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9:05 AM ET, July 16, 2013

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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.
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Dana Ford / CNN:
Juror: ‘No doubt’ that Zimmerman feared for his life  —  (CNN) — One of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman said she had “no doubt” he feared for his life in the final moments of his struggle with Trayvon Martin, and that was the definitive factor in the verdict.
William Saletan / Slate:
You Are Not Trayvon Martin  —  His death wasn't about race, guns, or your pet issue.  It was about misjudgment and overreaction—exactly what we're doing now to the verdict.  —  Demonstrators hold signs in downtown Miami a day after the verdict to the George Zimmerman murder trial
Edward Wyckoff Williams / Salon:
Our real problem is white rage
Discussion: the daily howler and The PJ Tatler
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Michele Bachmann aide Javier Sanchez arrested after Rayburn thefts  —  Capitol Police arrested an aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) after a series of thefts from the Rayburn House Office Building.  —  Javier Sanchez, 37, was arrested last Thursday, a Capitol Police spokesman said.
Discussion: The Blotter
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Bachmann aide arrested in connection with House office burglaries  —  The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) announced Monday it arrested a legislative director for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in connection with a string of burglaries at the Rayburn House Office Building.  —  Police charged Javier Sanchez, 37, with Theft II.
Discussion: CNN and CANNONFIRE
Mila Mimica / nbcwashington.com:
Bachmann Aide Fired After Theft Arrest From Capitol Hill Office  —  37-Year-Old Javier Sanchez facing second-degree theft charges  —  An aide for Rep. Michele Bachmann was fired after he was arrested for stealing cash from a congressional office.  News4's Mark Segraves has teh latest details.
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Edges Closer To Nuclear Option As Lengthy All-Senator Meeting Ends With No Deal
Discussion: msnbc.com and New Republic
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Is Harry Reid Bluffing About the Filibuster?
CNN:
Sources: Reid, McCain engaged in secret weekend talks on ‘nuclear option’
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Deadly clashes erupt in Cairo after U.S. diplomat's visit  —  CAIRO — Deadly clashes erupted on the streets of Cairo on Monday night not long after a visiting U.S. diplomat hailed what he called a “second chance” for Egyptian democracy after the ouster of the country's elected president this month.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian Liberals Embrace the Military, Brooking No Dissent
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Rand Paul, Ted Cruz join Kirsten Gillibrand push on military sexual assault  —  Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have joined an upstart effort to remove the chain of command from military sexual assault cases, POLITICO has learned.  —  The tea party favorites give the bill's lead sponsor …
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Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand's slow climb to 51 votes
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Justin George / Baltimore Sun:
Witness claims youths yelled ‘this is for Trayvon’ in beating  —  Police still investigating claim in beating of Hispanic man  —  Baltimore police say they are investigating a witness account that a group of black youths beat a Hispanic man near Patterson Park Sunday while saying, “This is for Trayvon.”
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Michele Bachmann Wants To ‘Spank The President’ And Steal His ‘Magic Wand’  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) warned Monday that Republicans are in danger of losing control of the House of Representatives in 2014 if they let President Obama “wave his magic wand” and allow newly legal immigrants to vote.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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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 …
Gallup:
Hispanics of All Ages Tilt Democratic  —  Younger Hispanics, though more independent, still lean to Democratic Party  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hispanics of all ages in the U.S. today are more than twice as likely to identify with or lean to the Democratic Party rather than the Republican Party.
Discussion: The Fix and Hot Air
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Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Will the Republican party get another George W Bush? | Harry J Enten
Discussion: Hot Air
Katherine Rosenberg / Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
BREAKING NEWS: Nueces County sheriff confirms judge found dead at courthouse  —  CORPUS CHRISTI — State District Judge Tom Greenwell was found dead from a gunshot wound Monday night in his chambers, Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin confirmed.  —  Corpus Christi police …
Ariel Kaminer / New York Times:
Petraeus's Pay for Part-Time CUNY Job, Criticized at $200,000, Drops to $1  —  It was supposed to be a feather in the cap for the City University of New York's ambitious honors college.  Or perhaps a careful first step back into public life for a leader sidelined by scandal.
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
What Attorney General Eric Holder just said about the Zimmerman case - click to read and POST YOUR COMMENT  —  Sent to me by FNC colleague Jake Gibson:  —  There are the AG's remarks at today's Delta Sigma Theta sorority convention that will address Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Holder: Martin death ‘unnecessary’
Discussion: Politico
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
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Rachel Jeantel Explains The Difference Between ‘N*gga’ And ‘N*gger’ To Piers Morgan  —  In the third part of Piers Morgan's extensive, exclusive interview with Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel about her testimony in the George Zimmerman trial, the host asked his guest if there was anything she wished she'd said on the stand.
 
 
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
GOP leaders pushed to allow House vote on defunding the NSA
Discussion: MLive.com and Hit & Run
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Riots That Didn't Happen  —  Racial progress and the Zimmerman verdict.
Los Angeles Times:
Zimmerman verdict: LAPD declares unlawful assembly
Discussion: BuzzFeed and msnbc.com
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Zimmerman Juror Says Panel Considered Stand Your Ground In Deliberations: ‘He Had A Right To Defend Himself’
Discussion: National Review and Hit & Run
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Leonard Garment, Lawyer and Nixon Adviser During Watergate, Dies at 89
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Can History Be Restarted?  —  The Daniel Johnson article on …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Rick Perry: Back for more in 2016?  —  AUSTIN — As he exited …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
California Supreme Court Denies Request For Immediate Halt To Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
Candice Choi / Associated Press:
TWINKIES MAY BE SMALLER THAN PEOPLE RECALL
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Virginians sour on McDonnell
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Control in 2014 Increasingly Looks Like a Tossup