Rubio’s in: A day after Hillary Clinton joined the 2016 fray, Marco Rubio jumped in. In a speech yesterday at Miami’s Freedom Tower, the 43-year-old Florida senator made it clear he would contrast his youth against leaders and ideas “stuck in the 20th century,” an undeniable swipe at Clinton and fellow Floridan Jeb Bush. Rubio is the third Republican to join the race, but soon there will be another: Ben Carson is expected to launch his presidential bid on May 4 in Detroit. Many consider Carson — a retired neurosurgeon who has never held elected office — to be a long shot, but he’s actually polling ahead of some GOP heavyweights, such as Rubio and Mike Huckabee.
New charges, new audio: Another officer is charged in the death of an unarmed man after a shooting captured on video. This time it’s a sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma who shot a man in the back during an undercover sting. The deputy thought he had grabbed his Taser instead of his handgun. The deputy, Robert Bates, was charged with second-degree manslaughter. One more twist in this case: Bates is a 73-year-old insurance company CEO who works as a reserve deputy and has been a big donor to the sheriff’s department, leading some to allege that he “paid big money to play cop.” Meanwhile, in North Charleston, South Carolina, fired police Officer Michael Slager is heard in audio recorded right after the deadly shooting he was involved in last week nervously laughing while talking to another officer. In a second piece of audio, he talks on the phone with who is believed to be his wife. Slager was charged with murder and fired after he shot and killed Walter Scott.
One year: It’s hard to believe, but the nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram have been missing for a solid year. A handful of them managed to escape, but the fate of the vast majority of the girls is unknown. The anniversary of the kidnapping is spurring new calls for their release and putting new pressure on the government of Nigeria, and its new president. Malala Yousafzai — the 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner who was almost killed by the Taliban for going to school — released an open letter to the girls yesterday. In it she tells them they are not forgotten and that “we will not rest until you have been reunited with your families.”
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