Obama Girls' Privacy Is Hard to Protect

In today's link roundup: The Mexican earthquake is a reminder of how difficult it is to maintain privacy for Sasha and Malia. Plus: Life sentence for white teen who killed black man.

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The Obama family (Mauel Balce/Associated Press)

Obama girls' privacy is hard to protect: White House officials on Monday urged websites to take down a wire-service report about a spring-break trip to Mexico by Malia.  It underscored the difficulties of maintaining the privacy and security of President Obama's underage daughters in a digital world.

Life sentence for white Mississippi teen who killed black man with his car: A white Mississippi man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 murder of an African-American man, with the judge calling it an inexcusable, "despicable" crime. Deryl Dedmon was part of a group of seven white youths from largely white Rankin County who decided to "go f--- with some ni---rs" after a night of partying and drinking, law-enforcement officials have said.

Texas' Planned Parenthood plan hurts the poor: BlackAmericaWeb reports on a Texas state law that went into effect last week that prohibits state funds from going to agencies that also provide abortions.

Obama makes direct appeal to Iranian people: Slate reports that President Obama made a direct appeal to the Iranian people on Tuesday, telling them that there is "no reason for the United States and Iran to be divided from one another" and stressing "the common humanity we share."

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