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11:25 AM, July 29th, 2013

Front Page - July 29, 2013

1. U.S. Not Ready to Cut Aid to Egypt: Though California’s Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has urged Congress to stop its $1.5 billion worth of annual aid to the embattled country, fellow lawmakers have stayed quiet about the suspending assistance

2. Train Operator Admits Recklessness: The 52-year-old Spanish train operator was officially charged with 79 counts of homicide after admitting to a judge that he had acted recklessly when the train he was manning derailed last week.

3. Weiner: ‘I’m Huge, I Can Help: He reportedly told sexting partners Sydney Leathers, “I’m huge, I can help you,” offering her the use of his name and, allegedly, political power to get a ticket to the DNC and even a job at politico.

4. Dozen Car Bombs Kill 51 in Iraq: The coordinated blasts, which have not been claimed but look like the world of the Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda’s Iraqi branch, were just the latest in a wave of violence that has taken more than 3,000 lives since April.

5. Israel-Palestine Peace Talks to Resume: Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday to propose two days of meetings, and both sides accepted.

Photo: A participant splashes into the mud during the annual mud flats olympics. The games takes place in the muddy tidal flats common to the north German coast and includes football, handball, volleyball, and mud sledding. By Patrick Lux/Getty.

1:06 PM, July 19th, 2013

Front Page - July 19, 2013

1. Detroit Files for Bankruptcy: In the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, the emergency manager of Detroit asked a federal judge for permission to put the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on Thursday afternoon.

2. Texas Files ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill: Three Republican lawmakers have filed a measure to criminalize abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected—it normally is heard around six weeks into a pregnancy.

3. Putin Critic Released: Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was released Friday when an appeals court ruled that his conviction for embezzlement denied him his right to participate in the Moscow mayoral campaign, for which he’s a candidate.

4. Florida Protests ‘Stand Your Ground’: “This bill encourages people to shoot their way out of situations, and that’s not how we live in a civilized society,” state Democratic leader Chris Smith said.

5. No Deal After Egypt Coup: Over two weeks after the Egyptian military’s overthrow of the government of President Mohamed Morsi, there is still no sign of a deal between the generals and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement Morsi led

Photo: An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. The camp is now home to 160,000 Syrians, equal in size to what would be Jordan’s fifth-largest city. Pool photo by Mandel Ngan

3:14 PM, July 17th, 2013
Front Page - Wednesday, July 17, 2013
1. Jurors: B37 Doesn’t Speak for Us: Four Zimmerman jurors (there were only six in total, so get ready for a doozy from the last one) said in a statement Tuesday that the comments made by B37 were “not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.”
2. Liz Cheney Announces Senate Bid: Liz Cheney, an outspoken conservative activist and the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, announced on Tuesday she will run for Senate in Wyoming.
3. Internet Hates Rolling Stone Cover: The Internet really doesn’t like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone. Critics say that it glamorizes the young Boston bomber, like any heartthrob rock star who’s had the chance to grace the magazine.
4. 22 Kids Die From School Meals in India: Twenty-two schoolchildren are dead and dozens more are ill on Wednesday after eating tainted food as part of a free-lunch program in India’s eastern state of Bihar.
5. Britain Legalized Gay Marriage: Queen Elizabeth II approved the legalization of gay marriage in Britain, the day after the law passed Parliament, although the Church of England still refuses to conduct same-sex weddings.
Photo: Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heat atop a building. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s. By Matt Rourke/AP

Front Page - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

1. Jurors: B37 Doesn’t Speak for Us: Four Zimmerman jurors (there were only six in total, so get ready for a doozy from the last one) said in a statement Tuesday that the comments made by B37 were “not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.”

2. Liz Cheney Announces Senate Bid: Liz Cheney, an outspoken conservative activist and the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, announced on Tuesday she will run for Senate in Wyoming.

3. Internet Hates Rolling Stone Cover: The Internet really doesn’t like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone. Critics say that it glamorizes the young Boston bomber, like any heartthrob rock star who’s had the chance to grace the magazine.

4. 22 Kids Die From School Meals in India: Twenty-two schoolchildren are dead and dozens more are ill on Wednesday after eating tainted food as part of a free-lunch program in India’s eastern state of Bihar.

5. Britain Legalized Gay Marriage: Queen Elizabeth II approved the legalization of gay marriage in Britain, the day after the law passed Parliament, although the Church of England still refuses to conduct same-sex weddings.

Photo: Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heat atop a building. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s. By Matt Rourke/AP

10:53 AM, July 12th, 2013

Front Page - July 12, 2013

Snowden: “I Want the US to Succeed”: At a meeting with several human rights groups today, Edward Snowden discussed how he plans to get out of Russia and into one of the Latin Amercian countries that have offered him asylum. 

Morsi’s Son Defends Dad: “What do I see in the coming days? That the revolution will succed and that the legitimate leader will return.”

Rand Paul Considering Presidential Bid: He plans to make an announcement after the midterm congressinoal elections in 2014, but already leads his potential rivals by a few percentage points in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey, 

Humanoid Robot Debuts: “A new species, Robo sapiens, are emerging.”

Hubble Spots Blue Planet: Named HD 189733b, the planet is a gas giant with a daytime temperatue of 2,000 degree, with liquid gas particles possibily blowing around its surface in 4,500 miles-per-hour winds. It is 63 light-years away. 

Photo: Guatemala City: A man is seen through power lines working on the placement of a panoramic ad. By Jorge Lopez/ReutersS

10:51 AM, July 3rd, 2013

Front page — July 3rd, 2013

  1. Snowden Flight Rumors Irk Bolivia: Bolivian President Evo Morales had to make an unscheduled stop in Austria after France, Portugal, and Spain denied his plane access to their airspace. It all began earlier this week in Moscow, when Morales offhandedly suggested that he might be willing to take in the fugitive American whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  2. Patients HIV-Free After Marrow Transplant: Researchers are celebrating what looks like a major step on the road to eventually finding a cure for the AIDS virus. At an international AIDS conference Wednesday, it was announced that following bone-marrow transplants for blood cancers, two HIV-infected patients in Boston are now virus-free and off their antiretroviral drugs.
  3. Morsi Defiant Ahead of Deadline: The clock is ticking on the Egyptian military’s threat to overthrow President Mohamed Morsi, but the stubborn leader is showing no signs of backing down. There are now only mere hours left until what looks slated to be a clash between the military and members of Morsi’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
  4. Firefighter Memorial Draws Thousands: Thousands of people gathered at a high school in Prescott, Arizona, on Tuesday night to honor the 19 firefighters who were killed battling raging forest fires in the state. Nineteen purple balloons—one for each firefighter—were released during the ceremony, which had a notably religious tone.
  5. Tiffany Exec Accused of Stealing: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, vice president of product development for Tiffany & Co., was arrested in Connecticut on Wednesday morning and accused of stealing and reselling over $1.2 million worth of jewelry. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story was that after 20 years of working for the ubiquitous high-end jeweler, Lederhaas-Okun had allegedly been pocketing bling for only two years.

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PHOTO: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Cairo and cities across Egypt to protest against President Mohamed Morsi on June 30, the end of his first full year in office. (Amr Nabil/AP) Read more here.

10:49 AM, June 28th, 2013

Front page - June 28, 2013

Senate Passes Immigration Reform: After weeks of debate and failed votes, the Senate passed its immigration reform bill today 68-32—a vote that included 14 Republicans.

Army Blocks Guardian Website: The U.S. Army is blocking access to the website of The Guardian after the newspaper broke stories about NSA spying programs revealed by leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden. 

U.K. to OK Three-Way DNA: The new technique allows scientists to take DNA from another person if a mother wants to avoid passing on certain genetic diseases, like a faulty mitochondria, and embed it in a healthy donor embryo that is then transferred to the mother’s womb. 

Christie: I’d Veto Same-Sex Bill: Christie announced he would veto a same-sex marriage bill if it got to his desk, and noted that the recent Supreme Court ruling striking a ban on federal benefits for same-sex marriage won’t impact New Jersey, which allows civil unions.

NYT: ‘White House Down’ Not Bad: Looking to catch a movie this weekend? New York Times critic Manohla Dargis found the movie, starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, “entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared.” 

Video: Happy Friday, everyone! In the midst of sweeping political and social movements around the globe, if there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that this video is fantastic. Enjoy! Uploaded via Youtube by BirdLoversOnly. 

10:21 AM, June 27th, 2013

Front Page - June 27, 2013

1. Mandela’s Health Overshadows Obama’s Senegal Trip: As President Obama heads to Senegal for a trip focused on the African country’s move toward democracy, his agenda is overshadowed by Nelson Mandela’s worsening health.

2. Obama Not Stressing Over Snowden: Speaking in Senegal, Obama dismissed the whistleblower’s importance to the administration saying he hadn’t attempted any deals with Russia or China for his return and that he was “not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

3. Perry Announces Special Session: Following Texas State Rep. Wendy Davis’ 13-hour fillibuster, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, expressing a desire to “protect women and the unborn,” has announced that the legislature will hold a special session on July 1.

4. Texts Lead to Murder Charge for NFL Player: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged, Wednesday, for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd, and it could be his alleged victim’s final text messages that ultimately incriminated him.

5. Kerry Reviving Israel-Palestine Peace Talks: The U.S. secretary of State will meet with leaders in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel over the next few days in hopes of reviving peace talks between the latter two.

PhotoSharon Burk and Mollie Wagoner, students from The American University in DC. embrace after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. By Mark Wilson/Getty. 

10:38 AM, June 26th, 2013

Front Page — June 26, 2013

  1. Texas Abortion Bill Did Not PassIt might not have been easy to stand on the Texas House floor in those pink running shoes for over 10 hours, but it looks like Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster actually worked.
  2. SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMAIn a historic victory for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.
  3. Bodies Recovered in India Chopper CrashThe bodies of 20 people were recovered Wednesday, one day after a helicopter carrying survivors of major landslides and flooding crashed into a hillside in northern India. Over 1,000 people have died and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the floods, which have ravaged the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand since the middle of June.
  4. Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez ArrestedAaron Hernandez was arrested at his Massachusetts home Wednesday morning, one day after his attorney unleashed an attack on the media for falsely reporting that the police had a warrant for the New England Patriot on an obstruction-of-justice charge.
  5. Markey Wins Mass. Senate SeatDemocratic Congressman Edward J. Markey is the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts, beating out Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez with 54 percent of the vote in a special election.

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PHOTO: In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a child sits on the window of a train, while he and others try to escape the heat trapped inside the cabin, as temperatures reached 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Rawalpindi railway station. (Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

11:37 AM, June 25th, 2013
Front Page— June 25, 2013
SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Section of Voting Rights Act: In a decision that will have major repercussions for future elections, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated which regions with a history of racial discrimination had to get federal approval for changes in election law.
Defense: Block Zimmerman’s Calls: Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial sought on Monday to have the self-appointed neighborhood vigilante’s previous calls to police be admitted into evidence, while the defense has tried to block them as irrelevant to the case at hand.
U.S. to Russia: ‘Do the Right Thing’: Hope Edward Snowden is enjoying those long June nights in Moscow—Washington doesn’t want him to stay there much longer. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Russia to “do the right thing” and return the fugitive leaker, who is believed to still be in Moscow despite rumors Monday that he had boarded a flight to Cuba en route to Ecuador.
Gunmen Attack Afghan Palace: Gunmen attacked the Afghan presidential palace early Tuesday morning while reporters were present for a press event with President Hamid Karzai, according to Reuters. Explosions and gunfire reportedly shook the city center and debris was visible.
Turkish Police Arrest 20 Protesters: Turkey on Tuesday cracked down on the widespread protests that have swept the country since May, detaining 20 people in Ankara. The protests began as demonstration against a planned development on a park in Istanbul, but turned into a massive statement against Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan—and there have been daily demonstrations in the capital since then.
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PHOTO:  The season for pineapples (yakuza slang for hand grenades) may finally be over. Jake Adelstein and Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky on the bloody, seven-year battle between the Dojin-kai and the Seido-kai. Read more here.

Front Page— June 25, 2013

  1. SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Section of Voting Rights ActIn a decision that will have major repercussions for future elections, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated which regions with a history of racial discrimination had to get federal approval for changes in election law.
  2. Defense: Block Zimmerman’s Calls: Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial sought on Monday to have the self-appointed neighborhood vigilante’s previous calls to police be admitted into evidence, while the defense has tried to block them as irrelevant to the case at hand.
  3. U.S. to Russia: ‘Do the Right Thing’: Hope Edward Snowden is enjoying those long June nights in Moscow—Washington doesn’t want him to stay there much longer. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Russia to “do the right thing” and return the fugitive leaker, who is believed to still be in Moscow despite rumors Monday that he had boarded a flight to Cuba en route to Ecuador.
  4. Gunmen Attack Afghan Palace: Gunmen attacked the Afghan presidential palace early Tuesday morning while reporters were present for a press event with President Hamid Karzai, according to Reuters. Explosions and gunfire reportedly shook the city center and debris was visible.
  5. Turkish Police Arrest 20 Protesters: Turkey on Tuesday cracked down on the widespread protests that have swept the country since May, detaining 20 people in Ankara. The protests began as demonstration against a planned development on a park in Istanbul, but turned into a massive statement against Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan—and there have been daily demonstrations in the capital since then.

PHOTO:  The season for pineapples (yakuza slang for hand grenades) may finally be over. Jake Adelstein and Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky on the bloody, seven-year battle between the Dojin-kai and the Seido-kai. Read more here.

1:03 PM, June 24th, 2013

Frontpage— June 24, 2013

  1. Snowden Not on Flight to Cuba: Is he just wearing a mustache or hiding in the drink cart? NSA leaker Edward Snowden is so far a no-show on what Russian officials said would be his flight to Havana on Monday—which also happens to be packed with journalists. He may be heading to Ecuador. 
  2. Report: Snowden Took Job to Get NSA Intel: The South China Morning Post reported on Monday that the fugitive leaker said he had taken a job as an independent contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton for one reason: to gather information about NSA’s surveillance program. 
  3. Zimmerman Family Booted From Court: George Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder trial kicked off on Monday with Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, giving a statement and the judge removing Zimmerman’s family from the courtroom since they could be potential witnesses.
  4. Silvio Berlusconi Guilty in Sex Case: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly been convicted of abusing his power by engaging in sex-for-hire and sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from holding political office.
  5. SCOTUS Punts on Affirmative Action: The Supreme Court on Monday deferred ruling on the merits of affirmative action, instead sending the case back down to a lower court. The suit, Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin, revolved around whether the university could use race as a factor in admissions decisions. The court will revisit the issue sometime next year. 

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PHOTO: A boy plays on a TV news stage across from Mandela’s former home. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

11:35 AM, June 21st, 2013

Front Page - June 21, 2013

1. Brazilian President Calls Emergency Meeting: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called her top cabinet members for an emergency meeting Friday, as the protests that have raged across her country for at least a week have continued to grow in size and veracity.

2. Snowden Background Check ‘Flawed’: USIS, the government contractor that performed Snowden’s background check, is being probed because, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill, of its failure to conduct proper investigations.

3. Investors Overreacting About Market: One day after financial markets across the globe took an unexpected dip, investors are trying to figure out what, exactly, went wrong and whether the worst is over.

4. LeBron James Leads Miami Heat to Victory: James’s performance helped the Heat become the first NBA team to score a repeat championship win since the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2009–10 double victory, sparking comparisons to the likes of Michael Jordan.

5. N. Carolina Revokes Racial Justice Law: Since 2009 it has been illegal to sentence someone to death based on race in North Carolina. But, since that meant anyone could virtually appeal their death sentence arguing racial discrimination, the law was really getting in the way of North Carolina’s capital punishment, and the state’s Republican lawmakers were not having that.

Video: Happy Friday, tumblr! In celebration of this fantastic occasion, here is Hamlet the Pig making his way down some stairs. Uploaded via Youtube by PiggyGirl2010. 

11:04 AM, June 11th, 2013

Front Page - June 11, 2013

1. Booz Allen Fires Snowden: “Snowden, who had a salary at the rate of $122,000, was terminated June 10, 2013, for violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy,” the company said in a statement.

2. Greenwald: There’s Even More to Come: Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke the story of the NSA’s widespread spying program, said there are “significant revelations” still to come from the documents leaked to him by Edward Snowden 

3. Turkish Police Storm Taksim Square: Turkish police on Tuesday stormed Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the heart of the two-week-long protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The demonstrators responded by throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks, and fireworks.

4. U.S. to Drop Plan B Limits: The U.S. government is stepping down on its attempt to block over-the-counter access to a morning-after contraceptive pill for women and girls of all ages. 

5. White House Cancels Congress’s Picnic: The annual event is held for both Senate and House members and their families, but there are “scheduled-related, not sequester-related” problems with the picnic.

Photo: Khudaidad Mohmand, 28, an Afghan man, performs ablution for prayers in the Kabul River as the sun sets on the outskirts of town. By Rahmat Gul/AP. 

11:32 AM, June 6th, 2013

The Front Page - June 6, 2013

1. Obama Defends Spying on Your Calls: Apparently, the Obama administration’s go-to response when it comes to scandals is simple: “We did this for you.”

2. Woman Rescued from Philly Rubble: A 61-year-old woman was pulled from the debris of a collapsed Philadelphia building, bringing the toll of survivors up to 14. 

3. West: Holder Scarier Than Al Qaeda: Who poses a bigger threat to U.S. security: Attorney General Eric Holder or Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current head of Al Qaeda? According to former congressman Allen West, the answer is easy. 

4. U.S. Condemns Syrian ArmyThe Syrian Army is wreaking havoc on a number of villages surrounding Qusair, a strategic border town it seized from rebels after two weeks of fighting that reportedly left no building undamaged. 

5. Girl, 10, Moved to Adult Transplant List: A 10-year-old girl dying of cystic fibrosis has been moved to an adult transplant list after a federal judge in Philadelphia granted the temporary request due to her severe condition.

Photo: Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistanis are silhouetted against vehicle headlamps while walking on street darkened by power cuts, on the outskirts of Islamabad. By Muhammed Muheisen/AP. 

1:07 PM, July 23rd, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, July 23rd

  1. Iraq Bombings Kill 93: Monday marked Iraq’s bloodiest day so far this year, as 93 people died from bombings and shootings. Just a few days prior, the leader of the country’s al Qaeda faction declared a new offensive in an attempt to take advantage of the disorganized Baghdad government U.S. troops are leaving behind. Monday’s violence suggests al Qaeda is much more powerful than U.S. and Iraqi officials admit. 
  2. Holmes Dazed in Court: James Holmes, the sole suspect in the Colorado movie-theater shooting, sat silent and seemingly dazed in his first court appearance Monday. Investigators say Holmes is not cooperating with them, and when they searched his apartment Sunday, they found several Batman-related items, including a poster for the movie and a Batman mask. 
  3. Penn State Fined $60M: Penn State will be fined $60 million—one year’s worth of revenue from the football team—which will go towards foundations to help victims and the prevention of sexual abuse, the NCAA announced today. Its football team will also be banned from bowl games and any other postseason games for the next four years and the number of scholarships provided for Penn State athletes will be reduced from 25 to 15 for the next four years.
  4. Arab League Offers Assad ‘Safe Exit’: In an effort to end the violence that has raged across Syria for over a year, the Arab League’s secretary-general offered Bashar al-Assad, the country’s president, a “safe exit” if he steps down. The organization also offered $100 million for Syrian refugees who’ve had to flee to other countries. This isn’t the first such offer the despotic president has received. 
  5. Euro Drops to 11-Year Low: The euro reached its lowest level since 2000 Monday, making it 1 percent against the yen. The slip seems motivated by fear of an impending bailout for Spain. 

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Photo of the Day: July 22, 2012

Penn State employees covered the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium before removing it on Sunday.

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12:58 PM, July 11th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, July 11th

  1. Spain Unleashes New Austerity MeasuresThe Spanish government is celebrating being granted a big bank bailout by the U.N. with a brand-new plan for austerity. Spain plans to tighten its belt even further through a new hike in sales tax on such things as cigarettes, cars, clothing, and telephone services, as well as public transportation, processed foods, and hotel and bar services. They’re also adding several more spending cuts in the hope of taking $79.85 billion off its total budget over the next two and a half years.
  2. Parliament: Diamond Misled UsBob Diamond may have resigned and agreed to testify in front of British Parliament when an interest-rate-fixing scandal within Barclays Bank, of which he was CEO, came to light. But now British lawmakers think Diamond misled Parliament during its inquiry into the Barclays scandal. 
  3. GOP: Stop Health Care Law, Stop Tax: House Republicans are on a mission to repeal President Obama’s health-care overhaul, and they’re latching onto the wording of the Supreme Court’s recent decision two weeks ago. The House of Representatives has voted at least 30 times to get rid of Obamacare in some way and will do so yet again on Wednesday, this time making the argument that by doing so, they’d be saving about 20 million Americans from paying an unnecessary tax. 
  4. Hillary Clinton Visits Laos: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a stop in Laos Wednesday while traveling through Asia, and was faced with several reminders of the Vietnam War. Her visit was the first by an American secretary of state in 57 years.
  5. Holder: Texas ID Law a Poll Tax: Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the NAACP’s annual convention on Tuesday just after federal judges in Washington began hearing a lawsuit over Texas’s voter-identification law. “We will not allow political pretext to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right,” Holder declared before the crowd of 600 in Houston. The U.S. Justice Department, led by Holder, has opposed Texas’s photo-ID requirement for voters, finding it more harmful to minorities than helpful.

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Photo of The Day: July 10, 2012

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President Barack Obama discusses middle class tax cuts with Jason and Ali McLaughlin at their home in Iowa.

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