Aide: Obama re­acted as par­ent to Florida shoot­ing

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A top pres­i­den­tial ad­viser says Pres­i­dent Obama’s decision to com­ment on the shoot­ing death of a black teenager in Florida was mo­ti­vated by parental in­stinct more than the in­ci­dent’s emer­gence as a racial is­sue.

Se­nior White House ad­viser David Plouffe says Mr. Obama re­acted in­stinc­tively as a par­ent last week in say­ing that Amer­i­cans needed “some soul search­ing” in the wake of the slay­ing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neigh­bor­hood watch vol­un­teer. The gun­man was not charged, prompt­ing probes by the Jus­tice Depart­ment and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Mr. Obama said he sup­ported the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, not­ing: “If I had son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Speak­ing on “Fox News Sun­day,” Mr. Plouffe said Mr. Obama “was speak­ing pow­er­fully about this as a par­ent.” Mr. Plouffe added that “no mat­ter gen­der or race, this is a tragedy.”

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Demo­cratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York (left) and Richard Blu­men­thal of Con­necti­cut are call­ing for in­ves­ti­ga­tions into whether em­ploy­ers ask­ing for Face­book pass­words dur­ing job in­ter­views are vi­o­lat­ing fed­eral law.

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