The Note's Must-Reads for Monday July 1, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Amanda VanAllen, Will Cantine and J.P. Lawrence

NSA ABC's Kari Rea: " Julian Assange: 'No Stopping' Release of Additional NSA Secrets " Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said this morning in an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that there is no stopping the release of additional NSA secrets obtained by Edward Snowden, a former contract employee of the organization. "There is no stopping the publishing process at this stage. Great care has been taken to make sure that Mr. Snowden can't be pressured by any state to stop the publication process. LINK

USA Today's Kelly Kennedy: "Assange: 'No stopping' publication of NSA documents" WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said documents taken by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will still be published. "There is no stopping the publishing process at this stage," Assange told ABC's This Week Sunday. Assange also called Snowden a "hero" and said he doesn't know where he is or where he plans to go. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Te-Ping Chen and Ken Brown: "Snowden's Options for Refuge Narrow" As Edward Snowden entered his second week of limbo in Moscow's airport on Sunday, his decision to go to Russia is looking riskier than it first appeared, and may have left him in a worse situation than if he had stayed in Hong Kong. LINK

The Hill's Brendan Sasso: " NSA revelations throw wrench into lawmakers' cybersecurity push" Revelations about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs could make it more difficult for Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation. Civil liberties groups have long argued that the House's cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), could allow vast batches of private online information to fall into the hands of the NSA. LINK

Bloomberg's Susan Decker and John Walcott: " Snowden Disclosures Won't Stop, WikiLeaks Founder Assange Says" Arresting former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden wouldn't stop the release of information on classified programs to collect phone records and e-mail communications, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said. "There is no stopping the publishing process at this stage," Assange said yesterday on ABC's "This Week" program. LINK

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION The Washington Post's Robert Barnes: " Ginsburg, Thomas Spar Over Race; Court Likely To Get More Affirmative-Action Cases" Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent in the Supreme Court's affirmative action decision last week reminded the world of this gem from the late law professor Thomas Reed Powell: "If you think that you can think about a thing inextricably attached to something else without thinking of the thing which it is attached to, then you have a legal mind." That is what the great legal minds on the court did, according to Ginsburg, when they put the University of Texas's freshmen admissions policy under a microscope for eight months and then weren't sure what they'd seen. They sent it back for a lower court to take another look. LINK

MIDDLE EAST The New York Times' Jodi Rudoren and Michael R. Gordon: " Kerry Sees Progress in Effort To Revive Mideast Talks" After four days of the most intense Middle East peace push in years, Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Sunday without securing a public commitment that the two sides would return to the negotiating table, though he insisted that "real progress" had been made and said that a resumption of talks "could be within reach." In what has become a familiar refrain, Mr. Kerry promised to return to the region soon. LINK

The Boston Globe's Michael R. Gordon: " John Kerry cites progress in Mideast peace talks" Secretary of State John Kerry wound up his most intensive push yet for a revival of Middle East peace talks Sunday without achieving a breakthrough, but he said that his four days of marathon meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders had yielded "real progress" and that a resumption of substantive negotiations could be "within reach." LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA ABC News' Jonathan Karl: " Obama Compares Nelson Mandela to George Washington." Although President Obama will not get a chance to see Nelson Mandela on his trip to South Africa, he is using his historic visit to pay tribute to the man he calls a hero to the world and will meet today with the Mandela family. At a joint press conference with South African President Jacob Zuma this morning, President Obama spoke extensively about Mandela's legacy. LINK

IMMIGRATION BILL The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Sen. Marco Rubio's political future is tied to success of immigration bill" Sen. Marco Rubio was the glue that held together the immigration deal in the Senate, helping set the stage for adding tens of thousands of Border Patrol agents to the final deal - but failing to win many of the changes the Florida Republican himself said he needed to see. The 68-32 vote last week in favor of the bill was a milestone for the Senate and for the immigration debate, but it was even more important for the first-term senator whose political future is inextricably linked with the landmark legislation he helped write and pass. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Former Top Ranking General Allegedly Leaked Secrets to the Press" LINK "Julian Assange on 'This Week'" LINK

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