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12:00 AM ET, July 17, 2013

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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.
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Scott Powers / Orlando Sentinel:
DOJ solicits email tips in Zimmerman civil rights probe  —  The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday afternoon appealed to civil rights groups and community leaders, nationally and in Sanford, for help investigating whether a federal criminal case might be brought against George Zimmerman …
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.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: George Zimmerman verdict brought ‘deep heartache’  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the “heartache” of the Trayvon Martin case in D.C. Tuesday evening while speaking to an African-American sorority group.  —  “My prayers are with the Martin family …
Washington Post:
Holder condemns ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws; vows new Voting Rights enforcement  —  ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “Stand Your Ground” laws here Tuesday in a speech to the NAACP that addressed the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
The Atlantic Wire:
Richard Cohen Shows Why Racism Makes You Do Dumb Things
Discussion: National Review
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Holder attacks ‘stand your ground’ laws for sowing ‘dangerous conflict’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
The left wants to blame black criminality on racial animus and ‘the system,’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Holder blasts ‘stand your ground’ after Zimmerman verdict
Discussion: Althouse
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin
Discussion: ACS Blog and Los Angeles Times
USA Today:
Experts: Prosecutors failed to humanize Trayvon
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dylan Byers / Politico:
A conversation with Richard Cohen
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.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Senate reaches tentative deal to avert filibuster showdown
David Weigel / Slate:
For the Umpteenth Time, Senate Caves on Filibuster Reform With Good Deal for Majority Party
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.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boycott Winter Olympics in Russia, senator suggests  —  President Obama should consider boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia if the Cold War-era foe gives asylum to Edward Snowden, Sen. Lindsey Graham told The Hill on Tuesday.  —  “I would.  I would just send the Russians …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Hot Air and Gretawire
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Kirit Radia / ABC News:
Edward Snowden Makes No-Leak Promise in Asylum Bid: Lawyer
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Alla Eshchenko / CNN:
Snowden applies for temporary asylum in Russia
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
CNN: Zimmerman Prosecutor Excused Potential Black Juror for Being a Fox News Watcher  —  George Zimmerman haters throughout the media have carped and whined about the fact that there weren't any African-Americans on the jury despite the law requiring the accused NOT the victim be judged by his peers.
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
CNN: Zimmerman Prosecutor Axed Only Black Juror for Being a Fox News Viewer
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and TheBlaze.com
Black America Web:
Trayvon Martin's Friend, Rachel Jeantel, Offered Full Ride Scholarship from Tom Joyner  —  PLAY AUDIO  —  Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the spotlight after she testified in the George Zimmerman trial detailing her friendship with her slain friend, Trayvon Martin.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'I'd want to know' if NYPD's Kelly is interested in DHS post  —  President Obama said Tuesday that he'd “want to know” if New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly was interested in a job as Homeland Security Secretary.  —  “Mr. Kelly might be very happy where he is …
Discussion: Politico
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama uses Univision, Telemundo to press case for immigration reform
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Yahoo! News:
76-year-old man to stand trial in shooting death of 13-year-old boy  —  In a case that bears some striking similarities to George Zimmerman's, a 76-year-old Milwaukee man is set to stand trial this week in the 2012 shooting death a 13-year-old boy he had accused of stealing from him.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson Wonders If Obama Is A ‘Crypto-Muslim’  —  On yesterday's broadcast of the 700 Club, Pat Robertson once again suggested that President Obama is a secret Muslim.  Robertson asked CBN terrorism “expert"/sports reporter Erick Stackelbeck, “Do you think Obama is a crypto-Muslim?”
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 …
Erik Loomis / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The McDonald's Guide to Living On Its Wages  —  That McDonald's.  It's such a sweet New Gilded Age corporation, helping its employees learn how to live on its minimum wage salaries.  Here's the sample budget journal:  —  As Robyn Pennacchia notes, that $1105-that's assuming a 40-hour workweek.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: Suggestion ObamaCare reduces full-time hiring ‘belied by the facts’  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday dismissed reports that some employers were hiring more part-time employees because of the president's signature healthcare law.  —  “The data reflects …
 
 
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Kristina Wong / Washington Times:
‘Do I regret doing it? Hell no!’ Marine who urinated on Taliban dead says he'd do it again
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and BizPac Review
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Documents Detail Implosion At Leading Conservative Christian Political Firm
Discussion: The Raw Story
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cantor: House could vote this week on revamp of No Child Left Behind law
Discussion: Politico
Joseph Patrick McCormick / PinkNews.co.uk:
Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent
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