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4:30 PM ET, July 19, 2013


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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 …
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
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 …
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
Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago’  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Friday that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago” in his first live comments since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman last weekend in the teenager's shooting death.
Discussion: Informed Comment
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
READ AND WATCH: President Obama addresses the Trayvon Martin case  —  President Obama spoke about the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, George Zimmermann, at the White House press briefing today.  —  REPORTERS: Whoa!  —  Q: Hello.
Discussion: Colorlines
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Obama: “Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me”
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Weasel Zippers
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Zimmerman brother: Obama ‘very sincere’ in comments on racial fallout of Trayvon case
Discussion: Politico
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me’ (VIDEO)
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 …
New York Times:
Judging Rolling Stone by Its Cover
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 …
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.
Melissa Kondak / CNN:
‘New Day’ Exclusive: Odd Twist in Tweeting Congressman & Model Relationship
Discussion: New Day, ABC News and Politico
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.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rep. Peter King launches air strike on Paul
Discussion: 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: MuniLand, PolicyMic and Twitchy
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.
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Strategist Ed Rollins: Liz Cheney Will Be Portrayed As 'A Housewife Who's Kind Of Bored'  —  Liz Cheney's nascent Senate bid drew skepticism Thursday from a veteran Republican strategist.  —  Ed Rollins, who worked on the presidential campaigns of Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann …
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 …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Hobby Lobby wins a stay against birth control mandate  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge has temporarily exempted Hobby Lobby Stores Inc from a requirement in the 2010 healthcare law that it offer workers insurance coverage for birth control, which the retailer said violated its religious beliefs.
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
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: Los Angeles Times and Shakesville
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Jim Tankersley / Washington Post:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
In Major Ruling, Court Orders Times Reporter to Testify
Discussion: emptywheel and Outside the Beltway
Frank Main / Chicago Sun Times:
Cops knocking on doors of potential shooters, victims
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / DealBook:
JPMorgan Executive May Escape Penalty
Discussion: The Week
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Divided GOP can't agree on food stamps
Discussion: Politico
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Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of Stand Your Ground
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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John Frank / The Charlotte Observer:
Senate Republicans unveil stricter NC voter ID bill