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Happy Fourth! Hope Arthur Doesn’t Rain on Your Parade—THE EDGE

By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The U.S. economy added more jobs than expected. The House Ethics Committee reversed a "wrong decision" disclosed this week. Iran reduces demands for the size of its nuclear program. Israel and Hamas lob rockets over the Gaza border.

TOP NEWS

288,000 JOBS ADDED IN JUNE. Unemployment is at its lowest since 2008, but many of the gains come from low-paying sectors like the food-service industry. (Jonathan House, Wall Street Journal)

 

HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE WALKS BACK DISCLOSURE DECISION. The committee will undo its decision to delete the requirement that lawmakers disclose free trips they receive. "It was a wrong decision, and we're going to fix it," said the committee chairman. (Shane Goldmacher, National Journal)

IRAN REDUCES NUCLEAR DEMANDS. Diplomats say that Iran has reduced demands for the size of its future nuclear enrichment program, but negotiators are urging further compromise. (Charbonneau and Hafezi, Reuters)

ISRAEL AND HAMAS TRADE ROCKET FIRE. Israeli troops massed along the border of the Gaza Strip after 30 rockets that originated there hit southern Israel in the last 24 hours. Overnight, 15 Israeli airstrikes hit sites in Gaza it claims were associated with Hamas. (Rudoren and Kershner, New York Times)

TOMORROW IN ONE WORD: America. Happy Fourth.

TOP LINES

THE ARCHITECTURE OF ABORTION CLINICS. In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on buffer zones surrounding reproductive clinics, some abortion clinics are considering ways in which the architecture of the clinic itself could serve the same purpose, while maintaining a warm and inviting space. (Elizabeth Dickinson, FastCo.Design)

ENCRYPTION NEARS THE MAINSTREAM. An "ultra-simple app" makes file encryption easy for the first time. The app is at the vanguard of a movement for more and more security in every Internet user's daily life. (Andy Greenberg, WIRED)

TIM HOWARD'S SECRET: TOURETTE'S. A neurologist explains that the syndrome contributes to the Team USA goalie's "abnormal quickness," which Howard demonstrated over and over in his team's match against Belgium on Tuesday. (Michael Daly, The Daily Beast)

FORGET SOCCER; THE SPORT OF THE WEEK IS COMPETITIVE EATING. If reigning champion Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Hot Dog Contest on July 4, he'll have broken the seeming curse of the eighth championship. (Adam Felder, The Atlantic)

TOP READS

TECH OFFICES: What do they tell us about the future of work? (Kate Losse, Aeon)

TURBULENCE: An engineer tries to understand how the same turbulence that rocks airplanes actually works by studying the "puffs" of air or water that act almost as if they were alive. (Dana Mackenzie, Nautilus)

TOP VIEWS

MAP: A ROGUE STATE ALONG TWO RIVERS. A trip down the Tigris and Euphrates in the cradle of civilization—modern-day Iraq and Syria—shows the extent of ISIS control in the region. (New York Times)

MAP: THE AVERAGE COST FOR CHILD CARE BY STATE. The District of Columbia had the highest annual cost in the country for full-time infant care in 2012, at $21,948 a year. (Andrew Ba Tran, Boston Globe)

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