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10:45 PM ET, July 15, 2013

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The Atlantic Online:
Trayvon Martin And The Irony Of American Justice  —  In trying to assess the the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, two seemingly conflicted truths emerge for me.  The first is that is that based on the case presented by the state, and based on Florida law, George Zimmerman …
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Modest Public Interest in Close of Zimmerman Trial  —  Wider Race Gap in Interest than for Rodney King, O.J. Simpson  —  OVERVIEW  —  The final days of the trial of George Zimmerman, which concluded July 13 with a verdict of not guilty, attracted relatively modest public interest overall.
Edward Wyckoff Williams / Salon:
Our real problem is white rage  —  For all the warnings about supposed black riots, don't forget who exploded throughout the George Zimmerman affair  —  If there is no justice, there can be no peace.  But in the American South it seems white folks suddenly believe that decorum and charm …
Discussion: the daily howler and The PJ Tatler
Ben H. Winters / GalleyCat:
George Zimmerman Trial Juror To Write Book  —  Juror B37 in the George Zimmerman trial has signed (along with her attorney husband) with literary agent and Martin Literary Management president Sharlene Martin.  —  Along with the other jurors, Juror B37 found Zimmerman not guilty in the controversial trial.
USA Today:
Column: Media got Zimmerman story wrong from start
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
In Zimmerman Case, Self-Defense Was Hard to Topple
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Newt Gingrich: Trayvon Protesters Were “Prepared To Be A Lynch Mob”
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Holder: Martin death ‘unnecessary’
John Fund / National Review:
Injudicious Criminal Justice in Florida
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
McCain Suggests Letting GOP Pick Nominees  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he and Republicans are trying to strike a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to avoid his threat of triggering the “nuclear option” and would either allow up-or-down votes on seven contentious nominees or at least find …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid gives GOP ultimatum: Relent on nominees or I will go ‘nuclear’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday said unless Republicans allow votes on seven of President Obama's pending nominees, he will trigger the “nuclear option” this week.  —  The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on Tuesday on the seven nominees.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Is Harry Reid Bluffing About the Filibuster?
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Bachmann aide arrested in connection with House office burglaries  —  The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) announced Monday it arrested a legislative director for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in connection with a string of burglaries at the Rayburn House Office Building.  —  Police charged Javier Sanchez, 37, with Theft II.
Discussion: CNN and CANNONFIRE
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Michele Bachmann aide Javier Sanchez arrested after Rayburn thefts  —  Capitol Police arrested an aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) after a series of thefts from the Rayburn House Office Building.  —  Javier Sanchez, 37, was arrested last Thursday, a Capitol Police spokesman said.
Discussion: The Blotter and Gawker
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Control in 2014 Increasingly Looks Like a Tossup  —  This weekend's announcement by the former governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, that he would not seek that state's Democratic nomination for Senate represents the latest in a series of favorable developments for Republicans as they seek control of the chamber.
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:   Republicans' Senate Chances Improve Dramatically
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC crushed in Zimmerman ratings race  —  MSNBC's ratings woes came into sharp relief on Monday with the release of the preliminary numbers for the Zimmerman verdict.  —  In the 10-11 p.m. hour on Saturday night, when the verdict in, Fox News had 3,682,000 total viewers …
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Ratings: More Than 10 Million People Watch Cable News As Zimmerman Verdict Read
Discussion: Mediaite
Micheala Periera / CNN:
Teens chase kidnapping suspect on bikes, save 5-year-old girl  —  (CNN) — Two teenage boys are being hailed as heroes after they chased a car carrying a kidnapped girl — on their bicycles.  —  Five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was playing in her front yard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when she vanished Thursday afternoon.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
McDonalds Tells Workers To Budget By Getting A Second Job And Turning Off Their Heat  —  McDonalds has partnered with Visa to launch a website to help its low-wage workers making an average $8.25 an hour to budget.  But while the site is clearly meant to illustrate that McDonalds workers …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Amita Sharma / KPBS San Diego:
Ex-Fiancee Urges Filner To Submit Resignation  —  Says Sexually Explicit Messages To Other Women Led To Separation  —  The ex-fiancee of beleaguered San Diego Mayor Bob Filner says she ended her relationship with him because he became increasingly abusive toward her and began sending sexually …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Bachmann: Congress Needs To ‘Spank The President’ And Take Away His Magic Wand  —  Reps. Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and Louie Gohmert continue their crusade to prevent the passage of any immigration reform legislation by mobilizing the readers of WorldNetDaily with a new article today featuring interviews with each one of them.
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Wendy Davis Raises Nearly $1 Million … State Sen. Wendy Davis, the new star of the Texas Democratic Party, raised nearly $1 million in the final two weeks of June, much of it from small donors who sent her money after she launched her famous filibuster of a restrictive abortion bill, her campaign will reveal Monday.
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Jenny McCarthy officially named ‘The View’ co-host  —  Done deal: Jenny McCarthy is joining The View.  —  The comedian-actress will fill one of the open slots on ABC's popular daytime talk show this fall.  —  Longtime The View fans already have some sense of what she's like on the panel.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Can History Be Restarted?  —  The Daniel Johnson article on “The Decline and Fall of the History Men” linked here in our picks section yesterday deserves additional reflection.  Johnson laments the fact that no one writes “big history” in the style of Gibbon, Macaulay, or (more recently) Trevor-Roper.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House GOP's endgame on immigration: Do nothing? … This is why the critical question remains: Is there anything that can get a majority of House Republicans to support a path to citizenship under any circumstances?  If there isn't, then there is no percentage for those House Republicans …
Discussion: National Review and Booman Tribune
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Fox News:
House Republicans to vote on ObamaCare, say Obama's delay of employer mandate unfair
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Rick Perry: Back for more in 2016?  —  AUSTIN — As he exited the 2012 Republican presidential race last year, Texas Gov. Rick Perry uttered a memorable assessment of his performance: “It was the weakest Republican field in history, and they kicked my butt!”  Yet, he might be coming back for more in 2016.
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
And they're off: 2016 has already started
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
California Supreme Court Denies Request For Immediate Halt To Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
Ross Barkan / Politicker:
State Senator Suggests Mayoral Longshot Say He's Gay for Attention
Candice Choi / Associated Press:
TWINKIES MAY BE SMALLER THAN PEOPLE RECALL
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Virginians sour on McDonnell
Tal Kopan / Reuters:
Department of Justice slaps Gallup with $10.5M fine
Discussion: The Hill and The PJ Tatler
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Secret Surveillance Program Proves Challengeable in Theory Only
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Reuters:
Russia's Putin: signs Snowden is shifting on the U.S.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Thomas Roberts Goes Ballistic On Hate In America, Calls For ‘I Am Other’ Agenda For MSNBC
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New York Times:
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Billionaire Koch brothers use Web to take on media reports they dispute