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12:30 AM ET, April 1, 2012


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Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin shooting: It's not George Zimmerman crying for help on 911 recording, 2 experts say  —  As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains: Who was heard crying for help on a 911 call in the moments before the teen was shot?
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Send Better Witnesses  —  CNN pretends to reprise the witnesses to the Trayvon Martin shooting and aftermath.  They paint a picture of a ‘fair and balanced’ effort but omit ‘John’, the most important eyewitness to the scuffle that preceded the shooting.  John says Zimmerman …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Murders That Don't Count  —  Delric Miller IV died in a hail of bullets a month ago.  When someone fired 37 AK-47 rounds into his Detroit home at 4:30 a.m., he was mortally wounded while dozing on the couch.  He was nine months old.  No one made the multicolored teething ring he got …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC News Accused of Editing 911 Call in Trayvon Martin Controversy (Video)  —  Critics say the “Today” show attempted to incite racial anger when it cut crucial seconds from audio of a phone call placed by George Zimmerman just before he killed the teenager.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC to do ‘internal investigation’ on Zimmerman segment  —  NBC told this blog today that it would investigate its handling of a piece on the “Today” show that ham-handedly abridged the conversation between George Zimmerman and a dispatcher in the moments before the death of Trayvon Martin.
Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon marchers: 'We want an arrest.  Shot in the chest"  —  Civil-rights organizers from the NAACP and other groups today marched down Sanford's 13th street in the heart of one of the city's historic black neighborhoods to Sanford Police headquarters to demand the arrest …
Randy Hall /
MSNBC Fixes False Report Which Made Zimmerman Look Racist, Doesn't Acknowledge Error
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and BREITBART.COM
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Piers Morgan Books MSNBC's Touré In Real Time To Settle Twitter Feud
Obama Campaign Erases State Lines  —  Fairness Meets Federalism In One Obama Campaign Chart.  Supporters say: “Equality and fairness!”  Opponents say: “Hey, what happened to all those state lines?”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nick Gillespie / Wall Street Journal:
Stop Panicking About Bullies  —  Childhood is safer than ever before, but today's parents need to worry about something.  Nick Gillespie on why busybodies and bureaucrats have zeroed in on bullying.  —  “When I was younger,” a remarkably self-assured, soft-spoken 15-year-old kid named Aaron tells …
Associated Press:
7 California boys arrested in attack on teen  —  PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Seven black teens have been arrested on suspicion that they committed a hate crime when they attacked a 15-year-old Hispanic boy while he was walking home from school in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.
New York Times:
Romney Looks to Wisconsin Primary for Closure  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is on the cusp of taking firm control of the Republican nominating contest for the first time, neutralizing his most powerful critics and rallying a broad spectrum of conservatives behind him as party leaders grow increasingly eager to take on President Obama.
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Campaign Fund Prompts Talk of Giffords Comeback  —  LOS ANGELES — When Gabrielle Giffords announced that she would step down from Congress in January, she did not shy away from the possibility that she would one day run for office again.  —  “I will return,” she said, “and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Dems: Team Romney call to release foreign leader transcripts shows ‘naivete’  —  I'm late to this, but the Democrats are seizing on a Mitt Romney spokeswoman's statement yesterday, responding to a call from Chicago for the candidate to release his tax returns, saying the president shou'd …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Are American Conservatives More Anti-Science Than European Conservatives?  —  Chris Mooney has a new book out, The Republican Brain, which I haven't read yet.  But he has a long piece over on the right which says, basically, that conservatives are wrong about a lot of stuff …
Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
Diagnosing the Republican Brain
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Swingin' Kennedy  —  Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor …
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Erica Goode / New York Times:
Battles to Change Prison Policy of Solitary Confinement
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Democratic mayors challenge teachers unions in urban political shift
Discussion: Eduwonk and Via Meadia
Damien Pearse / Guardian:
Petrol crisis ‘is our Thatcher moment’, Tory MPs reportedly tell party members
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Discussion: Power Line and National Review
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A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

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