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March 22nd, 2012
11:59 PM ET

Police chief in Trayvon Martin case steps aside

Anderson Cooper talks to CNN legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin about the Sanford, Florida police chief's announcement.

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March 22nd, 2012
11:57 PM ET

Who is George Zimmerman?

CNN's John Zarrella takes a look at what we know about George Zimmerman, the man who told police he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

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March 22nd, 2012
11:01 PM ET

Pipeline politics and energy promises

With gas prices on the minds of voters, the president's support for the Keystone pipeline is a red flag to Republicans.

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March 22nd, 2012
10:03 PM ET

The RidicuList: Panda tea

An entrepreneur in China is launching a new beverage business called Panda Tea with a not so secret ingredient: panda poop.

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March 22nd, 2012
10:00 PM ET

'We want justice for the Martin family'

The Sanford, Florida, city manager explains why he hasn't fired the police chief who investigated Trayvon Martin's death.

March 22nd, 2012
09:43 PM ET

Dr. Drew: Houston an 'addiction death'

Doctors Drew Pinsky and 360 MD Sanjay Gupta on the initial coroner's report naming heart disease and cocaine as factors in Whitney Houston's accidental drowning death.

March 22nd, 2012
09:00 PM ET

Letters to the President #1158: 'The dog days of spring'

Reporter's Note: Each and every day I write a letter to President Obama. I assume some other people do too, but I’m guessing some of them are in prison.

Dear Mr. President,

I’ve been having a lot of those days lately where I feel as if I am plenty busy, and wicked tired by the time I get home, and yet I can’t figure out what I did all day. Do you ever have such times? It’s ridiculous.

I walk into the house and my wife says, “So how was your day?”
“Exhausting,” I reply.
“Really? What did you do?”
“I have no idea.”

Usually when I piece it all together I find out that I did plenty, but so much of it involved small, time consuming, and far from rewarding chores. Returning phone calls. Reading emails. Filing expense reports. Talking about future plans, and planning for future talks. On and on it goes. The funny thing is, most of that activity is necessary more or less, it’s just that sometimes it clusters up too much in a few days or a week and it becomes an impediment to getting things done.

I’ve often thought that the most effective workplaces are those that make employees feel secure in their jobs. Because in those shops workers don’t have to spend so much time tending to the business of holding the job, and they can more fully dedicate themselves to doing the job they’ve been assigned.

I’m not sure I’m making sense. Let me put it this way: If you want a worker to be productive, let him or her do what he or she was hired to do…packing fish, building tricycles, cleaning teeth. Don’t bury employees them in paperwork, meetings, or fear, an of which can dilute their effectiveness and your company’s too.

All that said, I guess I’ll go home and try again tomorrow. I usually find even when such times roll around that if I just keep working at it, eventually the chaff clears away and pretty soon I’m threshing wheat again.

Call if you have a moment. Would love to discuss those penalties slapped on my Saints by the NFL! Can you grant a presidential pardon for such a thing? That would be great.

Regards,
Tom

March 22nd, 2012
01:04 AM ET

Stand your ground or duty to retreat?

Jeff Toobin discusses the 'stand your ground' law and Trayvon Martin's death investigation with the bill's co-sponsor Dennis Baxley.

March 22nd, 2012
12:03 AM ET

Did Trayvon Martin's shooter use slur in 911 tapes?

CNN's Gary Tuchman explores a crucial part of the 911 call George Zimmerman made to police before Trayvon Martin died. Jeffrey Toobin explains why it's significant to the case. A warning, some of the language you'll hear is offensive. It's uncensored because it is evidence, and bleeping it could make it even harder to hear anything.