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10:00 AM ET, July 17, 2013


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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: George Zimmerman verdict brought ‘deep heartache’  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the “heartache” of the Trayvon Martin case in D.C. Tuesday evening while speaking to an African-American sorority group.  —  “My prayers are with the Martin family …
Scott Powers / Orlando Sentinel:
DOJ solicits email tips in Zimmerman civil rights probe  —  The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday afternoon appealed to civil rights groups and community leaders, nationally and in Sanford, for help investigating whether a federal criminal case might be brought against George Zimmerman …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Shut Up and Speak Honestly  —  Holder urges candor.  Does he mean it?  —  Attorney General Eric Holder sounded a familiar theme in his first public comments after George Zimmerman's acquittal.  “I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Feds want Zimmerman, any way they can get him
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Holder blasts ‘stand your ground’ after Zimmerman verdict
Discussion: Althouse
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Jimmy Carter: ‘Jury Made The Right Decision’ In Zimmerman Case (VIDEO)  —  Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday weighed in on the murder trial of George Zimmerman, saying the “jury made the right decision” in acquitting the neighborhood watch volunteer of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: George Zimmerman jury ‘right’  —  The jury made the “right decision” in the George Zimmerman murder trial, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.  —  “I think the jury made the right decision based on the evidence presented, because the prosecution inadvertently set …
Discussion: American Spectator and Achenblog
Former Pres. Jimmy Carter speaks on Zimmerman acquittal  —  During the interview, Carter went on-the-record, for the first time, concerning the Zimmerman Trial.  —  “I think the jury made the right decision based in the evidence presented because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard …
Discussion: The Hill and The Hill
Associated Press:
LIZ CHENEY TO SEEK WYO. SENATE SEAT HELD BY REPUB.  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Senate » Liz Cheney to seek Wyo. Senate seat held by Repub.  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Liz Cheney to primary Sen. Enzi in Wyoming
James Andrew Miller / New York Times:
Olbermann Will Return To ESPN  —  ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year, according to three executives with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly.
Jon Weisman / Variety:
Keith Olbermann on Verge of Joining ESPN2
Discussion: Deadspin
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Does President Obama have a second-term strategy?  —  A year ago President Barack Obama jammed a prediction into his stump speech that evoked his 2008 hope-and-change message — a vow that a victory in 2012 would break the partisan “fever” in Washington.  —  But behind closed doors …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House immigration group weighs when to unveil reform plan  —  A bipartisan House group is now wrestling with the critical question of when and how to release its comprehensive immigration proposal, which members say they have nearly completed.  —  After more than four years of secretive talks …
Discussion: Reuters and The Plum Line
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama uses Univision, Telemundo to press case for immigration reform
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe:
Patrick rules out White House run  —  Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John E. Walsh's decision to leave his post to lead Governor's Deval Patrick's political action committee fanned the flames of speculation that the Commonwealth's chief executive might be taking a look at higher office.
Rolling Stone:
Five Revelations From Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber Cover Story  —  Janet Reitman delivers a riveting account of how Jahar Tsarnaev became a monster  —  In the new issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Janet Reitman delivers a deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev.
Denis Dyomkin / Reuters:
Putin says U.S. ties more important than Snowden  —  CHITA, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he will not let a dispute over the fate of former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden derail relations with the United States.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Documents Detail Implosion At Leading Conservative Christian Political Firm  —  Transcripts of internal emails and text messages show just how Strategy Group for Media CEO Rex Elsass lost the faith of his employees and the control of his office.  Also, he may have accidentally mailed a vibrator to Michele Bachmann.
Discussion: The Blotter and The Raw Story
New York Times:
Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%  —  Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect, state officials are to announce on Wednesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
Alec MacGillis / New Republic:
The Real Reason Why Republicans Folded on the Filibuster  —  The constitutional crisis du jour has been averted.  The Senate will proceed with the confirmations of most executive branch nominees that have been held in limbo by Senate Republicans threatening a filibuster …
Steven Shepard /
Americans Support the Keystone XL Pipeline by Wide Margin  —  United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds most Americans back the GOP-supported project despite environmental concerns.  —  While the Obama administration mulls whether to approve …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under Obamacare  —  Despite the administration's controversial decision to delay forcing companies to join Obamacare for a year, three-quarters of small businesses are still making plans to duck the costly law by firing workers …
Wet® Personal Lubricants Now Certified Kosher  —  95% of all Wet formulas meet top rabbinical standards of purity  —  LOS ANGELES — As recorded in the book of Deuteronomy over 3200 years ago, Moses gave us The Ten Commandments and the Kosher laws.  Since then, we've had Kosher hot dogs, Kosher wine and Kosher matzoh.
Discussion: Guardian
Obama selects National Labor Relations Board replacement picks  —  President Barack Obama will nominate Nancy Schiffer and Kent Hirozawa to the National Labor Relations Board, POLITICO has learned.  —  Schiffer is the associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO; Hirozawa is the chief counsel …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
If Churchill Could See Us Now  —  Whenever we go into political drift as a country, optimists often quote Winston Churchill's line that Americans will always do the right thing, after they've “exhausted all other possibilities.”  I don't think that's true anymore.
Jef With One F / Art Attack:
Corset Maker Crafts Perry Anti-Abortion Voodoo Dolls to Benefit Planned Parenthood  —  Michelle Sinched of Mr. Sinched is well-known in Houston for her corsets that bind women tightly with great restriction, but that's just good clean fetishy fun.  When it comes to the Texas Legislature …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Juanita Jean's
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Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
ACLU sues state of Montana over benefits for gay couples
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
As Spitzer Pursues a Comeback, His Wife Chooses to Stay Offstage
Discussion: Capital New York and The Fix
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
My Case Against Twitter
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Gawker
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
DesJarlais' Paltry Fundraising Raises Doubts About Re-Election #TN04
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Green group sues State Department over Keystone lobbying documents
Discussion: Hot Air
Kristina Wong / Washington Times:
‘Do I regret doing it? Hell no!’ Marine who urinated on Taliban dead says he'd do it again
Discussion: BizPac Review and Weasel Zippers
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson Wonders If Obama Is A ‘Crypto-Muslim’
Discussion: AMERICAblog
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'I'd want to know' if NYPD's Kelly is interested in DHS post
Discussion: Politicker and Politico
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cantor: House could vote this week on revamp of No Child Left Behind law
Discussion: Politico
Black America Web:
Trayvon Martin's Friend, Rachel Jeantel, Offered Full Ride Scholarship from Tom Joyner
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Yahoo! News:
76-year-old man to stand trial in shooting death of 13-year-old boy