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4:20 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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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.
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.
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
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Nancy Grace: George Zimmerman Going Back To Life Of ‘Driving Through Taco Bell,’ Eating ‘Churros’  —  Watching Nancy Grace can be a painful experience, and so sometimes we miss her golden nuggets (like this one) while taking a break from her exhausting fire-and-brimstone delivery.
William Saletan / Slate:
You Are Not Trayvon Martin  —  His death wasn't about race, guns, or your pet issue.
Ekow N. Yankah / New York Times:
The Truth About Trayvon  —  THE Trayvon Martin verdict is frustrating …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
A conversation with Richard Cohen
Discussion: The Huffington Post
The Atlantic Online:
How Stand Your Ground Relates To George Zimmerman
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Black boys denied the right to be young
Discussion: Hullabaloo, msnbc.com and Althouse
Rev. Al Sharpton / The Huffington Post:
We Lost the Battle, But the War's Far From Over
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Sarah Bloomquist / WPVI-TV:
‘Kill Zimmerman’ painted on business before arson in Downingtown
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
BuzzFeed:
Zimmerman Juror Decides Not To Write Book About Trial
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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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.
Discussion: The Dish
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Nuclear Option Averted: Senators Strike Tentative Deal To Confirm Nominees Without Reforming Filibuster  —  Senate leaders struck a tentative deal in the 11th hour to confirm seven presidential nominees to executive positions without the use of the nuclear option.
David Weigel / Slate:   For the Umpteenth Time, Senate Caves on Filibuster Reform With Good Deal for Majority Party
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Senate Democrats Threaten Nuclear Option and Win
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Fix
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Union leader attacks Senate Democrats for NLRB concession in deal
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate votes 71-29 to advance Cordray as ‘nuclear’ threat recedes
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Cave: Seven Top Government Jobs Will Be Filled
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senators Reach Agreement to Avert Fight Over Filibuster
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Vacancies and Partisan Fighting Put Labor Relations Agency in Legal Limbo
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 …
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS accused of disclosing tax records of political candidates, donors
Discussion: CNN and American Spectator
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.
CNN:
Panama's search of North Korean ship triggers ‘violent’ confrontation  —  (CNN) — It has all the elements of international intrigue: a violent confrontation on a detained North Korean ship, a suspected missile onboard, a heart attack and an attempted suicide.
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Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Panama Seizes North Korea-Flagged Ship for Weapons
Discussion: msnbc.com, RT and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Kirit Radia / ABC News:
Edward Snowden Makes No-Leak Promise in Asylum Bid: Lawyer  —  Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden today applied for asylum in Russia and, as a condition, agreed to stop harming the U.S., according to a Russian lawyer who is advising him, but that doesn't necessarily mean headline-grabbing stories …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
 
 
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
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