NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Pres. Obama Commutes The Sentences Of 61 Non-Violent Drug Offenders, Trump Wants To Punish Women Seeking Abortions


Pres. Obama Commutes The Sentences Of 61 Non-Violent Drug Offenders

President Obama’s plan to reform the criminal justice system means another round of commuting sentences. Yesterday, he met with several ex-offenders who have had their sentences commuted by his administration or former presidents Bush and Clinton. The President says commuting sentences gives people a second chance to do extraordinary things with their lives.


Overall, President Obama has commuted the sentences of 248 people — more than the previous six Presidents combined. 92 of those who had their sentences commuted were serving life sentences.


One of the people, who had their sentence commuted by President Obama last summer, is Norman Brown. He and Cynthia Roseberry, the project manager for the Clemency Project joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss Pres. Obama’s decision to commute the sentences of 61 non-violent drug offenders and what this new-found freedom will mean for them and their families.

Donald Trump Says Women Seeking Abortions Should Be Punished

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continues to capture headlines by way of his polarizing comments. In speaking about abortion, Trump manage to spark the ire of pro-life and pro-choice advocates by saying if a woman seeks an abortion, “There has to be some form of punishment.”

Officers Involved In The Shooting Of Jamar Clark Will Not Face Charges

Minnesota’s Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that the two officers, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, will not be charged in the fatal shooting last fall of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. County Attorney Freeman says the shooting was justified. Along with the announcement, video was finally released from the November 15 shooting, though you can’t see much except for the officers taking down Clark.

Minneapolis Black Lives Matter activist Nekima Levy-Pounds joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the decision to not charge the officers involved in the shooting.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejected the Chicago police board’s three finalists for superintendent to select Eddie Johnson as the city’s new interim top cop – though he never applied for the position – sparking protests from city leaders and residents over his autocratic style.

Johnson, who is Black, has served on the force for 27 years, spending much of that time in the city’s high crime areas on the South and West sides.

Emanuel announced his decision Monday after speaking with community leaders and residents, subsequently circumventing the CPD superintendent selection process and sparking the anger of many in the Windy City.

Anew study suggests there is a racial gap between African-Americans and Whites when it comes to sleeping.

Dr. Jennifer Caudle explained on NewsOne Now that many African-Americans don’t realize how important sleep is and many of us take it for granted. According to Caudle, the average American should get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately, the majority of the American populace does not reach this mark.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, African-Americans get an average of 6.05 hours of sleep per night, while Caucasians get an average of 6.85 hours of sleep per night.

“The problem with that is that there are a lot of health conditions that are associated with lack of sleep that we don’t even think about,” said Caudle.

Sleep insufficiency as well as sleep disruption can lead to hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer and increased mortality.

Welcome to another hilarious edition of WTH?! Thursday on NewsOne Now, where we take a look at all of the crazy stories trending in the news. This week, Roland Martin is joined by Online Editor for InteractiveOne Bobby Pen, Media Personality Aruba Tommy, and Radio Personality Kitty Kaboom.

Just in time for April Fools, our list of insanity begins with a father scaring the bejesus out of his daughter by staging a scene right out of a Chucky movie.


Can’t wait for your iPhone battery to reach 100 percent? Our next WTH?! Thursday fail has a possible solution for you. In order to supercharge her iPhone battery, one woman placed her phone in a microwave and attempted to nuke it for one second.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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