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national lead

July 12th, 2013
06:17 PM ET

Differing views of race in Zimmerman trial

(CNN) – While the prosecution has tried to steer clear of the race conversation during the George Zimmerman murder trial, prosecutor John Guy questioned: What if it were George Zimmerman walking home that night?

“This case is not about race – it’s about right and wrong,” Guy said Friday while closing the state’s case. If it were Zimmerman who was shot, “What would your verdict be? That’s how you know it’s not about race.”

Jelani Cobb, contributing writer for the New Yorker, said “nothing certifies that something is about race more than an unsolicited denial that something is about race.”

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politics lead

May 7th, 2013
06:47 PM ET

Weighing in on Christie's surgery

Chris Christie spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about a weight loss surgery he underwent in February, further stoking political speculation that the New Jersey governor is shaping up for a 2016 presidential run.

Christie said the decision instead was based on his commitment to his family.

“I felt great about myself before and I’ll feel great about myself after no matter how it goes,” he said at a press conference in Newark.

Still, political rumors continue to swirl that Christie has additional motives for slimming down.

buried lead

April 30th, 2013
06:49 PM ET

Guantanamo closing, for real this time?

A major campaign promise in 2008 was back in the spotlight Tuesday as President Barack Obama promised to renew his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

The memoirs of one Guantanamo detainee were declassified and published Tuesday by Slate, where the prisoner writes he “trusted the American justice system too much.”

Slate's politics and foreign affairs editor William Dobson told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” that detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi was picked up in Mauritania 2001, shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, and then transferred to Jordan for questioning.

“In Jordan [Slahi] was interrogation for close to eight months, and he was interrogated there under some of the harshest conditions – he was tortured,” Dobson said.

“From there the Jordanians said they did not believe this was a person who had any responsibility for any past terrorist plots. The U.S. government wasn’t satisfied with that response, and he was then sent to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, held for two weeks, and then ultimately moved to Guantanamo August 5, 2002, where he has remained ever since.”

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