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11:15 AM ET, February 16, 2014

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Tom Watkins / CNN:
Florida jury in loud music trial reaches verdict on 4 counts, undecided on 5th  —  (CNN) — The jurors weighing the fate of Michael Dunn — the white man who shot into a SUV with black teens after he had asked them to turn down their music — have reached a verdict on four counts …
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ThinkProgress:
How To Make Sense Of The Michael Dunn Verdict  —  A Florida jury could not reach a verdict on the most serious charge facing Michael Dunn, a first degree murder charge for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a dispute over loud music at a Jacksonville convenience store.
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Shocking Interview With Michael Dunn's Neighbor: ‘He Always Wanted To Shoot Somebody’  —  John Phillips, the attorney for Jordan Davis' family, released video from an interview with a neighbor of Michael Dunn, the man charged in the shooting death of Davis.  —  Charles Hendrix …
Discussion: Liberaland
The Atlantic Online:
On The Killing Of Jordan Davis By Michael Dunn  —  I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy.  Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black boy.  Except the parents of black boys already know this.
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Jury Reaches Partial Verdict in Florida Killing Over Loud Music  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After four days of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Michael Dunn, a Florida man who shot a teenager to death in a parking lot during a dispute over loud music, said it could not agree on whether …
Discussion: Gawker
msnbc.com:
Another Christie childhood friend witnessed traffic surge  —  A Port Authority police officer with personal ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at the George Washington Bridge when access lanes were closed last September and personally drove David Wildstein, the Christie appointee …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm  —  The list of those caught up in the global surveillance net cast by the National Security Agency and its overseas partners, from social media users to foreign heads of state, now includes another entry: American lawyers.
New York Post:
Calling Lois Lerner  —  The American people still need to hear from Lois Lerner.  That's a point that can't be made often enough.  —  Remember her?  She's the IRS official who gave a statement before Congress declaring herself innocent of any wrongdoing — and then promptly took the Fifth.
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Adam Nagourney / Associated Press:
Rescuing a Vietnam Casualty: Johnson's Legacy  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Luci Baines Johnson leaned forward in her father's private suite at the L.B.J. Presidential Library, her voice breaking as she recounted the “agony of Vietnam” that engulfed Lyndon Baines Johnson and the pain she feels …
Leigh Munsil / Politico:
McCain sees ‘viable’ options in Syria  —  The U.S. needs to rethink its strategy in Syria now that peace talks have essentially stalled, Sen. John McCain said Sunday.  —  Blaming the Obama administration, the Arizona Republican described America's policy in Syria as an “abysmal failure and a disgraceful one.”
Discussion: CNN
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For Democrats looking to post-Obama era, how populist a future?  —  With three years remaining in the presidency of Barack Obama, the party he has led since mesmerizing members with his 2008 campaign has begun debating a post-Obama future.  —  Though more united than Republicans …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Volkswagen Vote is Defeat for Labor in South  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In a defeat for organized labor in the South, employees at the Volkswagen plant here voted 712 to 626 against joining the United Automobile Workers.  —  The loss is an especially stinging blow for U.A.W. because Volkswagen …
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Auto workers reject union in Tennessee
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
High cost of an ego trip  —  Very few Americans know how close the country came to catastrophe this week.  —  The final tally shows that the Senate voted by a wide margin Wednesday, 67 to 31, to break Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster of an increase in the debt limit, thus avoiding a default on the United States' full faith and credit.
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Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Despite debt limit vote, Kentucky conservatives sticking with McConnell
Discussion: Power Line and Outside the Beltway
Susan Levine / Politico:
GOP: Obamacare hitting seniors hard  —  Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida took aim today at Obamacare's impact on older Americans, saying that seniors across the country are paying “more money for fewer choices, less access and far less peace of mind.”  —  In the GOP's weekly address …
Discussion: Liberal Values and CNN
 
 
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