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10:50 AM ET, July 21, 2013


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Unfunded Pension Liabilities Are $1 Trillion, Not $3.8 Trillion: Never Take Anything In a Washington Post Editorial At Face Value  —  Sorry folks, I committed the cardinal sin of accepting an assertion from a Washington Post editorial without carefully checking it myself.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paul Krugman:
The Great Pension Scare  —  OK, this is quite amazing: Dean Baker catches the WaPo editorial page claiming that we have $3.8 trillion in unfunded state and local pension liabilities.  Say it in your best Dr. Evil voice: THREE POINT EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS.  Except the study the WaPo cites …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:   Bankrupt Detroit runs out of gas
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Trayvon Martin Alledged to Have Assaulted His Teacher, Dad Denies It  —  During the National Action Network's rally in Miami, Florida, where 2000 supporters of the groups efforts to pressure the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, Tracy Martin …
New York Post:
Jay-Z and Beyonce join Trayvon Martin's mother in NYC to kick off nationwide day of protests  —  Beyonce and Jay-Z joined Trayvon Martin's mother and thousands of New Yorkers rallying today during nationwide demonstrations demanding justice for the slain teen.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Demonstrations Across the Country Commemorate Trayvon Martin  —  Thousands of demonstrators gathered in dozens of cities on Saturday to mourn Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot to death in a confrontation with a neighborhood watch volunteer early last year, and to add their voices …
Discussion: Althouse
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
McCain Praises Obama's Race Speech: 'We've Still Got A Long Way To Go' On Race Relations  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called on lawmakers across the country, including in his home state of Arizona, to review the Stand Your Ground law that allowed George Zimmerman to walk free in the days …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Time Obama Was Mistaken for a Waiter at a Tina Brown Book Party  —  He was a state senator then, and one of the few African Americans at the elite New York media event.  —  Obama's frank remarks on race and how he also has been seen as someone less than who he is led journalist Katie Rosman …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Republican War on Obamacare Reaching Absurd New Heights  —  We all know that Republicans are hellbent on sabotaging Obamacare any way they can.  But the lengths they're going to are pretty astonishing.  A few weeks ago The Hill reported that some Republican congressional offices …
Richard Pildes / Election Law Blog:
Did Election Fraud Help Win the Civil War?  —  One remarkable feature of the American Civil War is that in its midst we nonetheless held regularly scheduled elections.  And as is well-known, in the 1862 mid-term election, President Lincoln and the Republican Party suffered devastating losses in the U.S. House.
Discussion: Balkinization
Jeff Carter / Points and Figures:
Why Chicago is NOT Detroit, But Illinois Is  —  Detroit declared bankruptcy yesterday.  Depending on which news source you follow, it's big news, or it's not.  —  Many are calling on the federal government to bail out Detroit.  After all, the Feds bailed out GM and Chrysler.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama tries to regain ObamaCare edge after mandate delay setback  —  The White House is working to get back on offense in the debate over ObamaCare, after a surprise delay in part of the implementation knocked its message off course.  —  President Obama touted the law's benefits …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Don Lemon Blasts Ben Ferguson Over Racial Profiling: 'Who Are You To Tell Us We're Not Having That Experience?'  —  CNN host Don Lemon and conservative commentator Ben Ferguson had such a vociferous argument over racial profiling on Saturday afternoon that they ran well over the commercial break …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Virginia GOP Nominee For Governor: I Still Believe Gay People Are ‘Soulless’ And ‘Self Destructive’  —  In his first gubernatorial debate against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinellii II (R) admitted Saturday that his extreme anti-LGBT views have not changed.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cuccinelli, McAuliffe debate heats up
Discussion: CNN and The PJ Tatler
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Palestinian Prisoner Release Is Critical Hurdle in Resuming Peace Talks  —  JERUSALEM — After a week of intense diplomatic meetings with Palestinian leaders, Secretary of State John Kerry is counting on an Israeli government decision to release long-serving Palestinian prisoners …
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