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6:15 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.
New York Times:
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 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
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: Mediaite, TPMDC and The Powers That Be
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Hackers Break Into Fox News Account, Tweet Fake Obama Assassination News
Alyssa Newcomb / ABCNEWS:
New York Rider Dies Protesting Motorcycle Helmet Law  —  A New York man died Sunday while participating in a ride with 550 other motorcyclists to protest the state's mandatory helmet law.  —  Police said Philip A. Contos, 55, hit his brakes and his motorcycle fishtailed.
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Obama's Original Sin  —  The president's failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second.  —  After 9/11, Rudy Giuliani went on Saturday Night Live to give New Yorkers permission to laugh again.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Strauss-Kahn to Face New Sex Complaint in France  —  PARIS — Dominique Strauss-Kahn will face another complaint alleging attempted rape, this one in France, the lawyer for a French novelist announced Monday.  —  The novelist, Tristane Banon, 32, alleges that Mr. Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her in 2003 …
Discussion: Gothamist
New York Post:   Maid ‘laid’ low as DA paid for digs
Rich Calder / New York Post:
NYC rationing toilet paper at Coney Island  —  Hey buddy, can you spare a square?  —  The city is so hard up for cash that it's rationing toilet paper in women's public restrooms — to the point where bathroom attendants are doling out a few measly squares per patron — along the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.
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 …
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 …
Michael White / Guardian:
Ronald Reagan honoured with London statue  —  The private unveiling was a solemn occasion - yet it was Ronald Reagan's genius for affability that made him popular  —  The sun shone over Mayfair for Ronald Reagan today.  It usually did for America's 40th president, perhaps the most easygoing man ever to occupy the White House.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and First Draft
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,” …
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