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4:50 PM ET, July 3, 2013

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John Gregory / KABC-TV:
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi under house arrest - Al Hayat TV  —  CAIRO (KABC) — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is reportedly under house arrest after the military ultimatum expired Wednesday, reports Al Hayat TV.  —  Morsi's spokesman denied the report, according to ABC News …
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New York Times:
Morsi and Egyptian Generals Edge Closer to Conflict  —  By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, BEN HUBBARD and ALAN COWELL  —  CAIRO — Egypt's top generals summoned civilian political leaders to an emergency meeting Wednesday just hours before the deadline they have set for President Mohamed Morsi to leave power.
Reuters:
Mursi, Egypt army ready to die in ‘Final Hours’ showdown  —  (Reuters) - Egypt's army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline neared on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.
Discussion: Gawker, Firedoglake and The Jawa Report
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Egyptian army deposes Morsi  —  The Egyptian army announced Wednesday that it had deposed President Mohammed Morsi, suspended the nation's constitution and would be installing a technocratic government.  —  The televised remarks of Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi capped 48 hours …
Guardian:
Morsi defiant as army takes to streets of Cairo
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Egypt's political turmoil puts Obama administration in precarious position
Discussion: New York Times and Power Line
New York Times:
Depth of Discontent Threatens Muslim Brotherhood and Its Leader
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement  —  WASHINGTON — Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Obamacare's employer mandate shouldn't be delayed.  It should be repealed.  —  Delaying Obamacare's employer mandate is the right thing to do.  Frankly, eliminating it — or at least utterly overhauling it — is probably the right thing to do.  But the administration executing …
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Yuval Levin / National Review:
Delaying Obamacare  —  Until yesterday, the administration had basically put on a brave face about the difficulties arising in its implementation of Obamacare.  With a few minor exceptions (now especially notable among them the one-year delay of key requirements for the new small-business exchanges) …
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's Crisis of Competence
Discussion: Hot Air, Yahoo! News and Bloomberg
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
White House Memo Shows Obama Administration's Painful Efforts To Defend Valerie Jarrett  —  “Valerie is someone here who other people inside the building know they can trust.  (need examples.)”  As reported in the forthcoming book This Town .  —  Via: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP / Getty Images
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama Lets Loose on Evo Morales  —  I'm late to this and I don't really have anything substantive to add, but just for the record:  —  Did we really, seriously, strong-arm the governments of France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy to deny the president of Bolivia permission to fly over their airspace?
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Rubio to Introduce Senate Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks  —  Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today agreed to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill to ban abortion after an unborn child is 20 weeks old.  A similar measure passed the House last month and a state version is now being debated …
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Cahnman / Cahnman's Musings:
Texas Capital Abortion Supporters chant “Hail Satan”  —  It's been a very interesting day at the Texas State Capitol.  Cahnman's Musings hasn't been following the hearing.  Instead, we've been participating in the surrounding events.  LetTexasSpeak has been doing a live broadcast …
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Michal Conger / Washington Examiner:
State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook ‘likes’  —  State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook “likes,” prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was “buying fans” in social media, the agency's inspector general says.
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Theresa Clift / wisconsinrapidstribune.com:
Walker endorses path to citizenship  —  WAUSAU — Gov. Scott Walker distanced himself from House Republicans debating a new immigration bill Tuesday by endorsing a path to citizenship for immigrant workers.  —  In a meeting with the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board, Walker acknowledged …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The House GOP's July Agenda: Discredit and Delay Obamacare, Ignore Immigration
Interview / National Review:
The Roe of Marriage  —  Maggie Gallagher is most recently the co-author, with John Corvino, of Debating Same-Sex Marriage, a book published by Oxford University Press whose time has certainly come.  She talks about the future of the debate and the institution in culture and politics with National Review Online's Kathryn Jean Lopez.
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Novel imagines Sarah Palin presidency  —  The McCain/Palin ticket lost in 2008, right?  Fiction can change that.  —  “Christian Nation” is a new novel from lawyer Fred Rich that wonders what would happen if the Republican ticket won in 2008.  But Rich goes even further than that …
Politico:
Lois Lerner's price for testimony: Immunity  —  Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner will not testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unless she's given immunity from prosecution, her lawyer told POLITICO Tuesday.  —  “They can obtain her testimony tomorrow by doing …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Fox News wouldn't discuss state of GOP  —  Rush Limbaugh says Fox News did not want him to talk about the state of the Republican Party on the network and he called the move “quite telling.”  —  “They asked me, what do you want to talk about, I didn't want to talk about Egypt …
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Perceived Honesty, Crisis Management Key to Approval
Discussion: The Fix
ThinkProgress:
McCain Slams Efforts To Curb Rampant Campus Sexual Harassment As Violating Free Speech
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Jezebel
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
West raps Lady Gaga for ‘defiling’ anthem with ‘home of the gays’ lyric
Jake Miller / CBS News:
Christie threatened to drop “f-bomb” at 2012 GOP convention
Pew Internet:
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Discussion: Guardian and Yahoo! News
Megan McCloskey / Stars & Stripes:
US Marines in Spain, Italy remain on heightened alert
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP senator urges vote on drug compounding bill
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Estelle Shirbon / Reuters:
Ecuador says it found a hidden microphone at its London embassy
Discussion: Hit & Run
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
State's Witnesses in Zimmerman Trial Put the Prosecution on the Defensive
Discussion: Right Turn
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Hollywood Still Seeking the Great Right (Terrorist) Hope
Discussion: Guardian, Runnin' Scared and theGrio
Mark Binker / @NCCapitol:
Senate tacks sweeping abortion legislation onto Sharia law bill