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9:15 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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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.
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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Gabriela Baczynska / Reuters:
Russian opposition leader freed on bail after protests  —  (Reuters) - Russia unexpectedly freed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on bail on Friday, bending to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year jail sentence as a crude attempt by President Vladimir Putin to silence him.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama vows to ‘blow through’ GOP criticism of ObamaCare  —  President Obama said Thursday his administration will “blow through” GOP criticism to implement his signature healthcare law.  —  “I recognize there's still a lot of folks in this town who are rooting for this law to fail …
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David Lawder / Reuters:   Republicans eye ‘Obamacare’ as new focus of fiscal debate
Politico:
Immigration reform's dog days
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.
Kurtis Lee / Denver Post:
Sens. John Morse, Angela Giron recall elections set for Sept. 10  —  A Denver judge on Thursday ruled petitions submitted to oust a pair of Democratic senators from office are valid, a pivotal ruling that sets in motion Colorado's first-ever recall election of state lawmakers.
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
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
 
 
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