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10:55 PM ET, July 19, 2013


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New York Times:
Obama Takes On Florida Killing and Race in U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — After days of angry protests and mounting public pressure, President Obama summoned five of his closest advisers to the Oval Office on Thursday evening.  It was time, he told them, for him to speak to the nation …
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 …
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 …
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Zimmerman brother: Obama ‘very sincere’ in comments on racial fallout of Trayvon case  —  George Zimmerman's brother on Friday said President Obama sounded “very sincere” in remarks about the racial implications of the Trayvon Martin case.  —  Speaking on Fox News, Zimmerman …
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
Considering the President's Comments on Racial Profiling  —  The impact of the highest official in the country directly feeling your pain, because it is his pain, is real.  And it is happening now.  And it is significant.  —  My earlier criticisms notwithstanding, I think these comments …
Discussion: ComPost
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.
James Arkin / Politico:
Fleischer: Obama AWOL on race  —  Ari Fleischer wants to know where President Obama has been in the last five years when it comes to issues of race.  —  “Why did it take the Trayvon Martin case for the president to come out and raise some of these very valid issues that it would be constructive …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Why Obama decided to speak out
Washington Post:
President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin (full transcript)
The Huffington Post:
Rick Scott Refuses To Budge On ‘Stand Your Ground’ After Meeting With Protesters
Discussion: CNN and The Hinterland Gazette
Ted Cruz / CNN:
Cruz says Obama going after guns with ‘stand your ground’ remark
Discussion: Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Why Obama Decided To Speak Out On Race And The Zimmerman Verdict
Discussion: The Mahablog
Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’
President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Washington Post:
President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin (full transcript)
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
CNN:   Transcript: President Obama addresses race, profiling and Florida law
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:   READ AND WATCH: President Obama addresses the Trayvon Martin case
Gary Heinlein /
Ingham County judge rules Detroit bankruptcy be withdrawn; Schuette appeals  —  Judge Rosemarie Aquilina (Dale G. Young/The Detroit News)  —  Lansing — Ruling the governor and Detroit's emergency manager violated the state constitution, an Ingham County Circuit judge ordered Friday …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Michigan judge halts Detroit bankruptcy because it dishonors Obama
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
Detroit isn't alone. The U.S. cities that have gone bankrupt, in one map
Discussion: PolicyMic, Twitchy and MuniLand
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight Blog Is to Join ESPN Staff  —  Nate Silver, the statistician who attained national fame for his accurate projections about the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, is parting ways with The New York Times and moving his FiveThirtyEight franchise to ESPN …
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 …
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
When a ‘bombshell’ is a dud  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman, struggling to shake his well-deserved reputation as a “laughably inept” clown, did his level best this week to revive the discredited IRS “scandal.”  Relying on a partial transcript — one of his favorite tactics — Issa fed the media what he said was a scoop.
Discussion: The Week, theGrio and USA Today
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: New Republic and Right Turn
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.
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 …
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Must there always be a Detroit?  —  Photo galleries and slideshows showing Detroit's decay are always great Internet click-bait.  (Maybe second only to shots of the soulless Pyongyang.)  The pictures look like stills from one of those “Life After People” speculative documentaries.
Pat Buchanan / Yahoo! News:
Black America's Real Problem Isn't White Racism  —  In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP are calling on the black community to rise up in national protest.  —  Yet they know — and Barack Obama, whose silence speaks volumes, knows — nothing is going to happen.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Possible GOP opponent to Mitch McConnell books airtime  —  An emerging conservative challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reserved airtime in Kentucky starting next week, according to multiple media-tracking sources.  —  Matt Bevin, an investment executive based in Louisville …
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