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4:35 PM ET, July 17, 2013


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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.
Rolling Stone:
Jahar's World  —  He was a charming kid with a bright future.  But no one saw the pain he was hiding or the monster he would become. … Peter Payack awoke around 4 a.m. on April 19th, 2013, and saw on his TV the grainy surveillance photo of the kid walking out of the minimart.
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
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
‘Rolling Stone’ Tsarnaev cover stirs firestorm
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Guardian
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
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Liz Cheney's Fatal Career Move?  —  As near as I can tell, besides her father and Erick Erickson, virtually every Republican I can think of came out crapping on Liz Cheney's decision to carpet bag into Wyoming and trying to unseat resolutely boring sitting Sen. Mike Enzi.
Discussion: The Dish and Balloon Juice
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
Discussion: Politico
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.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
House Republicans Face Decision On Fighting Gay Veterans' Spousal Benefits  —  A federal judge has set a Thursday deadline for parties to tell him why he shouldn't side with gay service members and veterans and their spouses in an ongoing challenge to benefits statutes.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Does President Obama have a second-term strategy?
Discussion: CNN and National Republican …
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
Associated Press:
Gay marriage reveals surprise contrast between ‘starchy’ Britain and ‘freewheeling’ France  —  LONDON — The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart.  But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed …
Associated Press:
Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage With Queen's Approval
Discussion: Advocate
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.
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.
Josh Hicks / Federal Eye:
IRS chief counsel's office 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.
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli looks to go on offense against McAuliffe over Virginia anti-sodomy law  —  When Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II challenged a federal appeals court ruling that deemed the state's anti-sodomy law unconstitutional, Democrats pounced, accusing the Republican of pursuing an anti-gay agenda.
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.
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.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
House GOP Sponsor Wants New Voting Rights Law  —  A key House Republican says Congress should pass a new voting rights law before the 2014 midterm elections.  —  Wisconsin Republican James Sensenbrenner told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the Supreme Court commanded Congress to update …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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 …
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