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3:10 PM ET, June 23, 2013


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WikiLeaks Statement On Edward Snowden's Exit From Hong Kong  —  Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence agencies, has left Hong Kong legally.  He is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route …
New York Times:
Snowden Said to Plan Asylum in ‘Democratic Country’  —  HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government announced Sunday afternoon that it had allowed the departure from its territory of Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has acknowledged disclosing classified documents …
James Pomfret / Reuters:
Hong Kong lets Snowden leave, with Cuba among possible destinations  —  (Reuters) - A former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, charged by the United States with espionage, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday, his final destination as yet unknown, because a U.S. request …
The Huffington Post:
David Gregory's Shocking Question To Glenn Greenwald  —  “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked columnist Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn't be charged with a crime for working with NSA leaker Edward Snowden.  —  Greenwald was on to discuss his source's Sunday morning flight from Hong Kong to Moscow.
WikiLeaks: Snowden arrives in Moscow  —  (CNN) — The global cat-and-mouse hunt for Edward Snowden took a dramatic turn Sunday when the man wanted on U.S. espionage charges fled Hong Kong and reportedly arrived in Russia.  —  WikiLeaks said in a Twitter post Sunday that Snowden had touched down in Moscow.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
You Don't Have To Like Edward Snowden  —  Reporters have always been comfortable ignoring their sources' motives.  Now everybody else needs to get used to that.  —  Via: @MiriamElder  —  One of the most difficult features of the new news environment is that everybody gets to see the utter mess …
Discussion: The Verge
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Schumer: Putin 'aiding and abetting Snowden's escape'  —  (CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is harming his county's relationship with the United States by allowing NSA leaker Edward Snowden to land in Moscow, Sen. Chuck Schumer charged on Sunday.  —  The New York Democrat …
Snowden has ticket to Cuba, may go to Venezuela: Russian reports  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is booked on a flight from Moscow to Cuba on Monday, Russian news agencies Interfax and Itar-Tass cited sources at Russian airline Aeroflot as saying on Sunday.
‘This Week’ Transcript: NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander
Edward Snowden arrives in Moscow
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Mediaite
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
NSA leaker Snowden lands in Moscow, seeks asylum in Ecuador
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
LGBT Military Group's Board Ousts Leader, Prompting Staff And Board Resignations  —  Allyson Robinson took over the helm of OutServe-SLDN last October, the first out transgender leader of a national LGBT rights organization whose primary focus is not solely transgender issues.
Bil Browning / The Bilerico Project:
OutServe/SLDN Exec Dir Fired; Senior Staff Resigns [Updated]  —  OutServe/SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson was fired after a board coup yesterday according to a leaked email sent to Bilerico Project.  Robinson was the only transgender leader of a major LGBT organization that is not specifically trans-related.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Joe. My. God.
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Morality study finds conservatives show a ‘general insensitivity to consequences’  —  When it comes to topics like abortion or assisted suicide, there seems to be no common ground between conservatives and liberals.  Why is there such a noticeable rift between the two political orientations?
Richard N. Haass / New York Times:
America Can Take a Breather.  And It Should.  —  THE United States is currently enjoying an unprecedented respite in the foreign policy arena — a temporary relief from the normal rigors of history that allows us to take stock at home and abroad.  —  It may seem outlandish to claim that we're …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama to take sweeping action on climate  —  President Obama will announce his intention to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, increase appliance efficiency standards and promote renewable energy development on public lands in a speech Tuesday outlining his plan to use executive powers to address climate change.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Weighs Cases Redefining Legal Equality  —  WASHINGTON — Within days, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a series of decisions that could transform three fundamental social institutions: marriage, education and voting.  —  The extraordinary run of blockbuster rulings due …
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The Great Disconnect  —  THIS January, as President Obama began …
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Paul opposes current immigration bill
Discussion: CNN
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Conservative donors eye independent groups with new skepticism
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Passing It to Find Out What's in It, Again
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