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9:50 AM ET, July 16, 2013

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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
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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 ...”
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.
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.
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.
Edward Wyckoff Williams / Salon:
Our real problem is white rage
Discussion: the daily howler and The PJ Tatler
New York Times:
A Step to Majority Rule in the Senate  —  After years of growing Republican obstruction — legislation blocked, judicial candidates forced to withdraw, presidential nominations left to languish, government agencies rendered powerless by denying them leaders — Senate Democrats say they are finally ready to take action.
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Roll Call:
No Deal Yet on ‘Nuclear Option’ After Senate Joint Caucus
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Edges Closer To Nuclear Option As Lengthy All-Senator Meeting Ends With No Deal
Washington Post:
As Senate nears filibuster showdown, Reid says Republicans can still avoid fight
CNN:
Sources: Reid, McCain engaged in secret weekend talks on ‘nuclear option’
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Is Harry Reid Bluffing About the Filibuster?
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.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Michele Bachmann Wants To ‘Spank The President’ And Steal His ‘Magic Wand’
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
Adam Beam / The State:
Graham says he expects a GOP primary test  —  “I'm a Ronald Reagan conservative,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters before speaking to a few hundred people at the Columbia Rotary Club on Monday.  “You get 80 percent of what you want, that's a good day.”
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
 
 
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Virginia's Attorney General Faces Scrutiny for Ties to Executive
Discussion: ABC News and Taegan Goddard's …
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Blog:
LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice
Discussion: ThinkProgress and GLAAD
Isabelle de Pommereau / Christian Science Monitor:
More women in the boardroom? Europe considers forcing the issue.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
Marco Rubio Turns Away From Immigration As Bill's Prospects Flounder
Discussion: The Week
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
GOP leaders pushed to allow House vote on defunding the NSA
Discussion: ThinkProgress, 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
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Zimmerman Juror Says Panel Considered Stand Your Ground In Deliberations: ‘He Had A Right To Defend Himself’
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Can History Be Restarted?  —  The Daniel Johnson article on …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
McDonalds Tells Workers To Budget By Getting A Second Job And Turning Off Their Heat
Discussion: The Impolitic
Candice Choi / Associated Press:
TWINKIES MAY BE SMALLER THAN PEOPLE RECALL
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Control in 2014 Increasingly Looks Like a Tossup