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3:50 PM ET, July 17, 2013


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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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Black Dems ready racial profiling bill in response to Florida verdict  —  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are readying a flurry of bills in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal on charges in last year's fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.  —  The lawmakers are drafting …
Rasmussen Reports:
48% Agree with Zimmerman Verdict, 34% Disagree
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Plurality Agrees With Zimmerman Verdict
Discussion: Right Turn
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: George Zimmerman verdict brought ‘deep heartache’
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.
Harriet Alexander / Telegraph:
Rolling Stone Boston bomber cover sparks outrage
Discussion: Guardian and Twitchy
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
‘Rolling Stone’ Tsarnaev cover stirs firestorm
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Guardian
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.
The Atlantic Online:
The Banality of Richard Cohen and Racist Profiling  —  Yesterday Richard Cohen wrote this: … It is very important to understand that no one is asking the NYPD to “ignore race.”  If an officer is looking for an specific suspect, no one would ask that the NYPD not include race as part of the description.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rand Paul mocks Liz Cheney's Senate bid  —  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul mocked Liz Cheney's newly announced Senate campaign Tuesday, questioning her Wyoming residency in a barbed statement.  —  “When I heard Liz Cheney was running for Senate I wondered if she was running in her home state of Virginia,” Paul said.
Dana Bash / CNN:
Enzi says Wyoming voters will stick with him  —  Washington (CNN) - A GOP challenge from Liz Cheney could backfire, her new rival Sen. Mike Enzi suggested Wednesday.  —  The third-term Wyoming Republican said his constituents would stick with him through a primary - despite Cheney's wide name recognition …
Discussion: Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Liz Cheney's Fatal Career Move?
Discussion: The Dish and Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: CNN and National Republican …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
House Republicans Face Decision On Fighting Gay Veterans' Spousal Benefits
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner endorses push for citizenship for children of illegal immigrants
Discussion: Politico
Alex Roarty /
Pennsylvania Republicans Looking to Push Out Their Governor  —  Tom Corbett is one of the most unpopular politicians in the country.  Now his own party is turning on him.  —  The biggest question in Pennsylvania politics right now isn't whether Gov. Tom Corbett will win reelection.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
PLEASE STOP THIS FIGHT BEFORE SOMEBODY GETS HURT  —  The gang at CNBC's Wall Street House Of Carnal Delights, Squawk Box, invited that silly faux-Indian woman from Massachusetts on to talk about her new bill to bring the Glass-Steagall Act back for the 21st Century.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Senate Filibuster Deal An Embarrassment For Mitch McConnell  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats not only got much of what they wanted in Tuesday's deal to move some of President Barack Obama's nominees through the Senate, they also got what they see as an important bonus — casting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in an unflattering light.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Associated Press:
Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage With Queen's Approval  —  LONDON (AP) — Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval.  —  House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday …
Discussion: Advocate
Associated Press:
Gay marriage reveals surprise contrast between ‘starchy’ Britain and ‘freewheeling’ France
Jennifer Bauer /
Local family's emergency trip to hospital interrupted by demonstrators  —  The coordinator of the protest says he gave specific instructions to participants not to break any laws and not to touch or harm anyone … HOUSTON -  —  Hundreds of people marched in protest to the George Zimmerman verdict on Monday.
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
Exclusive: Fired employee to file lawsuit against Zimmerman prosecutors  —  (Reuters) - A former employee of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey's office plans to file a whistleblower lawsuit against George Zimmerman's prosecutors, his attorney told Reuters on Tuesday.
David Leonhardt / FiveThirtyEight:
In Public Opinion on Abortion, Few Absolutes  —  For decades, both sides in the abortion debate have tried to say that public opinion was already on their side and only becoming more so.  —  Advocates for abortion rights have pointed to polls showing that a majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade …
Josh Hicks / Federal Eye:
IRS chief counsel involved in targeting controversy  —  The chief counsel's office for the Internal Revenue Service, headed by a political appointee of President Obama, helped develop the agency's problematic guidelines for reviewing “tea party” cases, according to a top IRS attorney.
Timothy B. Lee / Wonkblog:
That McDonald's budget people are making fun of isn't cruel.  It's realistic.  —  Various people are mocking McDonalds and Visa for putting together this sample budget for someone living on an after-tax income of $24,720 per year, calling it “ridiculous” and “hilariously obtuse.”
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
CMS touts wider adoption of electronic health records
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli looks to go on offense against McAuliffe over Virginia anti-sodomy law
Discussion: ThinkProgress and AMERICAblog
Associated Press:
Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt Romney alums to gather for super PAC
Discussion: CNN and Post Politics
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Watch him pull a USDA-mandated rabbit disaster plan out of his hat
Benjamin Wood / Deseret News:
Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education
Discussion: The Raw Story and Joanne Jacobs
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Guardian
Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe:
Patrick rules out White House run
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Documents Detail Implosion At Leading Conservative Christian Political Firm
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Blotter