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1:45 PM ET, July 8, 2013


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New York Times:
At Least 43 Die as Soldiers Said to Open Fire on Morsi Backers  —  By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and KAREEM FAHIM  —  CAIRO — Egyptian soldiers opened fire on hundreds of unarmed supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi early Monday as they were praying before dawn outside the facility …
Al Jazeera English:
Massacre in Cairo deepens Egypt crisis  —  At least 42 dead after gunmen open fire at Muslim Brotherhood protest against military coup in Egyptian capital.  —  A deadly shooting at the site of a sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi …
Discussion: Gawker, Shakesville and The Agonist
Paul Owen / Guardian:   Dozens killed as army fires at Morsi supporters - live coverage
New York Times:
Spitzer Seeks Ballot for City Comptroller's Race  —  Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York five years ago amid a prostitution scandal, is re-entering political life, with a run for the citywide office of comptroller and a hope that voters have forgiven him his previous misconduct.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Eliot Spitzer Is Nothing Like Anthony Weiner  —  He's a f**king steamroller.  —  Spitzer poses for a selfie after watching Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testify on Capitol Hill last July.  —  Via: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters  —  Eliot Spitzer's attempt to return to public life …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Kathleen Parker: Eliot Spitzer ‘beguiling’
Discussion: Mediaite
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
Cameras Catch Mystery Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm  —  The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend.  Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets.
Dan Abrams / ABC News:
Analysis: George Zimmerman Probably Won't Be Convicted of Murder or Manslaughter — Here's Why  —  I drew a legal conclusion on “Good Morning America” Saturday that would have surprised the Dan Abrams who covered the George Zimmerman case leading up to, and shortly after, his arrest.
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   Why Zimmerman's Motion for Acquittal Should Have Been Granted
Steven Yaccino / New York Times:
Schools Seeking to Arm Employees Hit Hurdle on Insurance  —  As more schools consider arming their employees, some districts are encountering a daunting economic hurdle: insurance carriers threatening to raise their premiums or revoke coverage entirely.  —  During legislative sessions this year …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Raw Story
Victor Epstein / USA Today:
Kansas law thrusts Iowa insurer into gun debate
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama loses altitude, needs solid wins six months into second term  —  Six months into his second term, the momentum that President Obama gained from his reelection win is a fading memory.  —  Few could have foreseen this White House struggling so much after Obama's convincing 332-206 electoral vote victory …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama's summertime push: Immigration and the economy
San Francisco Chronicle:
SF plane crash: Victim may have been run over  —  Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle  —  An autopsy was being conducted Sunday to determine whether one of the two teenage passengers killed on the Asiana Airlines flight had been run over by a San Francisco fire rig at the crash scene.
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
NTSB: South Korean plane was flying far too slowly to reach runway just before crash
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
TV Is Americans' Main Source of News  —  Preferred news source varies by age, education, and politics, among other factors  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Television is the main place Americans say they turn to for news about current events (55%), leading the Internet, at 21%.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Defining Prosperity Down  —  Friday's employment report wasn't bad.  But given how depressed our economy remains, we really should be adding more than 300,000 jobs a month, not fewer than 200,000.  As the Economic Policy Institute points out, we would need more than five years of job growth …
Daniel Ellsberg / Washington Post:
Snowden made the right call when he fled the U.S.  —  Daniel Ellsberg is the author of “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.”  He was charged in 1971 under the Espionage Act for theft and conspiracy for copying the Pentagon Papers.  The trial was dismissed in 1973 after evidence …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's answer to the has-been charge  —  Republicans in search of an attack line against Hillary Clinton have begun to cast her as a tired relic of the past — an implicit contrast to their own bench of up-and-comers like hip hop-listening Marco Rubio and libertarian-leaning Rand Paul.
Associated Press:
Secret Court Ruling Expanded Spy Power  —  The National Security Agency's ability to gather phone data on millions of Americans hinges on a secret court ruling that redefined a single word: “relevant.”  —  This change—which specifically enabled the surveillance recently revealed …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Privacy group to ask Supreme Court to halt NSA phone spying
Discussion: CNN, CANNONFIRE and
Beth Matusoff Merfish / New York Times:
My Mother's Abortion  —  BOULDER, Colo. — ON June 25, I sat with my mother and sister in the gallery of the Texas State Senate to support Wendy Davis, a Democratic senator, in her filibuster against legislation that would limit abortions after 20 weeks and impose new regulations that would leave just a few abortion clinics open.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Nuclear option urged to negate filibuster rule  —  Senate Democrats are inching ever closer to pulling the trigger to limit the filibuster, even after a notable spate of bipartisanship in the chamber to pass the comprehensive immigration bill.  —  And the liberal base is cheering them on.
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