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10:35 AM ET, July 1, 2013

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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  —  YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — An elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation's fiercest wildfires was overtaken by an out-of-control blaze in Arizona, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.
Arizona Republic:
19 firefighters die in Yarnell Hill Fire  —  FONT:  —  Nineteen firefighters, including 18 from the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, died Sunday fighting an out-of-control wildfire in Yarnell, a tiny Yavapai County town roughly 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.
Discussion: First Read and The Raw Story
CNN:
Official: 19 firefighters killed in Arizona
Discussion: PoliCyBear, Gawker and Booman Tribune
Phil Benson / KPHO-TV:   19 firefighters dead in Yarnell wildfire
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama: 19 firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze are ‘heroes’
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama, Bush to meet Tuesday at embassy bombing memorial  —  President Obama and former President George W. Bush will meet Tuesday in Tanzania, appearing jointly at a wreath-laying event at the site of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing.  —  According to White House press secretary Jay Carney …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
George W. Bush: Snowden ‘damaged’ the nation's security
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:   Obama, Bush to meet in Tanzania
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.
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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
RealClearPolitics:
Legalization First, “Trust Us” on Rest Won't Fly
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Right Turn
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.
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Power Line:   “WAKE UP, AMERICA!”  —  Massive protests and counter-protests are under way in Egypt.
New York Times:
By the Millions, Egyptians Seek Morsi's Ouster
Discussion: Quartz, The Lede, Guardian and Gawker
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.
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
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
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TheBlaze.com:
CATHOLIC PRIEST BEHEADED IN SYRIA BY AL-QAEDA-LINKED REBELS AS MEN AND CHILDREN TAKE PICTURES AND CHEER
Discussion: The Jawa Report
William Neuman / New York Times:
Snowden's Fate Is Up to Russia, Ecuador Says  —  PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador — President Rafael Correa said Sunday that while there were weighty arguments for granting asylum to the fugitive American intelligence leaker Edward J. Snowden, it was up to Russia to decide what happens to him.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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.
Discussion: CNN and Online NewsHour
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
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
So Long, Farewell: Today We Close Pam's House Blend - A Look Back.  It's been real.  —  The Blend has been a virtual coffeehouse where vigorous (but polite) political expression was encouraged on myriad topics including LGBT issues, race relations, the religious right, and gender issues.
Discussion: Good As You
 
 
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Phillip Reese / Sacramento Bee:
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John O'Sullivan / National Review:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Terrible traitor’ Snowden embarrassing US
Discussion: Politico
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
Mandela and Obama  —  GATHERING valedictory material …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Ted Olson: GOP moving toward backing same-sex marriage