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12:20 AM ET, July 21, 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?
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
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.
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 …
Greg Hengler /
Krauthammer: Obama's Trayvon Speech “Not Enlightening”—The Trial Was Not About Race  —  I appreciate Krauthammer shooting down Steve Hayes' attempt to praise Obama's White House Press Conference appearance on the George Zimmerman verdict.  Sadly, I've heard too many conservatives give …
Julieparise / CBS New York:
Trayvon Martin's Mother Speaks Out With Sharpton At Rally Outside NYPD
Discussion: Guardian and Mediaite
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rev. Al Sharpton's front and center
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Contributor: ‘Absolute Vitriol’ And Lack Of ‘Basic Human Sympathy’ To Trayvon Family On The Right
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Stout / New York Times:
50 Years of Tough Questions and ‘Thank You, Mr. President’  —  WASHINGTON — Helen Thomas, whose keen curiosity, unquenchable drive and celebrated constancy made her a trailblazing White House correspondent in a press corps dominated by men and later the dean of the White House briefing room, died Saturday at home in Washington.
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
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Pioneering Journalist Helen Thomas Dies at 92
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Fireworks in Cuccinelli, McAuliffe debate  —  HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Virginia's gubernatorial hopefuls bashed each other for 90 minutes Saturday over jobs, the ethics scandal that's consumed Gov. Bob McDonnell and social issues as they faced off in their first debate of the most closely-watched election of 2013.
Discussion: CNN and The PJ Tatler
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Palestinians say '67 borders basis for talks
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Radley Balko / Wall Street Journal:
Rise of the Warrior Cop  —  Is it time to reconsider the militarization of American policing?  —  On Jan. 4 of last year, a local narcotics strike force conducted a raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart at 8:40 p.m. The 12 officers were acting on a tip from Mr. Stewart's former girlfriend …
Washington Post:
Bankrupt Detroit runs out of gas  —  DETROIT'S MUNICIPAL bankruptcy is undeniably unique in one respect: This is the largest U.S. city to ask a federal court for protection against its creditors, whether you measure by population (approximately 700,000) or by accumulated debt (up to $20 billion).
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
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New York Times:
Immigration Bill's Supporters Call on Business Groups to Pressure G.O.P.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
NSA surveillance program extended by court, intelligence officials say
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
More heat on Weiner over ‘Jazeera’ cash
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
New York Times:
Detroit's Creditors Eye Its Art Collection
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Pa. GOP Chair Says Voter ID Law Reduced Obama's Victory Margin In State (VIDEO)
Discussion: New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: National Review
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran's Mullahs Demand Justice for Trayvon
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Top 12 Conservative Freakouts After Obama's Race Speech
Discussion: Booman Tribune and ComPost