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Education groups back $2 billion Wi-Fi plan

THE HILL: A coalition of education groups is backing a proposal at the Federal Communications Commission that would funnel billions of dollars into wireless Internet for schools and libraries. The proposal “is a necessary first step toward providing students with the educational infrastructure they need to excel,” 10 education groups said in a letter to FCC commissioners sent Monday.

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Nowaratesh: Unaccompanied minors and unintended consequences

THE HILL: Government policies have unintended consequences that can play out far into the future. There is perhaps no better example of this than the complex legal changes that have impacted the current surge of unaccompanied immigrant children (UAC) coming across the border. American policies crafted in the 1990s likely unintentionally had a role in incentivizing some of the migration and the smugglers that carry many of the migrants.

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Left frets on Ginsburg’s next steps

THE HILL: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might be a hero of the left, but liberals are beginning to question whether it’s time for her to go. Their rationale is that the court’s oldest member, who at 81 has battled colon and pancreatic cancer, should strongly consider announcing her retirement sooner rather than later to give President Obama a chance to nominate her successor while Democrats still control the Senate.

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Dems plot legislative offensive on high court’s birth control decision

THE HILL: Democrats want to lure Republicans into a fight over birth control with legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision that ObamaCare may not require certain businesses to include contraception in their employee health coverage. At least three bills are being crafted in the House and Senate to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which the high court used as the basis for its ruling that the contraception mandate violated federal law.

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VA whistleblowers to detail retribution

POLITICO: House lawmakers will hear testimony on Tuesday from whistleblowers who accuse the Department of Veterans Affairs of retaliating against them for exposing shoddy medical care. The VA would often force whistleblowers into administrative leave after they raised concerns about lagging health care quality stemming from overworked nurses or under-staffed medical centers, according to testimony from four witnesses set to testify before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration push hits brick wall

POLITICO: Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration reform push had all the capital, connections and star power to merit success. But not even Silicon Valley could make this investment — and the Facebook founder’s first foray into national politics — pay off.

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Behind Harry Reid’s war against the Koch brothers

POLITICO: At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown.

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Supreme dump: Court expands reach of Hobby Lobby on eve of holiday weekend

AL JAZEERA: Is it an undue burden on religious freedom to ensure that an individual or group’s beliefs do not impinge on the freedom of someone holding different beliefs? What sounds like one of those conundrums designed more to inspire intellectual badinage than concrete law has become a serious and pressing question thanks to a furious week of activity at the Supreme Court.

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Chicago: More than 60 shot July 4 weekend in latest gun violence

AL JAZEERA: At least nine people were killed and another 53 injured as a result of Chicago gun violence over the July Fourth weekend, authorities said. The violence was so widespread in the nation's third-largest city during the period from late Thursday through Sunday that police were still tallying the dead and wounded on Monday.

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Alfredo Di Stéfano: epic trajectory of the Blond Arrow

AL JAZEERA: The death of Alfredo Di Stéfano at the age of 88 after a heart attack means not just the loss of one of the all-time greats of soccer, but one whose career reads like a history of the 20th century game, from the artistry of midcentury Argentina to today’s cash-saturated enterprise as represented by the current Champions League winners, Real Madrid.

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United Nations recognizes same-sex marriages of all staffers

AL JAZEERA: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the United Nations is recognizing the same-sex marriages of all its staffers. Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday.

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Google tracking video streaming speeds by ISP

AL JAZEERA: Google is rating the quality of video streaming services offered by Internet service providers on a new website, the latest development in the fight between broadband providers and content companies over who is to blame for slow streaming speeds.

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Oklahoma town divided on influx of immigrant kids to Army base

AL JAZEERA: It was noon on Sunday when Jose Luis, a 38-year-old construction worker who stopped for lunch at Aranda’s Mexican Grill, finished his menudo, a traditional Mexican stew of beef tripe in a red chili pepper broth. Mexican music blared from a corner jukebox. Jose Luis, an undocumented immigrant who declined to provide his last name, said he first crossed the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, Texas, when he was 19. He has since crossed more times than he can remember.

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In France, boys will be boys

AL JAZEERA: The French government has decided to throw out a contested pilot program that introduced gender theory in 275 schools for children between the ages of 3 and 11, with the aim of promoting the challenging of gender norms and eliminating sexist stereotyping. In June the state gave into pressure from massive protests organized by a mix of conservative, religious groups and right-wing hardliners. France had planned to roll out the curriculum to the rest of the country in September.

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Israel launches military offensive in Gaza

AL JAZEERA: Israel launched an offensive against Hamas in Gaza on Tuesday, bombing some 50 targets, including homes. Israeli raids were reported throughout the Gaza Strip, including Gaza City, with jets attacking empty training camps belonging to Palestinian fighting groups.

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One dead as powerful typhoon hits Japan's Okinawa

REUTERS: One man died, more than 500,000 people were urged to evacuate and hundreds of flights were canceled in Japan as a strong typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to its southwestern islands and could bring heavy rain to Tokyo later this week.

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