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2:35 PM ET, June 30, 2013

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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Julian Assange Praises ‘Hero’ Snowden, Rebukes U.S. ‘Disgraceful’ Treatment On ABC This Week  —  Appearing exclusively on ABC's This Week on Sunday morning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discussed his and NSA leaker Edward Snowden's respective asylum situations, as well as the United States' …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Schumer: Russia ‘should pay a price’ for harboring NSA leaker Snowden  —  Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) both urged a strong response to Russia's refusal to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.  —  “They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did.
Discussion: Reuters
Business Insider:
Russian Lawmaker: ‘Morally Impermissible’ To Hand Over Snowden
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Assange: US decision to cancel Snowden's passport is a ‘disgrace’
Discussion: Politico
Ginger Gibson / Politico:   Pelosi: Snowden no hero
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Real John Roberts Emerges  —  This time a year ago, the conservative chief justice whose vote saved President Obama's health care law was a figure of mystery.  In fact, “The Mystery of John Roberts” was the title I gave to one of my Opinionator columns for The New York Times last summer.
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Democrats Get a Gift From the Roberts Court  —  BACK in the days when Republicans were reading polls through rose-colored glasses and imagining a Mitt Romney landslide, one of their most plausible arguments was that many pollsters were simply misreading the likely composition of the electorate.
Spiegel Online:
NSA Spied on European Union Offices  —  America's NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities.  According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed bugs in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated its computer network.
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European Parliament President Martin Schulz - all:
Schulz on alleged bugging of EU office by the US authorities  —  Brussels -  —  Foreign Affairs - Internal Policies and EU Institutions  —  The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz made the following statement on reports that EU offices have allegedly been bugged by the US authorities:
Discussion: BBC, The Verge and NPR
Reuters:   U.S. bugged EU offices, computer networks: German magazine
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Ted Olson: GOP moving toward backing same-sex marriage  —  The attorney and former George W. Bush administration official who helped defeat California's ban on gay marriage said the Republican Party is moving toward embracing the right of same-sex couples to wed.  —  “Republicans are changing.
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
New same-sex marriage challenge fails  —  Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy turned down at midday Sunday a request to stop same-sex marriages from occurring in California.  Without comment, and without seeking views from the other side, Kennedy rejected a challenge to action …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Sponsors of Prop. 8 file petition to stop same-sex marriages
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Claims Immigration Bill Will ‘Force’ Immigrants To Become Citizens  —  A Republican Congressman argued that the immigration measures making their way through the House of Representatives won't include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants because many don't want to achieve legal status.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Gutierrez: Boehner's majority plan could doom immigration reform
Discussion: CNN
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Sens. Schumer, McCain optimistic House will pass immigration bill
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Obama unveils $7 billion power initiative for Africa  —  (CNN) — U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa.  —  Funds from the initiative, dubbed Power Africa, will be distributed over the next five years.
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Gil Hamer / TheTower.org:
The Gezi Diaries: Can We Still Call Turkey Civilized?  —  Some see it as a modern democracy with an Islamic tint, an improving, reforming country.  But if you were in Istanbul during the last month and a half, you'd have seen something completely different: a violent, authoritarian, increasingly suppressive and brutal regime.
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Claire Berlinski / Globe and Mail:   Tear gas is a symptom of Turkey's weak democracy
Claire Berlinski / City Journal:
Notes on the Turkish Troubles
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of ‘collaboration’ with government  —  Recent leaks of classified documents have pointed to the role of a special court in enabling the government's secret surveillance programs, but members of the court are chafing at the suggestion that they were collaborating with the executive branch.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Associated Press:
Atheists unveil Fla monument near Ten Commandments  —  STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A group of atheists unveiled a monument to their nonbelief in God on Saturday to sit alongside a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments in front of the Bradford County courthouse.
 
 
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Egypt Morsi: Mass political protests grip cities
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