Morning Must Reads: July 12

In the news: Snowden, farm bill, the budget, race and gun violence, and the most influential women in Washington

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • House narrowly passed a pared-back farm bill Thursday after Republican leaders stripped out the nutrition title — affecting food stamps and local food banks — to win back conservative votes.
  • A meeting between Edward Snowden and representatives from Russian human rights organizations will take place at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo aiport on Friday afternoon.
  • House and Senate lawmakers are $91 billion apart as they draft spending bills for the next fiscal year.
  • Between 1980-2008, African-Americans were six times more likely than whites to be victims of gun violence and seven times more likely to kill with guns than whites.
  • Charles Krauthammer: GOP’s modest 2013 agenda
  • The Great Wall of Texas would repeat one of history’s greatest U.S. blunders.
    • Gallup: Americans are more pro-immigrant than in the past, but still only 23% want immigration levels to increase.
  • 82.1 million people were added to the world’s population in 2012—the highest annual increment since 1994.
  • The National Journal‘s 25 under 35:  most influential Washington women under 35.
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ahandout
ahandout

Now that we have a new ethnicity from The New York Times:  "White Hispanic" do we call Obama a mulatto or a white/black?  Liberals are experts at racial division and classification so what is it?

paulejb
paulejb

It is exhilarating that in an age of lawless and out of control government that six women should show us the way it should truly be. God bless those six valiant ladies.

paulejb
paulejb

Six women deliberate for 18 hours to determine that the political show trial put on by Florida politicians was a farce. They found that George Zimmerman was NOT GUILTY despite all the efforts of the racial arsonists from Barack Obama to Al Sharpton.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Now I hope the media drops this.  And if I see another story about William and Kate's baby I'm gonna vomit.  Enough!

Sue_N
Sue_N

This may be one of the very few times I have ever agreed with Michael Steele.

From his Twitter: ‏(@Steele_Michael)

Defense Atty:"if George Zimmerman were black, he never would have been charged with a crime" Is he high?

notsacredh
notsacredh

Did Zimmerman break the law by murdering an unarmed teenager? Not in Florida.

ahandout
ahandout

@Sue_N Rolling out a new liberal bumper sticker, Sue?  

roknsteve
roknsteve

@paulejb Now you wear a tampon around your neck to show your support for the Texas republicans.  Maybe you'll start a trend.

paulejb
paulejb

@sacredh 

Eric Holder will decide what course to follow in the Zimmerman case after consulting with Trayvon's possible dad, Barack Obama and the NBPP.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91  What is amazing is the political and triumphed up racial pressure that was applied to a case that had nothing to do with race.  And, the shameless politicians including the President of the US interjecting race into a case in order to try and gain racial favor.

We have a president who is on par with a racial hustler like Al Sharpton. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

The state never proved it's case in the O. J. Simpson trial and that should be enough for all Americans except for the most rabid racial arsonists.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@paulejb You rush all your comments because you never read what you post Mr. Dump Truck.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Ted Cruz probably has. Of course the guy who actually said it is Victor Cruz WR for the Giants and not Ted Cruz Tea Bagger for Texas.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb If Obama did that, he would out himself as our first black racist president.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Of all the terrible things this verdict is, there's one thing it's not – a surprise. And how sad is that?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@sacredh  

Lethal force is authorized if you pick a fight and you start to lose it.   Your life doesn't need to be in danger - as long as your nose is bloodied it's ok to pull out a gun and kill someone.

Not even a Manslaughter charge; what an effing travesty of justice.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I guess being black is a crime punishable by death.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout @Sue_N Now you can proudly wear a tampon around your neck to show your support for Texas republicans.

notsacredh
notsacredh

There is both a possible civil rights case and a possible civil case (just like there was in O. J.'s case). Holder wouldn't have anything to do with the civil case. Trayvon's parents would bring a civil suit.

paulejb
paulejb

@sacredh 

Nonsense, sacredh. OJ was guilty as sin but the jury nullified the verdict out of racial animosity.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Then you agree that O. J. Simpson was innocent?

ahandout
ahandout

@SirDonQuixotic @sacredh  He was charged with manslaughter as an alternative to 2nd degree murder.

The cops investigated: self defense.  Enter Al Sharpton and the usual race baiters via Eric Holder's DOJ to stir the pot. 

Again, the jury looked at the evidence and decided self defense. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

Lol. And what about Martin in his recorded call talking about "F'n punks" and saying "he looks black"? That sure isn't racist.Zimmerman is practically a member of the Rainbow Coalition. Yes, I sure made up a story about Martin being dead. He's out celebrating right now.

ahandout
ahandout

@sacredh You can make up any story you want.  TM played a part in his own demise.  And as far as racism goes, TM was the one who was the racist.  He told his story to his girlfriend on the phone about the "creepy looking cracker." 

notsacredh
notsacredh

Juries turn in bad decisions all the time. Casey Anthony is an example. A jury found her not guilty. Was that a good decision? I thought she was guilty. Simpson was found not guilty. Was that a good decision? I thought that was obviously a bad decision.  Zimmerman was a bad decision too. If a white teenager is follwed and shot by a black neighborhood "watchman" because the white teenager "looked suspicious" are you saying that you would think an acquittal was a good decision? Trayvon never got a chance to tell his side of the story because he was murdered.

ahandout
ahandout

@sacredh  And on what evidence would you base that argument on? 

notsacredh
notsacredh

You miss my point. My point is that our arguments are the same only from a different perspective.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Nonsense paulejb, Zimmerman was guilty as sin but the jury nullified the verdict out of racial animosity.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@ahandout @SirDonQuixotic @sacredh  

I would buy self defense if they could prove he was authorized in using lethal force for the firearm; if his life was in danger.  A bloodied nose and a few cuts are not convincing.