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4:40 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 …
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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.
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
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:
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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
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.
Discussion: Liberaland, Mediaite and The Raw Story
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.
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Associated Press:
Conservative activist Richard Mellon Scaife dies at 82  —  PITTSBURGH — Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune and a newspaper publisher who funded libertarian and conservative causes and various projects to discredit President Bill Clinton, has died.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Roll Call, CNN and Eclectablog
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Birth Control Order Deepens Divide Among Justices  —  WASHINGTON — In a decision that drew an unusually fierce dissent from the three female justices, the Supreme Court sided Thursday with religiously affiliated nonprofit groups in a clash between religious freedom and women's rights.
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Eric Bradner / Politico:
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Ryan Lovelace / National Review:
Have the Feds Dumped the Phrase ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’?
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Obama on Tim Howard: Defense job filled
Kay Steiger / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Forces Still Control The Republican Agenda
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chris Edelson / The Hill:
Boehner lawsuit likely to miss mark with focus on Obama's domestic actions
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Reihan Salam / Slate:
Is America in danger of fracturing into two countries, one secular, one religious?
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How to not die from fireworks, courtesy of the Clinton administration
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