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5:10 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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New York Times:
Putin Says Snowden Must Stop Hurting U.S. to Stay in Russia  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin said on Monday that Edward J. Snowden, the former national security staffer accused of espionage, would not receive political asylum in Russia unless he stops publishing classified documents that hurt the interests of the United States.
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 …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Russia's Putin signs draconian anti-gay law banning speech, rainbows, holding hands
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Blade
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Snowden seeks asylum in Russia
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Kerry calls spying on allies ‘not unusual,’ downplays EU claims
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Peter King: ‘KGB thug’ Putin outsmarting Obama over Snowden
Discussion: Politico
BBC:
Snowden ‘seeks asylum in Russia’
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
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Brian Brown / NOM Blog:
Meet Kamala Harris (and the Future We Must Avoid)
Discussion: Good As You
Tamara Audi / Wall Street Journal:   Worries Swirl Over California's Initiatives
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New York Times:
Egyptian Protesters Storm Headquarters of Ruling Party
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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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
President: ‘Painful’ wildfire deaths in Arizona raise ‘broader questions’
Discussion: The Hill
Philip Messing / New York Post:
JFK Airport security supervisor axed after accidentally sending XXX photo of his genitals in mass email blast  —  A JFK Airport security supervisor has been fired for mistakenly sending out a mass e-mail blast — of his genitals — to nearly two dozen shocked underlings, supervisors and Port Authority executives.
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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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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The Atlantic Online:
How North Carolina Became the Wisconsin of 2013  —  With a Republican takeover of state government and weekly protests in Raleigh, the Tar Heel State is the front line in America's partisan battle.  —  Nowhere is the battle between liberal and conservative visions of government fiercer than North Carolina.
Discussion: National Review
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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.
Discussion: Politico and E2-Wire
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Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Grimes will challenge McConnell for U.S. Senate seat in 2014
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 …
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World  —  LACONIA, N.H. — Seven months pregnant, at a time when most expectant couples are stockpiling diapers and choosing car seats, Renée Martin was struggling with bigger purchases.  —  At a prenatal class in March, she was told …
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.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
CUNY is Paying David Petraeus $200,000 to Work Three Hours a Week  —  A first-time adjunct professor teaching a full course load at the City University of New York can expect to pull in around $25,000 per year.  If you recently resigned as C.I.A. director over a long-time affair with your biographer …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Vivian Norris / The Huffington Post:
Texas Women: Stop Having Sex With Men Who Vote Against Your Best Interests  —  “A sex strike, sometimes called a sex boycott, is a strike, a method of non-violent resistance in which one or multiple persons refrain from sex with their partner(s) to achieve certain goals.  It is a form of temporary sexual abstinence.
Discussion: Guardian
 
 
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Steven Aftergood / Secrecy News:
Pentagon Reverts to Nuclear Stockpile Secrecy
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA sends climate rule to White House
Discussion: E2-Wire and The Daily Caller
Malte Spitz / New York Times:
Germans Loved Obama. Now We Don't Trust Him.
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Plans to Power Africa—With Soccer Balls
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin T-Shirt During 2013 BET Awards
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Soledad O'Brien joins Al Jazeera America
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Google Reader dies today. Here's why I'm not replacing it.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
ADIEU, DOMA!  —  The Supreme Court's embrace of gay rights …
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
So Long, Farewell: Today We Close Pam's House Blend - A Look Back. It's been real.
Discussion: Good As You
New York Times:
Paid via Card, Workers Feel Sting of Fees