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2:50 AM ET, July 1, 2013

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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 …
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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: Politico and CNN
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court rejects bid to halt same-sex marriages in California  —  The Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday.  —  Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers who challenged Proposition 8 …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Prop 8 attorney: 'We're not giving up on any state'
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: High court rejects petition to halt gay marriages in Calif.
Guardian:
New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies  —  Exclusive: Edward Snowden papers reveal 38 targets including EU, France and Italy  —  Berlin accuses Washington of cold war tactics  —  US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington …
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Schumer: Russia ‘should pay a price’ for harboring NSA leaker Snowden
Discussion: The Hinterland Gazette, Reuters and NPR
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Julian Assange Praises ‘Hero’ Snowden, Rebukes U.S. ‘Disgraceful’ Treatment On ABC This Week
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Assange: US decision to cancel Snowden's passport is a ‘disgrace’
Discussion: Politico and Connecting.the.Dots
Business Insider:   Russian Lawmaker: ‘Morally Impermissible’ To Hand Over Snowden
Reuters:
Millions flood Egypt's streets to demand Mursi quit  —  (Reuters) - Millions of Egyptians flooded into the streets on the first anniversary of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi's inauguration on Sunday to demand that he resign in the biggest challenge so far to rule by his Muslim Brotherhood.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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Power Line:
“WAKE UP, AMERICA!”  —  Massive protests and counter-protests are under way in Egypt.  It is hard to be optimistic about events in that part of the world, but who knows?  The course Egypt is on is unsustainable, as its economy is close to utter collapse.  I don't see how the current Muslim …
Discussion: Instapundit
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TheBlaze.com:
CATHOLIC PRIEST BEHEADED IN SYRIA BY AL-QAEDA-LINKED REBELS AS MEN AND CHILDREN TAKE PICTURES AND CHEER  —  Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad killed last weekend by jihadi fighters was beheaded, according to a report by Catholic Online which is linking to video purportedly showing the brutal murder.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Mandela and Obama  —  GATHERING valedictory material on Nelson Mandela as he faded in a Pretoria hospital the other day, I came across a little book called “Mandela's Way.”  In this 2010 volume, Rick Stengel, the ghostwriter of Mandela's autobiography, set out to extract “lessons on life …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
War On the Unemployed  —  Is life too easy for the unemployed?  You may not think so, and I certainly don't think so.  But that, remarkably, is what many and perhaps most Republicans believe.  And they're acting on that belief: there's a nationwide movement under way to punish the unemployed …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Paint Clinton as Old News for 2016 Presidential Election  —  WASHINGTON — Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, declared to an audience of reporters at a breakfast last month that electing Hillary Rodham Clinton would be like going back in time.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
An Unstoppable Climb in C.E.O. Pay  —  WHEN we made our annual foray into the executive pay gold mine in April, chief executives' earnings for 2012 showed what appeared to be muted growth on the year.  The $14 million in median overall compensation received by the top 100 C.E.O.'s …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Gutierrez: Boehner's majority plan could doom immigration reform  —  A House Democrat seeking to forge an immigration deal warned Sunday that Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) pledge to only move a bill that a majority of his conference supports could create a “stalemate.”
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Claims Immigration Bill Will ‘Force’ Immigrants To Become Citizens
 
 
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Felix Marquardt / New York Times:
The Best Hope for France's Young? Get Out
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Mark Murray / First Read:
Unproductive Congress: How stalemates became the norm in Washington DC
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Pelosi: Snowden no hero
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Democrats Get a Gift From the Roberts Court
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of ‘collaboration’ with government
Discussion: Althouse and Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
Atheists unveil Fla monument near Ten Commandments
Gil Hamer / TheTower.org:
The Gezi Diaries: Can We Still Call Turkey Civilized?