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2:55 AM ET, July 15, 2013

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The White House:
Statement by the President  —  The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.  I know this case has elicited strong passions.  And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
WHAT GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CAN DO NOW  —  Calm is prevailing.  For now.  At least, that's something.  —  However, in theory, at least, here is what is now possible.  Some night very soon, if he so chooses, George Zimmerman can load his piece, tuck it into the back of his pants, climb into his SUV …
Matt Gutman / ABC News:
George Zimmerman to Get His Gun Back  —  George Zimmerman will get his gun back now that he has been cleared of murder and his lawyer said today that Zimmerman needs the weapon “even more” than before.  —  Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara also practically dared the family of Trayvon Martin …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Raw Story and ABC News
Erik Wemple:
Zimmerman lawyer to move ‘asap’ against NBC News  —  Last night's not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police.  Back in December …
Hadas Gold / Reuters:
Celebrities react to George Zimmerman verdict  —  Celebrities sounded off on Zimmerman's acquittal in the Twittersphere.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Federal Prosecutors Reviewing Zimmerman Case  —  “Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Sunday for “calm reflection” following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  —  The president, in a statement …
The Huffington Post:
Justice Department To Review George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it is looking into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
Exclusive: Zimmerman wants to go to law school to help others like him - friends  —  (Reuters) - After his acquittal on murder charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman may go to law school to help people wrongly accused of crimes like himself, close friends told Reuters on Sunday.
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:   Lester Chambers Assaulted for Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin
CBS News:
Attorney: Things would have been different if Zimmerman was black
Discussion: CBS New York
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama on verdict: We're ‘a nation of laws and a jury has spoken’
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:   Congressman Blames Obama For Zimmerman Having To Stand Trial For Killing Trayvon Martin
Reuters:
Obama calls for calm after Zimmerman acquittal; protests held
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Gary Younge / Guardian:
Open season on black boys after a verdict like this | Gary Younge
The Atlantic Online:
On The Killing Of Trayvon Martin By George Zimmerman
Associated Press:
CALIF. PROTESTS PLANNED AFTER ZIMMERMAN ACQUITTAL
Discussion: Twitchy and Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle:   No arrests in Oakland vandalism
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Texas attorney general jumps into governor's race  —  (CNN) - Longtime Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a political conservative, announced his candidacy for governor on Sunday.  —  Abbott's move came less than a week after Gov. Rick Perry said he would not seek another term in Austin …
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Will Weissert / Associated Press:   Texas AG Abbott Kicks off Gubernatorial Run
CNN:
Illinois governor jabs Perry's ‘favorite subject’
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Harry Reid-Mitch McConnell relationship reaches new low  —  The once-collegial relationship between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell has collapsed into a free-for-all of name-calling, finger-pointing and mutual mistrust.  —  The enmity manifested itself in a private confrontation on the Senate floor …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Low approval of Congress justifies triggering nuclear option in Senate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
How Much Is About Florida Law?  —  TPM Reader DD writes in from Wisconsin.  Going on the below, I'd be curious to hear from lawyers in other jurisdictions how distinct Florida law seems from how a case with a similar set of facts would have been adjudicated in their jurisdictions ...
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hunger Games, U.S.A.  —  Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party.  We've gone beyond bad economic doctrine.  We've even gone beyond selfishness and special interests.  At this point we're talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.
Discussion: EconLog, Paul Krugman and Eschaton
Associated Press:
Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden has NSA ‘blueprints’  —  Edward Snowden has very sensitive “blueprints” detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker said Sunday.
 
 
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The Zimmerman Jury Told Young Black Men What We Already Knew
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Schweitzer's decision not to run for Senate is a gift to the GOP
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Remark by Obama Complicates Military Sexual Assault Trials