• Bottom Line

    A lot of questions came in this week about “Stand Your Ground” laws- those controversial laws in place in many states across the nation, including Florida where it was the subject of scrutiny in the trial of George Zimmerman. Although the law was not invoked as part of Zimmerman’s defense, many of you had questions about the role it might have played in the trial, and about how these laws actually work.

    Pat Carleson said: “Explain this law please, I don't think I've heard of it until this trial brought it out.”

    Brian Henschel asked: “How many states have a stand your ground law and concealed carry laws? Are any states considering a stand your ground law?”

    And Julia Davis tweeted: “Why does everyone keep bringing up "stand your ground" when it wasn't used in the Z-trial? They used self defense.”

    Many also asked about the media coverage of the Zimmerman trial.

    Jan Wert wrote in on Facebook: “Why is there so much "commentary" as opposed to just reporting the news? This jury

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  • Is immigration reform the answer to a stronger economy? The Bush Institute says yes

    Power Players

    Members of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives recently threatened to reject the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, but the George W. Bush Institute is making the case that reform is in line with Republican philosophy and good for the U.S. economy.

    Jim Glassman, the executive director of the Bush Institute, tells Power Players that immigration reform will promote economic growth, saying, “The engine for growth for the U.S. has been immigrants.”

    “President Bush himself, Jeb Bush, President Bush's father, George H. W. Bush … they've been dedicated to having a sensible immigration policy for decades now,” Glassman says. “And as far as conservatives in general, you know, most conservatives want growth.”

    President George W. Bush attempted to offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants with a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2006, but the effort failed because the House and Senate couldn’t consolidate their unique versions of the

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  • Politics Confidential

    Around the time Kathy Hamilton and Floyd Hammer were planning their retirement, they took an eye-opening trip to Tanzania, and the couple decided they still had work to do.

    “When you stand in a hut in Africa, and you witness a young man die ... there's no way to explain to you what the feeling is,” Hammer told Politics Confidential, standing outside the White House. “If we had had a meal with us, we might have saved that life.”

    After that trip nearly 10 years ago, Hamilton and Hammer set out to combat hunger, starting a non-profit organization, Outreach, which now operates in more than 15 countries and has delivered more than 233 million free meals to children suffering from hunger.

    And, in a rare White House event Monday, Hamilton and Hammer were recognized for their contributions to combating hunger by not just one, but two U.S. presidents. President Obama and President George H.W. Bush shared the stage in presenting the 5000th Point of Light Award to the

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