Only Racists Oppose Obamacare; Putin Wants To Stay Friends; ‘Stand Your Ground’ Helps Black Floridians; Black Caucus Wants ‘Stand Your Ground’ Abolished Everywhere; Does Obama Have A Strategy…For Anything? – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 7-17-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Addressing the annual NAACP convention in Orlando, Fla., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that opponents of Obamacare are the same kind of people who opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Those comments came one day before the Republican-led House votes to delay key provisions of the law. Source: CNS News…
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has said bilateral relations with the US are more important than “squabbles between special services,” as Russia considers a temporary asylum request from PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden, an American. Source: BBC…
  • Black Floridians have made about a third of the state’s total “Stand Your Ground” claims in homicide cases, a rate nearly double the black percentage of Florida’s population, despite an assertion by Attorney General Eric Holder that repealing “Stand Your Ground” would help them. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are readying a flurry of bills in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal on charges in last year’s fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, drafting proposals intended to rein in racial profiling; scrap state stand-your-ground laws; and promote better training for the nation’s neighborhood watch volunteers. Source: The Hill…
  • Clashing visions of President Barack Obama’s second term — his public optimism, shadowed by his dour, private realism — have made the opening act of Obama II something of a muddle, with critics and allies alike wondering if the president has a coherent strategy for retaining influence during what promises to be 3½ maddening years of divided, even schizophrenic, government. Source: POLITICO…

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