- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2013

In the George Zimmerman trial, analysts believe prosecution witnesses have often managed to make the defendant look like a sympathetic figure, and singer Lady Gaga altered the lyrics to the national anthem during a performance to the “home of the gay.”

On the international stage, President Obama pledged $7 billion in aid to Africans, but warned them to be wary of foreign countries — including the U.S.

Here’s a recap, or wrap, of the week that was from The Washington Times.

Lady Gaga amends national anthem: ‘Land of the free, and the home for the gay’

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Lady Gaga sang the national anthem at Pier 26 to kick off New York City’s gay pride celebration Friday night, changing some of its words to fit the occasion, The Blaze first reported.

Holding a rainbow flag, the performer sang, “O say does that star-spangled flag of pride yet wave,” then substituted “land of the free, and the home for the gay.”

Obama to Africa: Be wary of foreign powers, even United States

President Obama pledged $7 billion in aid Sunday to provide electricity to sub-Saharan Africa, as he warned Africans to be wary of exploitation by other countries, including the U.S.

Allen West: Time to teach Obama ‘lesson our forefathers taught King George III’

Former Rep. Allen B. West had some harsh words for President Obama and the Supreme Court on Sunday night, taking to Facebook to express his disdain for the court’s decision on Proposition 8. …

Obama said he would fundamentally transform America,” said Mr. West. “The time draws near to teach this usurper and charlatan the lesson our forefathers taught King George III. We will not be ruled by arrogance and edict.”

Michelle Obama: White House like a ‘prison’

First lady Michelle Obama spoke of the power and the prestige — and prison feel — of the White House during a visit with African wives in Tanzania on Tuesday.

Being first lady has “prisonlike elements,” she said, as the Weekly Standard reported. She made the comments seated next to former first lady Laura Bush.

In Zimmerman trial, prosecution’s case circling the drain

George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys have yet to take the field, but they’re already up by double digits.

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