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** FILE ** George Zimmerman takes the witness stand on Friday, April 20, 2012, during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla. Mr. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. He claims self-defense. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

Floridians stand by 'Stand Your Ground'

A majority of Florida voters support the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law that was called into question in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to a poll released Thursday.

Ending the lunacy

The Senate late Wednesday quietly passed a bill to remove the word "lunatic" from anywhere in the federal code, with lawmakers arguing it perpetuates a stigma attached to mental illness.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Associated Press)

Palin backs Hatch in Utah GOP primary fight

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's re-election bid Wednesday, calling the one-time tea party target a "life-long conservative" who has fought for a balanced-budget amendment and for conservative Supreme Court justices.

Mariela Castro Espin

GOP lawmaker hits Obama over Cuba visas

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida Republican, assailed the Obama administration Tuesday for granting visas to "high-level members of the Castro regime" — taking particular aim at the decision to allow the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro to enter the country.

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat (Associated Press)

Reid: GOP must accept tax increases on fiscal deal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that the next step in the looming fiscal showdown belongs to Republicans, who will have to signal they are open to tax increases on the wealthy in order to have any chance at striking a deal.

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, N.J., said Sunday that current presidential campaign debates are doing a serious disservice to voters. (Associated Press)

Obama continues attacking Bain after Booker's warnings

President Obama's campaign opened another line of attack against Mitt Romney for his record at Bain Capital Monday despite criticism over the weekend from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, an Obama ally, that bashing Mr. Romney over his record at the private equity firm is unfair.

**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks April 25, 2012, about a student loans bill on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Congress for Dummies

Call it "Congress for Dummies" — It's Congress, and lawmakers increasingly think you're the dummies, at least when it comes to speeches.

** FILE ** In this Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, SuperHeavy member Mick Jagger attends the release party for the band's new CD, "SuperHeavy," in New York. Jagger will host the "Saturday Night Live" finale on May 19. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

Jagger: Don't let Romney 'cut your hair'

Rocker Mick Jagger closed out "Saturday Night Live's" 37th season with some of the Rolling Stones' most iconic hits, but the 68-year-old frontman also broke out something completely new: a bluesy, anti-Mitt Romney number called "Tea Party."