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9:15 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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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.
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
USA Today:
Column: Media got Zimmerman story wrong from start … The role of the media cannot be ignored in the Zimmerman case.  —  CONNECT  —  It's complicated.  —  Life is packed with nuances and subtleties and shades of gray.  —  But the news media are often uncomfortable in such murky terrain.
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
In Zimmerman Case, Self-Defense Was Hard to Topple  —  SANFORD, Fla. — From the moment George Zimmerman held up his arms and told the police that he had shot Trayvon Martin, one fact was undisputed: an unarmed black teenager lay dead.  —  But as one top Florida defense lawyer, Michael Band …
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.
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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Politico:
Reid digs in as Senate nears nuclear option showdown  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't backing down from the “nuclear option” as Democrats and Republicans clash ahead of a rare meeting in the Old Senate Chamber.  —  The nuclear option — which would allow Reid to end filibusters …
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?
CNN:
Sources: Reid, McCain engaged in secret weekend talks on ‘nuclear option’
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Reid To Republicans: If You Want Me To Back Down On Filibuster Reform ‘Stop The Filibusters’
Discussion: PolicyMic and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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
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
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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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.
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Wendy R. Davis / Washington Post:
Wendy Davis: Why I stood up for Texas women
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and Daily Kos
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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
And they're off: 2016 has already started  —  The shorter campaign cycle is dead.  Long live 2016.  —  Barely eight months removed from the 2012 presidential saga, super PACs are sprouting to buck up Hillary Clinton, and GOP hopefuls are already hitting the early-state circuit — and attempting to woo donors.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Bloomberg:
Transparency Suffers as State Department Fails to Report
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.
Ross Barkan / Politicker:
State Senator Suggests Mayoral Longshot Say He's Gay for Attention  —  Erick Salgado.  (Photo: Facebook)  —  Never shy about speaking his mind, State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. suggested in his latest missive that long-shot mayoral candidate Erick Salgado could net far more publicity …
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Eliot Spitzer / CNN:
Polls: Spitzer, Weiner both in top spot in redemption bids
Discussion: Politico and BuzzFeed
 
 
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