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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stories to Watch: 7/18/13

Trayvon Martin's parents say they're "stunned" by the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Asked if he thought race was a factor in his son's death, Tracy Martin told CBS This Morning, "Obviously, any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, there is some type of profiling. Was he racially profiled? I think that if Trayvon had been white, this wouldn't have ever happened. Obviously race is playing some type of role."

Worry not. Drunken and shirtless Second Amendment Hero Christopher Wade Briggs told arresting officers that he was "only going to fire a couple of shots" at the White House during his visit there. Which seems weird, because he was carrying a pistol loaded with 13 rounds and "two more full magazines and 171 rounds of ammo." This sort of thing is clearly what the founders envisioned when they wrote the Bill of Rights.

Texas Republicans get right back to work at oppressing women with blatantly unconstitutional laws. This one would ban abortion after just six weeks.

About four months ago, the Republican state government in Michigan took all fiscal control away from the City of Detroit and gave it to an unelected "emergency manager" of dubious constitutionality. This manager was going to fix things right up with whizbang Republican economic policies and good old common sense. So how did that work out? Well, Detroit filed for bankruptcy today, so not really all that well.

A House Republican committee met to decide what to do about the Voting Rights Act. The consensus: everything is wonderful, so nothing needs to be done. I mean really, if this whole George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin thing has taught us anything, it's that racism has been solved forever, right?

Darrell Issa's attempts to keep the IRS controversy from going the way of all the other GOP-invented "scandals" are getting more pathetic by the day.

Erick Erickson and Ann Coulter provide excellent evidence that rightwing media exists largely to soak chumps.

A judge extends the restraining order against the worst of Wisconsin's oppressive abortion law. The Wisconsin Republican Party puts forward a man to complain about it. Par for the course.

Finally, the IRS "scandal" is now as dead as it can be.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

12:14am: edited to correct copy & paste error

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