In today’s top news, GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich gets the stamp of approval from J.C. Watts, pop star Rihanna rejects being called a racial slur and Detroit’s budget crisis has put its publicly funded Black museum on the chopping block.
Black Republican lawmaker J.C. Watts to endorse Newt Gingrich’s presidential candidacy. [BET]
Rihanna snaps back after a Dutch magazine calls her the N-word. [MTV]
U.S intelligence officials pointing fingers after Kim Jong Il death went unnoticed for 48 hours. [NYT]
Housing starts are at highest level since April last year. [MSNBC]
Detroit eyes budget cuts that may affect city museums, zoo. [Free Press]
NYC rats raid holiday treats at area post offices. [MSNBC]
Georgia group delivers natural hair Barbie dolls to young Black girls. [News 13]
Study: Black girls exercise less and less as they age. [BET]
D.C. Black men outraged over police treatment. [WUSA9]
Plane crash lands on a busy New Jersey highway. [NYT]
In today’s top news, a gang of thieving teens baffle police, Occupy protesters are running up high tabs across the country, Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky is in more trouble and Herman Cain thinks he’s got what it takes to grab Black votes.
Democratic Party political strategist Jamal Simmons recently bought a new crib in D.C. On Politico’s Click blog feature “Off the Clock,” he shows off his new digs and takes you to a few spots in the neighborhood.
This year, activists used the occasion to build final momentum towards next week’s congressional vote when members of the House of Representatives will vote on whether or not the District of Columbia will be granted a vote in Congress.
Right now, the city is represented in Congress by D.C. delegate Eleanor Homes Norton but she does not vote.
President Obama supports voting rights for D.C. residents. The President said, “I urge Congress to finally pass legislation that provides D.C. residents with voting representation and to take steps to improve the Home Rule Charter.”
Also on Friday, Obama was presented a copy of Lincoln’s proclamation that freed slaves in Washington. It will be kept and displayed in the Oval Office at the White House.
Do you think it’s a good idea for the District of Columbia to have a voting member in Congress even though it is not a state?
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