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8:45 AM ET, July 2, 2013

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Edward Joseph Snowden / WikiLeaks:
Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow  —  One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth.  My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will.
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Rory Carroll / Guardian:
Rafael Correa not considering Snowden asylum: helping him was a ‘mistake’  —  Ecuador's president reveals travel pass was granted ‘without authorisation’ and says whistleblower is now Russia's problem  —  Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden's asylum request and never intended to facilitate …
WikiLeaks:
Edward Snowden submits asylum applications  —  On 30th June 2013 WikiLeaks' legal advisor in the Edward Snowden matter, Sarah Harrison, submitted by hand a number of requests for asylum and asylum assistance on behalf of Edward J. Snowden, the NSA whistleblower.
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Edward Snowden breaks silence to threaten new U.S. disclosures  —  (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Snowden withdraws Russian asylum bid  —  National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday withdrew his request for asylum from Russia and petitioned 21 other countries to grant him refuge, according to reports.  —  A spokesman for the Russian government said that Snowden dropped …
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Venezuela Defends Snowden but Hedges on Offering Sanctuary
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Here Are The Countries Where Edward Snowden Has Requested Asylum
Discussion: RT
New York Times:
Putin Says Snowden Must Stop Hurting U.S. to Stay in Russia
Department of Homeland Security:
Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act  —  Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:  —  “After last week's decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Support for gay marriage hits high after ruling  —  WASHINGTON — A record majority of Americans approve of same-sex marriage in the wake of two landmark Supreme Court decisions, a USA TODAY poll finds.  But the high court's rulings that struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act …
Alicia Caldwell / Associated Press:
Feds to Process Same-Sex Immigration Benefits
Discussion: Politico, CNN and LGBTQ Nation
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama urges Morsi to be ‘responsive’ to protesters' demands  —  President Obama on Tuesday called Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, urging him to be “responsive” to anti-government protesters, amid growing political unrest and threats from Egypt's military to assume power.
Discussion: Politico
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama urges ‘restraint’ in Egypt
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Mark Udall brother missing after hike  —  Sen. Mark Udall's brother, James Udall, is missing after going on a solo hike in Wyoming, the senator's office confirmed to POLITICO.  —  The 61-year-old, who goes by Randy, was trekking in the Wind River Range and was supposed to come out of the mountains last Wednesday but never did.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Ryan Parker / Denver Post:
Brother of Sen. Mark Udall missing after solo hike in Wyoming
Discussion: msnbc.com, Gawker and The Hill
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Groups Offering Cover for Lawmakers on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — Fox News viewers in Florida will see a new commercial in the coming weeks urging them to call Senator Marco Rubio.  “Thank him for keeping his promise, and fighting to secure the border,” a narrator says in the ad …
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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Poll: Clinton tops Bush, Rubio among Hispanic voters for 2016
Discussion: Hot Air
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
What if Hillary Clinton passes on 2016?  —  For Democrats, there is no fallback: It's Hillary Clinton or probably a long bout of depression ahead of 2016.  —  With expectations hitting a fever pitch three-and-a-half years out that Clinton is running for president again, every move she makes …
Discussion: Hot Air, msnbc.com and Weasel Zippers
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
‘Future lawsuit’: CNN broadcasts George Zimmerman's Social Security number  —  CNN viewers were shocked to see George Zimmerman's personal information, including his Social Security number, broadcast live on TV. … A screenshot of the information shown on CNN, with the confidential information redacted by Twitchy:
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
CNN Accidentally Airs George Zimmerman's Social Security Number
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Democrats land top recruit to challenge McConnell in Kentucky  —  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), giving Democrats their favored candidate and turning the race one of the 2014 cycle's marquee contests.
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Politico:
Alison Lundergan Grimes challenges Mitch McConnell in Kentucky
Ryan Kierman / CNSNews:
Obama: ‘Planet Will Boil Over’ If Young Africans Are Allowed Cars, Air-Conditioning, Big Houses  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy “the planet will boil over” …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry, Meeting With Russian Counterpart, Seeks Syria Talks Soon  —  BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the United States and Russia are still working toward holding an international peace conference on Syria and agreed that it should take place “sooner rather than later.”
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Appears With Bush at Site of Tanzania Terror Blast  —  DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Two presidents who spent much of their time in office fighting terror stood solemnly next to each other Tuesday morning as a United States marine placed a wreath to mark the memory of those killed here by a terrorist bomb 15 years ago.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Immigration deal would boost defense manufacturers  —  The border security plan the Senate approved last week includes unusual language mandating the purchase of specific models of helicopters and radar equipment for deployment along the U.S.-Mexican border, providing a potential windfall worth tens …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Neal McCluskey / Cato Institute:
6.8 Day Is Here!  —  Washington hasn't passed a new law to avert it, so today's the day that all of higher education has, it seems, been dreading: The day that interest rates on subsidized federal student loans double, going from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.  —  Hooray?
Discussion: Hot Air
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Fox News:
Student loan rates double after Congress fails on fix
 
 
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BBC:
Catholic priest beheaded in Syria monastery attack
Discussion: Guardian
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Former Rep. Bill Gray, first black Majority Whip, dead at 71
Discussion: Associated Press
Slate:
What's Left?  —  Have progressives abandoned every cause save gay marriage?
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
As Of Today, California No Longer Has A White Majority
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
If only Kermit Gosnell had worn pink sneakers like Wendy Davis
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
A t-shirt for Texans  —  (CNN) - No movement is complete without memorabilia.
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
Mark Kelly: Consequences for gun inaction
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Rand Paul Takes On ‘Amnesty’ Opponents: ‘Do They Want Us To Put Illegals In Concentration Camps?’
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Russia's Putin signs draconian anti-gay law banning speech, rainbows, holding hands
Discussion: Guardian
The Atlantic Online:
How North Carolina Became the Wisconsin of 2013
Discussion: @NCCapitol and National Review
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
CUNY is Paying David Petraeus $200,000 to Work Three Hours a Week
 

 
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Tom Wilson / Reuters:
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