Washington (CNN) – Fresh off his stint running America's largest firearms lobby organization, former National Rifle Association President David Keene will now be directing conservative voices as the Washington Times' new opinion editor.
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(CNN) – President Barack Obama, who on Sunday called the killing of Trayvon Martin a tragedy, will not involve himself personally in deciding whether to bring federal civil rights charges against Martin's killer George Zimmerman.
"That is not something the president involves himself in," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday when asked about potential federal charges against Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of murdering Martin by a jury on Saturday.
(CNN) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, dogged by allegations of sexual harassment, said on Monday he will not step down from his post.
"As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions," he said in a statement. "But as a citizen of this country, I also expect - and am entitled to - due process, and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations. I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment, and I believe a full presentation of the facts will vindicate me."FULL STORY
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(CNN) - Two petitions posted on the White House's public website over the weekend urge President Barack Obama to recommend that the Justice Department begin a federal civil rights prosecution of George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty Saturday in the Florida killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. Combined, the petitions have garnered more than 15,000 signatures since they were created on Sunday.
Additionally, petitions sponsored by the NAACP urging federal action in the Zimmerman case had garnered almost 800,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. That documents ask Attorney General Eric Holder to “Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today."
(CNN) – In the ongoing attempt to reform the nation's immigration system, more Americans find themselves agreeing with Democrats than Republicans, according to a poll released Monday.
The Gallup survey indicated 48% of adults said the Democratic view on immigration – which wasn't specified during questioning – most closely aligned with their own. Thirty-six percent said the Republican stance came closer to their view. Another 17% said they didn't have an opinion or that neither side shared their opinions.
Washington (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush will make a return to the White House Monday to join President Barack Obama in honoring a couple who deliver meals to children in a bid to fight hunger.
The event will also celebrate a milestone for the Daily Point of Light Award, a service initiative started during Bush's administration. Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, the Iowa couple who started the hunger-combatting group Outreach after a trip to Tanzania, will receive the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award.
(CNN) - A man who apparently aroused the suspicion of security personnel outside Secretary of State John Kerry's home in Boston was arrested on Sunday on an alcohol-related charge, and authorities later found a pellet gun in his car, a Kerry aide said.
Glen Johnson, a Kerry spokesman, said members of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service observed the man, who was not identified, taking a picture of a window at Kerry's house.FULL STORY
(CNNMoney) - The way some people have interpreted the latest Obamacare rule change, you'd think the administration was inviting people to steal from the government.
Officials announced on July 5 that insurance exchanges could relax how they verify the income of people who apply for federal financial help in the first year.
But experts say the temporary change won't necessarily make it easier to scam the system.FULL STORY
CNN: Zimmerman verdict spawns protests across country
If the George Zimmerman murder trial didn't polarize America enough, the verdict certainly did. While supporters of Zimmerman's acquittal kept largely quiet after the weekend decision, outraged protesters poured into the streets across the country Sunday and early Monday. While the vast majority of protests were peaceful, parts of Los Angeles grew tense.
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