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4:40 PM ET, July 22, 2013


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Matt Gutman / ABC News:
George Zimmerman Emerged From Hiding for Truck Crash Rescue  —  George Zimmerman, who has been in hiding since he was acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, emerged to help rescue someone who was trapped in an overturned truck, police said today.
ABC News:
George Zimmerman Emerged From Hiding for Truck Crash Rescue … George Zimmerman, defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, is sworn in as a witness in Seminole circuit court for a pre-trial hearing April 30, 2013 in Sanford, Fla.  —  Joe Burbank/Getty Images
Kerry Picket / BREITBART.COM:
Zimmerman Saves Family of Four in Florida Car Crash, Extinguishes Car Fire
Discussion: protein wisdom
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Nate Silver Went Against the Grain for Some at The Times  —  Why did Nate Silver decide to leave The New York Times and accept an offer from ESPN?  —  That's the cause of great speculation in media circles at the moment.  As has been noted elsewhere, there's no question that The Times …
Mike Allen / Politico:
How ESPN and ABC landed Nate Silver  —  If you were away from your screens this weekend, you may have missed Mike Allen's fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how ESPN and ABC News fought to lure data-whiz Nate Silver away from The New York Times.  Because this all went down in Playbook, it'll be lost to the archives soon.
Los Angeles Times:
Rhetoric, race and reality in America  —  The biggest threat to black youths is other young blacks, not white bigots.  —  Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a news conference outside the Department of Justice while discussing Trayvon Martin case.  Sharpton called for the federal government …
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment  —  Black leaders weren't so much outraged at injustice as they were by the disregard of their own authority.  —  The verdict that declared George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin was a traumatic event for America's civil-rights establishment …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters  —  The odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
In America, Where You're Born Has a Huge Impact on How Far You'll Go in Life
Discussion: Via Meadia, Gawker and Brad DeLong
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Big Racial Divide over Zimmerman Verdict  —  Whites Say Too Much Focus on Race, Blacks Disagree  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public is divided over the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and over the conversation about race that has surrounded it.  The latest national survey …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
For blacks, empathy trumps the economy
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head  —  Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,  —  It is so sad to watch one of America's greatest cities die a horrible death.  Once upon a time, the city of Detroit was a teeming metropolis …
New York Times:
Cries of Betrayal as Detroit Plans to Cut Pensions
USA Today:
The royal baby has arrived  —  The royal baby has arrived and it's a boy!  —  CONNECT  —  Get ready for a 62-gun salute, let the fireworks and street parties commence: The royal baby has arrived, and it's a boy.  —  Prince William and Duchess Kate's first baby, a future monarch …
Discussion: American Spectator
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Plans to Unveil His Agenda for Economy  —  WASHINGTON — With major battles looming in the fall over the federal budget and the debt ceiling, President Obama is trying to regain the initiative, embarking on a campaign-style tour of the Midwest this week to lay out his agenda for reinvigorating …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Dips to 47.9% in 18th Quarter in Office  —  Second consecutive quarter his approval average has declined  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama's job approval rating averaged 47.9% during his 18th quarter in office.  His quarterly average has declined in each of the last two quarters …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Obama's approval rating drops for second straight quarter
Discussion: Hot Air and
Illinois Review:
OBAMA CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION STRENGTHENING ILLINOIS' “STAND YOUR GROUND” LAW  —  CHICAGO - This past week President Obama publicly urged the reexamination of state self-defense laws (see remarks below).  However, nine years ago then-State Sen. Barack Obama actually co-sponsored a bill …
John Fund / National Review:
Obama Voted to Strengthen Illinois's Stand Your Ground Law in 2004
Discussion: Power Line and The PJ Tatler
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Christie may be forced to quit as governor  —  If the polls are right and Chris Christie wins a lopsided reelection victory this fall, it will put the New Jersey governor in position to seek the presidency in 2016.  That's the conventional wisdom, at least, and there's plenty to be said for it.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt  —  A Mormon Doubts: Hans Mattsson was once a high-ranking leader for the Mormon church in Europe.  He joins others who are experiencing a crisis of faith and finding few answers from their church.  —  In the small but cohesive Mormon community where he grew up …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Virginia Republican Suffers Abortion Backlash From Donors  —  Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has less than half as much cash as Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe, with a prominent list of Republican donors sitting out this year's most competitive U.S. political contest — and in some cases switching sides.
W. James Antle III / The Daily Caller:
Southern Avenger no more: Rand Paul aide Jack Hunter leaves staff, returns to punditry  —  The man who for years called himself the “Southern Avenger” says he now seeks to avenge his own honor.  —  Jack Hunter, the aide to Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul who has been under fire …
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Mayors Abandon Bloomberg's Gun Control Group  —  Some weren't sure what they signed on for.  And as some mayoral members of Bloomberg's group leave office, their successors are hesitant to sign up.  —  Via: Kena Betancur / Getty Images  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group Mayors …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Detroit, the New Greece  —  When Detroit declared bankruptcy, or at least tried to — the legal situation has gotten complicated — I know that I wasn't the only economist to have a sinking feeling about the likely impact on our policy discourse.  Was it going to be Greece all over again?
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Kyle Cheney / Reuters:
Federal judge blocks North Dakota's six-week abortion ban
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: Jay Z, Kanye West, Rolling Stones join Stevie Wonder's Florida boycott
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Right seeks to force Boehner's hand on special Benghazi probe
Discussion: Yahoo! News and BREITBART.COM
Associated Press:
Why I left the NAACP: Column
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Pushes Massive Cuts To EPA, Wildlife And Arts
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
McConnell to get Tea Party challenger
At 90, Dole looks back  —  Washington (CNN) — Robert Dole knew …
Discussion: Politico
Noam Scheiber / New Republic:
The Last Days of Big Law
The incredibly shrunken 2014 battlefield
Peter Hamby / CNN:
‘Stop Hillary’ group ramps up anti-Clinton efforts