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George Zimmerman Trial Juror B29 Says He ‘Got Away With Murder’

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George Zimmerman trial juror B29, revealing her first name to be Maddy speaks with Robin Roberts in an exclusively interview for ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

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The only minority on the jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin sat for an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts for Friday’s “Good Morning America” and revealed very strong feelings about how the 29-year-old faired in his trial.

“George Zimmerman got away with murder,” she said. “But you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with. [But] the law couldn’t prove it.”

Although formerly only known as juror B29, she allowed her face to be shown and chose to withhold her last name, only using her first name Maddy.

A 36-year-old Puerto Rican nursing assistant, Maddy was the only minority on the six-person jury. She admitted she was the juror who originally wanted to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder, but eventually realized that the evidence didn’t support a guilty verdict with respect to his claim of self-defense.

“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end,” she said. “That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it. But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”

She continued, “as much as we were trying to find this man guilty…they give you a booklet that basically tells you the truth, and the truth is that there was nothing that we could do about it. I feel the verdict was already told.”

However, as a mother of eight children, Maddy said she wonders if she made the right decision and feels like she owes Martin’s parents an apology.

“It’s hard for me to sleep, it’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death. And as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting as much Trayvon’s Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain,” she said.

Maddy is the second juror to speak out since the trial ended. Juror B37 first spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, saying Zimmerman was “justified” in shooting the teen. Shortly after the interview, four jurors released a statement saying juror B37’s opinions were not representative of their own.

Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13 after several weeks of his second-degree murder trial for shooting and killing Martin in February 2012. Although jurors were allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter, he was found not guilty on all counts and maintains he shot the teen in self-defense.

Portions of Roberts’ interview with Maddy will air on Thursday evening’s “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.” The interview will air in its entirety Friday morning.

Ann Romney: ‘We’ve Given All You People Need To Know’ About Family Finances

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The unmitigated gall of this “privileged” woman is rather unpleasant, in my view.  The “all you people…” part is what’s so damned unacceptable here…

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Mitt Romney’s wife is reinforcing her husband’s refusal to make public several years of tax returns, saying “we’ve given all you people need to know” about the family’s finances.

“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” she said. “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.”

Ann Romney told ABC News she thinks the Obama campaign’s attacks on her husband have been “beneath the dignity of the presidency.” And she said people will decide whom to vote for based on whether their lives would be better under Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama.

She said that ultimately she believes voters are “going to fire the coach.”

CORRECTION: The original version of this article omitted the word “people” from Ann Romney’s quote.

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Twitter reacts to Obama’s support for gay marriage

The Griot

Twitter is buzzing about President Barack Obama’s statement that he supports gay marriage. Obama made the announcement during an interview with ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, for an interview that will air later tonight.

Here’s a sample of the reaction from Obama supporters, and even some of his longtime critics.

Sarah Palin’s ‘oddly charming’ Today show appearance

First of all I’m still trying to get over the fact that Sarah Palin was participating with the “lamestream media”!

The Week

Mama Grizzly makes her much-hyped debut as co-host of the morning show juggernaut, impressing critics with her poise, energy, and willingness to laugh at herself

Sarah Palin joined the "lamestream media" on Tuesday as guest host of the "Today" show, impressing critics by poking fun at her 2008 struggle to name her favorite newspapers.

Sarah Palin joined the “lamestream media” on Tuesday as guest host of the “Today” show, impressing critics by poking fun at her 2008 struggle to name her favorite newspapers.

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Sarah Palin’s one-day stint as co-host of the Today show was billed as a showdown of sortsbetween the former vice presidential nominee and Katie Couric, the interviewer who caused Palin endless embarrassment during the ’08 campaign and who was co-hosting rival morning show Good Morning Americaon Tuesday. Sorry, Katie: Palin may have won this round, with critics hailing her performance as “oddly charming,” “magnetic,” and “poised.” During her Todaycameo, Palin predictably blasted President Obama, interviewed Tori Spelling, and weighed in on pop culture issues like Oprah Winfrey’s failing OWN network, Ashton Kutcher’s casting as Steve Jobs, and Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy weight gain. (Watch a video below.) Was her appearance as charming as critics suggest?

Palin was terrific: This was a “slam dunk for Palin,” says Verne Gay at Newsday. She shined with a “natural, born-to-camera ease;” appeared “poised, relaxed (more or less), and confident” next to her more seasoned co-hosts; and peppered the show with just the right amount of political savvy to appease her supporters. It certainly didn’t hurt that she essentially “got a wonderful free ride for two hours,” often serving less as a traditional co-host and more as an honored guest who was encouraged to enjoy herself and crack wise on pop culture.
“Sarah Palin on Today show was a slam dunk”

And she had the right attitude: Palin’s self-deprecating humor stole the show, say MJ Lee and Tim Mak at Politico. In her first shot on set, Palin perused a pile of newspapers, while she was later shown in her dressing room scribbling notes on the back of her hand — tongue-in-cheek nods to two of her most famous political gaffes. Palin later drew roars of laughter when she cracked that a lady on the street saw her entering 30 Rock and giddily told her husband, “Oh honey, I told you, Tina Fey is here.” She played nearly the entire appearance for laughs at her own expense, which was a smart move for the polarizing political star.
“Sarah Palin pokes fun at herself on Today

But the whole thing was so strange: Apparently, “mainstream television will happily subject itself to endless abuse in pursuit of ratings,” says David A. Graham at The Atlantic. How else does one explain the “bizarre spectacle” of Sarah Palin on Today? During her interview with Lauer, Palin blasted the “lamestream media.” The irony that she was voicing these sentiments “while co-hosting a show on one of the Big Three networks” was apparentlly lost on her — leading Lauer to quip that her presence “technically makes you a part of the lamestream media.”

“Video of the day: Sarah Palin’s vice president advice on Today”

What Is Michele Bachmann’s Problem?

The woman is clearly out of touch with reality. 

In fact, her robotic like answers to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Good morning America must scare even her own supporters.

Think Progress

Straight out of the gate in the 2012 presidential race, self-described “scholarly” candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has tripped over basic facts.

Yesterday, she accidentally heralded a serial killer.

Today, on ABC’s Good Morning America, she defended her “pants on fire” statement that the “Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery” (they didn’t) by insisting that John Quincy Adams was a Founding Father (he wasn’t). After host George Stephanopoulos pointed out that John Quincy Adams — the son of John Adams — did fight against slavery “decades later,” Bachmann stood by her historical interpretation.

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GMA Takes On ‘Tea Party Darlings On The Dole’

Now this is real journalism on the part of Good Morning America…

Mediaite

Thursday morning, ABC’s Good Morning America suggested some of the Tea Party’s leaders have a case of “Hill Hypocrisy” for attacking government spending while taking millions in government money. ABC’s senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl reported “the Tea Party movement is all about slashing federal spending, but at least five House members with Tea Party connections have themselves collected more than $100,000 each in federal farm subsidies, totalling more than $8 million since 1995.”

The subsidies are included in a report out Thursday by the Environmental Working Group. “We need a better system,” said Rep. Stephen Fincher, a Tennessee Republican whose family farm has received more than $3 million in subsidies, with more than $100,000 going directly to the Congressman himself. Asked directly if he’d refuse to take any further subsidies, he dodged the question. Others said the farm subsidies–totalling $16 billion–need to cut if not eliminated.

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Michele Bachmann Refuses To Say Whether President Obama Is A Citizen On GMA

Just like “Carribou Barbie”, Michele Bachmann is absolutely clueless, yet both have aspirations on pursuing the highest office in the land.  Go figure…

Mediaite

In an interview Thursday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, Rep. Michele Bachmann talked about her interest in the White House, how she’d handle the Middle East as president, and even Lady Gaga. What she wouldn’t say, however, was whether the president was a Christian and a citizen. “That’s not for me to state,” Bachmann told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “When the president makes his statements, I think they should stand for their own.”

Pressed by Stephanopoulos to simply express her own views on President Obama’s citizenship, if she would “declare the president is a citizen, and he is a Christian,” Bachmann refused, pivoting to talk about the stimulus package. Earlier in the interview, Bachmann–reminded that Obama had repeatedly declared himself a citizen–said she “took him at his word” but wouldn’t go beyond that.

Watch the exchange here, from ABC:

Christine O’Donnell: ‘Thug’ Tactics Responsible For Campaign Finance Accusations

This woman is off the charts!

Huffington Post

Failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell said Thursday that accusations she misspent campaign funds are politically motivated and stoked by disgruntled former campaign workers.

The Delaware Republican appeared on several network morning shows to defend herself a day after The Associated Press reported federal authorities have launched a criminal probe to determine whether she broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses.

“There’s been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever,” O’Donnell told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

O’Donnell, the tea party favorite who scored a surprise primary victory before losing in the general election, suggested the accusations are driven by political establishments on the right and left, including Joe Biden. He represented Delaware in the Senate for decades before he became vice president.

“You have to look at this whole thug-politic tactic for what it is,” she said Thursday.

O’Donnell said she found it suspicious that she, her campaign staff and her lawyer have not been informed of a federal investigation.

A person familiar with the investigation confirmed it to The AP, speaking on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury.
 
 

Bachmann: Tax Cuts For Wealthy Must Be Extended, But Not If Tied To ‘Massive Spending’ On Unemployed

Another rich, selfish Republican…

Think Progress

As Congress launches into the lame duck session, congressional Republicans are demanding an extension of all the Bush tax cuts, even for the wealthiest two percent of Americans, at an added cost to the deficit of $830 billion over the next ten years. Meanwhile, they have refused to support a continuation of unemployment benefits, which are set to expire next month, claiming that a continuation “will only add to the deficit.”

This morning, in an interview with Tea Party Caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), ABC’s Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos picked up on the discrepancy between caring about the deficit when adding to it helps the poor, but not when it helps the rich. Asked if she would support a compromise which extended both the tax cuts and the unemployment benefits, Bachmann said no, characterizing letting the tax cuts expire as a “massive tax increase,” while dismissing extending unemployment benefits as “massive spending”:

BACHMANN: As far as a compromise goes, I want to get the current tax policy as far into the future as we can, if we can only get it extended for two years, that’s great. But I don’t think the American people should have to pay for that to have some new massive spending tied to it. If that’s the case, I don’t think you’re going to see the Republicans go along with it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But why is it OK for the wealthiest Americans earning over $250,000 a year — remember the President has called for extending all tax cuts for those under $250,000 — for them to get tax cuts extended but for people out of a job and needing unemployment benefits not to have their benefits extended?

BACHMANN: Well remember again what this is. It’s a massive tax increase and its on the people who are job creators. And people want to think that these are millionaires sitting in leather chairs lighting their cigars with $100 bills, that’s not what we’re talking about. These are people who are carpet layers who may be employed two or three other guys, or a plumber, maybe himself and his brother, and it’s $250,000 in gross sales for their business. Their the ones looking at massive tax increases. …That’s going to hurt more people than anything if we can’t have job creation. And this is a job killer if we raise taxes on the job creators.

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Darrell Issa Continues Apology Tour, Regrets Calling Obama ‘Corrupt’

Mr. Issa still intends to go forward with seven hearings a week for the forty-week 112th Congress  to investigate the Obama administration, starting in January 2011.

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made two stops on his apology tour Monday to walk back comments he had made last month calling Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.”

“If I had to do it over again I’d have parsed my words a little more carefully,” Issa said in an interview with CNN’s “Situation Room,” hours after making a similar correction on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The congressman, now set to become be the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the next Congress, made the original comments in what he described as an impromptu moment of foolishness during a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh last month.

“Do I think the president is personally corrupt, no,” Issa told CNN. “I should never have implied that, or created that in a quick statement on a radio call-in.”

But Issa, who spoke aggressively Monday about launching hundreds of oversight investigations, has lately been forced to fold to other criticism as well.

After claiming that the commotion caused by an alleged pre-primary White House job offer to Joe Sestak was tantamount to an “impeachable” offense, Issa later said he wouldn’t mount a probe into the matter.

Issa then altered his plan again, however, saying that he would examine similar violations by the Bush administration as well, before scrapping the idea altogether.

At the end of his about-face on CNN Monday, Issa departed with a less confrontational tone:

From CNN’s report:

“Our committee is supposed to be about finding ways to – creating reform, making government do its job, and do it within a smaller budget, not a larger budget,” Issa said, adding that he plans to continue bipartisan initiatives that were part of the committee’s agenda while Democrats were in power.