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7:45 PM ET, July 16, 2013

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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
7 Mind Blowing Moments From Zimmerman Juror B37′s First Interview  —  On Monday night, one of the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial offered shocking insight into how the group of six women reached its decision to acquit the defendant of all charges in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Racism vs. reality  —  I don't like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead.  But I also can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize.  I don't know whether Zimmerman is a racist.
The Atlantic Wire:
Richard Cohen Shows Why Racism Makes You Do Dumb Things  —  Richard Cohen's column in Tuesday's Washington Post— arguing that George Zimmerman was right to assume Trayvon Martin was a criminal, because he was a black male—is racist and wrong.  More important, it's wrong because it's racist.
Discussion: National Review
David D. / UPROXX:
Here's The Story Of The Twitter Hero Who Single-Handedly Killed Zimmerman Juror B37′s Book Deal
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
CNN: Zimmerman Prosecutor Axed Only Black Juror for Being a Fox News Viewer
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and TheBlaze.com
Dylan Byers / Politico:
A conversation with Richard Cohen
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
Senate reaches tentative deal to avert filibuster showdown  —  Senators reached a tentative deal Tuesday on averting a constitutional showdown over confirming President Obama's agency nominations.  —  “We may have a way forward on this, I feel fairly confident,” Majority Leader Harry M. Reid …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The Senate didn't go nuclear.  But, actually, it kind of did.  —  This is a game of chicken," Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute told me on Monday night. “  But having seen ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ many times, sometimes games of chicken don't go down the way you expect.
Alec MacGillis / New Republic:
The Real Reason Why Republicans Folded on the Filibuster  —  The constitutional crisis du jour has been averted.  The Senate will proceed with the confirmations of most executive branch nominees that have been held in limbo by Senate Republicans threatening a filibuster …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Union leader attacks Senate Democrats for NLRB concession in deal
Politico:
Obama selects NLRB replacement picks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Reuters:
U.S. senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
David Weigel / Slate:
For the Umpteenth Time, Senate Caves on Filibuster Reform With Good Deal for Majority Party
Politico:
Senate deal averts nuclear option
Associated Press:
LIZ CHENEY TO SEEK WYO. SENATE SEAT HELD BY REPUB.  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Senate » Liz Cheney to seek Wyo. Senate seat held by Repub.  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Liz Cheney to primary Sen. Enzi in Wyoming  —  Liz Cheney will run against Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), she announced Tuesday afternoon, setting up a high-profile primary battle.  —  “I am running for the United States Senate because I believe deeply in the values that have made our state and our nation great.
Discussion: CNN, Pat Dollard and Juanita Jean's
Washington Wire:
Text of Holder Speech on Trayvon Martin Case  —  Attorney General Eric Holder blasted “stand-your-ground laws” in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin—saying such laws cause more violence than they prevent.  Here is the full text of his speech as prepared for delivery.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Holder slams Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law in wake of Zimmerman verdict
Discussion: Politico
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
US should consider Russian Olympics boycott, says Graham  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the U.S. should consider boycotting the 2014 Olympics Russia is set to host if Moscow grants NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum.  —  “I would.  I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal …
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Kirit Radia / ABC News:
Edward Snowden Makes No-Leak Promise in Asylum Bid: Lawyer  —  Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden today applied for asylum in Russia and, as a condition, agreed to stop harming the U.S., according to a Russian lawyer who is advising him, but that doesn't necessarily mean headline-grabbing stories …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Dementia Rate Is Found to Drop Sharply, as Forecast  —  A new study has found that dementia rates among people 65 and older in England and Wales have plummeted by 25 percent over the past two decades, to 6.2 percent from 8.3 percent, a trend that researchers say is likely occurring across developed countries …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Second Term, Obama Is Seen as Using ‘Hidden Hand’ Approach  —  WASHINGTON — In the nearly two weeks since Egypt's military seized power, President Obama has promoted a better federal bureaucracy, given a medal to George Lucas of “Star Wars” fame and had former President George Bush to the White House for lunch.
Wall Street Journal:
Amid Falling Enrollment, Law Schools Are Cutting Faculty  —  Trims Send Grim Message to Elite Group Long Sheltered From Economy's Ups and Downs  —  By - ASHBY JONES and - JENNIFER SMITH - … Paul McGreal, the Dean at the School of Law at the University of Dayton.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Men on the Threshold  —  As every discerning person knows, “The Searchers” is the greatest movie ever made.  It is loosely based on the real story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was abducted from her East Texas home in 1836 when she was 9 years old by Comanche raiders, who then raised her and kept her for 24 years.
CNN:
Panama's search of North Korean ship triggers ‘violent’ confrontation  —  (CNN) — It has all the elements of international intrigue: a violent confrontation on a detained North Korean ship, a suspected missile onboard, a heart attack and an attempted suicide.
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Feds admit improper scrutiny of candidate, donor tax records  —  Justice has declined to prosecute any of the cases  —  The Treasury Department has admitted for the first time that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized …
 
 
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Joseph Patrick McCormick / PinkNews.co.uk:
Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent
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Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
FreedomWorks denies John Cornyn portrayal
Discussion: Juanita Jean's
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Charles S. Johnson / Missoulian:
Democrat Lindeen says no to run for U.S. Senate seat
Discussion: Ballot Box, Roll Call and The Hill
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Jesse Jackson Urges U.N. Human Rights Council to Investigate Trayvon Martin Shooting
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review