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6:25 AM ET, July 4, 2013


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The White House:
Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt  —  As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama launches ‘review’ of aid to Egypt in wake of military coup  —  President Obama late Wednesday declared himself “very concerned” by the Egyptian military's overthrow of the country's democratically elected president and said his administration was reviewing U.S. military aid as a result.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Ben Wedeman / CNN:
Egyptian military ousts Morsy  —  Photos: Protests in Egypt … Cairo (CNN) — Egypt's military deposed the country's first democratically elected president Wednesday night, installing the head of the country's highest court as an interim leader, the country's top general announced.
The Independent:
Profiles: Adly Mansour and Mohamed ElBaradei - Egypt's incoming leaders  —  Adly Mansour only took up his job as chief justice of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court on 1 June, and now finds himself Egypt's interim President.  —  Born in 1945, Mansour was appointed to the court in 1992 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Egypt Independent:
Jihadists vow struggle against army if Morsy removed  —  The brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who lives in Egypt, has vowed to engage in armed struggle if President Mohamed Morsy is forced to step down in response to massive protests demanding early presidential elections.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Military ousts Morsi in Egypt
Discussion: Power Line and Hullabaloo
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Law says the U.S. is required to cut aid after coups. Will it?
Discussion: Guardian
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   Egyptian army deposes Morsi
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Political Turmoil in Egypt Is Replay for White House
Discussion: Power Line
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Egypt's political turmoil puts Obama administration in precarious position
Discussion: Power Line
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?
Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
Bolivian president's treatment stirs up fury in Latin America  —  Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay join in condemnation as Bolivia denounces ‘kidnap’ of Evo Morales  —  Forced to land in Vienna, left waiting for 13 hours and only allowed to leave after agreeing to a search …
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Udall family: Body of senator's brother found  —  Rescue workers have located the body of Sen. Mark Udall's (D-Colo.) brother, the senator's family announced late Wednesday.  —  James “Randy” Udall, 61, had been missing since last week.  He had gone hiking alone in Wyoming.
Discussion: Politico
Ryan Parker / Denver Post:
Body of Sen. Mark Udall's brother, Randy, recovered in Wyoming  —  The body of Randy Udall, brother of Sen. Mark Udall, was located Wednesday after six days of searching by authorities.  —  Randy Udall, 61, never returned from a solo backpack trip to Wind River Range of Wyoming.
Egypt: Epidemic of Sexual Violence  —  At Least 91 Attacks in 4 Days; Government Neglect Means Impunity Rules  —  (New York) - Egyptian officials and political leaders across the spectrum should condemn and take immediate steps to address the horrific levels of sexual violence against women in Tahrir Square.
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Review of Mark Leibovich's ‘This Town’  —  Carlos Lozada is Outlook editor of The Washington Post.  Follow him on Twitter: @carloslozadaWP  —  Mark Leibovich toyed with several titles for his new book on self-interest, self-importance and self-perpetuation in the nation's capital.  “Suck-Up City” was one.
Channel 4:
Revealed: the Rupert Murdoch tape  —  “Incompetent” cops, regrets over his own investigation, promises to protect Sun journalists: a secret recording reveals Rupert Murdoch's real attitudes to the scandal that has engulfed his empire.  —  Please wait while this video loads.
New York Times:
Listening In on Europe  —  There seems a touch of playacting in the outrage that France, Germany and other European governments have been venting since the online edition of Der Spiegel, the German newsmagazine, reported last weekend that the National Security Agency had bugged diplomatic offices …
Discussion: Balkinization and The Week
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Discussion: The Fix
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