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7:45 AM ET, July 17, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
Will Allen / National Review:
Rush: Jeantel Shows Martin May Have Been ‘Gay Basher’  —  Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday called attention to Zimmerman trial witness Rachel Jeantel's most recent public remarks, arguing that they demonstrate that race was not involved at all in Zimmerman's shooting of Martin …
Washington Post:
Holder condemns ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws; vows new Voting Rights enforcement  —  ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “Stand Your Ground” laws here Tuesday in a speech to the NAACP that addressed the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Feds want Zimmerman, any way they can get him  —  There's a reason we stand up for the rights of individuals like George Zimmerman against an overreaching State.  —  It's not just about the individual.  It's about all of us, and the reality that there but for fortune could go you or I.
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Holder blasts ‘stand your ground’ after Zimmerman verdict
Discussion: Althouse
USA Today:
Experts: Prosecutors failed to humanize Trayvon
Discussion: TalkLeft
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Holder attacks ‘stand your ground’ laws for sowing ‘dangerous conflict’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
The Atlantic Wire:
Richard Cohen Shows Why Racism Makes You Do Dumb Things
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Liz Cheney to primary Sen. Enzi in Wyoming  —  Liz Cheney will run against Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), she announced Tuesday afternoon, setting up a high-profile primary battle.  —  “I am running for the United States Senate because I believe deeply in the values that have made our state and our nation great.
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
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: 'I'd want to know' if NYPD's Kelly is interested in DHS post
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama uses Univision, Telemundo to press case for immigration reform
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
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.
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
CNN: Zimmerman Prosecutor Excused Potential Black Juror for Being a Fox News Watcher  —  George Zimmerman haters throughout the media have carped and whined about the fact that there weren't any African-Americans on the jury despite the law requiring the accused NOT the victim be judged by his peers.
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
CNN: Zimmerman Prosecutor Axed Only Black Juror for Being a Fox News Viewer
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and TheBlaze.com
Politico:
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 …
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Yahoo! News:
76-year-old man to stand trial in shooting death of 13-year-old boy  —  In a case that bears some striking similarities to George Zimmerman's, a 76-year-old Milwaukee man is set to stand trial this week in the 2012 shooting death a 13-year-old boy he had accused of stealing from him.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson Wonders If Obama Is A ‘Crypto-Muslim’  —  On yesterday's broadcast of the 700 Club, Pat Robertson once again suggested that President Obama is a secret Muslim.  Robertson asked CBN terrorism “expert"/sports reporter Erick Stackelbeck, “Do you think Obama is a crypto-Muslim?”
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Black America Web:
Trayvon Martin's Friend, Rachel Jeantel, Offered Full Ride Scholarship from Tom Joyner  —  PLAY AUDIO  —  Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the spotlight after she testified in the George Zimmerman trial detailing her friendship with her slain friend, Trayvon Martin.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 Raw Story
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.
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: Juanita Jean's and Firedoglake
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cantor: House could vote this week on revamp of No Child Left Behind law  —  The House could vote “as early as this week” on a Republican bill overhauling federal education law, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Tuesday after he and other lawmakers toured a high-performing public charter school in Washington.
Discussion: Politico
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
DesJarlais' Paltry Fundraising Raises Doubts About Re-Election #TN04  —  DesJarlais had a tough fundraising quarter, taking in just $39,000.  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais, the anti-abortion Republican physician accused of encouraging his wife …
Discussion: Firedoglake
 
 
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Green group sues State Department over Keystone lobbying documents
Discussion: Hot Air
Ariel Ben Solomon / Jerusalem Post:
John Bolton: Israel should have attacked Iran ‘yesterday’
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
Joseph Patrick McCormick / PinkNews.co.uk:
Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent
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