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12:55 PM ET, July 1, 2013

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Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times:
Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says  —  Passengers sleep outside Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on June 29, 2013.  (Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA / June 29, 2013)  —  MOSCOW — Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor …
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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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Peter King: ‘KGB thug’ Putin outsmarting Obama over Snowden
Discussion: Politico
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
George W. Bush: Snowden ‘damaged’ the nation's security
Guardian:
New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama, Bush to meet Tuesday at embassy bombing memorial
Discussion: Politico and 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.
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myFOXphoenix.com:
Arizona wildfire kills 19 members of elite crew
Arizona Republic:
19 firefighters die in Yarnell Hill Fire
Discussion: First Read and The Raw Story
Phil Benson / KPHO-TV:
19 firefighters dead in Yarnell wildfire
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles
BBC:
Brotherhood HQ in Cairo stormed  —  Anti-government protesters in Egypt have stormed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo.  —  People are reported to have ransacked the building in the capital's Moqattam district, throwing objects out of its windows, before setting it on fire.
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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.
Salma Abdelaziz / CNN:
Protesters to Egypt's Morsy: You have one day to step down
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Surrounded By Men, Ohio Governor Signs Stringent Abortion Restrictions Into Law  —  Gov. John Kasich (R) signs the two-year budget bill on Sunday.  (Credit: Karen Kasler)  —  Flanked by a group of other male officials, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a contentious two-year budget bill into law on Sunday evening.
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Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Wendy Davis Reflects On Filibuster And The Coming Special Session Abortion Fight
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP could pay price for gerrymandering  —  No one disputes Republicans used the once-a-decade redistricting process to lock in their House majority — almost certainly through 2014 and possibly until the next round of line-drawing in 2020.  —  But the party could pay a steep price for that dominance.
Washington Post:
They said the sequester would be scary.  Mostly, they were wrong.  —  Before “sequestration” took effect, the Obama administration issued specific — and alarming — predictions about what it would bring.  There would be one-hour waits at airport security.  Four-hour waits at border crossings.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Google Reader dies today.  Here's why I'm not replacing it.  —  Google Reader will die tonight.  And I'm going to miss it terribly.  But I'm not going to replace it.  I'm going back to plain old bookmarks.  —  Goodbye Google Reader.  My conflicted feelings about your loss are represented by this moody photograph.
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Brett Molina / USA Today:
Goodbye, Google Reader. Here are 5 alternatives
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Misinformation on classified NSA programs includes statements by senior U.S. officials  —  Amid the cascading disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs, the top lawyer in the U.S. intelligence community opened his remarks at a rare public appearance last week with a lament …
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 and Prairie Weather
RealClearPolitics:
Legalization First, “Trust Us” on Rest Won't Fly  —  The Latest Politics, News & Election Videos  —  Rep. Gowdy: “The Senate Bill Is Not Going To Pass In The House”  —  JOHN ROBERTS: I assume you heard Senator Schumer talking about immigration.  He is fairly positive, he has a bold prediction …
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Right Turn
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Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
Morning Examiner: On immigration, Democrats only have Republicans' best interests at heart
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Wall Street Journal:
A Republican Case for Immigration Reform  —  While the Senate bill can be improved, it would welcome more skilled workers and lead to faster economic growth.  —  Now that the Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform, the action shifts to the House of Representatives.
New York Times:
Paid via Card, Workers Feel Sting of Fees  —  A growing number of American workers are confronting a frustrating predicament on payday: to get their wages, they must first pay a fee.  —  For these largely hourly workers, paper paychecks and even direct deposit have been replaced by prepaid cards issued by their employers.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Soledad O'Brien joins Al Jazeera America  —  Former CNN morning show host Soledad O'Brien will be joining Al Jazeera America as a special correspondent, the network announced Monday.  —  O'Brien will contribute short-form segments to Al Jazeera America's current affairs magazine program …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
 
 
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Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Revised emissions rule for new power plants heads to White House
Discussion: Politico
Tamara Audi / Wall Street Journal:
Worries Swirl Over California's Initiatives
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Plans to Power Africa—With Soccer Balls
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World
Washington Post:
Bush AIDS policies shadow Obama in Africa
Discussion: Power Line, Post Politics and The Week
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin T-Shirt During 2013 BET Awards
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Darren Goode / Politico:
Senate warms to EPA confirmation
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
ADIEU, DOMA!  —  The Supreme Court's embrace of gay rights …
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Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
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Discussion: Good As You
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
How Patton Boggs got mired in an epic legal battle with Chevron over jungle oil pits
Discussion: E2-Wire
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
The End of Car Culture
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Eschaton