April 10th, 2013
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In today’s top news, President Obama sent Congress his budget; former Illinois state legislator Robin Kelly will replace Jesse Jackson Jr.; and Jay-Z is selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets.
President Barack Obama sent Congress his budget in an effort to tame deficits that have soared above $1 trillion. [NYTimes]
Democrat and former Illinois state legislator Robin Kelly will replace Jesse Jackson Jr. after winning a special election Tuesday night. [BET]
Sean “Jay-Z” Carter is selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets and will move forward as a sports agent. [BET]
Dylan Quick will undergo a psychiatric evaluation after being charged in the Lone Star College stabbing in Texas. [Houston Chronicle]
The postal service’s board said that it will continue to deliver mail six days a week. [CNN Money]
A 6-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate has died from his wounds. [Huffington Post]
A week after the death of “Buckwild” reality-TV star Shain Gandee, MTV has decided to cancel the series. [LATimes]
Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned after tweeting lewd pictures of himself, is considering a run for New York City mayor. [Reuters]
South Korea said there was a “very high” probability that North Korea would test-launch a medium-range missile at any time as a show of strength. [Al Jazeera]
Cuba handed over an American couple to U.S. officials who allegedly kidnapped their two sons and sailed to Havana. [CNN]
March 18th, 2013
In today’s top news, President Obama nominates Tom Perez as next labor secretary; hundreds of New Yorkers will testify in trial challenging NYPD’s stop and frisk procedures; and Black farmers have still not been paid $1.2 billion from a 2010 settlement.
President Obama nominated Tom Perez to be his next labor secretary. [Politico]
Hundreds of New Yorkers will testify in a trial beginning Monday that will challenge the NYPD’s stop and frisk procedures. [AP]
Black farmers have still not been paid their $1.2 billion discrimination settlement from the USDA. [Monroe News Star]
Prosecutors are considering murder charges against Winnie Mandela following the exhumation of bodies of two young activists last seen at her home 24 years ago. [AP]
CNN is under fire for coverage of the Steubenville rape trial that was biased towards the convicted rapists and not the victim. [Huffington Post]
Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson’s personal physician, is refusing to testify in trial for a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother. [CNN]
An ex-Oklahoma QB was killed in a plane crash Sunday that claimed the life of one other person. [Chicago Tribune]
Police in India’s Madhya Pradesh state say they have arrested six people in connection with the gang rape of a Swiss tourist. [BBC News
Al Jazeera’s English and Arabic websites are reported to have been blocked in Ethiopia. [Al Jazeera
January 13th, 2011
By Charing Ball, contributor, The Atlanta P0st
Could Obama’s new centrist agenda be a politically correct ploy to attract white voters back to the Democratic Party?
As enormous as it sounds, a compelling new analysis of various exit-poll results reveal that when it comes to party politics, race may be more of a factor than many of us are willing to believe.
The new data presented in the National Journal shows that white voters not only strongly preferred Republican House and Senate candidates, but have also expressed deep hostility toward the cornerstones of the current democratic agenda and President Obama’s overall job performance. The result of which has created a sort of white flight of registered voters from the Democrat Party.
Read the rest at The Atlanta Post.
November 26th, 2010
By: Anthony Jerrod, Contributor, The Atlanta Post
Is he “The One,” as Oprah Winfrey once exclaimed with a sense of awe? Is he the secular messiah that has come to save the mighty American empire from crumbling into pebbles of shameful despair? Or, is he, as some right-wing extremists have condescendingly declared, “The Magic Negro,” who has come to wave his wand to cure all of America’s ills left over from the previous eight years? Who exactly is Barack Obama? He is the 44th President of the United States who has been given the responsibility via the expressed powers of the Constitution to be the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, to ensure that U.S. laws are properly carried out, to make treaties with foreign nations, to appoint ambassadors, Supreme Court Justices and Cabinet members, to veto certain legislation, when necessary, etc.
Is President Obama God? Obviously the answer to this extraordinarily extreme question is, “No!” But, one has to wonder whether certain individuals believe that President Obama, as well as former presidents, should fulfill the role of the sovereign, majestic, and mighty Creator. With nearly 200 accomplishments in two years, comments such as, “I’m tired of defending him” and “He should have reversed all of our problems by now” bespeak of this unattainable belief that President Obama or any other president can simply snap his fingers to fix the economy and other enormous issues that evolved years prior to his presidency.
Read more at the Atlanta Post!
June 15th, 2010
Watch a live video stream of President Obama’s Oval Office address on the BP Gulf Coast disaster tonight at 8 p.m. on BET.com.
BET Networks’ Centric will broadcast the speech on TV at the same time as well.
For the first time, the President will speak to the nation from the Oval Office. The setting of his message is expected to add weight to the subject of the all-important address and offset criticisms of his administration’s response to the crisis.
The President will let victims of the spill know that he has directed BP to establish a fund to compensate them for losses due to the disaster; he will promise to restore the ecology of the Gulf Coast; and he will set the stage for upcoming legislation on Energy reform.
The President is scheduled meet with officials from BP on Wednesday.
Visit BET.com tonight at 8 p.m. to catch the live stream of President Obama’s speech or watch it on TV on BET’s Centric network.
Watch the live video stream on BET.com here.
September 15th, 2009
On a day when President Barack Obama wanted to discuss the economy, his comments about the MTV Music Video Awards are dominating the blogosphere.
During an interview for CNBC, Obama called rapper Kayne West a jackass for his behavior during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Too bad the comment was supposed to be off the record.
According to Huffington Post, ABC news reporter Terry Moran, who tweeted the interview, sent this quote to thousands of Twitter users:
There has been no comment from the White House. The Politico reports that ABC has issued a statement apologizing for the tweet.
March 6th, 2009
Perhaps the funniest part of Rush Limbaugh’s challenge to debate President Barack Obama is the notion that the president would somehow fuel the loquacious shock jock’s ego by uttering a reply. Granted, Limbaugh, who describes himself as a “harmless, lovable little fuzz ball,” has thrust himself into the national spotlight as the bona fide standard bearer of the conservative movement, and his recent goading of Obama has elevated him even above the stature of official Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele. Read the rest.
February 17th, 2009
Lincoln led votes, Bush among worst in history. At least by Britain’s standards, Abraham Lincoln, President Barack Obama’s political mentor, is the greatest American president ever. The Times, a U.K. paper, released a President’s Day weekend poll showing that Bill Clinton was viewed as just mediocre, while John F. Kennedy missed the top 10 by one position. Lincoln, due to his holding together of the Union during Civil War times, was given top props. Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush, on the other hand, landed in the bottom 10 among Times staff vote results. Ronald Reagan, whose policies largely devastated Black America in the 1980s, also wound up near the bottom of the list.
Obama plans address for northern neighbors. President Barack Obama will cross the border this week to address America’s northern neighbor. On Thursday, the commander-in-chief will make his first appearance before Canadian government officials since his election to the White House. Among topics he’s expected to discuss are the American and international economy, and the military deployment in Afghanistan. Canadians, like many around the globe, have received Obama’s leadership with warm, positive words and receptive political gestures.
January 2nd, 2009
Three in four Americans believe that President-elect Barack Obama is making strong, thoughtful decisions as he prepares to take over as the nation’s 44th commander in chief, a new poll shows. When George W. Bush took the helm of power in 2001, six in 10 Americans saw him as a strong and decisive leader. Obama’s strongest suit, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, is his ability to inspire and his apparent honesty. “That’s the best number an incoming president has gotten on that dimension since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. Read more here.
December 26th, 2008
Bush snatches back a pardon. With the potential of a scandal to mark one of his last official acts as commander in chief, President Bush has yanked back a pardon he awarded to a man accused of steering poor and minority people toward overpriced mortgages and loans with hidden costs. Isaac Toussie, one of 19 people that Bush pardoned on Tuesday, had been convicted of mail fraud and making false statements to the Housing and Urban Development Department. In the rare presidential revocation of a pardon, White House press secretary Dana Perino said that Bush made his decision “based on information that has subsequently come to light.” Turns out that Toussie’s father donated $28,500 to the Republican Party, just before his son petitioned the White House for the pardon. Read the rest here.