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7:30 PM ET, July 8, 2013


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Edward Snowden: ‘The US government will say I aided our enemies’ - video interview  —  In the second part of an exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden contemplates the reaction from the US government to his revelations …
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 …
Tal Kopan / Reuters:
Edward Snowden: I believed in U.S. ‘nobility’  —  In a new video released by The Guardian, Edward Snowden says he once believed in the “nobility” of the U.S. government's causes but grew disillusioned.  —  The video contains more excerpts from a June 6 interview with Snowden in Hong Kong that The Guardian had previously not released.
Jeff Cohen / The Huffington Post:
How Do You Know When President Obama Is Lying? MSNBC Won't Tell You
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 …
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Rand Paul slams ‘military junta’ support  —  Sen. Rand Paul lashed out Monday against neoconservatives on Twitter for supporting the “military junta” in Egypt and arguing for continued monetary aid to the country, whose armed forces recently ousted the sitting president, Mohamed Morsi.
New York Times:
The Perils of a 'People's Coup'  —  LOS ANGELES — THE Egyptian Army claims that it had no choice but to overthrow the country's first legitimately elected president, Mohamed Morsi, and that last week's coup reflected the will of the Egyptian people.  It's true that most Egyptians hated …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Administration Rules Out Suspension of Aid to Egypt in Near Term
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Perry Will Not Seek Re-election as Texas Governor  —  SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor of Texas and an unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate in 2012, announced that he would not seek another term in Austin but would instead “pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path.”
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Rick Perry Won't Run for Re-election … SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, creating the first open race for Texas governor since 1990 and making Attorney General Greg Abbott the instant favorite to replace him.
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 …
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%.
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.
Radley Balko / Salon:
“Why did you shoot me?  I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control  —  Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise  —  Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn't a bookie or a loan shark who killed him.  His local government killed him …
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Recovery woes: America's second-largest employer is a temp agency  —  Behind Wal-Mart, the second-largest employer in America is Kelly Services, a temporary work provider.  —  Friday's disappointing jobs report showed that part-time jobs are at an all-time high, with 28 million Americans now working part-time.
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
101M Americans Get Food Aid from Federal Gov't; More Than the Number of Private Sector Workers  —  ( - The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.
Yasiin Bey force-feeding video launches campaign to support Guantanamo hunger-strikers  —  Yasiin Bey appears in a video launched today demonstrating the Standard Operating Procedure for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.  —  Made by human rights charity Reprieve …
Fred Burton / Vanity Fair:
40 Minutes In Benghazi  —  When U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed in a flash of hatred in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, the political finger-pointing began.  But few knew exactly what had happened that night.  With the ticktock narrative of the desperate fight to save Stevens …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Lautenberg's son blasts ‘show horse’ Booker as family endorses Pallone  —  The family of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) on Monday endorsed Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D) in the New Jersey Senate race and criticized frontrunner Cory Booker (D) as a glory-seeking “show horse” who lacks their father's work ethic.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
Corzine off the crook  —  No criminal charges  —  It's official.  —  Jon Corzine will not be cuffed over MF Global's improper handling of customers' funds leading up to the commodity brokerage firm's spectacular collapse in late 2011, The Post has learned.
Carl Malamud / Bulk.Resource.Org:
Statement of Public.Resource.Org  —  Why We Asked the I.R.S. to Temporarily Turn the Lights Off on Section 527 Data  —  Public.Resource.Org has discovered that the Internal Revenue Service has posted the Social Security Numbers of tens of thousands of Americans on government web sites.
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Criticizing CNN: Goodbye to that  —  I used to say: I criticize because I care.  But I no longer do. … As of today, I have retired from criticism of CNN for falling short of some sort of journalistic standard that news providers should maintain.  That activity no longer makes sense.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Financial Times:
White House set for Wall Street clash over trade talks
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Texas Tribune:
Texas Senators Reopen Debate on Abortion Regulations
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Daily Kos
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Farm bill decision looms for Boehner
U.S. should tread lightly on Iran
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
US scrambles to avoid Egypt ‘coup’ designation
Discussion: Politico, Hit & Run, ABC News and Hot Air
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama to Use Google and Campaign Model to Make Gov't Smarter
Tyler Kingkade / The Huffington Post:
UNC Faces Federal Investigation Into Retaliation Complaint By Sexual Assault Survivor
Discussion: Jezebel and ThinkProgress
Senate Plan to Militarize Border Draws Backlash
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Zimmerman Case Has Race as a Backdrop, but You Won't Hear It in Court
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Althouse and ABC News