Morning Must Reads: July 19

In the news: Detroit, Aleksey Navalny, Obama's environmental agenda, liars, TV trials, and 50 Politicos to Watch

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

  • The bankruptcy of Detroit, confirmed in 16 pages filed at 4:06 p.m. Thursday, marks an epic fall for an iconic American city even as it opens a new chapter whose ending is decidedly uncertain.
    • Graphic: Detroit’s debt dwarfs those of the five largest municipalities that filed for bankruptcy in the last 60 years
  • The nation’s six largest banks reported $23 billion in profits in the second quarter, but they could end up victims of their own success
  • How Aleksey Navalny changed Russian politics
  • The success or failure of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda now rests squarely on Gina McCarthy’s shoulders
  • A group of hunger-striking detainees at Guantánamo Bay is contesting the U.S. government’s refusal to let them pray communally during Ramadan
  • Coal demand across Southeast Asia may almost double between 2010 and 2020 to 230 million tons
  •  Does televising important trials let people better understand the case, and the criminal justice system, or does that attention turn the justice system into a circus?
  • How to spot a liar with help from the CIA
  • The birth of “stand your ground” law
    • Reason: “Stand your ground” had nothing to do with the Zimmerman trial
  • National Journal‘s 250 Decision Makers and POLITICO’s 50 Politicos to Watch