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12:55 PM ET, July 3, 2011


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Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
American Boots Hit the Ground in Somalia After Drone Attacks  —  Somalia is now the sixth country over which the United States is flying attack drones.  Last month, the same Special Operations Command unit currently operating in Yemen carried out an attack on two leaders of the Somali militant group al-Shabab in a June 23 mission.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Taking Lead, Iraqis Hope U.S. Special Operations Commandos Stay  —  BAGHDAD — In darkness and dressed in black, the American and Iraqi Special Operations commandos navigated the dense urban neighborhood here in the capital and approached a house they believed to be a hide-out for two brothers suspected …
New York Times:
U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia
Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
We Knew They Got Raises.  But This?  —  IT turns out that the good times are even better than we thought for American chief executives.  —  A preliminary examination of executive pay in 2010, based on data available as of April 1, found that the paychecks for top American executives were growing again …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic Online:
Clinton Calls on Obama Not to ‘Blink’ on Debt-Ceiling Deal  —  “I hope they will make a mini-deal,” the former president said when asked about Washington's budget negotiations at the Aspen Ideas Festival  —  Aspen, Colo.—Former President Bill Clinton Saturday night urged President Obama not to …
Discussion: The Hill and Connecting.the.Dots
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Rick Scott: You bet I want a second term  —  Imagine you're Gov. Rick Scott.  After spending $73 million of your own money to win office, you face protesters constantly, you have little privacy and you are America's most unpopular governor.  —  Maybe you'd think of calling it quits after one term?
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Big Banks Easing Terms on Loans Deemed as Risks  —  As millions of Americans struggle in foreclosure with little hope of relief, big banks are going to borrowers who are not even in default and cutting their debt or easing the mortgage terms, sometimes with no questions asked.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: Three things you can do for liberty  —  Though many call it the “Fourth Of July,” July 4 is properly known as Independence Day.  It celebrates the independence of the United States from Great Britain — or, more accurately, the declaration of that independence …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Bachmann: I'll help Obama find a job after I win  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is getting more creative, and apparently more aggressive, in her political attacks against President Barack Obama.  —  On Saturday, the Minnesota congresswoman took fresh jabs at the president.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Maria Golovnina / Reuters:
Gaddafi can stay in Libya if he quits: rebel chief  —  (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi is welcome to live out his retirement inside Libya as long as he gives up all power, Libya's rebel chief told Reuters on Sunday in the clearest concession the rebels have so far offered.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Prof. Chemerinsky says Justice Ginsburg “has in her power the ability to prevent a real shift in the balance of power on the court.”  —  “On the other hand, there's the personal.  How do you decide to leave the United States Supreme Court?”  —  Wow!  How much of this kind of moral pressure is being applied to the venerable Justice?
Associated Press:
Justice Ginsburg Not Leaving Court ‘Anytime Soon’
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate finishes 25-second session  —  The Senate completed a 25-second pro forma session just after 11 a.m. on Friday.  —  Most senators have left for the Independence Day recess but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ordered the unusual pro forma session in order to keep the clock running.
Associated Press:
Greece arrests Gaza-bound boat captain  —  Watch: Greek authorities arrest captain of Gaza-bound Audacity of Hope, to charge him with endangering lives of passengers.  Meanwhile officials cite unprecedented preparations for flotilla: Turkel would be proud  —  Latest Update:
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