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3:45 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 …
Michael O'Brien / NBC Politics:
Obama: Trayvon Martin ‘could have been me’  —  President Barack Obama speaks about the Trayvon Martin case in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, July 19, 2013.  —  By Michael O'Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News  —  President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance …
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: Weasel Zippers
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: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Obama: “Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me”  —  “If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”  President Obama makes a surprise appearance on Friday in the White House briefing room.  —  “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Weasel Zippers
Val Nicholas /
I could have been Trayvon Martin  —  The Don Imus controversy a while back brought racial discrimination into the national conversation.  But for many African-Americans like me it dug up a lot of deep, suppressed memories of hateful things that have been said and done to us over the years.
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 …
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: PolicyMic, MuniLand 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 …
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 …
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
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
MIT Moves to Intervene in Release of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File  —  Lawyers representing MIT are filing a motion to intervene in my FOIA lawsuit over thousands of pages of Secret Service documents about the late activist and coder Aaron Swartz.  —  I am the plaintiff in this lawsuit.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Divided GOP can't agree on food stamps  —  Divided House Republicans can't agree on a food stamp bill, dimming hopes that a farm bill conference can begin before the August recess.  —  House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) warned Friday that no one should expect action …
Discussion: Politico
Shikha Dalmia / Washington Examiner:
Without big changes, Detroit won't have a second act  —  “I once thought that there were no second acts in American lives, but there was certainly to be a second act to New York's boom days,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote.  It's a good thing he wasn't talking about Detroit.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dick Durbin to hold hearing on ‘stand your ground’ laws
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Inside the plan to sell House Republicans on immigration reform
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Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
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