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3:45 AM ET, February 16, 2014


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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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Discussion: Florida Times Union
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
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Jury Reaches Partial Verdict in Florida Killing Over Loud Music  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After four days of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Michael Dunn, a Florida man who shot a teenager to death in a parking lot during a dispute over loud music, said it could not agree on whether …
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.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Volkswagen Vote is Defeat for Labor in South  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In a defeat for organized labor in the South, employees at the Volkswagen plant here voted 712 to 626 against joining the United Automobile Workers.  —  The loss is an especially stinging blow for U.A.W. because Volkswagen …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Auto workers reject union in Tennessee
Discussion: NewsBusters and Liberaland
Neal E. Boudette / Wall Street Journal:
Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
High cost of an ego trip  —  Very few Americans know how close the country came to catastrophe this week.  —  The final tally shows that the Senate voted by a wide margin Wednesday, 67 to 31, to break Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster of an increase in the debt limit, thus avoiding a default on the United States' full faith and credit.
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Despite debt limit vote, Kentucky conservatives sticking with McConnell
Discussion: Power Line and Outside the Beltway
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cuba shuts down US travel visas  —  The government of Cuba announced late Friday that it will no longer process visas for U.S. travel to Cuba.  —  Cuba said travel will end until a new U.S. bank can be found to process visa fees that are collected and routed to Cuba.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Susan Levine / Politico:
GOP: Obamacare hitting seniors hard  —  Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida took aim today at Obamacare's impact on older Americans, saying that seniors across the country are paying “more money for fewer choices, less access and far less peace of mind.”  —  In the GOP's weekly address …
Discussion: Liberal Values and CNN
Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Actress Ellen Page: “I am gay”  —  (CNN) — Hollywood actress Ellen Page, known for her role in the movie “Juno,” announced she is gay, in a very public way.  —  Page broke the news during an emotional speech Friday in a crowded conference hall in Las Vegas, her publicist confirmed to CNN.
Agence France Presse:
1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun  —  Chicago (AFP) - Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.  —  The survey included more than 2,200 people …
Investor's Business Daily:
California's Drought Isn't Due To Global Warming, But Politics  —  Water Wars: President Obama visited California's drought-hit Central Valley Friday, offering handouts and blaming global warming.  But the state's water shortage is due to the left's refusal to deal with the state's water needs.
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