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Today's News Tips: July 5, 2012

by Matt Metzner, published

Today's News Tips. The Independent Breakdown of Today's News.

The Atlantic – The DC Power Outage From Space [PHOTO]

A before and after photo of the outage that still has 30,000 people without power.

POLITICO – Obama Travelling with Spokesteam

The President began travelling with a White House and campaign spokesperson today. Jay Carney still speaks on behalf of the Administration while Jen Psaki represents the campaign.

POLITICO – Herman Cain Thinks Romney has Debate Advantage Over Obama The former presidential candidate believes Romney has the upper hand in upcoming presidential debates. He certainly is practiced after the primary debate marathon. Cain may also be stumping as a hopeful VP pick.

The Daily Beast – Obama Already Pivoting on Drug Policy

The President has slashed the budget of helicopter surveillance that was directed at thwarting domestic home-growers. The cuts shift dollars to border states while cutting the overall budget in half.

Reuters – Human Error May Have Exacerbated Fukushima Crisis

A panel of investigators has stated that the “accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and Tepco, and the lack of governance by said parties.” International safety standards could have helped prevent the disaster.

The Daily Beast – Obamacare is Cheaper An infographic explains what groups will save money thanks to the ACA.

AP – Al-Jazeera Hacked by Assad Supporters

An English language show that reports on social media was the target of hackers associated with Syrian President Bashar Assad who posted pro-Assad materials today.

AP – Countrywide Won Favor of Congress with Discounted Loans

The former loan giant used discount loans to buy the support of members of Congress, congressional staff, government officials, and executives.

Slate – Understanding the Higgs Boson

Tomorrow an announcement will be made and it’s expected that the decades-long search for the particle which is a fundamental building block of our universe. Here are analogies to help you understand what the discovery means.

POLITICO – Iran Claims US Bases are in Range of Missiles

The Revolution Guard Corps declared that American bases in the Middle East and Israel are within a minute’s reach of their missiles.

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