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9:00 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.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Obama to Detroit: Drop Dead
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Decision Day Nears for Detroit Bankruptcy
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
John Wolfson / Boston Magazine:
The Real Face of Terror: Behind the Scenes Photos of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Manhunt  —  In response to the controversial Rolling Stone cover, new photos of Tsarnaev's capture emerge.  —  The Rolling Stone cover featuring the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has, of course …
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Matt Smith / CNN:
‘Real Boston bomber’ photos released  —  (CNN) — The backlash over Rolling Stone's cover photo of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev led to the release of new photos of his capture Thursday, images a police photographer said show “the real Boston bomber.”
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
Charles Barkley / RealClearPolitics:
The Media Doesn't Have a Pure Heart on Race  —  The Latest Politics, News & Election Videos  —  Charles Barkley On Zimmerman Trial: “I Agree With The Verdict”  —  CHARLES BARKLEY: Well, I agreed with the verdict.  I feel sorry that young kid got killed.  But they didn't have enough evidence to charge him.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Scared Monkeys
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Charles Barkley ‘Agrees’ With Zimmerman Verdict, Hits Media For Giving ‘Racists’ A ‘Platform To Vent Ignorance’  —  NBA legend Charles Barkley appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo Thursday afternoon and shared his incredibly diplomatic views on George Zimmerman's acquittal.
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and protein wisdom
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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
Manu Raju / Politico:
Brian Schweitzer's challenge: Montana Democrats  —  Or he could make political life difficult for his fellow Democrats, particularly for Baucus during the health care debate when the governor endorsed a more liberal insurance option as the senator was being demonized by the left for deal-cutting.
Discussion: Business Insider
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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Politico:
Immigration reform's dog days
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)
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 …
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
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.
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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
Tom Harper / The Independent:
Exclusive: Hacking cover-up scandal as police refuse to name ‘blue-chip’ companies who used corrupt private investigators  —  The Serious Organised Crime Agency has refused to disclose the names of blue-chip companies who commissioned corrupt private investigators who broke the law because revealing …
Discussion: Telegraph and BBC
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)
 
 
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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
'LET'S GO MESS UP HOLLYWOOD FOR TRAYVON'
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Striking the Blow at Fort Wagner
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
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The Obamacare provision that terrifies insurers
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