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2:50 PM ET, July 4, 2011


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Adam Peck / THiNK Magazine:
UPDATED: Think Talks with the Group That Hacked A Fox News Twitter Account  —  UPDATE: Perhaps deciding on a different strategy, The Script Kiddies have scrubbed all past mentions of their hack of the Fox News Politics Twitter account and replaced them with alarming and, most importantly, fake accounts of President Obama's death.
Fox News hacker tweets Obama dead  —  Hackers have taken over a Twitter account belonging to US broadcaster Fox News and declared President Obama dead.  —  The @foxnewspolitics feed stated: “BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much.”
Discussion: Politics
New York Times:
Apparently Hacked, a Fox News Twitter Account Sent Out Alarming Posts  —  A series of alarming Twitter posts about President Obama appeared on Fox News' Twitter account for political news early Monday morning, and the Web site for the cable television network said it was a victim of hacking.
Fox News:
Foxnewspolitics Twitter Feed Hacked  —'s Twitter feed for political news, FoxNewspolitics, was hacked early Monday morning.  —  Hackers sent out several malicious and false tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated.  Those reports are incorrect, of course …
Discussion: TPMDC, Mediaite and The Powers That Be
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Politics Twitter Account Hacked, Disturbing Tweets Appear … Fox News , Twitter , Fox News Twitter , Fox News Hacked , Fox News Politics , Fox News Politics Twitter , Fox News Politics Twitter Hacked , Fox News Twitter Hacked , Fox Twitter Hacked , Media News
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Hackers claim Fox News' Twitter account, report fake Obama shooting  —  Fox has found it has been made the target of a hacking campaign once again after attackers managed to compromise the Fox News Politics Twitter account and used it to spread misinformation that the president had been shot and killed.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Hackers Break Into Fox News Account, Tweet Fake Obama Assassination News
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Post:
That's the ticket!  —  A Prominent Republican is joining a prominent Democrat in predicting that Gov. Cuomo will become President Obama's running mate for vice president next year.  —  Former New York GOP boss William Powers, credited with playing a key role in electing Rudy Giuliani mayor …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What our Declaration really said  —  Our nation confronts a challenge this Fourth of July that we face but rarely: We are at odds over the meaning of our history and why, to quote our Declaration of Independence, “governments are instituted.”  —  Only divisions this deep can explain …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Philosophy, faith and the Fourth of July  —  THE DECLARATION of Independence announced to the world the birth of a new nation.  Every birth “excites our interest,’⠀™ President Calvin Coolidge said on the Declaration’s 150th anniversary …
New York Post:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn ‘refused to pay’ hooker maid for sex  —  She had dollar signs in her eyes.  —  Before she ever walked into Dominique Strauss-Kahn's dazzling suite at the Sofitel, his accuser was well aware of his VIP status — and planning to get her hands in his deep pockets, sources told The Post.
New York Post:   Maid ‘laid’ low as DA paid for digs
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Plans Senate Filibuster Over Debt Ceiling … WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning a Senate filibuster next week in an attempt to force debt ceiling negotiations into the open.  —  “We've had not one minute of debate about the debt ceiling in any committee,” …
Missing Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked by News of the World  —  • Deleted voicemails gave family false hope  —  • Hacking interfered with police hunt  —  • Family lawyer: actions ‘heinous and despicable’  —  The News of the World illegally targeted …
Discussion: Guy Fawkes' blog and Harry's Place
Aleister / American Glob:
Wisconsin Democrat Party Spokesman Calls For Violence Against Republicans, Used To Write For The Washington Post And The Onion  —  And now... a special message about the importance of civility in politics, brought to you by the same people who continually claim the Tea Party is a bunch of violent extremists.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The eternal meaning of Independence Day  —  On July 9, 1858, Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas gave a campaign speech to a raucous throng from the balcony of the Tremont Hotel in Chicago.  Abraham Lincoln was in the audience when Douglas prepared to speak.  Douglas invited Lincoln to come join him on the balcony to watch the speech.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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