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8:55 AM ET, July 1, 2013


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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama: 19 firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze are ‘heroes’  —  President Obama on Monday offered his condolences to the families of 19 firefighters who died battling a raging wildfire in central Arizona.  —  Obama praised the firefighters as “heroes — highly-skilled professionals who …
Discussion: CNN
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Fast-Moving Blaze Kills 19 Firefighters in Central Arizona  —  CONGRESS, Ariz. — Nineteen firefighters were killed on Sunday battling a fast-moving wildfire menacing a small town in central Arizona.  —  The firefighters died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire near the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.
Official: 19 firefighters killed in Arizona  —  Are you near the Arizona wildfire?  Please send your photos, videos and updates to iReport.  But make safety your top priority.  —  Read more about this story from CNN affiliates KPHO, KTVK, KPNX and KNXV.  —  (CNN) — Nineteen firefighters …
Discussion: PoliCyBear, Gawker and BuzzFeed
Phil Benson / KPHO-TV:
19 firefighters dead in Yarnell wildfire  —  Nineteen firefighters were killed in a fast-moving wildfire in the central Arizona town of Yarnell late Sunday afternoon, said the incident command post.  —  Eighteen of the victims were from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots, fire officials said.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
George W. Bush on Mandela, Snowden and his legacy  —  (CNN) — Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are in Zambia, where they are renovating a health clinic.  In an exclusive interview, he tells CNN why he respects Nelson Mandela, what he thinks about Edward Snowden …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:   Pelosi: Snowden no hero
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 …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court rejects bid to halt same-sex marriages in California
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Prop 8 attorney: 'We're not giving up on any state'
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Ted Olson: GOP moving toward backing same-sex marriage
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: High court rejects petition to halt gay marriages in Calif.
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: The Jawa Report
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Terrible traitor’ Snowden embarrassing US  —  Real estate mogul Donald Trump said Monday that Edward Snowden was a “threat” and a “terrible traitor,” and urged American authorities to take extraordinary actions to capture him.  —  “This guy is a tremendous threat,” Trump told Fox News.
Discussion: Politico
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
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: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Immigration bill faces uncertain future in House  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The immigration debate is shifting to the Republican-led House, where lawmakers have shown little appetite for the large-scale, comprehensive approach their Senate colleagues embraced last week.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Schumer predicts House will pass Senate immigration bill
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Gutierrez: Boehner's majority plan could doom immigration reform
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
For Davis, Opportunity Knocks at Inopportune Time … Wendy Davis is never going to see a better moment for a statewide run for office, even though the odds of a Democrat winning statewide in Texas could not be worse.  —  She would almost certainly lose.  —  There are always more reasons not to run than to run.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
How Patton Boggs got mired in an epic legal battle with Chevron over jungle oil pits  —  It's a monumental battle of wills, money and egos.  —  The oil giant Chevron, the third-biggest U.S. company by revenue, has sued Patton Boggs, the nation's premier legal and lobbying firm …
Discussion: E2-Wire
Brett Molina / USA Today:
Goodbye, Google Reader.  Here are 5 alternatives  —  On Monday, fans of Google's popular Reader application will bid farewell.  —  Google shuts down Reader on July 1, citing a drop in usage and a shift toward a smaller selection of Google services.  —  If you're a Google Reader user, now's the time to export your subscriptions.
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