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12:17 PM, April 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 9th

  1. Syrian Fire Crosses Turkish BorderSyrian forces crossed more than one line when they exchanged fire with rebel forces in a clash that spilled over into Turkey. One person was killed and more injured at the Killis refugee camp on the Turkish side of the shared border. 
  2. North Korea Prepares Nuke TestSouth Korean intelligence officials warned that the North is preparing a nuclear weapons test to follow its controversial long-range missile test, according to reports Monday. 
  3. Microsoft Grabs AOL Patents for $1B: The technology world is in an arms race, and intellectual property is the weapon of choice. Microsoft bought its way toward the front of the pack Monday when it announced a deal with AOL that will give it 800 of AOL’s patents and license to 300 more, all for just slightly north of $1 billion. 
  4. Prosecutor Decides No Grand JuryThe special prosecutor tasked with deciding whether to press charges against the man who shot Trayvon Martin has decided not to hand the case to a grand jury. Special prosecutor Angela Corey will now decide whether or not to press charges against shooter George Zimmerman.
  5. Hillary Clinton to Skip DNCHillary Clinton has long been a stable figure at Democratic conventions—a consistent presence dating back to the infamous 1968 convention in Chicago, her spokesman pointed out. But the secretary of state is sitting out this year’s convention in North Carolina, as part of her commitment to avoiding political activity (she’s actually banned from taking part by federal law). 

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Photo: The Bosnia War 20 Years Later: Photos by Peter Turnley.

1:29 PM, April 2nd, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 2nd

  1. Pakistan Jails Bin Laden Family: Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two eldest daughters have been sentenced to 45 days in jail and a fine of $114 each for living in Pakistan illegally. After their jail terms—in about two weeks, because they’ve already served a month of their sentence—they’re expected to be deported.
  2. Not Zimmerman’s Screams on 911 TapeThe cries for help heard in the background of a 911 call from the night of Trayvon Martin’s shooting are not George Zimmerman’s, experts said Sunday. The experts said that the tests would be admissible in court, and that similar tests had recently been allowed into evidence in a murder trial. Screams and a single handgun report are heard in the recording. 
  3. Syria Agrees to Deadline: Is this finally the end of violence in Syria? Kofi Annan has reportedly said that the nation—mainly President Assad—has agreed to a six-point peace plan. The plan specifies a UN-supervised ceasefire in which all soldiers and weapons will be removed from cities within 48 hours of an April 10 deadline. 
  4. 12 Survivors in Russian Plane Crash: A dozen people survived the crash of a turboprop aircraft in Siberia and 31 were killed in an accident that Russian officials are now blaming on icing. 
  5. Santorum Ad Compares Mitt with Obama: Rick Santorum’s latest Wisconsin ad asks voters if they would support a candidate who advocated for a health-care overall, a Wall Street bailout, and “job killing” cap-and-trade legislation. Behind the narrator is the image of President Obama, but then it’s revealed that the candidate she is talking about is actually Mitt Romney. See what you did there. 

Photo: A surfer approaches Lake Ontario in near freezing temperatures as part of “the Freshest Wave” competition. (Mark Blinch / Reuters-Landov)

11:05 AM, March 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Mar 30th

  1. Paul Ryan Backs Romney: Is Paul Ryan riding high from his budget victory? The conservative Wisconsin Republican congressman endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Fox and Friends Friday morning. 
  2. Funeral Director Contradicts ZimmermanThe funeral director who prepared Trayvon Martin’s body said Friday there was “no physical signs like there had been a scuffle” on the teenager—a key part of George Zimmerman’s claim that he shot and killed Trayvon in self-defense. “The hands—I didn’t see any knuckles, bruises or what have you,” said Richard Kurtz. Isn’t this what police are supposed to determine? 
  3. Wife: Bin Laden Fathered Four Kids: What a “martyr.” Osama bin Laden apparently didn’t have such a bad experience on the run, since he had time to father four children, and owned five houses that he moved among, according to The New York Times, which cited a testimony given by bin Laden’s youngest wife to Pakistani investigators.
  4. Arrest Made in Pasadena Shooting: Pasadena police officers are being questioned over the shooting death of an unarmed 19-year-old college student on Saturday night in Pasadena, California. Kendrec McDade was killed on a dark, narrow street, and reports say no light was turned on to see what was happening. 
  5. France Arrests 19 Radical Suspects: French police on Friday arrested 19 people described as radical Islamists as part of an operation targeting suspected jihadist networks in a number of cities. President Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview with Europe1 radio that he was mounting a crackdown after self-proclaimed al Qaeda member Mohamed Merah killed seven people in the Toulouse area before being shot dead last week. 

Photo: So, Katniss, aka Jennifer Lawrence, witnessed this Blake Griffin dunk.

12:05 PM, March 29th, 2012

If the police video of George Zimmerman being taken into questioning shows what it appears to show, if Zimmerman really was devoid of the injuries that had been so feverishly and eagerly recounted by his defenders, then we have on our hands an absolutely catastrophic failure on the part of the media, and one of the most dramatic, devastating examples in recent memory of the Internet’s power to decide “the facts” long before anyone has a clue what they are.

So begins Jesse Singal’s piece on our outrage over the video George Zimmerman’s without the injuries he alleged sustained before killing Trayvon Martin

11:48 AM, March 29th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday Mar 29th

  1. Mitt Laughs About Layoffs: During a conference call Wednesday, Mitt Romney told Wisconsin voters a hilarious story his father being led in a parade while running for governor of Michigan. The marching band only knew the Wisconsin fight song, not the Michigan one, which was super awkward because Romney Sr., then the head of American Motors, didn’t want to remind Michigan voters that he was moving his company’s factory to Wisconsin. LOL indeed.
  2. Zimmerman Video Shows No Injuries: Zimmerman’s attorney had claimed in recent days that Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old his client shot and killed last month, attacked him before the fatal incident, breaking the neighborhood watch captain’s nose and bloodying his head and face. But a police video released Wednesday showed police frisking a handcuffed Zimmerman with no discernible facial injuries. 
  3. Family Health-Care Costs to Top $20K: The average health-care costs for a family of four will top $20,000 in 2012, according to an independent research group—a seven percent increase from 2011.  It’s the fifth year in a row that health-care costs have increased between seven and eight percent. 
  4. Rubio Endorses Romney: Another win for Mitt. Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio endorsed Mitt Romney in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Rubio said that Romney is a “very clear alternative” to Obama’s plan for the country. As for the current Republican race, the first-term senator said that it’s a “recipe for delivery four more years of Obama.” 
  5. Murdoch Ready to ‘Hit Back Hard’News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch posted an ominous warning on Twitter Thursday: “Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels. So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing.” The tycoon has been under renewed fire lately over reports from an Australian newspaper that his media empire had promoted piracy in a bid to top its pay-TV rivals.

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5:53 PM, March 28th, 2012

On Wednesday Bobby Rush (D-IL) wore a hoodie while speaking on the chamber floor in support of Trayvon Martin. He was booted for violating the dress code. What’s the story?

Such passion for the Trayvon case could also come from Rush’s personal life. In the fall of 1999, his 29-year-old son Huey was shot and killed in Rush’s district in Chicago as the incumbent waged his campaign against Obama. The killer got 90 years in prison.

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1:31 PM, March 27th, 2012
I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies’
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4:01 PM, March 26th, 2012
This guy anointed himself as a watchman, and he was on a mission that clearly had paranoia as part of it. There were no checks and balances…He was a one-man army. It’s almost like he was Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Not like your local block watch guy or gal, who generally is of no threat to anyone in a community.

That’s the founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa, offering his take on George Zimmerman, the man who has become for some the face of neighborhood-watch groups around the nation in wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin. 

John Avlon asks how Trayvon’s slaying is affecting neighborhood crime watches around the country

11:20 AM, March 26th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, Mar 26th

  1. Obama: Let’s Talk “After My Election”: Oops! In a comment picked up by live microphones Monday at a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, President Obama said he’d be better able to talk with the newly elected Vladimir Putin “after my election.”
  2. Bales’ Wife: ‘He Would Not Do That’: Karilyn Bales, who is married to the Army staff sergeant accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians, told the Today show on Monday that she can’t imagine her husband would do such a thing. The charges, especially those against children, Bales told Matt Lauer, are “unbelievable to me … I have no idea what happened, but he would not … he loves children, and he would not do that.” 
  3. Santorum Curses at NYT Reporter: Following a Wisconsin speech in which the Rick Santorum called his opponent Mitt Romney the “worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama,” The New York Times’s Jeff Zeleny tweeted, “I ask Santorum if Romney is ‘worst Republican’ to run. He says: ‘Quit distorting my words It’s bullshit.’”
  4. South Korea Warns Against Rocket Tests: President Obama declared in South Korea Monday that the Koreans are “one people,” even as the country braced itself for a threatened missile test by the North. The president is in South Korea as part of a nuclear-nonproliferation summit.
  5. Trayvon’s Parents to Speak in SanfordThe parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, shot by a neighborhood-watch volunteer a month ago, will return to Sanford, Fla., Monday to speak. 

Photo: A woman displays her inked finger after voting at a polling station in Fatick, Senegal. Senegalese voted in a run-off election in which the 85-year-old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade is fighting off a mass opposition effort to foil his controversial bid to stay in power for a third term. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP / Getty Images)

12:53 PM, March 23rd, 2012
You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.
President Obama remarking in personal terms on the shooting and killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida. Video and full article here. (via minusmanhattan)
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12:23 PM, March 23rd, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Mar 23rd

  1. Obama Taps New World Bank Chief: President Obama is set to nominate Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, senior administration officials have confirmed to the Associated Press. Officials are hopeful that the nomination of Kim, a doctor and former director of the HIV/Aids department at the World Health Organization, will quell criticism from developing countries who are wary of the U.S. “monopoly” on the World Bank presidency.
  2. French P.M. Defends Security FailuresFrench Prime Minister François Fillon said Friday that there had been no grounds to detain Mohamed Merah prior to last week, when he is suspected of killing seven people in three separate attacks.
  3. Obama: Trayvon Investigation Needed: President Obama announced his new pick for the head of the World Bank on Thursday and then turned his focus to the investigation of Trayvon Martin’s death. “I can only imagine what these parents were going through. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” he said of the 17-year-old boy who was shot by a neighborhood watchman.
  4. U.S. to Keep Terrorism Data Longer: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder approved guidelines on Thursday that would allow counterterrorism officials to keep data on uncharged U.S. citizens for up to five years if they are suspected of being terrorists. The previous limit had been 180 days. 
  5. Bales to Be Charged With 17 Murders: Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder, a Defense Department official told NBC News on Thursday. The official charges are expected to be released Friday. Bales is accused of shooting and killing 17 Afghan civilians, including nine children, on March 11.

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Photo: Students in Makassar, Indonesia burn tires during a protest against the government’s plans to raise fuel prices near a fuel station in Makassar. The government has planned to raise fuel prices by at least a third to ease state coffers pressured by high oil costs, even though that may push up inflation. (Yusuf Ahmad / Reuters)

11:41 AM, March 22nd, 2012
Frontpage: Thursday, Mar 22nd
Trayvon Investigator Asked to Quit: Sanford, Fla., police chief Billy Lee, who is leading the investigation into Trayvon Martin’s death, is being asked to step down after a no confidence vote from city commissioners. Allegations of police misconduct and a poorly conducted investigation from the community and the media drove Mayor Jeff Triplett to hold the vote.
Jeb Bush: Rubio for V.P.: Jeb Bush threw his support behind Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, but he gave a much more convincing endorsement to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who he suggests should be the vice presidential nominee.
French Suspect Shot in Head: France’s so-called Scooter Killer was shot in the head by French police after a 32-hour standoff that ended on Thursday. Mohamed Merah, 23, was suspected of killing seven people in multiple attacks. A prosecutor also confirmed rumors that Merah had filmed the most recent shooting at a nearby Jewish school on Monday. 
Biggest GOP Donor Has Given $18M: Harold Clark Simmons is on a mission to defeat President Obama in November and will spend almost any amount of money to do so. On Karl Rove’s advice, the 80-year-old Texan head of chemicals and metals producer Contran Corp. and his wife, Annette, are the largest contributors to the 2012 election, having donated over $18 million to conservative PACs since the start of the race.
Hunger Games Opens at Midnight: Your Tumblerer is really excited. We’re got an explainer and a gallery of 10 die hard tattoos.
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Frontpage: Thursday, Mar 22nd

  1. Trayvon Investigator Asked to Quit: Sanford, Fla., police chief Billy Lee, who is leading the investigation into Trayvon Martin’s death, is being asked to step down after a no confidence vote from city commissioners. Allegations of police misconduct and a poorly conducted investigation from the community and the media drove Mayor Jeff Triplett to hold the vote.
  2. Jeb Bush: Rubio for V.P.Jeb Bush threw his support behind Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, but he gave a much more convincing endorsement to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who he suggests should be the vice presidential nominee.
  3. French Suspect Shot in HeadFrance’s so-called Scooter Killer was shot in the head by French police after a 32-hour standoff that ended on Thursday. Mohamed Merah, 23, was suspected of killing seven people in multiple attacks. A prosecutor also confirmed rumors that Merah had filmed the most recent shooting at a nearby Jewish school on Monday. 
  4. Biggest GOP Donor Has Given $18M: Harold Clark Simmons is on a mission to defeat President Obama in November and will spend almost any amount of money to do so. On Karl Rove’s advice, the 80-year-old Texan head of chemicals and metals producer Contran Corp. and his wife, Annette, are the largest contributors to the 2012 election, having donated over $18 million to conservative PACs since the start of the race.
  5. Hunger Games Opens at Midnight: Your Tumblerer is really excited. We’re got an explainer and a gallery of 10 die hard tattoos.

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5:45 PM, March 21st, 2012
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11:15 AM, March 21st, 2012

ilovecharts:

Long time charter, first time submitter!

I saw this chart on HuffPo, detailing the late response of the national media to the Trayvon Martin death. You often cite encouraging dialogue as motive for your charts, and the case is rife with dialogue about racial profiling, vigilantism, and gun laws.

-Margaret 

If you are unfamiliar with the case, part of me is envious, because it has been eating away at the part of my brain that holds out hope for humanity and the ability to be empathetic to those with differing world views for weeks. However, please do risk your bliss by reading up and consider signing this petition

For more on Fox News’ coverage (or lack there of) of the case, check out our story

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