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10:10 PM ET, July 5, 2013


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Jerusalem Post:
‘Muslim Brotherhood claims interim Egyptian president is Jewish’  —  Wash Post: MB website said Israel conspiring to insert ElBaradei.  —  The Muslim Brotherhood claimed in a post on its official website that Egypt's new interim president Adli Mansour is Jewish, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Defending the Coup  —  The debate on Egypt has been between those who emphasize process and those who emphasize substance.  —  Those who emphasize process have said that the government of President Mohamed Morsi was freely elected and that its democratic support has been confirmed over and over.
Washington Post:
U.S. must suspend aid after Egypt's coup  —  THERE IS no ambiguity about what happened in Egypt on Wednesday: a military coup against a democratically elected government and the wrong response to the country's problems.  The armed forces forcibly removed and arrested President Mohamad Morsi …
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Good Riddance to Brotherhood's Fake Democrats
David Sirota / Salon:
David Brooks' bigoted rant
David P. Goldman / PJ Media:
Dismiss the Egyptian People and Elect a New One
Wall Street Journal:   After the Coup in Cairo  —  The U.S. shouldn't cut off aid to a new Egyptian government.
Jake Miller / CBS News:
John Kerry on his boat during Egypt upheaval, State Dept. concedes  —  As regime change was unfolding in Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry spent time on his boat Wednesday afternoon in Nantucket Sound, the State Department acknowledged to CBS News on Friday, after repeatedly denying that Kerry was aboard any boat.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Reversing denial, State says Kerry was briefly on boat  —  Secretary of State John Kerry was on his boat briefly on Wednesday, contrary to an earlier denial by the State Department, but was there only briefly and did not conduct official business while on board.
Discussion: The Greenroom and Weasel Zippers
Edward Snowden offered asylum by Venezuelan president  —  Nicolás Maduro says whistleblower has ‘told the truth in spirit of rebellion’, while Nicaragua also weighs asylum offer  —  Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro said on Friday he had decided to offer asylum …
Discussion: CNN and
Venezuela's Maduro offers asylum to U.S. fugitive Snowden  —  (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday he had decided to offer asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who has petitioned several countries to avoid capture by Washington.
Hadas Gold / Reuters:
George W. Bush to push immigration reform  —  Former President George W. Bush is expected to make a speech next week on how immigration reform is good for the country, the Dallas Morning News reports.  —  Bush will speak after a citizenship ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center …
Matt Berman /
The Really Great News From the June Jobs Report: the April and May Numbers  —  195,000 new jobs in June is solid.  But the new jobs report shows we also gained 70,000 more jobs in April and May than we thought.  —  Happy jobs day!  First, the immediate good news: The June report showed …
Trayvon Martin:
State rests and defense begins its case in George Zimmerman trial  —  SANFORD — Trayvon Martin's mother sat at the witness stand Friday, head held high, and decisively insisted that the chilling cries captured on a 911 call belonged to only one person: her slain child, Trayvon Benjamin Martin.
Discussion: Power Line, NPR and Booman Tribune
Robert Robertsson / Reuters:
Iceland parliament declines Snowden's citizenship bid  —  (Reuters) - A bid by Edward Snowden for Icelandic citizenship failed when the country's parliament voted not to debate it before the summer recess, lawmakers said on Friday, with options for the U.S. fugitive narrowing by the day.
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Yes, the Sequester Is Affecting the Job Market  —  The across-the-board automatic federal budget cuts that began in March do not seem to be derailing the recovery so far, given that the job market over all has continued to grow.  And certainly some of the scariest predictions about the sequester …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Oregon Looks at Way to Attend College Now and Repay State Later  —  Going to college can seem like a choice between impossibly high payments while in school or a crushing debt load for years afterward, but one state is experimenting with a third way.  —  This week, the Oregon Legislature approved …
Paul Wood / BBC:
Face-to-face with Abu Sakkar, Syria's ‘heart-eating cannibal’  —  It sounded like the most far-fetched propaganda claim - a Syrian rebel commander who cut out the heart of a fallen enemy soldier, and ate it before a cheering crowd of his men.  —  The story turned out to be true in its important aspects …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Matthew Schofield / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Reuters
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden to attend Arizona firefighters memorial
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
How free are we on this July Fourth?
Discussion: Sense of Events
 Earlier Items: 
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
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Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
McCain, House Republicans headed for clash on immigration reform
New York Times:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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