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2:30 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.
World News:
Supporters of Egyptian president say military coup is underway  —  CAIRO — An adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said Wednesday that a military coup was underway, that tanks were on the move outside Cairo and that communication with the president had been cut off.
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Egypt's Morsi defiant under pressure as deadline looms
New York Times:
Depth of Discontent Threatens Muslim Brotherhood and Its Leader
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  It should be repealed.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) …
Mark J. Mazur / U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The politics of delaying Obamacare
Jared Bernstein / Economix:
Putting Off the Employer Mandate
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
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.
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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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Rubio Plans To Introduce Texas-Style Abortion Ban In The Senate  —  Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is planning to introduce a bill in the Senate that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, the Weekly Standard reported on Wednesday.  The bill is meant to mirror anti-abortion legislation passed last month by the House of Representatives.
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
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Texas committee advances abortion bill, as poll shows opposition
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
Discussion: Business Insider
Russell Berman / The Hill:   No pressure on House Republicans to tackle immigration reform
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Bolivian president's jet rerouted amid suspicions Edward Snowden on board  —  France and Portugal accused of refusing entry to their airspace, while plane lands in Vienna with no sign of Snowden  —  • Read live updates on the diplomatic crisis  —  Bolivia reacted with fury …
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Angelika Gruber / Reuters:
Austrian plane search for leaker Snowden enrages Bolivia
Discussion: ViralRead and Riehl World News
Mark Binker / @NCCapitol:
Senate tacks sweeping abortion legislation onto Sharia law bill  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Senators tacked a suite of new restrictions and regulations pertaining to abortion clinics onto a bill dealing with the application of foreign laws in North Carolina family courts Tuesday.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Estelle Shirbon / Reuters:
Ecuador says it found a hidden microphone at its London embassy
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Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg
Yasmine Saleh / Reuters:
Egypt army says ready to die in “final hours”
Discussion: Quartz, Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
State's Witnesses in Zimmerman Trial Put the Prosecution on the Defensive
Discussion: Right Turn
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
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Des Moines Register:
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Samuel T. Wilkinson / Wall Street Journal:
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