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10:20 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 the whistleblower was granted a temporary travel card at 4am ‘without authorisation or validity’  —  Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden's asylum request and never intended …
WikiLeaks:
Edward Snowden submits asylum applications  —  On 30th June 2013 WikiLeaks' legal advisor in the Edward Snowden matter, Sarah Harrison, submitted by hand a number of requests for asylum and asylum assistance on behalf of Edward J. Snowden, the NSA whistleblower.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Here Are The Countries Where Edward Snowden Has Requested Asylum  —  The anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks has submitted 19 additional requests for asylum on behalf of National Security Agency leak source Edward Snowden, the organization announced Monday night.
Discussion: americanthinker.com, BBC and RT
New York Times:
Venezuela Defends Snowden but Hedges on Offering Sanctuary  —  By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, ANDREW ROTH and ELLEN BARRY  —  MOSCOW — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela said Tuesday that he had not yet received an application for political asylum from Edward J. Snowden …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Snowden withdraws Russian asylum bid
Discussion: CNN and The Hinterland Gazette
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Appears With Bush at Site of Tanzania Terror Blast  —  DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Two presidents who spent much of their time in office fighting terror stood solemnly next to each other Tuesday morning as a United States marine placed a wreath to mark the memory of those killed here by a terrorist bomb 15 years ago.
Discussion: Post Politics
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Obama: ‘Power Africa’ energy plan a ‘win-win’  —  President Obama promoted his new, multi-billion dollar “Power Africa” initiative to expand electricity access in Africa on Tuesday, calling it a benefit to Africans and the U.S. alike.  —  He spoke in Tanzania after touring …
Discussion: CNN
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama, Bush honor embassy bombing victims in Tanzania
Discussion: CNN
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
What if Hillary Clinton passes on 2016?  —  For Democrats, there is no fallback: It's Hillary Clinton or probably a long bout of depression ahead of 2016.  —  With expectations hitting a fever pitch three-and-a-half years out that Clinton is running for president again, every move she makes …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Dan Balz Book: Mitt Romney Voted Against 2012 Run In Family Poll  —  WASHINGTON — Over the Christmas break of 2010, Mitt Romney and his family took an internal poll on whether he should run for president once more.  Twelve family members cast ballots.  Ten said no. One of the 10 was Mitt Romney himself.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A racial turnabout in the George Zimmerman trial.  —  “It's not about racial profiling,” said lawyer Daryl Parks about the murder trial of George Zimmerman.  “We never claimed this was about race.”  —  What makes these statements “head-scratching,” as New York's Daily News describes them …
Discussion: Instapundit and American Thinker
Reuters:
Egypt on the edge after Mursi rebuffs army ultimatum  —  (Reuters) - President Mohamed Mursi rebuffed an army ultimatum to force a resolution to Egypt's political crisis, saying on Tuesday that he had not been consulted and would pursue his own plans for national reconciliation.
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New York Times:
Foreign Minister Quits as Egypt Braces for Further Protests
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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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Boehner's immigration win-win  —  Of course it's amnesty.  The whole point of comprehensive immigration reform is to bring 11 million undocumented men, women and children out of the shadows, which means giving them some kind of legal status, which amounts to amnesty.  Otherwise, why bother?
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Groups Offering Cover for Lawmakers on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — Fox News viewers in Florida will see a new commercial in the coming weeks urging them to call Senator Marco Rubio.  “Thank him for keeping his promise, and fighting to secure the border,” a narrator says in the ad …
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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Poll: Clinton tops Bush, Rubio among Hispanic voters for 2016
Discussion: Hot Air
Los Angeles Times:
Obama urges ‘restraint’ in Egypt  —  President Obama, left, addresses a news conference with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete in Dar es Salaam.  (Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images / July 1, 2013)  —  DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Obama said Monday that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama urges Morsi to be ‘responsive’ to protesters' demands
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and ThinkProgress
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Braley has $2M on hand for U.S. Senate run  —  Democrat Bruce Braley has an impressive $2 million in cash on hand for his campaign for U.S. Senate, an aide told The Des Moines Register on Monday.  —  Braley will announce today that he raised $1.25 million in the second quarter, from April 1 to June 30, senior adviser Jeff Link said.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Ballot Box
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.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Ryan Parker / Denver Post:
Brother of Sen. Mark Udall missing after solo hike in Wyoming
Discussion: msnbc.com, Gawker and The Hill
Gabrielle Giffords / USA Today:
Gun rights come with responsibilities  —  I'm a patriot who believes in 2nd Amendment.  My 7-state tour will promote common-sense action.  —  July 4 gets the parades and the celebrations, as it should.  But I'm going to start my celebration of American independence early.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and NBC Politics
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Branstad team signals ‘game on’ for 2014 re-election campaign
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
G.O.P. Sees Opportunity for Election Gains in Obama's Climate Change Policy
Discussion: PolicyMic and Weasel Zippers
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry, Meeting With Russian Counterpart, Seeks Syria Talks Soon
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Immigration deal would boost defense manufacturers
Discussion: Prairie Weather
BBC:
Catholic priest beheaded in Syria monastery attack
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Former Rep. Bill Gray, first black Majority Whip, dead at 71
Slate:
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
Neal McCluskey / Cato Institute:
6.8 Day Is Here!  —  Washington hasn't passed a new law to avert it …
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
A t-shirt for Texans  —  (CNN) - No movement is complete without memorabilia.
Discussion: Politico