The Zimmerman Verdict Divides a Nation
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The Zimmerman Verdict Divides a Nation

Saturday's "Not Guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial produced angry protests in several cities over the weekend. What did the trial reveal about Florida law and racial justice in the United States? Also, is the employer mandate one reason health insurance is so expensive?

Banner image: Demonstrators march during a protest against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial, in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2013. Photo: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

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Legal Options Considered as Protesters React to Zimmerman Acquittal ()

Yesterday, the Department of Justice said it was restarting its investigation of the Trayvon Martin killing as a possible "hate crime." Today, in a speech to the Delta-Sigma-Theta Sorority, Attorney General Eric Holder called it "tragic and unnecessary," and said he shared the audience's concern. Manuel Roig-Franzia, who reports for the Washington Post, is in Sanford, Florida, where he covered the trial of George Zimmerman.

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The Zimmerman Verdict and a Nation Divided ()

Nobody doubts that George Zimmerman went out with a gun or that he used it to kill Trayvon Martin. But that wasn't enough for a jury conviction on second-degree murder or manslaughter charges, and Zimmerman has his gun back. On the streets of some American cities, there have been angry protests about race, politics and legal equality. Does Florida law favor gun-toting vigilantes? Did state prosecutors blow the case by over-charging and twisting facts? Will Zimmerman face future actions in civil courts? 

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A Better Path to Affordable Healthcare? ()

book.jpgObamacare was produced in part to put the brakes on the costs of healthcare in the United States, which outstrips the rest of the industrial world. There's a developing consensus on both sides that the "employer mandate" may be a major part of the problem, and it's been put off for a year. Will it ultimately be phased out? David Goldhill, President and CEO of the cable TV network, GSN, is author of the new book, Catastrophic Care: How America Health Care Killed My Father -- and How We Can Fix It.

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