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Reid announces tentative deal to avert rules showdown

Source: Washington Post

Reid announces tentative deal to avert rules showdown
By Paul Kane, Published: July 16 at 10:32 am

Senators have reached a tentative deal on averting the constitutional showdown over confirming President Obama’s agency nominations.

“We may have a way forward on this, I feel fairly confident,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday morning. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled enough Republicans would support breaking a filibuster on the first test vote on the showdown, for Obama’s pick to lead the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.

“I think everyone will be happy,” Reid said.

The deal would not be finalized until later Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/16/reid-announces-tentative-deal-to-avert-rules-showdown/

...Harry Reid punts on first down. In other breaking news, water is wet...

"Free At Last"

'The Wire' Creator on Zimmerman Verdict: 'I Can’t Look an African-American Parent in the Eye'

"'The Wire' Creator David Simon on Zimmerman Verdict: 'I Can’t Look an African-American Parent in the Eye'


If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford," he wrote. "Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve. I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own."

Simon joins those who denounce the killing of Martin as racial profiling and Florida's "stand your ground" laws -- which allows for self-defense in the face of unlawful threats -- as applicable only to white people. "You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead," he said.

Days after posting his reaction, Simon continues to respond to commenters on his site. On Monday, a reader left this comment: "Did he have to start beating Zimmerman…no. What a reasonable person does is just continue to walk away and go about there business."

Simon responded: "One man had a gun. He used it against an unarmed man. He had, just prior, expressed his frustration with criminals and then he took the life of someone who was not engaged in criminal activity. Why do you feel the need to mitigate these fundamentals?"


U.S. Spy Network Will Survive Any Amount Of Public Outrage, Experts Say

Source: Talking Points Memo

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain needed U.S. intelligence to help thwart a major terror attack. New Zealand relied on it to send troops to Afghanistan. And Australia used it to help convict a would-be bomber.

All feats were the result of a spying alliance known as Five Eyes that groups together five English-speaking democracies, and they point to a vital lesson: American information is so valuable, experts say, that no amount of global outrage over secret U.S. surveillance powers would cause Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to ditch the Five Eyes relationship.

The broader message is that the revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden are unlikely to stop or even slow the global growth of secret-hunting — an increasingly critical factor in the security and prosperity of nations.

“Information is like gold,” Bruce Ferguson, the former head of New Zealand’s foreign spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, told The Associated Press. “If you don’t have it, you don’t survive.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/us-spy-network-will-survive-any-amount-of-public-outrage-experts-say.php

Zimmerman gets justice - by Matt Bors

Born Black In America

Martin Luther King Jr. Hoodie Image Honoring Trayvon Martin

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John Oliver BLASTS Zimmerman verdict

Of the many truly depressing things about this case where a man was found not guilty after admitting pursuing and shooting an unarmed teenager, one is just how unsurprised people seem to be about the verdict.

MIKE BARNICLE (7/15/2013):They had no other option, given the scriptures of the law in Florida.
FOX NEWS ANALYST (7/14/2013): If at any point in that altercation, that Zimmerman felt that his life was in grave bodily harm or imminent danger, he had the right under Florida's law to pull that trigger.

Right, and that is what makes this so much worse, that we can get a verdict like this not because the system is broken down, but because the system worked exactly as it's designed. How does 2013 Florida have a law that seems cut and pasted from 1881 Tombstone?

Because let's be clear here. According to current Florida law, you can get a gun, follow an unarmed minor, call the police, have them explicitly tell you to stop following them, then choose to ignore that, keep following the minor, get into a confrontation with him, and if at any point during that process you get scared, you can shoot the minor to death, and the state of Florida will say, "Well, look, you did what you could."


BREAKING NEWS (TX): Nueces County sheriff confirms judge found dead at courthouse

Source: Corpus Christi Caller

CORPUS CHRISTI — State District Judge Tom Greenwell was found dead from a gunshot wound Monday night in his chambers, Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin confirmed.

Corpus Christi police, medics and Nueces County Sheriff's Office deputies responded about 7 p.m. to the courthouse after a report that a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head.The courthouse closed at 5 p.m.

It was unclear how a gun could have passed through security or been within the county building, equipped with security personnel and a metal detector. Attorneys, judges, and some media outlets who have courthouse identification badges typically aren't required to pass through the security checkpoint.

Judges who have concealed handgun licenses are allowed to bring registered firearms with them to the courthouse.

Read more: http://www.caller.com/news/2013/jul/15/corpus-christi-police-respond-fatal-shooting-nuece/
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