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1:00 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 …
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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 …
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Black Dems ready racial profiling bill in response to Florida verdict
WXIA-TV:
Former Pres. Jimmy Carter speaks on Zimmerman acquittal
Discussion: The Hill
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Feds want Zimmerman, any way they can get him
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.
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
House GOP seek delay in health care provisions
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House immigration group weighs when to unveil reform plan
Discussion: Reuters and The Plum Line
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.
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Wbzmornings / CBS Boston:
Boston Marathon Bombings Suspect Featured On Rolling Stone Cover  —  BOSTON (CBS) - Rolling Stone is stirring up controversy with its new cover.  —  The August issue of the music magazine features a photo of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.
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.
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.
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Shut Up and Speak Honestly
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate  —  African Americans benefit from Florida's “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law at a rate far out of proportion to their presence in the state's population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
NRA: Holder exploiting Trayvon Martin death to push gun agenda  —  The National Rifle Association on Wednesday accused Attorney General Eric Holder of exploiting the death of Trayvon Martin to push the Obama administration's gun-control agenda.  —  NRA executive director Chris Cox blasted Holder's calls …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
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.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and First Read
NBC Politics:
Graham: US should consider Olympic boycott over possible Snowden asylum  —  U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has suggested that the U.S. boycott the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, if NSA leaker Edward Snowden is granted temporary asylum in the country.  —  By Kasie Hunt and Kelly O'Donnell, NBC News
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Denis Dyomkin / Reuters:
Putin says U.S. ties more important than Snowden
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.
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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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Michael Chen / KGTV-TV:
Mayor Bob Filner to deliver keynote address at benefit for sexual assault victims  —  SAN DIEGO - 10News has learned Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to be the keynote speaker at a benefit for sexual assault victims.  —  A women veterans group tells 10News the mayor's camp has just confirmed the appearance.
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 and The Blotter
Herald:
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
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 …
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Get Filibusted  —  Democrats end the 60-vote Senate rule for presidential nominees.  —  Senate Majority Leader Rich Trumka, er, Harry Reid held a gun to the head of Republicans on the filibuster, Republicans blinked, and President Obama and the AFL-CIO will now get their nominees confirmed …
Discussion: National Review and Betsy's Page
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 …
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
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Wendy Davis Coming To Washington For Fundraisers
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ThinkProgress
Benjamin Wood / Deseret News:
Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education
Discussion: The Raw Story and Joanne Jacobs
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
PLEASE STOP THIS FIGHT BEFORE SOMEBODY GETS HURT
Discussion: The Raw Story
Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
It's official: Mizeur announces run for Md. governor
NY Daily News:
City Council intern passes out at press conference — and it takes EMS 30 minutes to respond
Discussion: Capital New York and Politicker
Brookings Institute:
The Sandy Hook Promise
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Dems set sights on IRS watchdog
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
If Churchill Could See Us Now  —  Whenever we go into political drift …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
My Case Against Twitter
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Gawker
Jef With One F / Art Attack:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and Juanita Jean's
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
DesJarlais' Paltry Fundraising Raises Doubts About Re-Election #TN04
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
Yahoo! News:
76-year-old man to stand trial in shooting death of 13-year-old boy
Discussion: Shakesville