NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: House GOP Backtracks On Gutting The Ethics Committee, Republicans Prepare To Repeal ACA, New CBC Chair Vows To Fight For Obamacare

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House Republicans Reverse Course On Plans To Dismantle The Ethics Board 

Monday night during a closed-door meeting, the House GOP voted to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, which was established in 2008 after a series of congressional scandals.

Under the new rules, the office would no longer have been able to accept anonymous tips, investigate criminal activity or share its findings with other government agencies about House lawmakers and staff accused of wrongdoing.

Republicans Prepare To Dismantle Obamacare 

The Republican-controlled Congress has the Affordable Care Act on their target list, but gutting President Barack Obama’s key legislation won’t be as easy as they expect it to be.

President Obama is putting up a fight on the way out of office. Just two days after returning from his last Hawaiian vacation as president, he met with Democrats in a closed-door meeting to urge them to push back against GOP efforts to replace the healthcare reform law.

President Obama Plans Farewell Speech From Chicago 

President Obama has just 16 more days left in office and will deliver his farewell address to the nation on 10th his home city of Chicago.

In an announcement, President Obama says he is following the precedent set by George Washington, who penned a farewell address to the American people over 220 years ago.

Tickets for the speech are free, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on January seventh. If you can’t make it to Chicago to see the speech, the White House will live stream the event on wh.gov/farewell or on the White House’s Facebook page.

New CBC Chair Cedric Richmond Vows To Fight GOP Attempts To Repeal Obamacare

The Congressional Black Caucus began 2017 with the ceremonial swearing-in of its largest membership in history. Now 49 members strong, the CBC wields a significant amount of power on Capitol Hill.

This year’s new members include the Senator from California, Kamala Harris, Congressmen Anthony Brown from Maryland, and Florida’s Al Lawson. The CBC also welcomed their new Chairman, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA).

After the swearing-in ceremony, Roland Martin caught up with Rep. Richmond, who talked about the challenges the CBC will face in the near future.

Will Any Of The NFL Head Coaching Vacancies Be Filled By Black Coaches?

African-American head coaching candidates have a long history of being passed over for jobs in the NFL, and those who snag the position often face unjust criticism.

For example, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has one of the best records among NFL head coaches in the modern era. Tomlin has a 64 percent winning percentage, helped the Steelers make two trips to the Super Bowl and snag five division championships, but still faces criticism from former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

Cari Champion, co-host of ESPN’s Coast to Coast, and Christy Winters Scott, sports analyst for Comcast Sports, spoke with Roland Martin during Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now about the possibility of the coaching vacancies in the NFL being filled by African-Americans.

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

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