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Obama asks for 'soul searching' after Martin shooting

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Obama said black Americans feel pain after the Trayvon Martin verdict because of a "history that doesn't go away." Obama spoke in a surprise appearance Friday at the White House.

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Looking for positive lessons to draw from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama said Friday the nation needs to do some "soul-searching," look for ways to bolster African-American boys and examine state and local laws to see if they encourage confrontations like the one in Florida. "Where do we take this?" Obama wondered aloud in an impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room.
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