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12:20 PM ET, February 16, 2014


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Tom Watkins / CNN:
Florida jury in loud music trial reaches verdict on 4 counts, undecided on 5th  —  (CNN) — The jurors weighing the fate of Michael Dunn — the white man who shot into a SUV with black teens after he had asked them to turn down their music — have reached a verdict on four counts …
How To Make Sense Of The Michael Dunn Verdict  —  A Florida jury could not reach a verdict on the most serious charge facing Michael Dunn, a first degree murder charge for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a dispute over loud music at a Jacksonville convenience store.
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Shocking Interview With Michael Dunn's Neighbor: ‘He Always Wanted To Shoot Somebody’  —  John Phillips, the attorney for Jordan Davis' family, released video from an interview with a neighbor of Michael Dunn, the man charged in the shooting death of Davis.  —  Charles Hendrix …
Discussion: Liberaland
The Atlantic Online:
On The Killing Of Jordan Davis By Michael Dunn  —  I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy.  Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black boy.  Except the parents of black boys already know this.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘Yes, I Am Pissed!’ Don Lemon Goes Off on Dunn Trial: We Need ‘Mind Your Business’ Law!
Discussion: Liberaland
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Jury Reaches Partial Verdict in Florida Killing Over Loud Music
Discussion: Gawker
New York Times:
Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm  —  The list of those caught up in the global surveillance net cast by the National Security Agency and its overseas partners, from social media users to foreign heads of state, now includes another entry: American lawyers.
Another Christie childhood friend witnessed traffic surge  —  A Port Authority police officer with personal ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at the George Washington Bridge when access lanes were closed last September and personally drove David Wildstein, the Christie appointee …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Post:
Calling Lois Lerner  —  The American people still need to hear from Lois Lerner.  That's a point that can't be made often enough.  —  Remember her?  She's the IRS official who gave a statement before Congress declaring herself innocent of any wrongdoing — and then promptly took the Fifth.
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Professors, We Need You!  —  SOME of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don't matter in today's great debates.  —  The most stinging dismissal of a point is to say: “That's academic.”  In other words, to be a scholar is, often, to be irrelevant.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For Democrats looking to post-Obama era, how populist a future?  —  With three years remaining in the presidency of Barack Obama, the party he has led since mesmerizing members with his 2008 campaign has begun debating a post-Obama future.  —  Though more united than Republicans …
Adam Nagourney / Associated Press:
Rescuing a Vietnam Casualty: Johnson's Legacy  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — Luci Baines Johnson leaned forward in her father's private suite at the L.B.J. Presidential Library, her voice breaking as she recounted the “agony of Vietnam” that engulfed Lyndon Baines Johnson and the pain she feels …
Leigh Munsil / Politico:
McCain sees ‘viable’ options in Syria  —  The U.S. needs to rethink its strategy in Syria now that peace talks have essentially stalled, Sen. John McCain said Sunday.  —  Blaming the Obama administration, the Arizona Republican described America's policy in Syria as an “abysmal failure and a disgraceful one.”
Discussion: CNN
Globe and Mail:
Transgender kids: Have we gone too far?  —  What happens when your son tells you he's really a girl?  —  Twenty years ago, you probably would have crossed your fingers and tried to wait it out.  Today, you might buy him a whole new wardrobe, find someone to prescribe hormone blockers, and help him live as a girl.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Auto workers reject union in Tennessee  —  Employees at a Volkswagon plant in Tennessee have rejected joining the United Automobile Workers union in a major defeat for organized labor in the South.  —  The workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga voted 712-626 to stay out of the union …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Volkswagen Vote is Defeat for Labor in South
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Chris Mooney / Slate:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cuba shuts down US travel visas
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Susan Levine / Politico:
GOP: Obamacare hitting seniors hard
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