Let the gamesmanship begin! Speaker John Boehner has attempted to one-up President Barack Obama after the State of the Union Address by inviting none other than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at a joint session of Congress without consulting the White House in advance.
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele joined Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight talk panel to discuss the tit for tat between Speaker Boehner and Pres. Obama as well as Mr. Obama threatening to use his veto power.
#Ferguson Activist Tef Poe: We Had Little Faith In The DOJ And Federal Prosecutors
The New York Times is reporting that Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no federal Civil Rights charges be filed against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.
Some say there is a ray of hope as Eric Holder has the final say on the case. It is believed that he is going to make the decision on the case before he leaves once Congress decides to confirm President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.
“Most of us here organizing on the ground really didn’t have much faith in the DOJ or the federal prosecutors,” said Poe. He added, organizers in Ferguson have meet with representatives from the Department of Justice many times and “Each time they seem to offer us these things that appear to be patch-ups.”
The rapper/activist told Martin, host of “NewsOne Now,” “I believe that in 2015, the Department of Justice is more a symbolic gesture than an actual gesture to get something done.”
Martin highlighted the high legal standards that have to be met to warrant federal charges being filed in this case. Martin also asked Poe if any Missouri State Representatives or members of the State Senate have “taken up the mantle” of trying to get the law changed to where a special prosecutor is appointed when a police officer is involved in a fatal shooting or someone dies at the hands of law enforcement.
In response Poe said, “No one has decided to champion that mantle.” He continued, “We’ve talked to Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, she has some things organizing but I’m not sure if they are organized around that particular piece of legislation.”
He also stated, as a community they’re using this as a time to educate people about laws, about what the Department of Justice does and what they are capable of doing as well as who are your state senators, what they are able to do and if individuals in the community are capable of making a run for state senate.
Listen to Martin, Tef Poe and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel (featuring Candice Tolliver Burns, Michelle Hudgins and Paris Dennard) discuss the New York Times report that says DOJ lawyers will recommend that no federal Civil Rights charges be filled against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in the audio clip below.
Rep. Sewell Wants Selma’s “Foot Soldiers” To Receive The Congressional Gold Medal
Congresswoman Terri Sewell wants the Civil Rights marchers of Selma to be recognized by Congress for the work and sacrifices they made in the fight for voting rights for African Americans.
Rep. Sewell joined Roland Martin Thursday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the bill she has put forth in order to award the “foot soldiers” of Selma the Congressional Gold Medal for their participation in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday and/or the final 54-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery.
“I think that they’re so worthy,” said Sewell. “There are so many sung and unsung heroes” who she feels need to be recognized.
Sewell told Martin, she “dropped the bill” with support from the entire Alabama Delegation. “I think it’s longtime overdue that Selma, my hometown, gets its proper due as the epicenter of America’s voting rights movement.”
Rep. Sewell also said she hopes that people will go and see “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay and “Feel renewed and committed to the importance of voting” in response to the “renewed assault on voting.”
“It’s now more important than ever that we talk about the importance of the power of the ballot.”
Amelia Boynton, who was responsible convincing Dr. Martin Luther King that he should to come to Selma, accompanied Congresswoman Sewell to this year’s State of the Union address.
Prior to President Obama addressing the nation, Mr. Obama told the 103-year-old Boynton, “I’m making this speech tonight because of you.” Rep Sewell said after hearing that a tear came down Boynton’s cheek.
It’s WTH?! Thursday on “NewsOne Now.” Roland Martin, Kittie Kaboom and Tony Redz take a look at all of this week’s crazy stories in the news. Our list of insanity includes a man who was cited for DWE (Driving While Eating), a 5-year-old received a $24 bill from a friend’s parents for missing a birthday party and a man brought his 5-month-old son with him on a robbery.
Our special mention of the week goes to Andressa Urach whose bottom was the runner up in a Brazilian Miss BumBum beauty contest. She was hospitalized after fillers injected into her backside and thighs left her not feeling well. After a series of surgeries to remove the filler, she now has holes in her legs and is currently using a wheelchair. Yes y’all it’s WTH?! Thursday on “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.