Brazil vs. the Netherlands: Currently led by the men in orange, 2-1. (UPDATE: The Netherlands win! And Brazil is out.)

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Job creation: Weak in June, with only 83,000 private-sector jobs added.

Cantwell: Now backing the financial reform bill, which helps Democrats in the Senate find a route to passage.

Especially: With Robert Byrd being buried today.

Rand Paul's rant: We're like the failing Roman Empire, and the Day of Reckoning cometh.

Obama's immigration speech: Little chance of turning into Congressional action this year.

Portland's re-opened Al Gore investigation: Explained.

The iPhone death grip problem: Apple now acknowledges it, and says it will fix.

A Russian agent confesses: Allegedly, telling investigators he loved the Russian intelligence service more than his son.

Our "lush" spring: That's what you call this? OK. Well, watch out for wild fires because of it.

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And Happy Fourth of July! Here's the Declaration of Independence, as read aloud by NPR staff and contributors. (Surprisingly affecting.)

Fourth of July Parade in Seattle, 1936
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  • Fourth of July Parade in Seattle, 1936