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2:35 PM ET, July 20, 2013


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Rich Benjamin / Salon:
Obama's safe, overrated and airy speech  —  The president's remarks gave us context to the episode, but not a single opinion on the issues that brought us here  —  When people hold their breath for your imminent words, isn't it exasperating when you open your mouth, but don't say much?
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Barack and Trayvon  —  On Friday President Obama picked at America's racial wound, and it bled a bit.  —  Despite persistent attempts by some to divest the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy of its racial resonance, the president refused to allow it.  —  During a press briefing …
Discussion: neo-neocon
New York Times:
President Obama's Anguish  —  President Obama did something Friday that he hardly ever does — and no other president could ever have done.  He addressed the racial fault lines in the country by laying bare his personal anguish and experience in an effort to help white Americans understand …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Top 12 Conservative Freakouts After Obama's Race Speech
Discussion: ComPost and Booman Tribune
Tom Brown / Reuters:
Trayvon Martin's parents lead protests over Zimmerman verdict
Discussion: The Hill and Informed Comment
Week In Politics: Obama On Race And Trayvon Martin
Discussion: National Review
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran's Mullahs Demand Justice for Trayvon
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Talking Points Memo:
Why Obama Decided To Speak Out On Race And The Zimmerman Verdict
Discussion: The Mahablog
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Fewer Blacks in U.S. See Bias in Jobs, Income, and Housing
Discussion: American Power and Yahoo! News
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Helen Thomas, trailblazing reporter, dead at 92  —  Helen Thomas, whose career covering the White House dated back to the Kennedy administration, died on Saturday at the age of 92, the Gridiron Club announced in an email to members on Saturday.  —  Thomas was the first woman to join …
Longtime journalist Helen Thomas dead at 92  —  Front row with Helen Thomas  —  (CNN) — Longtime White House journalist Helen Thomas has died at age 92 after a long illness, sources told CNN Saturday.  —  Thomas covered 10 presidents over nearly half a century, and became a legend in the industry.
Jake Miller / CBS News:
Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas dies  —  Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas died early Saturday morning in Washington, D.C., CBS News confirms.  She was 92 years old.  —  A cousin of Thomas' confirmed her passing to CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer.
David Stout / New York Times:
Helen Thomas, Barrier-Busting White House Reporter, Is Dead at 92  —  WASHINGTON — Helen Thomas, whose bottomless curiosity and an unquenchable drive made her a prominent White House reporter at a time when men dominated the profession, died Saturday at her apartment in Washington.  She was 92.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Pioneering Journalist Helen Thomas Dies at 92  —  Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill 10 presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday.  She was 92.  —  Thomas, who died at her apartment in Washington …
Steven Rattner / Opinionator:
We Have to Step In and Save Detroit  —  For months, the question in many minds has been not whether Detroit would file for bankruptcy, but when.  —  But while Detroit's decision this week to enter bankruptcy might make it easier to improve the city's fiscal position, it will prove far tougher …
New York Times:
Detroit's Creditors Eye Its Art Collection
Gary Heinlein /
Ingham County judge rules Detroit bankruptcy be withdrawn; Schuette appeals
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 …
Associated Press:
Israel: Palestinian prisoners to be freed in talks  —  JERUSALEM — Israel will release some “hardcore” Palestinian prisoners as part of the new breakthrough by Secretary of State John Kerry in efforts to restart Mideast talks, a senior Israeli official said Saturday.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Congressional Black Caucus members would support Florida boycott  —  A number of House Democrats are lining up behind the Rev. Jesse Jackson's threat for an economic boycott of Florida following the not-guilty verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin.  —  The lawmakers, all members …
China's Flying Propaganda Weapon Will Blow Your Mind  —  What's the latest weapon in the Chinese military's arsenal of high-tech killing machines?  It might be an airplane capable of disseminating propaganda so powerful it induces nervous breakdowns, according to report in Tuesday's Global Times …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
NSA surveillance program extended by court, intelligence officials say  —  A secret court on Friday extended the National Security Agency's authority to collect and store the phone records of tens of millions of American cellphone customers, the top U.S. intelligence official confirmed.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
That Awkward Moment When The Tea Party Rally Gets Overtly Racist  —  Earlier this week, tea party activists and GOP lawmakers gathered near the Capitol to rail against an immigration reform bill passed by the Senate.  —  While the event was linked to a number of controversial figures …
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Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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Pa. GOP Chair Says Voter ID Law Reduced Obama's Victory Margin In State (VIDEO)
Discussion: New Republic
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Discussion: CNN
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly, Politico and CNN
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Judge Challenges White House Claims on Authority in Drone Killings
Chicago Tribune:
CPS lays off more than 2,000, including 1,000 teachers
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
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