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11:40 AM ET, July 15, 2013

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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 …
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New York Times:
Trayvon Martin's Legacy  —  It may not be possible to consider the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday of all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, as anything but a sad commentary on the state of race relations and the battle over gun rights in America today.
David DeBolt / Contra Costa Times:
Hayward: Woman allegedly attacks 73-year-old musician on stage after song dedicated to Trayvon Martin  —  HAYWARD — A woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly jumping on stage at a music festival and attacking a legendary musician after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin, according to police and eyewitnesses.
Discussion: Guardian
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.
John Fund / National Review:
Injudicious Criminal Justice in Florida
CBS News:
Attorney: Things would have been different if Zimmerman was black
Discussion: CBS New York
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Lester Chambers Assaulted for Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD clashes with Trayvon Martin protesters, 1 arrest made
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Guardian
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
George Zimmerman trial expands deep divide
NY Daily News:
George Zimmerman verdict: Jury's decision unsatisfying but respectable given the circumstances
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News To Americans  —  For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences.  But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hit & Run
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Alan Dershowitz vs. Angela Corey over misleading Affidavit of Probable Cause  —  In early April 2012, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey decided not to take the George Zimmerman case to a Grand Jury, opting for the filing of a Criminal Information which then was presented along with an Affidavit of Probable Cause.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Opinion: GOP right's anger fueled by fear  —  When House Republicans met privately in the Capitol's basement last week to discuss immigration reform, the far-right members lined up by the dozens to condemn the Senate's legislation.  —  Lots of the members gave stirring testimonials …
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 …
Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe:
Gabriel Gomez could be up for another run  —  'Nothing's off the table,' he says of federal or state campaign  —  Top Republicans see a political future for Gabriel E. Gomez.  —  COHASSET — Less than three weeks after losing a special US Senate election, Republican Gabriel E. Gomez …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Plum Line
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.
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Bloomberg Legacy  —  A DOZEN years ago I wrote a column not exactly endorsing Michael Bloomberg for mayor (columnists don't endorse) but endorsing the idea of Michael Bloomberg.  If a guy who built a wildly successful business wants to offer his services to the city, I argued …
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Fairfax City abortion clinic, busiest in Virginia, closes  —  A women's health care clinic in Fairfax City that performed more abortions than any other location in Virginia has closed, and it's unclear whether it will reopen elsewhere.  —  The closure, and the clinic's difficulty finding new space …
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Hullabaloo
Jeff E. Schapiro / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Even McDonnell's friends bracing for the worst  —  Paul Nardo is spending hours these days in the attic of the state Capitol.  He's rummaging through the records of the House of Delegates.  In those damp-smelling volumes, the clerk is searching for clues on the legislature's role in the unprecedented …
 
 
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Va. first lady plays central role in gift scandal
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Bloomberg:
Transparency Suffers as State Department Fails to Report
Judy Lin / Associated Press:
Fraud fear raised in California's health exchange
Washington Post:
For NSA chief, terrorist threat drives passion to ‘collect it all,’ observers say
Discussion: Guardian, emptywheel and FreedomWorks
Fox News:
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Begich raises nearly $1M for Senate race
Discussion: Politico
Andrea Drusch / Politico:
Schieffer: House farm bill ‘like welfare for the wealthy’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Schweitzer announces he won't run for Senate
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Daily Kos
Rob Moritz / Southwest Times Record:
Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Proposal To Repeal State's Gay Marriage Ban
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
New York Times:
No Quick Impact in U.S. Arms Plan for Syria Rebels
Wall Street Journal:
Why the President's ObamaCare Maneuver May Backfire
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
George HW Bush to Visit White House
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Peter Dominiczak / Telegraph:
Neighbourhood watch groups should provide care to ‘miserable and lonely’ pensioners, says health minister
Discussion: BBC