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2:30 PM ET, July 3, 2014


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Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
A Period Is Questioned in the Declaration of Independence  —  Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation's founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776.  —  Or almost exactly?
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Revising (Or Correcting!)  The Declaration Of Independence  —  The past is not dead.  It is not even past, as earnest historians (presumably progressive) attempt to revise the Declaration of Independence.  From the Times:  —  Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read …
Discussion: AEIdeas
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives: Hobby Lobby Shut Down Your ‘Consequence Free Sex’  —  In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, conservatives couldn't resist making a ruling officially about religious liberty into how women will no longer be able to freely have sex on the government's dime.
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
McDaniel camp gathers evidence as it prepares legal challenge  —  (CNN) — More than a week after results declared his defeat, the tea party challenger in Mississippi's GOP primary for the U.S. Senate shows no signs of conceding to Sen. Thad Cochran.  —  In fact, state Sen. Chris McDaniel's campaign …
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan House / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Adds 288,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate at 6.1%  —  Unemployment Falls to 6.1% as Prior Months' Gains Revised Upward  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. employers added jobs at a robust clip in June and the unemployment rate fell, signs of labor-market strength as the economic recovery heads into its sixth year.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:   U.S. Economy Added 288,000 Jobs in June; Unemployment Rate at 6.1%
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. jobs data seen reinforcing strong growth outlook
Abby Smith / The Hill:
DNC will visit six cities vying for 2016 national convention  —  The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that its site selection team will visit six cities that are vying to host the party's 2016 convention.  —  Birmingham, Ala., Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Brooklyn, N.Y., Philadelphia and Phoenix are in the running.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Democrats to Visit Potential 2016 Convention Sites
Discussion: Politico
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Obama paying the price for insisting he's right  —  The joke about the obsessively doting mother comes to mind.  —  Watching her son parade with rows of fellow troops, she notices he is on his left foot when they are all on the right.  —  “Why are they out of step?” she asks.  —  So it is with Barack Obama.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama's annoyance with Congress boils over
Discussion: RedState
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Jay Carney: ‘A Little Perspective Is Useful’  —  Now that you're leaving your job as White House press secretary, do you know which cable news network you're going to be a pundit for?  I haven't made any decisions about what combination of things I'm going to be doing.
Erwin Chemerinsky / The Hill:
Ted Cruz should be ashamed  —  Reasonable people can disagree on whether it would be good to amend the Constitution to overcome the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) false claims about the proposed amendment have no place in an informed debate.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Denver Post:
DEMOCRATS DECRY BEAUPREZ'S “47 PERCENT” COMMENTS RECORDED ON VIDEO  —  On Wednesday, as Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez toured Colorado to “build unity,” a video surfaced that Democrats say shows his divisiveness.  —  The video shows Beauprez in a speech to the Denver Rotary Club …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
The Two Events That Turned Putin Against the U.S.  —  Former ambassador Michael McFaul on what really motivated Russia to invade Ukraine  —  ASPEN, Colo.—One major divide in international relations, as well as in other social sciences, is between those who believe in structure and those who believe in agency.
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Obama Admin Debates Whether Assad Really Must Go  —  Now that the U.S. government and the Syrian regime are both fighting ISIS in Iraq, the faltering U.S. drive to topple Assad is in even more peril.  —  There's a battle raging inside the Obama administration about whether the United States ought …
Discussion: Hot Air
Shane Goldmacher /
Ethics Chair: House Will Reverse Itself on Disclosure of Free Trips  —  The panel's decision to delete a disclosure requirement—as lawmakers' travel climbs—sparked quick criticism.  —  House Ethics Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said Thursday that his panel would undo its controversial decision …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
What it's like to be a conservative columnist at the New York Times Yahoo News Wednesday, July 2, 2014  —  ASPEN, Colo. — New York Times columnist David Brooks gets a lot of hate mail.  And he doesn't read the comments section.  —  “I used to read them, but it was just too psychologically damaging …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
Pulse of the People: Why Polls Can Sometimes Get Things So Wrong  —  The science of polling is sound, but if you ask the wrong group of people your poll questions, you can get the wrong answers.  Think of it this way: An arrow shot by an expert marksman has some chance of hitting …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Alito could have been stopped: Why Dems should have filibustered the radical  —  The man who has wreaked havoc on this country could have been avoided altogether.  Here's why it never happened  —  One of the biggest “tells” in our modern political life is the extent to which the mere mention …
Robert Peston / BBC:
Why has Google cast me into oblivion?  —  This morning the BBC received the following notification from Google:  —  Notice of removal from Google Search: we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to show the following pages from your website in response to certain searches on European versions of Google:
Mike Debonis / Washington Post:
D.C. residents urged to boycott Md. shore to protest congressman's marijuana move  —  If you're a District resident planning to vacation in the Maryland havens of Ocean City or St. Michaels this summer, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and some D.C. activists would prefer you choose Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Chincoteague Island, Va., instead.
Discussion: Firedoglake, DCist and The Raw Story
Detroit Free Press:
Point-blank shooting of Inkster toddler violated ‘the code of the streets’  —  In the hard-bitten city of Inkster, a little girl's killing appears to have crossed a line.  —  The triple shooting Tuesday night that ended the life of 2-year-old Kamiya French and left two of her relatives wounded violated the …
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
More Americans are stuck in part-time work  —  In the new landscape of the American labor market, jobs are easier to come by but hours remain in short supply.  —  New government data slated for release Thursday is expected to show the economy added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month …
Discussion: ON LABOR
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
How Obama Lost the Middle East  —  In his first term, Barack Obama all but declared victory in America's Middle East struggles.  —  As he precipitously pulled out all U.S. peacekeepers from Iraq, the president had his own “Mission Accomplished” moment when declaring the country “stable,” …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
Obama's border crisis
Gil Troy / Jerusalem Post:
Center Field: Obama's callousness toward the ‘kidnapped’ kids... and Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Showdown: California town turns away buses of detained immigrants
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Gaffes in London: Gets UK Political Parties Wrong
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Gives New Contract To Firm That Vetted NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Where Are Libertarians When You Need Them?  —  Every major strand …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Lisa Selin Davis / New York Times:
I Couldn't Turn My Abortion Into Art
Discussion: Althouse
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Most disapprove of Iraq handling
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Rand Paul to visit Iowa in August; fried Twinkies ahead?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
US Teen Allegedly Falls in Love Online, Tries to Join ISIS Fighters in Syria
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
Max Fisher / Vox:
How Israel is punishing ordinary Palestinians for three murdered Israeli students
Staci Zaretsky / Above the Law:
Much Maligned Law School Cuts First-Year Class, Announces Layoffs