Zimmerman’s defense makes its final pitch; Snowden seeks asylum in Russia; hunger strikes occur in California prisons; Democrats move to limit filibusters; royal birth raises questions of abdication; and a humanoid robot makes its debut. Meanwhile, Justin Beiber talks to Bill Clinton; Kate Middleton enjoys a 5-star hospital suite; and Demi Lovato reveals the secret to fame.
-Maura + Meron
Zimmerman defense team makes its final pitch to jury, http://rtvote.com/18RVgCR
George Zimmerman’s attorneys began making their final arguments this morning in the hopes of convincing the jury that their client killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense. After the arguments end, the jury could decide as soon as today what the outcome of this high-profile case will be.
Activist: Snowden will accept asylum in Russia, http://rtvote.com/157RkIK
Fugitive document-leaker Edward Snowden met with human rights activists and lawyers today and said he would apply for political asylum in Russia, where he has been stranded since June 23. Human Rights Watch activist Tatyana Lokshina said “he feels it is impossible to travel anywhere, so for the time being he is asking for asylum here.” She added that eventually, he hopes to be granted asylum in Latin America.
California warns prisoners over hunger strike, http://rtvote.com/157Z1Pp
Over 12,000 inmates in California jails began a hunger strike against solitary confinement. Prison authorities are threatening to discipline them. California’s prison chief, Jeffrey Beard, says that inmates are unlikely to be offered concessions.
Democrats Poised to Limit Filibusters, Angering G.O.P., http://rtvote.com/157S68G
On Thursday the Senate moved toward imposing historic limits on how the filibuster can be used, as majority leader, Senator Harry Reid, set in motion a series of votes on Obama administration nominees, which could force a long-festering fight with Republicans. Senator Reid remarked that, “the American people know the dysfunction we have here. And all we’re asking is let the president have his team.”
In Britain, pending royal birth puts spotlight on aging monarch, http://rtvote.com/157SRyx
With Queen Elizabeth II now 87 after 67 years on the throne, perhaps its not surprise that the word “abdication” is floating around. There is no sign of her leaving just yet but with a third direct heir on the way, chatter about a royal retirement has rarely been louder.
Modest debut of atlas may foreshadow age of ‘robo sapiens’, http://rtvote.com/157XxVi
A Pentagon-financed humanoid robot named Atlas made its first public appearance on Thursday. Atlas is being designed to perform rescue functions in situations where humans cannot survive, and is seen as a new tool that can come to humanity’s aid in the face of natural and man-made disasters.
Justin Bieber Talks to Bill Clinton, Apologizes for Dissing Ex-President While Peeing in a Bucket, http://rtvote.com/18RTDoE
‘Arrested Development’ Season 5? Netflix In Talks With Producers, http://rtvote.com/157P83W
Justin Timberlake’s ‘Take Back The Night’ Teased In New Promo: Is The Singer Ushering In Part 2 Of ‘20/20 Experience’, http://rtvote.com/18RTW2T
Kate Middleton’s $15,000 Hospital Suite: “It’s Like a 5-Star Hotel!”, http://rtvote.com/18RUQMX
Demi Lovato Talks Fame, “If You Want To Be Famous, Make a Sex Tape!”, http://rtvote.com/157QmfP