(CNN) - As the nation turned its eye to the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot last month in Florida, presidential candidates and President Barack Obama on Friday weighed in on a story dominated by race and questions over local law enforcement tactics.
"When I think about this boy I think about my own kids,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together – federal, state and local - to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”
(CNN) – The vice president called it a "BFD," so why no celebration of the health reform law's two year anniversary, Sarah Palin asked President Barack Obama in a Friday post to her Facebook account.
"Mr. President, you're conspicuously absent from the 2-year anniversary of your 'greatest accomplishment' (described by your VP as "a big f***ing deal")," the former Alaska governor wrote.
Washington (CNN) - A half dozen people waited in line outside the Supreme Court Friday afternoon, days before justices hear arguments in a landmark case on the constitutionality of a health care reform law backed by the Obama administration.
The people weren't actually waiting in line to see the arguments themselves but said they were being paid by a company to hold others' spots in line.
(CNN) – Rick Santorum lamented Friday that his now-controversial words were distorted when he said the previous day Americans "may as well" stick with President Barack Obama this fall than take a "risk" electing Republican rival Mitt Romney.
“Over my dead body would I vote for Barack Obama,” he said when campaigning in Pineville, La.
Shreveport, Louisiana (CNN) - If Rick Santorum has his way, the image of Mitt Romney as a politician who shakes and erases his policy positions will stay etched in voters' minds.
Case in point: on Friday in Shreveport, Louisiana, the former Pennsylvania senator not only kept alive the two-day old controversy – he drew bold new lines around it.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 23, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: NEW GALLUP POLL SHOWS ROMNEY WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD OVER SANTORUM: “Mitt Romney's national support among Republican voters has surged in recent days, coincident with his decisive victory in the Illinois primary and a prominent endorsement from Jeb Bush. Romney's support has increased to 40%, the first time a candidate has reached that level in this campaign, and his lead over Rick Santorum is back into double digits after narrowing to 4 percentage points on March 20.” LINK
GALLUP DAILY TRACKING POLL
Choice for nominee
Sampling error +/- 3% pts.
(CNN) – Newt Gingrich is not backing down on rival Rick Santorum, who sparked controversy when he said the country might be better off with President Barack Obama in a second term than with Mitt Romney as president.
In a not-so-veiled swipe at Santorum Friday, Gingrich's chief of staff, Patrick Millsaps, issued a letter to the Republican National Committee, urging its chairman to ask all GOP presidential candidates to pledge their support for the eventual Republican nominee.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Chaplain Barry Black joined a rally organized by congressional staffers to draw attention to the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and recounted how he was frisked by three police officers 25 years ago while on a walk.
Black, a retired and decorated Navy Admiral who is African American, appeared at the event on the Capitol steps dubbed "Hoodies on the Hill." Aides for both Democratic and Republican members of Congress wore hooded shirts and carried bags of Skittles, candy the teen bought before he was killed while walking in a Sanford, Florida community.
(CNN) - The second anniversary of President Barack Obama's signing into law the landmark and controversial health care reform measure brought, as expected, fierce attacks from Republicans.
"Today is the two-year anniversary of Obamacare, but President Obama is not celebrating. He would rather Americans forget about his signature 'accomplishment,' because today it is a massive, undeniable failure and a heap of broken promises," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, in a statement Friday.
Port Fourchon, Louisiana (CNN) - Barack Obama is a Christian, Newt Gingrich said Friday, but he also said he understands why some people believe the U.S. president is Muslim.
"Why does the president behave the way that people would think that? You have to ask why would they believe that? It's not because they're stupid," Gingrich said after a campaign stop on Louisiana's Gulf Coast Friday.