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11:30 AM ET, July 14, 2013


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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Holder faces big decision on DOJ charges against Zimmerman  —  Attorney General Eric Holder faces a crucial decision on whether to press federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, after the neighborhood watchman was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Greg Botelho / CNN:
George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin's death  —  Photos: Zimmerman trial in death of Trayvon Martin  —  (CNN) — George Zimmerman is not guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida jury decided late Saturday.  —  The fact that Zimmerman fired …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Law and Justice and George Zimmerman  —  The exoneration of Travyon Martin's killer is a stark reminder of the limitations of our judicial systems and the choices we make about the laws under which we live.  —  In the next few hours and days you'll likely be inundated with analysis …
The Atlantic Online:
On The Killing Of Trayvon Martin By George Zimmerman  —  I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to offer some thoughts on the verdict of innocent for George Zimmerman:  —  1.)  Last year—after Zimmerman was arrested—I wrote something hoping that he would be convicted.
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.
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.
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 …
San Francisco Chronicle:
No arrests in Oakland vandalism  —  (07-14) 08:02 PDT OAKLAND — Protesters marched through the streets of San Francisco and Oakland on Saturday evening, upset at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.  —  In San Francisco, demonstrators marched through …
Discussion:, Twitchy and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Zimmerman found not guilty in shooting death of Trayvon Martin
Discussion: CNN, Politico, The Hill and The PJ Tatler
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Zimmerman found not guilty in killing of Trayvon Martin
Discussion: USA Today
USA Today:
Zimmerman jury has question about manslaughter charge
Discussion: Mediaite and Jezebel
U.S. News:
Jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty
Discussion: NBC Latino and The Huffington Post
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, BuzzFeed, Guardian 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.
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.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Remark by Obama Complicates Military Sexual Assault Trials  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama proclaimed that those who commit sexual assault in the military should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” it had an effect he did not intend …
The / Los Angeles Times:
The Justice Dept. and a free press  —  New guidelines are a historic step toward restraining the reach of government in its dealings with the news media.  —  Atty. Gen. Eric Holder unveiled new guidelines to govern the Justice Department's behavior in cases involving news organizations.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Melissa Harris-Perry /
Edward Snowden, come on home  —  Espionage.  International intrigue.  Secret government surveillance.  Bad airport food.  The Edward Snowden saga continued on Friday, when the leaker-who revealed information about the NSA's surveillance of phone and internet records-spoke out from the Moscow airport …
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Remember The Debt Ceiling?  —  As Erskine Bowles notes “Everyone claims that they're not going to let our nation default.  And Lord knows we all ought to pray that they don't.  But, could it happen?  You bet.”  But it seems the world has forgotten that between the “grand bargain' negotiations …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Russian Officials Say They Didn't Receive an Asylum Request From Snowden  —  MOSCOW — Senior Kremlin officials said Saturday that Russia's Federal Migration Service had not yet received a formal appeal for asylum from Edward J. Snowden.  And the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov …
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