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8:45 AM ET, July 1, 2013

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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 …
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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.
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.  It is hard to be optimistic about events in that part of the world, but who knows?  The course Egypt is on is unsustainable, as its economy is close to utter collapse.  I don't see how the current Muslim …
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Schumer: Russia ‘should pay a price’ for harboring NSA leaker Snowden
Ginger Gibson / Politico:   Pelosi: Snowden no hero
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TheBlaze.com:
CATHOLIC PRIEST BEHEADED IN SYRIA BY AL-QAEDA-LINKED REBELS AS MEN AND CHILDREN TAKE PICTURES AND CHEER  —  Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad killed last weekend by jihadi fighters was beheaded, according to a report by Catholic Online which is linking to video purportedly showing the brutal murder.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Gutierrez: Boehner's majority plan could doom immigration reform
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 and Right Turn
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
‘Waist’ of money at Guantanamo Bay as detainees get prison's ‘infidel’ gym replaced  —  Americans are supposed to have sympathy for the accused terrorist detainees now on hunger strike to protest supposedly cruel conditions at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Mandela and Obama  —  GATHERING valedictory material on Nelson Mandela as he faded in a Pretoria hospital the other day, I came across a little book called “Mandela's Way.”  In this 2010 volume, Rick Stengel, the ghostwriter of Mandela's autobiography, set out to extract “lessons on life …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Julian Assange Praises ‘Hero’ Snowden, Rebukes U.S. ‘Disgraceful’ Treatment On ABC This Week  —  Appearing exclusively on ABC's This Week on Sunday morning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discussed his and NSA leaker Edward Snowden's respective asylum situations, as well as the United States' …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Assange: US decision to cancel Snowden's passport is a ‘disgrace’
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Lloyd Green / The Daily Beast:
The Sprawling, Dimming Age of Obama
Felix Marquardt / New York Times:
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
An Unstoppable Climb in C.E.O. Pay
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mark Murray / First Read:
Unproductive Congress: How stalemates became the norm in Washington DC
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Democrats Get a Gift From the Roberts Court