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12:20 AM ET, July 2, 2013

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Edward Joseph Snowden / WikiLeaks:
Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow  —  One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth.  My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will.
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Rory Carroll / Guardian:
Rafael Correa not considering Snowden asylum: helping him was a ‘mistake’  —  Ecuador's president reveals travel pass was granted ‘without authorisation’ and says whistleblower is now Russia's problem  —  Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden's asylum request and never intended to facilitate …
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Edward Snowden breaks silence to threaten new U.S. disclosures  —  (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity.
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.
Associated Press:   Putin to Snowden: Stop leaks
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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Department of Homeland Security:
Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act  —  Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:  —  “After last week's decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional …
Alicia Caldwell / Associated Press:
Feds to Process Same-Sex Immigration Benefits
Discussion: CNN and LGBTQ Nation
Tamara Audi / Wall Street Journal:   Worries Swirl Over California's Initiatives
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
‘Future lawsuit’: CNN broadcasts George Zimmerman's Social Security number  —  CNN viewers were shocked to see George Zimmerman's personal information, including his Social Security number, broadcast live on TV. … A screenshot of the information shown on CNN, with the confidential information redacted by Twitchy:
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
CNN Accidentally Airs George Zimmerman's Social Security Number
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.
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Politico:
Alison Lundergan Grimes challenges Mitch McConnell in Kentucky
Neal McCluskey / Cato Institute:
6.8 Day Is Here!  —  Washington hasn't passed a new law to avert it, so today's the day that all of higher education has, it seems, been dreading: The day that interest rates on subsidized federal student loans double, going from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.  —  Hooray?
Discussion: Hot Air
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Fox News:
Student loan rates double after Congress fails on fix
Robby Soave / The Daily Caller:
Yep, student loan rates just doubled
Discussion: Speaker.gov
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
A t-shirt for Texans  —  (CNN) - No movement is complete without memorabilia.  Now, supporters of Planned Parenthood and state Sen. Wendy Davis' fight against new abortion restrictions in Texas have their own.  —  Planned Parenthood on Monday released a t-shirt available online that links …
Discussion: Politico
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Ryan Kierman / CNSNews:
Obama: ‘Planet Will Boil Over’ If Young Africans Are Allowed Cars, Air-Conditioning, Big Houses  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy “the planet will boil over” …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Russia's Putin signs draconian anti-gay law banning speech, rainbows, holding hands  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law yesterday one of the most draconian anti-gay laws on the planet.  —  The new law, coming only seven months before Russia is to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi …
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Blade
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Realwendydavis / The Real Wendy Davis:
Wendy Davis: Surgically Constructed “Human Barbie Doll”?  —  [Update: Welcome Althouse readers.  And Instapundit readers.  And Wonkette readers.  And Mediaite readers.]  —  Most people — at least those without a plastic surgeon on retainer — do not become more good looking as they age from their late 20s to their early 50s.
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
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 …
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.
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Mark Udall brother missing after hike  —  Sen. Mark Udall's brother, James Udall, is missing after going on a solo hike in Wyoming, the senator's office confirmed to POLITICO.  —  The 61-year-old, who goes by Randy, was trekking in the Wind River Range and was supposed to come out of the mountains last Wednesday but never did.
New York Times:
Egyptian Protesters Storm Headquarters of Ruling Party  —  CAIRO — As millions of Egyptians streamed into the streets of cities across the country to demand the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, attackers stormed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood here early on Monday after hours of clashes with armed people trapped inside.
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
President: ‘Painful’ wildfire deaths in Arizona raise ‘broader questions’  —  President Obama on Monday said the deaths of 19 firefighters battling an Arizona blaze shows the need to reassess wildfire management policy.  —  “I think we are going to have to ask ourselves a set of broader questions …
Discussion: The Hill
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What's Left?  —  Have progressives abandoned every cause save gay marriage?
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
As Of Today, California No Longer Has A White Majority
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
If only Kermit Gosnell had worn pink sneakers like Wendy Davis
Discussion: Ross Douthat, Yahoo! News and Hot Air
Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
Mark Kelly: Consequences for gun inaction
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Rand Paul Takes On ‘Amnesty’ Opponents: ‘Do They Want Us To Put Illegals In Concentration Camps?’
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The Atlantic Online:
How North Carolina Became the Wisconsin of 2013
Discussion: National Review
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
CUNY is Paying David Petraeus $200,000 to Work Three Hours a Week
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and msnbc.com
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
So Long, Farewell: Today We Close Pam's House Blend - A Look Back. It's been real.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Good As You