Source: Jonathan Topaz / Politico Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller on Thursday both denounced as “offensive” and “racist” Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s recent comments about African-Americans. “His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Paul said in a statement, according to Business Insider. “Senator Heller completely disagrees with Mr. […]
DOJ To Overhaul Clemency Process For Drug OffendersWASHINGTON — The Justice Department will announce this week new criteria for recommending that President Barack Obama grant clemency to federal drug offenders, a move that Attorney General Eric Holder anticipates will result in “thousands” of applications for reduced sentences.
Source: Carrie Dann, NBC News / theGrio Offering words of encouragement for a rancher leading an armed standoff against federal rangers turns out to be not so great of a political move—especially when the rancher in question muses publicly about the benefits of slavery.
Source: Emily Thomas / The Huffington Post In response to a string of recent break-ins, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has given a local Pennsylvania chapter the go-ahead to form a neighborhood watch group. “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!” read fliers promoting the neighborhood watch group in Fairview Township. The leaflets […]
Source: AP / CBS News GREELEY, Colo. - School officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to be careful with their newly legal recreational marijuana, after fourth-graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus. John Gates, director of safety for Weld County School District 6, said Wednesday that the students involved, three 10-year-old […]
Source: Shadee Ashtari / The Huffington Post Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) chastised House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his controversial comments on poverty last month, calling Ryan’s reference to conservative social scientist Charles Murray a reflection of his “ignorance” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “NewsNation” Wednesday. “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities […]
Source: Andrew Valderas / UltimateAstros.com / Houston Chronicle Former Rockets player and NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady will be on the opening day roster for the Sugar Land Skeeters. “It’s an honor to be a part of this club for the 2014 season,” McGrady said in a release from the team. “To be a part of […]
Source: Julia O’Donoghue / The Times-Picayune The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee approved legislation that might prohibit a family from ending medical treatment for a pregnant woman who is comatose or otherwise incapacitated. Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans brought the bill, which is related to a well-known case in Texas, where a brain dead woman was kept […]
Source: Philly.com Allen Iverson documentary, fittingly called “Iverson,” will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday night. The trailer for the film was just released featuring interviews from Dwyane Wade, Tom Brokaw and Larry Brown who says, “As a coach, dealing with him on a daily basis, nobody trains you for that.” Of course, Iverson himself gets a platform […]
Source: Olivia Owens / AJR.com On March 14 the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) wrote an open letter to media startups inviting companies to partner with NABJ to solve the lack of diversity in newsrooms. American Journalism Review recently spoke with Bob Butler, president of NABJ, to discuss the letter and ask […]
Source: The Huffington Post On the night of March 31, 9-year-old Willie Myrick was playing with his pet chihuahua outside his Atlanta home when a man grabbed him and forced him into a car, police said. “He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn’t want to hear a word from me,” […]