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2:15 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 …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: George Zimmerman verdict brought ‘deep heartache’
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Plurality Agrees With Zimmerman Verdict
Discussion: Right Turn and Rasmussen Reports
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Jimmy Carter: ‘Jury Made The Right Decision’ In Zimmerman Case (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Scott Powers / Orlando Sentinel:
DOJ solicits email tips in Zimmerman civil rights probe
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
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.
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.
Harriet Alexander / Telegraph:
Rolling Stone Boston bomber cover sparks outrage
Discussion: Guardian and Twitchy
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.
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: CNN, Reuters and The Plum Line
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
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Liz Cheney to Challenge Senator Michael Enzi of Wyoming
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.
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
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.
CBS Miami:
Rachel Jeantel On Trayvon Martin Friendship: “He Never Judged Me”  —  MIAMI (CBS4) - Rachel Jeantel opens up about her friendship with Trayvon Martin, calling him a good and true friend.  —  “He's got an energy that makes you laugh, he's real funny, and I like that in a person,” Jeantel said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Joanne Jacobs
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
NRA: Holder exploiting Trayvon Martin death to push gun agenda
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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 …
Tom Kington / Guardian:
Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets  —  Papal court handling pardons for sins says contrite Catholics may win ‘indulgences’ by following World Youth Day on Twitter  —  In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married …
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.
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
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 …
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
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Stay sought on Guantanamo ban
R.O. López / English Manif:
Do social scientists get to have a “consensus” …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Watch him pull a USDA-mandated rabbit disaster plan out of his hat
Timothy B. Lee / Wonkblog:
That McDonald's budget people are making fun of isn't cruel. It's realistic.
Matt Berman /
Americans Own Nearly Half of the Privately Owned Guns on Earth
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
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Get Filibusted  —  Democrats end the 60-vote Senate rule …
Discussion: National Review and Betsy's Page
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Dems set sights on IRS watchdog
Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe:
Patrick rules out White House run
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
If Churchill Could See Us Now  —  Whenever we go into political drift …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
As Spitzer Pursues a Comeback, His Wife Chooses to Stay Offstage
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Documents Detail Implosion At Leading Conservative Christian Political Firm
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Blotter