Skittles, I eat them! Iced tea, I drink that! Trayvon Martin, I am that!
Frontpage: Monday, April 23rd
- Dutch Prime Minister Steps Down: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet tendered their resignations Monday as budget talks in the Netherlands fell through. Rutte and the Dutch Parliament will meet Tuesday to schedule new elections.
- Zimmerman Released on $150K Bail: George Zimmerman walked out of the Seminole County jail just after midnight Monday morning after posting $150,000 bail. Zimmerman put up $15,000 (10 percent) of the bail total to be released and was headed to an undisclosed location that could be outside of Florida.
- Walmart Shares Fall on Bribery Probe: Walmart’s stock fell 3.1 percent in premarket trading Monday after a weekend New York Times article uncovered an internal investigation into bribery at the retailer’s Mexican operations.
- Obama Embraces Executive Power: With Congress deadlocked, President Obama is increasingly resorting to executive orders and recess appointments to achieve his objectives. Last fall, after the summer’s debt-deal negotiations, Obama told aides they needed to do be more aggressive about executive power and coined the slogan “We can’t wait.”
- North Korea Promises to Turn Seoul to Ashes: North Korea’s rhetoric is becoming increasingly violent following its failed rocket launch. The country’s military threatened Monday to turn parts of Seoul to ashes using “special actions.” The actions, according to the military, “will reduce all … to ashes in three or four minutes … by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style.”
Photo: One year ago, photographer Tim Hetherington was killed by Gaddafi’s forces in Libya. These are his final images.
Frontpage: Monday, April 16th
- Lawyers: Open Zimmerman File: Media outlets including NBC and The New York Times filed Monday to have the court records unsealed in the case against George Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder after shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Court files are normally considered public records in the Sunshine State, but a judge sealed Zimmerman’s file last week.
- Obama, DNC Net $53M in March: More supporters of President Obama are preparing to let their money do the talking for them as his reelection campaign goes into gear. Obama and the Democratic National Committee scooped up $53 million in March, the two announced in a video Monday, a $9 million increase over February and a nearly $14 million jump from January.
- Breivik Claims Self-Defense: Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people in Norway last summer, claimed he did so in self-defense. “I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense.” Breivik’s trial moved forward after an expert found him sane, overruling an earlier diagnosis.
- Karzai Faults NATO for Attacks: Afghan President Hamid Karzai pointed a finger at NATO for attacks by militants in Kabul and elsewhere in the country Sunday that left 51 people dead. “The terrorists’ infiltration in Kabul and other provinces is an intelligence failure for us and especially for NATO and should be seriously investigated,” Karzai told reporters Monday.
- Scorching Temperatures at Boston Marathon: This isn’t a good sign: because of scorching weather in Boston, organizers of the city’s marathon asked participants to consider sitting it out. The 27,000 runners had low-70s temperatures as the race began, but forecasts call for temperatures to hit the mid-80s by the race’s end.
Photo: Orthodox Christians take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Nir Elias / Reuters-Landov)
The simple truth is that what happened in Sanford, Florida, is a tragedy law cannot mend. It is a tragedy produced by our culture itself—a culture where racial divides and distrust remain as prevalent as they were when Rodney King, a black man, was beaten by white police officers in 1991, or when Abner Louima, another black man, was beaten and sodomized in 1997 by police officers in a Brooklyn police station.
Photo: Orange County Jail / Miami Herald / AP Photos
Trayvon’s family was always concerned that Zimmerman doesn’t try to skirt his legal responsibilities and become a flight risk. We always wanted this before a judge and a jury. We hope that [authorities] will take this under consideration that this a flight risk. If they go to press charges, is he really going to face them?