Trending In Our News Feeds – Senate set to debate immigration reform. The Senate begins voting on the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill today, in a debate most expect to last until Congress’ July 4 break. Democrats will try to pass the bill quickly, but they may face strong opposition from Republicans: Even Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a member of the Gang of Eight, says the bill will not pass without stronger border control measures. If the bill nets the 60 votes required to pass the Senate, it will face a stiffer test in the Republican-controlled House. In an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) expressed concern about the bill, but said he expects it to pass by the end of the year. President Obama will try to set the tone for the Senate debate with a speech in support of immigration reform later this morning. The New York Times has an excellent roundup of the amendments the Gang of Eight’s bill might see in the Senate.
Media provide inside scoop on Snowden story. Stories published in the New York Times and Salon provide an inside look into how Edward Snowden leaked secret NSA documents to the press. In an interview with Salon, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras says Snowden contacted her and journalist Glenn Greenwald by email early this year before they met in Hong Kong. The Times reveals Snowden gave the journalists a set of steps to identify him: “The source had instructed his media contacts to… visit a particular out-of-the-way corner of a certain hotel, and ask — loudly — for directions to another part of the hotel. If all seemed well, the source would walk past holding a Rubik’s Cube.” USA Today reports U.S. officials are considering how to charge Snowden.
White House OKs over-the-counter Plan B. The Plan B morning-after contraceptive will soon be available to women of all ages, as the Obama administration announced yesterday it will not challenge a judge’s ruling that the pill be made available over the counter. The Justice Department sent Judge Edward Korman a letter saying it will not appeal his decision. “This is a huge breakthrough for access to birth control and a historic moment for women’s health and equity,” said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.
Violent clash breaks out in Taksim Square. Turkish riot police blasted protesters in Taksim Square with water cannons and tear gas this morning in an attempt to gain control of the park. Protesters fought back with rocks and fireworks as bulldozers tore down barricades in the square. Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu says he will let the demonstrations continue: “Our aim is to remove the signs and pictures on the Ataturk statue and the Ataturk Cultural Centre. We have no other aim,” he wrote on Twitter.
Microsoft and Sony unveil next generation systems. Microsoft and Sony unveiled new details on their next generation gaming systems yesterday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Microsoft’s Xbox One will hit shelves this fall with a price tag of $499. Sony stole Microsoft’s thunder by announcing the PlayStation 4 will cost $100 less and allow gamers to use old discs. PolicyMic’s Chris Miles says the Xbox One should make you uncomfortable: The system can track your movements around a room, and we know that the NSA taps information from Microsoft.
Must Reads From PolicyMic – What It’s Like to Grow Up In Two Cultures, And Be Accepted By Neither (Ana Defillo, @adefillo) – To Latinos, especially Venezuelans, I am not a “real” Latino. And to Americans, I am too brown to be a “real” American. So how am I supposed to identify?
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The PRISM Scandal Proves We’re Just a Nation Of Knee-Jerkers (Joseph Sarkisian, @joesarkisian) – It has officially become “hip” to jump on the anti-establishment bandwagon. We owe it to ourselves to think more about our positions.
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5 Reasons You Should Be Excited Hillary Clinton Joined Twitter (Hannah Loewentheil) – Hillary Clinton is going to make the twitterverse a better place.
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Is Thomas Friedman Running Out of Material? (Medha Chandorkar) – Thomas Friedman has an invaluable column in the New York Times dedicated to his thoughts, and he has written not one, but two articles on his daughter’s college roommate’s start-up. Really?
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What Happens to Edward Snowden Now? Government Scandals in 6 Steps (Maxime Fischer-Zernin, @swissfisch) – If you’re wondering what will happen Edward Snowden, just take a look at the history of government whistleblowers to figure out the government’s next moves.
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What We’re Sharing – Is Edward Snowden a heroic defender of the Constitution, or a felon who belongs in jail? (Guardian, New Yorker).
– Why does everything go haywire when we think and do at the same time? (NY Times).
– How private colleges prey on African-American ambition (Salon).
– Watch Obama flip flop on privacy rights before your eyes (BuzzFeed).
– Beloved author Maurice Sendak’s animated insights into childhood are wonderful (Daily Beast).
– These behind-the-scenes photos give you an inside look at movie magic (io9).
– Americans spend a lot of time with their phones. Exactly this much (All Things D).
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