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12:50 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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Hollywood Reporter:
Stevie Wonder Boycotting Florida Following Zimmerman Verdict (Video)  —  The singer refuses to perform in the state until its Stand Your Ground law is “abolished.”  —  Stevie Wonder won't be performing in Florida anytime soon.  —  In the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal …
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
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.
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.
BuzzFeed:
Zimmerman Juror Decides Not To Write Book About Trial  —  Intense and immediate backlash apparently changed the mind of Juror B37 — and her agent.  “I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before ...”
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dem calls for Judiciary Committee hearings on Trayvon Martin case
Ekow N. Yankah / New York Times:
The Truth About Trayvon  —  THE Trayvon Martin verdict is frustrating …
Sarah Bloomquist / WPVI-TV:
‘Kill Zimmerman’ painted on business before arson in Downingtown
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Graham Winch / HLNtv.com:
Prosecutor to HLN: Zimmerman is a ‘murderer’
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Rejects McConnell's Offer To Drop His Nuclear Threat  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) late Monday rejected an offer by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to permit seven pending presidential nominees to come to a vote if Reid promises not to weaken the filibuster by a simple majority vote.
Politico:
Senate reaches tentative deal on nuclear option  —  Senators have reached a tentative deal to avert the “nuclear option” on filibuster rules.  —  Under the proposal, which the White House has not yet agreed to, President Barack Obama would pull two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Nuclear Option Averted: Senators Strike Tentative Deal To Confirm Nominees Without Reforming Filibuster
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems hopeful Cordray will advance, delaying nuclear showdown
Discussion: CNN
Paul Kane / Post Politics:
Reid announces tentative deal to avert rules showdown
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Politico:
Senate heads toward ‘nuclear option’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Roll Call:
No Deal Yet on ‘Nuclear Option’ After Senate Joint Caucus
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
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 …
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 …
Politico:
PPP finds McAuliffe up by 4 in Va.—NRCC renews Obamacare delay attacks—Virginia Dems hit Cuccinelli on Medicare in new TV ad—DSCC goes after McConnell on gridlock—Madigan won't run for Ill. governor  —  EXCLUSIVE—PPP FINDS MCAULIFFE LEADING IN VIRGINIA: A new Virginia survey from Public Policy Polling …
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Markus Schmidt / Richmond Times-Dispatch:   McAuliffe widens fundraising lead over Cuccinelli in governor race
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.
Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
CBS2/KCAL9 Reporter, Photographer Attacked During Crenshaw Protests  —  LEIMERT PARK (CBSLA.com) — A CBS2/KCAL9 photographer and reporter were assaulted Monday night while covering a George Zimmerman protest.  —  “While covering the disturbances in the Crenshaw District Monday night …
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Los Angeles Times:
Zimmerman verdict: Protesters storm Wal-Mart in Crenshaw area
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.
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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.”
 
 
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Richard L. Hasen / The Great Debate:
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Michael J. Mishak / Los Angeles Times:
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