Sunday Blog Roundup 7-21-2013

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Sunday Talk: Dysfunction junction

Obama Mourns Death Of Helen Thomas

Why didn’t the auto bailout save Detroit?

Rallies for Trayvon Martin held across U.S.

GOP Official Admits Voter ID Law Hurt Obama

Mood shifting, Congress may move to limit NSA spying

Firefighter Allegedly Burglarized Firehouses After False 911 Calls

Why Obama Decided To Speak Out On Race And The Zimmerman Verdict

Boston University Student Paper Apologizes For ‘Callous’ Headlines About Sexual Assault


Obama Takes the Gloves Off

Political Wire

In a fiery speech to the United Auto Workers, President Obama defended his decision to bail out the auto industry while ripping into Mitt Romney.

Greg Sargent: “But this speech was about more than the auto-bailout. It was Obama’s case for reelection. This speech constituted Obama’s most ambitious effort yet to weave his defense of the auto rescue into the larger contrast he will try to draw between his vision and the ‘you’re on your own’ ideology he will accuse Republicans of representing.”

Andrew Sullivan: “I worry it positions him a little too far to the left — even if he is addressing a union crowd. But it sure doesn’t make him look afraid or cautious or calculating, does it? It reminds us of the formidable orator any Republican is going to have to counter this fall, and the economic climate and real record that buttresses this president’s case. It’s why he’ll almost certainly win Michigan this fall — and maybe much more.”

Here’s an excerpt: