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6:10 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.
David D. / UPROXX:
Here's The Story Of The Twitter Hero Who Single-Handedly Killed Zimmerman Juror B37′s Book Deal  —  A lot has been made about the controversial Zimmerman Trial Juror B37.  First she appeared on Anderson Cooper and made comments expressing sympathy and support for Zimmerman.
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Dish
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
Reuters:
U.S. senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Politico:
Senate deal averts nuclear option
David Weigel / Slate:
For the Umpteenth Time, Senate Caves on Filibuster Reform With Good Deal for Majority Party
Discussion: New Republic
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Senate Democrats Threaten Nuclear Option and Win
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Fix
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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: Politico and The Hill
Alla Eshchenko / CNN:
Snowden applies for temporary asylum in Russia
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.
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama hands out plum ambassador posts to big campaign donors
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
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.
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Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Panama Seizes North Korea-Flagged Ship for Weapons
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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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS accused of disclosing tax records of political candidates, donors
Discussion: CNN and American Spectator
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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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.
hrw.org/rss/news:
Cameroon: LGBTI Rights Activist Found Dead, Tortured  —  Authorities Should Investigate Death, Condemn Violence  —  (Nairobi) - Cameroonian authorities should immediately conduct an effective and thorough investigation into the torture and killing of Eric Ohena Lembembe …
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.
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Abortion bill hurting NC Republicans  —  North Carolinians are very angry about the abortion bill that's been working its way through the General Assembly...and now their anger toward state government is really being directed toward Governor Pat McCrory.  —  For the first time since taking office …
 
 
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The Boston Globe:
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Bachmann Staffer Arrested In Connection With Capitol Hill Burglaries
Discussion: Juanita Jean's, Politico and Gawker
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 Earlier Items: 
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AAA: $3 gas ‘a thing of the past’
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
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Rand Paul, Ted Cruz join Kirsten Gillibrand push on military sexual assault