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5:25 PM ET, July 19, 2013

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Mark Landler / New York Times:
In Wake of Zimmerman Verdict, Obama Makes Extensive Statement on Race in America  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, making a surprise appearance on Friday in the White House briefing room to address the verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing, spoke in personal terms about the experience …
Discussion: Althouse and The Hugh Hewitt Show
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: Trayvon ‘could have been me’  —  President Obama said Friday that all Americans should respect the George Zimmerman verdict, but white Americans should also understand that African Americans continue to face racial discrimination.  —  “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
Raising the Wrong Profile  —  In 2003, State Senator Barack Obama spearheaded a bill through the Illinois legislature that sought to put the clamps on racial profiling.  Obama called racial profiling “morally objectionable,” “bad police practice” and a method that mainly served to …
CNN:
Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago” in his first live comments since the verdict last weekend in the case of Martin's shooting death last year.  —  Americans, Obama said, are aware of the …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin  —  THE PRESIDENT: I wanted to come out here, first of all, to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is very much looking forward to the session.  The second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks …
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA: ‘TRAYVON COULD HAVE BEEN ME’  —  Speaking at the White House on Friday, President Obama addressed the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin for the first time since 2012, when he declared that if he had a son, he'd look like Martin.
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Zimmerman brother: Obama ‘very sincere’ in comments on racial fallout of Trayvon case
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:   READ AND WATCH: President Obama addresses the Trayvon Martin case
Washington Post:
President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin (full transcript)
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me’ (VIDEO)
CNN:
Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago’
Discussion: Informed Comment
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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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Bombshell in the IRS Scandal  —  A higher office is implicated.  —  The IRS scandal was connected this week not just to the Washington office—that had been established—but to the office of the chief counsel.  —  That is a bombshell—such a big one that it managed to emerge in spite of an unfocused …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE—RAND PAUL: OBAMA WILL BAIL OUT DETROIT ‘OVER MY DEAD BODY’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he will use every resource he has at his disposal to stop President Barack Obama from bailing out newly-bankrupt Detroit because he believes the city can and must save itself and learn from its fiscal mistakes.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rep. Peter King launches air strike on Paul
Discussion: New Republic and Right Turn
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
Detroit isn't alone.  The U.S. cities that have gone bankrupt, in one map  —  On Thursday, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection after being saddled with debts totaling more than $18.5 billion.  —  That makes Detroit the largest city in the United States ever to file for bankruptcy …
Discussion: PolicyMic, Twitchy and MuniLand
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
In Major Ruling, Court Orders Times Reporter to Testify  —  WASHINGTON — In a major ruling about press freedoms, a divided federal appeals court on Friday ruled that James Risen, an author and reporter for The New York Times, must testify in the criminal trial of a former Central Intelligence …
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emptywheel:
Fourth Circuit Guts National Security Investigative Journalism Everywhere It Matters
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CBS News:
DNA shows Rep. Cohen not model's father: “I loved her”  —  (CBS News) Rep. Steve Cohen (Dem., Tenn.) admitted Thursday that the woman he believed for three-and-a-half years was his out-of-wedlock daughter is not related to him.  —  In an exclusive interview with CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford, Cohen said, “I was totally stunned.
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
HHS Admits: You Might Not Be Able to Keep Your Doctor Under Obamacare  —  As Obamacare was being pushed through Congress in 2010, the Obama administration and its allies were unequivocal in two claims: If you like your doctor and you like your current health care plan, you can keep them both.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Liz Cheney rejects carpetbagging charge in Wyoming race  —  Liz Cheney (R) is rejecting accusations that she's a carpetbagger who moved to Wyoming just to run for its Senate seat.  —  “I am a fourth generation Wyomingite.  My family first came here in 1825, walking the Mormon Trail in search of religious freedom.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hitting China's Wall  —  All economic data are best viewed as a peculiarly boring genre of science fiction, but Chinese data are even more fictional than most.  Add a secretive government, a controlled press, and the sheer size of the country, and it's harder to figure out what's really happening …
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Richmond gang-rape defendants found guilty  —  Photo: Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle  —  It was an attack that horrified the Bay Area - the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside her homecoming dance at Richmond High School in which her attackers beat her unconscious and left her under a picnic table in a darkened courtyard.
Discussion: Shakesville and Los Angeles Times
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: The Obamas use Air Force One as ‘personal toy’  —  Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) said Thursday morning that President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are using Air Force One and other official aircraft as their “personal toys.”  —  “I'm not suggesting …
 
 
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Frank Main / Chicago Sun Times:
Cops knocking on doors of potential shooters, victims
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Divided GOP can't agree on food stamps
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Hobby Lobby wins a stay against birth control mandate
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