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12:10 PM ET, July 21, 2013


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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
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 …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
McCain calls for review of ‘stand your ground’ laws  —  (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, who lost in 2008 to the first African-American elected to the White House, said President Barack Obama's speech about race relations was “very impressive” and agreed that “stand your ground” laws should be re-examined …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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
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.
Washington Post:   Bankrupt Detroit runs out of gas
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 …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Bill requiring warrants for email searches nears Senate vote  —  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing to fast-track legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other private online messages.  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Demonstrations Across the Country Commemorate Trayvon Martin
Discussion: Althouse
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
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 …
Toko Sekiguchi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's Ruling Bloc Secures Parliament in Big Election Win for Premier Abe  —  Bloc Wins in Landslide, Exit Polls Project, Giving Prime Minister Economic Mandate  —  TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a majority in Sunday's upper house election, media exit polls showed …
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
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
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Math Behind Leak Crackdown: 153 Cases, 4 Years, 0 Indictments
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Booman Tribune
Violence unveiled: Paris clashes sparked after police stop Muslim woman
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Detroit Court Case Presents an Impossible Choice
Discussion: Hot Air
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Krauthammer: Obama's Trayvon Speech “Not Enlightening”—The Trial Was Not About Race
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