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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.
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New York Times:
Hackers Commandeer a Fox News Twitter Account
BBC:
Fox News hacker tweets Obama dead
Discussion: Politics
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.
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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 …
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Gordon S. Wood / The New Republic:
How the Complete Meaning of July Fourth Is Slipping Away  —  At least one of the Founders thought that Independence Day would become important.  When the Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776, John Adams, who more than any other single Founder was responsible for that vote, was ecstatic.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The eternal meaning of Independence Day
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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 and The Huffington Post
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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich starting over, looks to Greg Ganske  —  Newt Gingrich has been trying to demonstrate an effort to rebuild his campaign, and one way was by getting his first finance co-chair in Iowa since the mass staff exodus of a few weeks ago.  —  Aides to Gingrich said he asked Greg Ganske …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:   Newt Gingrich bets on Alzheimer's, other niche issues as key to a 2012 comeback
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 …
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
William Wan / Washington Post:
Global race on to match U.S. drone capabilities  —  At the most recent Zhuhai Air Show, the premier event for China's aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled at the accompanying display of its purported martial prowess.
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
Discussion: theblogprof
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: ‘Out Of Control Spending’ Not Really Out Of Control At All  —  It's taken as an article of faith in Washington that government has gotten too big, spending is out of control, and government has to tighten its belt, just like everybody else.  Even President Obama takes this view.
TheDenverChannel.com:
Fort Carson Soldiers Targeted In Anti-Gay Attack  —  2 Gay Soldiers, Friends Allegely Beaten By Men Shouting Anti-Homosexual Slurs  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police are investigating a suspected hate crime after a group of men beat two gay Fort Carson soldiers and others while shouting anti-homosexual and racial slurs.
Senator Rand Paul / C-SPAN Recent Events:
WASHINGTON, DC  —  On Newsmakers, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said he will hold up the Senate's business next week to force a debate on the debt limit.  The Senate canceled its Fourth of July break to ensure discussions on raising the debt ceiling continues, but most of the discussions are happening behind the scenes.
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Ronald Reagan honoured with London statue
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Amy Dudley / White House.gov Blog:
Happy 4th from @VP
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