George Zimmerman's father dad speaks for the first time on camera. “I’m sorry for all of the hate -- from the attorneys, from everyone involved. They’re making up things that are not true about George. How he’s being portrayed is an absolute lie.”
How Trayvon Martin Will Impact the Legacies of Obama and Eric Holder (Ross Cunningham) – As America looks for answers to the difficult and uncomfortable questions around Trayvon Martin, never before have the country’s two chief law enforcement officers - the president and the attorney general - been men of color. In response to the Trayvon Martin killing, Holder opened a civil rights inquiry last week, acknowledging that they will “explore the applicability” of the federal hate crime statute.
Great new Obama music video mashup to start your day. “I’m sexy and I know it.”
Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth's Hazing Abuses (Rolling Stones) – A Dartmouth degree is a ticket to the top - but first you may have to get puked on by your drunken friends and wallow in human filth. Jim Kim, Dartmouth’s President, is currently being considered for the World Bank top job. Reuters details how this story might hurt him.
Who’s to blame for the unraveling of last year’s debt deal, Obama or Boehner? NYT has a great new piece with a 60-second video primer. Last night, Obama's budget was defeated 414-0 in the House, in a vote Republicans arranged to embarrass him. Not a single Dem voted for it either.
How to Stay Alive While Being Muslim American (Reem Nasr) – It’s possible that any one of us could get killed today for being Muslim. 32-year-old mother of five, Shaima Alawadi, was not pardoned. Do not assume that you will be. Here are 7 reflections.
JetBlue Pilot Fiasco Represents Misguided Approach to Law Enforcement(Stephen Adelgren) – The crazy outburst of the JetBlue pilot seems to have occurred amidst a psychological breakdown. His actions, while alarming, were not motivated by an intent to cause others harm. In charging him with a federal crime, law enforcement officials are being over zealous.
What Else We’re Reading – In cancer science, many "discoveries" don't hold up (Reuters); Global house prices chart (The Economist).