NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Fallout Over Comey Firing Intensifies, Sessions Rolls Back Drug Policies, Granddaughter Of Bethune-Cookman Univ. Founder Reacts To DeVos Speech


• A number of Democratic congressional lawmakers called for a special prosecutor to investigate the firing of James Comey after President Trump admitted in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired Comey because of the escalating investigation into his ties to Russia.

• Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making sweeping changes to the country’s drug policies that will allow federal prosecutors to charge offenders with the harshest crimes available that can result in mandatory minimum sentences regardless of the level of the crime.

• Dr. Evelyn Bethune, the granddaughter of Bethune-Cookman University founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune shared her views about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivering the university’s commencement speech.

• Texas Southern University canceled Republican Senator John Cornyn’s commencement speech after students petitioned and threatened to protest.

• Racial tension in Virginia where a self-proclaimed white nationalist/ white supremacists led a group of demonstrators to protest the removal of confederate monuments.

• Just as President Trump issues an executive order establishing a commission to investigate non-existent voter fraud, some troubling new research is out about Black voter turnout.

According to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, a record 137.5 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election, but that was coupled with some reversal in Black voting numbers. Black voter turnout rate declined in 2016 for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election.

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

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