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11:35 AM 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 …
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.
David D. / UPROXX:
Here's The Story Of The Twitter Hero Who Single-Handedly Killed Zimmerman Juror B37′s Book Deal  —  A lot has been made about the controversial Zimmerman Trial Juror B37.  First she appeared on Anderson Cooper and made comments expressing sympathy and support for Zimmerman.
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.
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 ...”
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Racism vs. reality
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dem calls for Judiciary Committee hearings on Trayvon Martin case
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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’
Los Angeles Times:
Zimmerman verdict: Protesters storm Wal-Mart in Crenshaw area
Discussion: msnbc.com
Los Angeles Times:
Zimmerman verdict: LAPD declares unlawful assembly
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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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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 heads toward ‘nuclear option’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Bachmann aide arrested in connection with House office burglaries
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
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.”
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Michael J. Mishak / Los Angeles Times:
Gavin Newsom a rising star who's in eclipse as lt. governor  —  The ambitious former mayor of San Francisco chafes at his current job's limitations and lack of visibility.  But he tries to keep his name at the forefront.  —  PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER DASILVA REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich lawyers file appeal before midnight deadline
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Legal Immigrants Seek Reward for Years of Following the Rules
Discussion: The Caucus
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Long Odds for House Democrats
Discussion: First Read, Roll Call and Yahoo! News
Richard L. Hasen / The Great Debate:
Court due to make second trip down the aisle
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Virginia's Attorney General Faces Scrutiny for Ties to Executive
Discussion: ABC News and Taegan Goddard's …
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Blog:
LGBT Rights Organizations Issue Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice
Discussion: ThinkProgress and GLAAD
Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
Marco Rubio Turns Away From Immigration As Bill's Prospects Flounder
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Week
Roll Call:
No Deal Yet on ‘Nuclear Option’ After Senate Joint Caucus
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Deadly clashes erupt in Cairo after U.S. diplomat's visit
Gallup:
Hispanics of All Ages Tilt Democratic
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Fix and Hot Air