Euro Zone Ditching U.S. Data; SCOTUS’ Future; Snowden Snowbound; Egypt’s Military Tightrope; Organs Off The Shelf — Friday Morning News Roundup 7-5-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • European businesses are likely to abandon the services of American Internet providers because of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, the European commission has warned. Source: The Guardian… 
  • In a Reuters interview, 80-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg vowed to resist any pressure to retire that might come from liberals who want to ensure that Democratic President Barack Obama can pick her successor before the November 2016 presidential election. Source: Reuters… 
  • Icelandic lawmakers have introduced a proposal in Parliament that would grant immediate citizenship to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Source: Fox News… 
  • In a statement posted on its Facebook page Friday, Egypt’s armed forces warned against “falling into an endless circle of revenge,” saying it was keen to avoid any extraordinary or arbitrary measures against any faction or political movement. The military is calling for reconciliations ahead of planned rallies by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Source: Al Arabiya… 
  • A human liver has been grown inside a mouse, giving hope that patients could receive new organs created from their own skin cells within a decade. The breakthrough would eradicate donor waiting lists and the risk of the body rejecting a replacement organ. Source: Metro UK… 

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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