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7:30 AM ET, July 5, 2017


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David Rothkopf / Washington Post:
The greatest threat facing the United States is its own president  —  David Rothkopf is the author of “The Great Questions of Tomorrow.”  He is a visiting professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a visiting scholar …
Discussion: CNN
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
U.S., South Korea stage show of force after North Korea ICBM test  —  U.S. and South Korean troops fired missiles into the waters off South Korea, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, in a show of force after North Korea's ICBM test.  —  “The deep strike precision capability enables the …
Washington Post:
North Korea missile launch marks a direct challenge to Trump administration … North Korea's latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile marks a direct challenge to President Trump, whose tough talk has yet to yield any change in Pyongyang's behavior as the regime continues …
John Bowden / The Hill:
U.S., South Korea respond to North Korea ICBM launch with ‘show of force’  —  The United States and South Korea responded to North Korea's successful test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by conducting a joint ‘show of force’ Tuesday night.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Chen Guangcheng / New York Times:   China's Ignoble Treatment of a Nobel Laureate
Fox News:
North Korea successfully test-launched ICBM, US officials confirm
Ryan Martin / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana GOP asked Facebook for Obamacare horror stories.  The responses were surprising.  —  That will leave about 76,000 Hoosiers without coverage, but there may be other options for them.. Dwight Adams/IndyStar  —  The Indiana Republican Party posed a question to Facebook on Monday: “What's your Obamacare horror story?
Discussion: Axios, Lawyers, Guns & Money and Fusion
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Indiana GOP request for ObamaCare ‘horror stories’ goes wrong  —  The Indiana Republican Party has requested that the state's constituents share their “horror stories” with ObamaCare, the Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday.  —  “What's your Obamacare horror story?
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Congress Moves to Stop I.R.S. From Enforcing Health Law Mandate
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Senate Republicans Lay Low on the Fourth, or Face Single-Minded Pressure  —  ALDERSON, W.Va — In normal times, the Fourth of July parade is a fat pitch down the middle for the grinning politician.  For instance, here was Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat facing re-election next year …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care  —  EASTPORT, Maine — For the 15th year, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) spent July 4 marching through this town of 1,331, a short boat ride away from Canada.  She walked and waved, next to marching bands and Shriner-driven lobster boats.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Week
Mohammad Zia Adnan / New York Times:
Going to Hooters and Seeing America  —  It sounds like the beginning of an uncomfortable joke: Four brown kids of Pakistani descent — from Karachi, Dubai, London and Augusta, Ga. — walk into a Hooters on a recent Saturday afternoon.  —  They order cheese fries, mozzarella sticks and a plate …
Peter Wehner / New York Times:
Declaration of Disruption
Discussion: Raw Story
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Another big-time Trump donor eyes buying up Time  —  A supporter holds a copy of TIME magazine he had signed by Donald Trump.  —  Getty Images  —  MORE FROM: … There is now more than one conservative booster of President Trump with a fancy for buying Time Inc. — and its 94-year-old flagship newsweekly, Time.
Discussion: Political Wire
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Kobach faces complaint stemming from Trump's election commission  —  A legal group filed a complaint Monday asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of President Trump's voter fraud panel, violated federal law when his 2018 campaign for Kansas governor highlighted his role on the commission.
David Ljunggren / Reuters:
Canada to compensate ex-Guantanamo inmate, opposition furious  —  Canada's Liberal government will apologize to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and pay him around C$10 million ($7.7 million) in compensation, two sources close to the matter said on Tuesday, prompting opposition protests.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Robert Fife / Canadian Press:
Ottawa to offer Omar Khadr apology, $10-million in compensation
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Christie: My poll numbers show I don't care about political optics  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said that he doesn't care about “political optics” after he earned national attention Monday over photos of him on a beach he closed last week.  —  “I think my poll numbers show …
Discussion: RedState
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Chris Christie flew close to the sun. Now, he sits under it, defiantly.
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Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
After Years of Growth, Automakers Are Cutting U.S. Jobs
David Brooks / New York Times:
What's the Matter With Republicans?
Discussion: Hot Air and Scripting News
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Months of Russia controversy leaves Trump ‘boxed in’ ahead of Putin meeting
Discussion: ABC News
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Biographer: Trump's media attacks motivated by self-preservation
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Democracy Now:
“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech
Discussion: Common Dreams
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
Senators, Visiting Afghanistan, Warn Trump Over Diplomatic Vacancies
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Illinois governor vetoes tax rise, $36B budget
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Diane Dietz / Statesman Journal:
Oregon Republicans shrug off politics, extend benefits to undocumented children
Aida Chavez / The Hill:
Chicago to make future plans a graduation requirement: report
Raqqa: IS ‘capital’ wall breached by US-backed Syrian forces
Discussion: IJR
Nicholas Bakalar / New York Times:
U.S. Fertility Rate Reaches a Record Low
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Eschaton