they are supportive of ideals like democracy and equality.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tribune-Review / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Richard Scaife, conservative champion, newsman & philanthropist, dies  —  Tribune-Review owner and philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife, whose vision and funding reinvigorated conservative politics in America, died Friday, July 4, in his home.  —  His death came just one day after his 82nd birthday.
Associated Press:
Conservative activist Richard Mellon Scaife dies at 82
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82
Discussion: NewsBusters
Rachel Zarrell / BuzzFeed:
“Opie And Anthony” Host Fired After Racist Twitter Rant Calling Black People “Animals”  —  “She's lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she'd be dead.”  UPDATE: SiriusXM told BuzzFeed Cumia has been fired.  (NSFW language.)  —  SiriusXM DJ Anthony Cumia, co-host of long-running radio program …
Bill Scher / The Week:
How Obama's immigration push could hand the House to Democrats  —  Even if Republicans seize the Senate  —  A return to this?  —  Everyone assumes that Republicans will easily hold the House in November.  The dominant storyline among the chattering classes centers instead on the possibility …
Jedediah Purdy / Politico:
Time Bomb  —  238 years after its first birthday, America is in deep denial.  —  Because American politics is both divided and ineffective, it's easy to assume that divisiveness is the problem, and being nicer and more cooperative would make government work again.
ASU professor encourages students to defy body hair norms  —  To shave or not to shave?  —  That's the question confronting students in classes taught by Breanne Fahs, associate professor of women and gender studies in ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Obama on Tim Howard: Defense job filled  —  President Barack Obama on Friday gave a shout-out to the Team USA World Cup soccer team in his weekly address.  —  “I want to begin today by saying a special word to the U.S. men's soccer team, who represented America so well the past few weeks,” Obama said.
Robert Redford / The Huffington Post:
Addressing Climate Change Should Inspire Patriotism, Not Gridlock  —  Heading into the July 4th celebration of America's independence got me thinking about when it comes to huge challenges we've faced as a nation, we have a rich and storied history of aspirational spirit and belief in what we, together, can accomplish.
Eric Bradner / Politico:
4th of July fireworks brought to you by China  —  On Independence Day, celebrations across the United States depend on China.  —  The sparklers, bottle rockets and Roman candles you'll be using this Fourth of July almost certainly came from there.  So did the professional-grade pyrotechnics that'll …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How to not die from fireworks, courtesy of the Clinton administration
Discussion: BOR, Daily Kos and Mediaite
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Brook Wilensky-Lanford / The New Republic:
The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding
Ryan Lovelace / National Review:
Have the Feds Dumped the Phrase ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’?
Discussion: Fox News
Kay Steiger / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Forces Still Control The Republican Agenda
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Chris Edelson / The Hill:
Boehner lawsuit likely to miss mark with focus on Obama's domestic actions
Nick Hopkins / BBC:
Syria conflict: UK planned to train and equip 100,000 rebels
Discussion: Guardian
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
The Price of Prevention: Vaccine Costs Are Soaring
Discussion: Jezebel
Reihan Salam / Slate:
Is America in danger of fracturing into two countries, one secular, one religious?