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8:35 AM ET, July 20, 2013


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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 …
New York Times:
President Offers a Personal Take on 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Why Obama decided to speak out
Talking Points Memo:
Why Obama Decided To Speak Out On Race And The Zimmerman Verdict
Discussion: The Mahablog
Ted Cruz / CNN:
Cruz says Obama going after guns with ‘stand your ground’ remark
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin (full transcript)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Firedoglake
Washington Post:
President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin (full transcript)
CNN:   Transcript: President Obama addresses race, profiling and Florida law
President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Washington Wire:   Transcript: Obama's Remarks on Trayvon Martin Case, Race in America
Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Michigan judge halts Detroit bankruptcy because it dishonors Obama  —  Angela Corey should have tried this argument with Judge Nelson.  50/50 shot, no?  —  Alternate headline: “Government in Detroit somehow worse than thought.” … “I know he's watching this.”
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama hails Cordray confirmation as CFPB chief in weekly address  —  President Obama pivoted from emotional discussions of race to more mundane consumer financial issues in his weekly address on Saturday.  —  The administration is eager to promote the benefits of its signature Dodd-Frank financial overhaul …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP urges Senate to delay ObamaCare's individual mandate  —  House Republicans on Saturday called on the Senate to vote to delay ObamaCare's individual mandate since businesses will not be required to provide healthcare coverage until 2015.  —  Reps. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Tim Griffin …
Discussion: CNN
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Court Tells Reporter to Testify in Case of Leaked C.I.A. Data  —  WASHINGTON — In a major ruling on press freedoms, a divided federal appeals court on Friday ruled that James Risen, an author and a reporter for The New York Times, must testify in the criminal trial of a former Central …
Fourth Circuit Guts National Security Investigative Journalism Everywhere It Matters
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
CBC 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 of the Congressional Black Caucus …
Discussion: Gretawire
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Judge Challenges White House Claims on Authority in Drone Killings  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday sharply and repeatedly challenged the Obama administration's claim that courts have no power over targeted drone killings of American citizens overseas.
Discussion: Wired, Hit & Run and The Reaction
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.
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