June 28th, 2012
In today’s top news, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the U.S. House votes today on whether they will hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress and the Montford Point Marines, the first African-Americans allowed in the Marine Corps, were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. [BET]
The U.S. House votes today on whether they will hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for mishandling Fast and Furious. [CNN]
Attorney General Eric Holder defended President Obama’s record on civil rights. [BET]
The Montford Point Marines, the first African-Americans allowed in the Marine Corps, were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. [AP]
Jordin Sparks talks to BET.com about the new video for her Whitney Houston duet “Celebrate.” [BET]
R. Kelly fell ill while on the way to New York to promote his new album and recently released autobiography. [Philly.com]
A Motown Records-inspired musical is slated to hit Broadway next spring. [BET]
Mali’s Timbuktu is on UNESCO’s danger list. [BBC]
Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan urges families to limit the number of children they are having. [BBC]
June 28th, 2012
Following months of speculation, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. In a 5 to 4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts as the tie-breaker, it ruled in favor of the individual mandate. It is a significant win for President Obama, who sometimes to the dismay of his own party, spent a good deal of political capital on pushing the legislation through.
The central issue the nine justices had to consider was the constitutionality of the law’s mandate requiring all individuals to have health insurance. Scheduled to go into effect in 2014, it not only ensured that tens of millions of uninsured Americans would receive coverage, but according to the Obama administration it also made doing so more affordable by spreading the risk for insurance companies. Eliminating the individual mandate, the administration has argued, would put key parts of the legislation at peril, including popular provisions such as free preventive care services, allowing adult children to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 and a prohibition against denying an individual coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
In the weeks leading up to the decision, some Republican congressional lawmakers appeared to recognize that the GOP would have to come up with a health care proposal that that would keep intact certain measures if the high court struck down the law. Still, the party is divided, with some saying that government should play no role in this area.
Additionally, three major insurers, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Humana decided that they would voluntarily continue with some of the provisions regardless of the how the Supreme Court ruled.
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April 27th, 2012
In today’s top news, 20 years later, Rodney King speaks on the L.A. riots, the attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin says George Zimmerman misled the court about money he raised and a new secret service scandal has emerged involving prostitutes in El Salvador.
20 years later, Rodney King speaks on the L.A. riots. [BET]
The attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin says George Zimmerman misled the court about money. [CNN]
A new secret service scandal has emerged involving prostitutes in El Salvador. [BBC]
Black secret service agent revealed the Colombian prostitute scandal. [AFRO]
The U.S. economy grew at slower pace in the first quarter of 2012. [MSNBC]
Administration officials seek federal law banning cell phone use while driving. [Reuters]
Rapper Lil Boosie’s lyrics to be used in his murder trial. [BET]
Gabrielle Union gives her opinion on the state of health care. [BET]
KFC must pay $8.3 million to an Australian girl who became severely brain damaged after eating a chicken wrap. [BBC]
Nigerian militant group Boko Haram takes responsibly for bombing newspaper offices. [Vanguard]
March 28th, 2012
In today’s top news, Chaka Khan and friends record Trayvon Martin tribute, Magic Johnson and partners make record purchase of L.A. Dodgers for $2 billion and the Supreme Court holds its final day of arguments on Obama’s historic health care law
Chaka Khan and friends record Trayvon Martin tribute. [BET]
Magic Johnson and partners buy L.A. Dodgers for $2 billion. [AP]
Supreme Court holds its final day of arguments on Obama’s historic health care law. [Reuters]
Gas prices reach $4 and above in 10 states and Washington. D.C. [CNN]
Some Hunger Games fans post racist comments to Twitter in disappointment over casting of Black actors. [BET]
Basketball Wives star Tami Roman suffers a mild heart attack. [BET]
U.N. human rights chief says Syria is targeting children. [BBC]
The Red Cross considers building a hotel in Haiti. [AP]
Mega Millions jackpot reaches record $476 million. [MSNBC]
France seeks arrest of Equitorial Guinea president’s “playboy” son for money laundering. [Reuters]
March 26th, 2012
In today’s top news, BET News to air an exclusive Trayvon Martin special tonight, the New Black Panther Party offers $10K for capture of Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, and the Supreme Court begins three days of hearings on challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
BET to air exclusive Trayvon Martin news special. [BET]
New Black Panther Party offers $10K for capture of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman. [Chicago Tribune]
Supreme Court begins three days of hearings on challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. [NYT]
Some church leaders and members wore hoodies this Sunday in honor of Trayvon Martin. [Yahoo]
IRS to garnish rapper Nas’s wages. [BET]
Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack has been hospitalized for pneumonia. [BET]
Wife of Afghan massacre suspect Robert Bales says “he would not do that.” [CNN]
McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s eaters among the most unhealthy fast food customers. [MSNBC]
Oil is discovered in Kenya. [BBC]
February 28th, 2012
In today’s top news, gunfire in an Ohio high school left two students dead and four wounded, 50 Cent says his trip to Africa was “enlightening” and Israel declares it won’t warn the U.S. ahead of a potential attack on Iran.
Two students died and four were wounded after a teen gunman opened fire in an Ohio high school. [MSNBC]
50 Cent says his trip to Africa was “enlightening.” [BET]
Israel won’t warn the U.S. ahead of a potential attack on Iran. [AP]
The U.S. Treasury Dept. will begin freezing bank accounts of child support debtors next year. [BET]
Malaysia cancels Erykah Badu concert over “Allah” tattoos. [AP]
One in five older Americans scrimp on health care to save money. [TODAY]
Light-skinned vs. dark-skinned pageant causes a stir. [Daily Mail]
FHM Philippines scrapped its latest cover image over claims of racism. [AP]
Occupy London camp finally gets evicted. [CNN]
Part of the controversial Keystone oil pipeline to begin construction. [MSNBC]
February 10th, 2012
In today’s top news, President Obama begins to abandon Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, Beyoncé and Jay-Z move to trademark Blue Ivy’s name and ‘Bruhs’ back Roland Martin after CNN suspension.
President Obama begins to abandon Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act. [BET]
Beyoncé and Jay-Z move to trademark Blue Ivy’s name. [MTV]
‘Bruhs’ back Roland Martin after CNN suspension. [CBS]
Roland Martin to meet with GLAAD over Super Bowl tweets. [Reuters]
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. faces ethics investigation over mistress’ plane ticket. [BET]
Kobe Bryant’s assault charges dropped. [BET]
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign celebrates two-year anniversary. [BET]
U.N. warns of food crisis in South Sudan. [CNN]
Late rapper Nate Dogg’s estate is ordered to pay sky-high hospital bill. [BET]
July 24th, 2009
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The Obama administration has sent out a call-to-action that allows the public to declare support for the three principles of the president’s health care plan.
June 24th, 2009
Despite pressure from the right wing, ABC says it will not allow the Republican National Committee to run a series of Obama-bashing ads during the network’s healthcare special next week. Brushing aside criticism that the special would be nothing but an Obama healthcare infomercial, an ABC spokeswoman said, “ABC Television Network has a longstanding policy that we do not accept advocacy advertising.” Read more.
June 8th, 2009
A twittering Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said Sunday that President Obama has no right to tell Congress “to deliver on healthcare” because the president is chilling in Paris while lawmakers are working away to resolve the issue. “Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us ‘time to deliver’ on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND,” an angry Sen. Charles Grassley fired off in one of his mass text-messages, which he calls “tweets.” Read the rest.