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7:15 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 …
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 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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Why Obama decided to speak out  —  President Obama informed his senior staff Thursday that he wanted to address the Trayvon Martin verdict after having “several conversations with his family and friends,” according to a White House official.  —  The president felt it was …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Rick Scott Refuses To Budge On ‘Stand Your Ground’ After Meeting With Protesters
Discussion: CNN and The Hinterland Gazette
The Atlantic Online:
Considering the President's Comments on Racial Profiling
Discussion: ComPost
Washington Post:
President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin (full transcript)
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:   READ AND WATCH: President Obama addresses the Trayvon Martin case
President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:   Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me’ (VIDEO)
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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