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Trayvon's killer takes his case public

06/21/12 03:55PM

Turns out that the site, which George Zimmerman's attorney set up for him back in April, is for more than just fundraising and media spin for their client. It appears that they intend to use it to try the case in public. Whether or not this is intended to win a media cycle, taint the jury pool, or simply keep Zimmerman's supporters informed, it's worth taking a look at the evidence.Released late yesterday through that website were audio recordings of Zimmerman's interviews with the police in the days after he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL. read more

MHP Daily: June 21, 2012

06/21/12 01:58PM

There are some fairly big developments today in the Trayvon Martin case -- starting with Bill Lee, the Sanford, Florida police chief who has been on administrative leave. We noted back in April that Lee tried to quit, unsuccessfully; his resignation was rejected by the city commission and the mayor until a full investigation of his conduct in the Martin investigation could be completed. Seems that's over and done with, since he's now been fired:In a news release, City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte Jr. announced that Mr. Lee was immediately relieved of his duties. read more

Rev. Fred Luter reacts after his election as president of the 167-year-old Southern Baptist Convention.

New leader, new name, new intolerance

06/20/12 10:04PM

Yesterday, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), America's largest Protestant denomination, elected their new president unopposed. This is not a typical news lede; heck, for a lot of folks, it barely qualifies as news. read more

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, yesterday.

Issa's committee holds Holder in contempt

06/20/12 05:26PM

That the headline above has a double meaning is not an accident. Considering that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his fellow Republicans in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have just voted along party lines, 23-17, in favor of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the question for many who haven't been following the "Fast and Furious" scandal closely remains, "Why?" It, like most procedural issues turned political, depends upon who you ask, and whose interpretation you believe. read more

SCOTUS also deciding fate of 'papers, please'

06/20/12 02:50PM

The Supreme Court won't announce its ruling on the Affordable Care Act until either tomorrow or Monday, but that is hardly their only pending decision which could affect the political climate. They're also scheduled to rule as soon as tomorrow on the constitutionality of SB 1070, the Arizona "papers, please" immigration law which institutionalizes profiling, and spawned several similar laws in other states. (See the AP report above for the basics.)As the New York Times' Michael D. read more

The MHP Daily: June 20, 2012

06/20/12 10:00AM

However you might characterize the news day there was in #nerdland, it's fair to say that these very nerdy, yet hilarious attack-ad parodies done by the good folks at Mother Jones:In HBO's hit show Game of Thrones, there are dragons, sword fights, and zombie armies. But the heart of the show is intense political intrigue. Alliances are forged and broken; back room deals are cut; principles are sacrificed. It's a dirty game. Yet imagine how much more unsavory it would be if super-PACs and dark-money outfits existed in the Seven Kingdoms.Funny way to make an important point. read more

The MHP Daily: June 19, 2012

06/19/12 06:53PM

We have a later MHP Daily today than usual. We had to wait for all the weird news to surface.We mentioned earlier that Ohio senator Rob Portman co-owns a haunted hotel. Also, Mike Tyson will perform on Broadway, Mitt Romney is going to speak at the NAACP convention (maybe that's not so weird), "Joe the Plumber" is blaming the Holocaust on gun control (see above), and folks seem confused about whether ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has died -- "clinically," or not. read more

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez isn't being seriously vetted as a potential Mitt Romney running mate.

After Palin, Romney rules out a woman VP

06/19/12 05:09PM

The veepstakes aren't usually real news until a choice is made, but that may be different this year because of a report that surfaced today.Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is vetting the resumés of that Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, and of former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty so as, perhaps, to avoid this. Both men are considered fairly bland, other than the fact that Portman co-owns a haunted hotel. That said, after Sarah Palin's lack of vetting, it's hard to blame Romney. That said, the real news is who isn't on the list. read more

Rodney King, in April of this year.

On 'stop-and-frisk,' and Rodney King

06/19/12 12:10PM

I had about two hours between the time I'd learned that Rodney King had been found dead in his pool -- shortly before Melissa announced it as breaking news on Sunday's show -- and when I had to leave 30 Rock to cover the silent march protesting the New York City Police Department's (in)famous stop-and-frisk policy. (If you're unfamiliar with the policy, start with this, watch this, then read these. As for why they marched to Mayor Mike Bloomberg's residence, this could be why.)The juxtaposition of King's death and the march seemed both portentous, and unfortunate. read more