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12:45 AM ET, July 9, 2013


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New York Times:
Perry Says He Won't Seek Governorship Again in Texas  —  SAN ANTONIO — Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor of Texas and an unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate last year, announced on Monday that he would not seek another term but would instead “pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path.”
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Rick Perry won't seek reelection
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 …
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.
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.
Brian Fung /
The IRS Mistakenly Exposed Thousands of Social Security Numbers  —  Another day, another slipup by the Internal Revenue Service.  —  The incident involves the unwitting exposure of “tens of thousands” of Social Security numbers, according to a recent audit by the independent transparency and public-domain group
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 …
New York Times:
At Least 43 Die as Soldiers Said to Open Fire on Morsi Backers
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Administration Rules Out Suspension of Aid to Egypt in Near Term
New York Times:
U.S. Considers Faster Pullout In Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” …
Discussion: Telegraph, The Dish and Booman Tribune
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 …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
John Boehner: No House vote on Senate immigration bill  —  House Speaker John Boehner is sticking to his position: The House will not vote on the Senate-passed immigration bill.  —  “I've made it clear and I'll make it clear again, the House does not intend to take up the Senate bill,” Boehner said Monday.
Discussion: The Hill
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Farm bill decision looms for Boehner
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Challenge to global phone taps (UPDATED)  —  (UPDATED 4:55 pm: The petition discussed in this case has now been filed at the Supreme Court.  It does not yet have a docket number assigned.  New material has been added at the end of this post.  —  A digital-age privacy advocacy group …
Asad Hashim / Al Jazeera English:
Leaked report shows Bin Laden's ‘hidden life’  —  Government report obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera reveals results of investigation into AQ chief's life on the run.  —  Former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was able to hide in Pakistan for nine years due to the “collective failure” …
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: Booman Tribune and Mediaite
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.
Jeff Cohen / The Huffington Post:
How Do You Know When President Obama Is Lying?  MSNBC Won't Tell You  —  I was a young person when I first heard the quip: “How do you know when the President is lying?  His lips are moving.”  At the time, President Nixon was expanding the war in Vietnam to other countries and deploying the White House …
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.
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 …
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 …
New from the Guttmacher Institute:
State-level assault on abortion rights continues in first half of 2013  —  In the first six months of 2013, states enacted 106 provisions related to reproductive health and rights; issues related to abortion, family planning funding and sex education were significant flashpoints in several legislatures.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Woman Who Hid Gun In Vagina Gets 25 Years  —  Loaded weapon was found during suspect's post-arrest strip search  —  The Oklahoma woman who had a loaded handgun concealed in her vagina when she was arrested earlier this year on a drug charge has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison, according to court records.
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%.
New York Times:
As Spitzer Campaigns, Candidates and Voters Weigh In  —  Eliot Spitzer hit the campaign trail Monday, navigating a crush of cameras and wiping sweat onto his pinstriped blue suit as he began a four-day effort to gather enough signatures to qualify as a candidate for city comptroller.
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Buchanan: Immigration Reform Will Cause US to Break Up Like Soviet Union  —  Pat Buchanan continues to go all-out in his opposition to new bipartisan immigration policy, claiming in a recent interview with conservative radio host Andrea Tantaros that immigration reform will cause the United States to break apart like the Soviet Union.
Financial Times:
White House set for Wall Street clash over trade talks  —  By James Politi in Washington and Alex Barker in Brussels  —  The Obama administration has set itself up for a fight with Wall Street after resisting European demands to include financial services regulation in transatlantic trade talks …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Steve Vogel / Federal Eye:
DoD civilian furloughs set to begin Monday
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
July 7: Bob Menendez, Raul Labrador, Robin Wright, Tom Friedman, Jeff Goldberg, Chuck Todd …
Yasiin Bey force-feeding video launches campaign to support Guantanamo hunger-strikers
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The Texas Tribune:
Texas Senators Reopen Debate on Abortion Regulations
Discussion: BOR, Yahoo! News and Daily Kos
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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Zimmerman Case Has Race as a Backdrop, but You Won't Hear It in Court
Discussion: Althouse, JustOneMinute and ABC News
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Lautenberg's son blasts ‘show horse’ Booker as family endorses Pallone
Discussion: Politico and CNN