• All eyes are on Capitol Hill where Senate Republicans are desperate to come up with 50 votes to pass a controversial and unpopular healthcare bill that would do away with the Affordable Care Act.
The Graham Cassidy bill will allow states to opt out of covering pre-existing conditions one of the most popular features of the Affordable Care Act, though states have to explain how they “intend” to keep those people covered.
The clock is ticking as Senate Republicans move forward with a health care bill that just fifteen percent of the country supports and a large number of medical groups have publicly opposed.
Will Republicans have enough votes to pass the latest version of the GOP healthcare bill?
• The hard-hit Caribbean islands are still struggling to recover after #HurricaneIrma weeks ago were hit with another blow from #HurricaneMaria.
In the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos, there is now a concern about the life-threatening storm. In the U.S. Virgin Islands and there is now a 24-hour curfew in effect for the three islands. Early estimates show the damage across Puerto Rico could total 30 billion dollars.
• We may never see footage of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins walking inside a hotel’s freezer, where her body was later found because the video doesn’t exist.
Chicago police say there are no surveillance cameras near the kitchen freezer at the Crowne Plaza in Rosemont. That confirmation refutes the claims of a community activist who said police showed him a video of the teenager walking into the freezer the weekend of September 8th.
• An Oklahoma City police officer is under investigation after he shot and killed a deaf man. According to reports, the officers ignored witnesses who told them Sanchez was deaf.
• An outrageous video shows a staffer at Jacksonville Naval Hospital in Florida making a newborn baby dance to rap music! There’s also a still of a hospital staffer giving her middle finger to a baby — and referring to it as a mini-satan.
• On Thursday, Roland Martin moderated a panel at the Congressional Black Caucus’ Legislative Conference, called The Activist Athlete. During the panel discussion, Martin and panelist talked about the need for the NFL to support racial justice and much more.
NFL players Michael Bennett, Malcolm Jenkins, Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell seeking support for racial justice, criminal justice reform, political involvement, financial backing and a whole lot more.
But will the impassioned letter move the needle when it comes to social activism and will the NFL step up to support the cause?
• The President’s budget cuts of $57 billion from programs that help fight poverty and build economic security are leaving Americans in the dark and for people of color, it’s pitch dark.
During a #CBC panel on poverty, Children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman was among several panelists who weighed in on the topic.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast