Edward Snowden Certainly Has a Way With Words

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July 10 2013 8:48 AM

Opening Act: The Queen's Selfies to the Pool Boy

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A demonstrator holds up a picture of former contractor Edward Snowden in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on July 7, 2013. Snowden told Der Spiegel the National Security Agency is "in bed" with Germany.

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Edward Snowden keeps talking.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

As a general rule, so long as you have any choice at all, you should never route through or peer with the UK under any circumstances. Their fibers are radioactive, and even the Queen's selfies to the pool boy get logged.

And meanwhile:

American voters say 55 - 34 percent that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. In a massive shift in attitudes, voters say 45 - 40 percent the government's anti-terrorism efforts go too far restricting civil liberties, a reversal from a January 10, 2010, survey... when voters said 63 - 25 percent that such activities didn't go far enough to adequately protect the country.
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Tim Murphy profiles Greg Abbott, the man who will probably replace Gov. Rick Perry.

Abbott's opposition to any form of federal control is so fierce he even went to court to argue that Texas cities should not be compelled to provide wheelchair access because he believed the Americans With Disabilities Act was unconstitutional—despite the fact that Abbott himself has been paralyzed from the waist down since 1984, when he was struck by a falling tree.

Chuck Todd explains what lefty writers have been harrumphing about for a while: The unique nature of the GOP's refusal to go along with legal Obamacare.

Ginger Gibson cheekily asks the human props at press conferences to talk to her. No dice.

And if Sarah Palin's going to try to reignite interest in her career, four long years after she quit the governor's office, someone's going to bring this up. Sen. Mark Begich, the Democrat she'd be challenging, leads her by 16 points.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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