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12:40 AM ET, July 19, 2013

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New York Times:
Detroit Files for Bankruptcy  —  By MONICA DAVEY and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH  —  DETROIT — Detroit, the cradle of America's automobile industry and once the nation's fourth-most-populous city, has filed for bankruptcy, an official said Thursday afternoon, the largest American city ever to take such a course.
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detroitnews.com:
Detroit files largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history  —  DetroitThe city of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history Thursday afternoon, culminating a decades-long slide that transformed the nation's iconic industrial town into a model of urban decline crippled …
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Detroit Files Biggest U.S. Municipal Bankruptcy  —  Emergency Manager Orr Seeks to Liquidate Assets to Satisfy Creditors  —  The city of Detroit filed for federal bankruptcy protection on Thursday afternoon, making the automobile capital and onetime music powerhouse the country's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy case.
Nancy Kaffer / USA Today:
Detroit files for bankruptcy protection
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and PolicyMic
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Obama to Detroit: Drop Dead
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
House Republicans Cave On Marriage Fight  —  “[T]he House now seeks leave to withdraw as a party defendant.”  House Republicans stop defending statutes similar to the Defense of Marriage Act that ban recognition of same-sex couples' marriages.  —  Via: J. Scott Applewhite / AP
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Justice Department places ‘hold’ on Trayvon Martin trial evidence, including George Zimmerman's gun - which Florida law says must be returned to him  —  The U.S. Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to keep possession …
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Charles Barkley ‘Agrees’ With Zimmerman Verdict, Hits Media For Giving ‘Racists’ A ‘Platform To Vent Ignorance’
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Senate confirms Thomas Perez as labor secretary  —  Thomas Perez on Capitol Hill in April 2013.  (Molly Riley/AP)  —  The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Thomas E. Perez as labor secretary, making him the latest of President Obama's nominees to earn confirmation after senators reached a deal to avert changing the chamber's rules.
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Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Senate confirms Thomas E. Perez as Labor secretary
Ramsey Cox / E2-Wire:
Senate votes to end debate on McCarthy's nomination to lead EPA
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood To Close Three Texas Clinics  —  Planned Parenthood on Wednesday informed staff at three of its facilities in Texas that they would be closing, according to people familiar with the decision.  —  The three clinics are located in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin, Texas.
David Lawder / Reuters:
Republicans eye ‘Obamacare’ as new focus of fiscal debate  —  (Reuters) - Growing numbers of Republicans in Congress are setting their sights on a new target in looming fiscal showdowns this autumn over government funding and the debt limit: “Obamacare.”  —  Several Republicans are pledging …
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Rich Yeselson / Politico:
Ted Cruz is a legitimate 2016 threat
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Back in Black - New York Versus Texas  —  Rick Perry tries luring New York businesses to Texas, but Lewis Black is none too impressed with the Lone Star State.  (06:36)
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
Debating, Yet Again, the Worth of Law School  —  In the debate over whether law schools are worth what they cost students, sober analysis often seems to give way to angry rhetoric.  —  The heated response to the recently released paper titled “The Economic Value of a Law Degree,” …
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Michael Simkovic / Concurring Opinions:
Brian Tamanaha Says We Should Look at the Below Average Outcomes (And We Did)
Chris Haire / News+Opinion, Charleston City Paper:
Former editor of Rand Paul's Neo-Confederate staffer talks about the Southern Avenger  —  Jack Hunter asked me to delete columns  —  Long before last's week Washington Free Beacon story kicked up a two-day media storm, Jack Hunter knew that the Republican establishment was working …
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Pete King Says He's ‘Certainly’ Looking at Running for President  —  Pete King.  (Photo: Getty)  —  Late last night, Newxmax reported that Long Island GOP Congressman Pete King, not widely considered one of the top contenders for the White House for 2016, was nevertheless looking at running for president, citing anonymous sources.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Post Politics
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
President Peter King? New York Republican Considering Run for White House
Matthew Stabley / nbcwashington.com:
Gunman Near White House “Was Only Going to Fire a Couple of Shots”  —  A man who displayed a loaded weapon at a U.S. Secret Service police booth outside the White House told officers, “I was only going to fire a couple of shots if no one confronted me,” according to court documents.
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
Jeanne Marie Laskas / GQ Magazine Online:
Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?  —  That's No Joke.  Consider: He is the most quietly effective politician in D.C. (Don't laugh.)  The “Most Influential Vice President in History.”  (Seriously, stop laughing.)  One of our nation's most senior statesmen.  (Look it up!)
Jon Lovett / Salon:
Liz Cheney for Senate  —  Vicious, cynical and talented Liz Cheney is perfect  —  Liz Cheney, the infamous political operative and daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, announced last night that she is running for Senate.  After careful consideration, I believe this is welcome news …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama May Cancel Moscow Trip as Tensions Build Over Leaker  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama may cancel a scheduled trip to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin in September as the standoff over the fate of Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor seeking asylum there …
Berkeley Brean / Rochester, NY News:
Valet parked cars searched under TSA regulations  —  Rochester, N.Y. — She says she had no warning that someone was going to search her car after she left to catch her flight.  So the woman contacted News10NBC.  —  We found out it happened to her because she valet parked her car.
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Texas Legislators File Radical ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bill To Ban Abortion After Just Six Weeks  —  On Thursday, three Texas Republicans filed a measure that would criminalize abortion services after a fetal heartbeat can be detected — which typically occurs around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they're pregnant.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Congressman: Benghazi Survivors Forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements  —  Congressman Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia, said today on the House floor that survivors of the Benghazi terror attack have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements:  —  “On Tuesday I raised the question …
Politico:
Immigration reform's dog days  —  The White House and its immigration reform allies are banking on the August recess as their next — and possibly last — major opportunity to compel House Republicans to act.  —  With the issue stalled in the House, the monthlong congressional break …
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
The Obamacare provision that terrifies insurers  —  President Obama is set to speak this morning about how the health-care law is cutting premiums for millions of Americans.  His remarks will focus on a small Affordable Care Act provision known to health wonks as the “medical loss ratio.”
 
 
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