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George Zimmerman and ‘God’s plan,’ Michele Bachmann’s ‘racism and bigotry’ and more [AM Briefing]

George Zimmerman says he wouldn’t do anything differently: ‘It was God’s plan’ for me to kill Trayvon Martin. (ThinkProgress)

Former Bachmann campaign chief: ‘I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts.’ (ThinkProgress)

Politico’s Arena asks: Is Michele Bachmann is engaging in McCarthyism with her claims that Clinton aide Huma Abedin has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood ? CEPR’s Dean Baker answers: “It’s not McCarthyism, it’s just straight out racism and bigotry. Let’s not put a happy face on it.”

Cato’s Michael Tanner: The Obama administration clearly doesn’t believe that enough Americans are receiving welfare. (Politico)

AEI’s Michael Barone: Obama believes success is a gift from the government. (National Review)

E.J. Dionne remembers Post colleague, William Raspberry. (Washington Post)

Room for Debate: Is the ‘nickel and dime’ strategy working for the airlines? (New York Times)

Victor Davis Hanson: Imams of Islam and the environment. (National Review)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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