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Week In The News: Detroit Bankruptcy, Zimmerman Verdict, Abortion Bill

Detroit, bankrupt. Zimmerman, acquitted. Texas goes tough on abortion. Boston bombing suspect on the cover of Rolling Stone. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Demonstrators mass on 34th Street as police attempt to prevent them from moving uptown, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP)

Demonstrators mass on 34th Street as police attempt to prevent them from moving uptown, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP)

A thunderclap jury verdict to start this hot week.  George Zimmerman, not guilty.  And the whole country, working through the meaning of that.  Some in the streets.

At the other end of the week – Detroit, officially bankrupt.  It was a long time coming.

In between, fury and a deal in Congress over the filibuster and presidential appointees.  Panama finds military gear, buried in sugar, headed for North Korea.  Bradley Manning will face “aiding the enemy” charges.  The Boston bombing suspect gets the cover of Rolling Stone.

This hour, On Point:  our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Pierre Thomas, senior justice correspondent for ABC News. (@pierretabc)

Susan Davis, chief congressional correspondent at USA Today. (@davisusan)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Los Angeles Times: Zimmerman verdict continues to stoke outrage — “The six-woman jury that acquitted George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting ofTrayvon Martin was initially split down the middle, with half voting to acquit, two for manslaughter and one for second-degree murder, according to the first juror to speak publicly. She was among those favoring acquittal, the juror told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night.”

Reuters: Texas governor signs strict abortion law that sparked protests – “Texas Governor Rick Perry on Thursday signed into law tough new restrictions on abortion, including a ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy, marking one of the biggest victories in a decade for opponents of the procedure in the United States.”

The Boston Globe: Disgust, outrage greet news of Tsarnaev cover in Boston — “A flattering picture of a shaggy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, which some have compared to portraits of Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison, has sparked a raft of criticism throughout the region, from local officials who called the cover tasteless to merchants vowing to keep the issue off their shelves.”

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