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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- Today President Obama named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as his new national security adviser. She's replacing Tom Donilon, who will step down in July. Rice became a lightning rod for Republican criticism after she became embroiled in the alleged cover-up surrounding last year's attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. CNN political contributor John Avlon says today's announcement drew immediate blow-back:
"Conservatives in Congress saw this as the president taking a shot across their bow, because this position is not subject to Senate confirmation like, for example, secretary of state which she'd previously been considered for... So this has a lot of congressional critics frustrated."
- Earlier this week the two men accused of hacking British soldier Lee Rigby to death appeared in a London court for the first time since the killing. One of the two men was formally charged with murder last week, and that means the rules on how the media covers the story will soon change – drastically. That's because Britain has strict laws regarding trial coverage. Mark Stephens, an international media lawyer based in London, says no type of jury pool tainting can happen:
“You can't make any reports which ware assumptive of guilt. You cannot provide any information about a defendant's bad character or indeed their previous convictions."
- Forty-five years ago today a shocking and horrific incident capped-off one of the darkest years in American history. Robert Kennedy, who was running for President, was gunned down at the Ambassador Hotel. Sandi Gibbons was a 27-year-old reporter at the time and was inside the hotel when the shooting occurred:
"You had what was going on in the kitchen area, or the pantry area, which none of us could see 'cause the door was closed, but we knew something awful was happening back there. People were screaming. Young girls who were still wearing the little straw hats from the campaign were standing there sobbing. It was a very, very sad scene."
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