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9:55 AM ET, July 5, 2014

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Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Says She's Donated All University Speaking Fees  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at the University of Connecticut, April 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn.  —  Hillary Clinton continued to justify …
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Phoebe Greenwood / Guardian:
Edward Snowden should have right to legal defence in US, says Hillary Clinton  —  Former secretary of state tells Guardian that NSA whistleblower should return to US if he is serious in engaging in debate  —  Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden should be entitled to both a legal …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   What we've learned from Hillary Clinton's book tour
New York Times:
Obama Weighs Steps to Cover Contraception  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, reeling from back-to-back blows from the Supreme Court this week, is weighing options that would provide contraceptive coverage to thousands of women who are about to lose it or never had it because of their employers' religious objections.
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Tribune-Review / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Richard Scaife, conservative champion, newsman & philanthropist, dies  —  Tribune-Review owner and philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife, whose vision and funding reinvigorated conservative politics in America, died Friday, July 4, in his home.  —  His death came just one day after his 82nd birthday.
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82
Discussion: Gawker and NewsBusters
Associated Press:   Conservative activist Richard Mellon Scaife dies at 82
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For Obama, loss of the Senate could be freeing  —  The walls seem to be closing in on the Obama presidency.  —  Iraq and Syria are overrun with terrorists.  Violence is flaring in Ukraine and on Israel's borders.  A humanitarian crisis is developing on our own southern border …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Bill Scher / The Week:
How Obama's immigration push could hand the House to Democrats
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, Roll Call and CNN
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Different Kind of Patriotism  —  Today's Independence Day must-read is from political scientist Lynn Vavreck at The Upshot, about generational change in how Americans express affection for their country. … But when it comes to substance rather than symbols, the youngsters come across rather differently:
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Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
A Survey Says: Younger Americans Are Less Patriotic. At Least, in Some Ways.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Callers Use C-SPAN Civil Rights Discussion To Complain About White Oppression (VIDEO)  —  When C-SPAN invited viewers on Thursday to offer their thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a handful of individuals used the opportunity to lament white oppression.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Gatestone Institute:
ISIS Already in Gaza Strip … Despite denials by Hamas, there is growing evidence that the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] — also known as “The Islamic State” — has begun operating in the Gaza Strip.  —  Palestinian Authority [PA] and Israeli security sources …
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Online:
What If America Had Lost the Revolutionary War?  —  The Fourth of July—a time we Americans set aside to celebrate our independence and mark the war we waged to achieve it, along with the battles that followed.  There was the War of 1812, the War of 1833, the First Ohio-Virginia War …
Discussion: Daily Kos
eng.kremlin.ru:
Congratulations to US President Barack Obama on Independence Day  —  Vladimir Putin congratulated President of the United States of America Barack Obama on national holiday - Independence Day.  —  In his message of congratulations, Mr Putin said that he hopes that ties between the two countries …
Rachel Zarrell / BuzzFeed:
“Opie And Anthony” Host Fired After Racist Twitter Rant Calling Black People “Animals”  —  “She's lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she'd be dead.”  UPDATE: SiriusXM told BuzzFeed Cumia has been fired.  (NSFW language.)  —  SiriusXM DJ Anthony Cumia, co-host of long-running radio program …
asunews.asu.edu:
ASU professor encourages students to defy body hair norms  —  To shave or not to shave?  —  That's the question confronting students in classes taught by Breanne Fahs, associate professor of women and gender studies in ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
 
 
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
What Politicos Are Reading This Summer
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ali Khedery / Washington Post:
Why we stuck with Maliki — and lost Iraq
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Build We Won't  —  You often find people talking about our …
Brook Wilensky-Lanford / The New Republic:
The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Robert Redford / The Huffington Post:
Addressing Climate Change Should Inspire Patriotism, Not Gridlock
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Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Obama on Tim Howard: Defense job filled
Discussion: Guardian, CNN and Bleacher Report