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8:35 AM ET, July 14, 2013


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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Trayvon Martin Killing  —  SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty late Saturday night of second-degree murder.
Jason Marks / WAVY-TV:
NAACP president asked to step down  —  NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - It seems much of the country is gripped by the George Zimmerman murder trial.  As it comes to a close, many in Hampton Roads are upset about a Facebook post by a local head of the NAACP.  —  “To the majority of the African-American community …
Michael Martinez / CNN:
Zimmerman a free man, but may be a marked man  —  Zimmerman trial in death of Trayvon Martin  —  (CNN) — The acquittal of George Michael Zimmerman, 29, means he's a free man and will be able to walk out of the courthouse because he's no longer in police custody.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and PoliticusUSA
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Zimmerman Verdict Reached: NOT GUILTY  —  A verdict has been returned in Florida v. Zimmerman:  —  NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS  —  The State prosecutors, including the until recently rarely-seen Angela Corey, are currently providing interviews to the press, essentially re-arguing their catastrophically failed courtroom arguments.
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Zimmerman found not guilty in killing of Trayvon Martin  —  SANFORD, Fla. — A Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter Saturday night in a case that alternately fascinated and appalled large segments of a spellbound nation.
Discussion: USA Today
Seni Tienabeso / ABC News:
George Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty  —  The jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial has found Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.  —  Zimmerman, who faced the possibility of life in prison, showed no reaction to the jury's verdict.  —  The six women in the jury delivered …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Zimmerman found not guilty in shooting death of Trayvon Martin  —  George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who triggered a national debate about race after shooting an unarmed black teenager named Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Saturday night.
Discussion: The Hill and The PJ Tatler
USA Today:
Zimmerman jury has question about manslaughter charge  —  The jury in the George Zimmerman trial is in deliberation.  Some of the questions they have to answer include whose voice was heard on the 911 call?  Who was on top during the fight, and did Zimmerman act in self defense? … CONNECT
Discussion: Mediaite and Jezebel
U.S. News:
Jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty
Discussion: NBC Latino and The Huffington Post
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Zimmerman Trial: Verdict Watch LIVE
Discussion: The Other McCain and Taylor Marsh
Snowden documents could be ‘worst nightmare’ for U.S.: journalist  —  (Reuters) - Fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden controls dangerous information that could become the United States' “worst nightmare” if revealed, a journalist familiar with the data said in a newspaper interview.
Richard Brooks / The Sunday Times:
Whodunnit?  JK Rowling's secret life as wizard crime writer revealed  —  JK Rowling says she found writing a crime novel under a male pseudonym to be a ‘liberating experience’ (Mike Marsland)  —  JK ROWLING has secured another literary coup by writing an acclaimed detective novel in the guise of a first-time author.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian, BuzzFeed and The Raw Story
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Israel Airstrike Targeted Advanced Missiles That Russia Sold to Syria, U.S. Says  —  WASHINGTON — Israel carried out an air attack in Syria this month that targeted advanced antiship cruise missiles sold to the Syria government by Russia, American officials said Saturday.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Manu Raju / Politico:
Brian Schweitzer gives GOP Senate hopes new life  —  Former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday he won't run for the Senate in Montana — a surprise development that imperils Democrats' chances of holding the seat in 2014.  —  He told the Associated Press that he wants to stay …
Schweitzer won't run for Senate in 2014
Jonathan Bernstein / Salon:
Wendy Davis can't lose in 2014 — no matter the outcome  —  Yes, she's a Democrat in a very red state — but regardless of the result, here's why she should run for Governor  —  It's not the job of outsiders to tell people what to do with their political careers.
Discussion: New York Times
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