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9:00 PM ET, July 16, 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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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 …
Ekow N. Yankah / New York Times:
The Truth About Trayvon  —  THE Trayvon Martin verdict is frustrating, fracturing, angering and predictable.  More than anything, for many of us, it is exhausting.  Exhausting because nothing could bring back our lost child, exhausting because the verdict, which should have felt shocking …
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
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 …
USA Today:
Experts: Prosecutors failed to humanize Trayvon
Discussion: TalkLeft
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin
Discussion: ACS Blog and Los Angeles Times
Dylan Byers / Politico:
A conversation with Richard Cohen
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
The left wants to blame black criminality on racial animus and ‘the system,’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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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 …
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
David Weigel / Slate:
For the Umpteenth Time, Senate Caves on Filibuster Reform With Good Deal for Majority Party
Reuters:
U.S. senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
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
David D. / UPROXX:
Here's The Story Of The Twitter Hero Who Single-Handedly Killed Zimmerman Juror B37′s Book Deal
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: 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: The Hill and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama uses Univision, Telemundo to press case for immigration reform  —  President Obama sat down for interviews with four Spanish-language television stations on Tuesday, as the White House looked to increase pressure on House Republicans to pass immigration reform.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'I'd want to know' if NYPD's Kelly is interested in DHS post
Discussion: Politico
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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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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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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
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
FreedomWorks denies John Cornyn portrayal
Discussion: Juanita Jean's
 Earlier Items: 
Charles S. Johnson / Missoulian:
Democrat Lindeen says no to run for U.S. Senate seat
Discussion: Ballot Box, Roll Call and The Hill
David Brooks / New York Times:
Men on the Threshold  —  As every discerning person knows …