(CNN) - Wolf Blitzer talks with President Barack Obama's former personal aide, Reggie Love, about the president's comments on Trayvon Martin.
Washington (CNN) – A Republican-backed attempt to give local and state governments greater power over their school systems, while reducing federal education funding, passed the U.S. House on Friday, though it was expected to face Democratic resistance in the Senate and President Barack Obama has vowed to reject it.
The measure was the first major attempt to replace the “No Child Left Behind” law that was signed by President George W. Bush in 2002, but later expired and has not been renewed.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s suggestion that state “Stand your Ground” laws should be examined after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin could amount to an assault on the right of Americans to own guns, Sen. Ted Cruz said in Iowa Friday.
Speaking after addressing a Republican group, Cruz told reporters he hadn’t yet watched Obama’s remarks. But when asked to respond to Obama’s call for a review of laws in individual states, Cruz responded by saying the president was trampling on constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, has been a member of Congress for almost two decades.
Yet when he is walking down the street in Washington, D.C., at night and white women walk toward him, he says "I cross the street" to avoid making them uncomfortable.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 19, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA: TRAYVON COULD HAVE BEEN ME: POTUS SPEAKS OUT ON THE ZIMMERMAN VERDICT… President Barack Obama said Friday that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." It was his first live, public comment since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman last weekend in the teenager's shooting death. Obama also said protests over the verdict should remain nonviolent. – Tom Cohen
On the verdict: “The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries (sic) were properly instructed that in a - in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant. And they rendered a verdict. And once the jury's spoken, that's how our system works.”
On his own experience regarding profiling: “There are very few African-American men in this country who have not had the experience of being followed when they are shopping at a department store. That includes me.”
On the chance of civil rights charges against George Zimmerman: “I think it's important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government. The criminal code and law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.”
'Crossfire' hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter talk about the Zimmerman verdict and Obamacare.
(CNN) - The Obama administration is looking closely at the bankruptcy of Detroit, but there is no indication yet that it might intervene.
Vice President Joe Biden, asked about it by a reporter on Friday, said the matter was being reviewed but less clear was whether action would follow.
(CNN) - After President Barack Obama delivered lengthy remarks Friday on the Trayvon Martin case, many turned to Twitter to offer reaction.
(CNN) - The long-dormant Middle East peace efforts got new life on Friday.
An agreement has been reached that "establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between" Palestinians and Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in Amman, Jordan.FULL STORY