Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Praise Worship Medley: The Potter's House Mass Choir of Bishop TD Jakes (2017)

This video was published on YouTube on  February 10. 

Source: African Praise Worship Live

Happy Passover.....from 'The G-Man'

This video was published on YouTube on March 25, 2015.

Chag Sameach

2018 White House Easter Egg Festivities Announced

The White House will welcome nearly 30,000 attendees to this year’s Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.  

First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump invite this year’s attendees to enjoy a variety of activities, including the traditional Egg Roll and the Trump Administration’s Cards for Troops station.  

New this year: Bowling on the South Lawn – a special addition by the First Lady.   

Listing of events:

State Egg Display (located on the Ellipse)
Reading Nook
Cards for Troops
Lawn Bowling
Photo Opportunities Complete with Mini Podiums and a Giant Frame for Families
Egg and Cookie Decorating stations
Egg Hunts
Coloring Wall
Tennis Court Activities
Costumed Characters
Commemorative Egg Distribution (available at departure)

Entertainment for this year’s White House Egg Roll:

The United States Marine Band
The United States Army Band
The United States Air Force Band
The United States Navy Band

List of Reading Nook Readers

First Lady Melania Trump
General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marsha Coats
Mrs. Susan Pompeo
Administrator Linda McMahon
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway
Secretary Elaine Chao
Secretary Betsy DeVos
Administrator Seema Verma
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams
Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson 

Source: The White House, Office of the First Lady

First Lady Melania Trump Visits Children's Hospital at St. Mary's Medical Center

Details on the trip are available here.

Source: The White House

Woman Berates Cuomo During Press Conference Outside New York State Police Office

An angry woman berated New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) while he was answering questions from reporters outside of a state police office on Wednesday.

Cuomo had gone to the police office near the state Capitol after New York Daily News reporter Ken Lovett was arrested for using his cell phone in the New York Senate lobby, the Associated Press reported. Posted signs state that phone calls are prohibited in the lobby.

Click here for summary. 

Source: The Washington Free Beacon

The Funeral of Stephon Clark (Full Video)

'Flashback Friday': Reflecting on 50 Years Since Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

While the struggle for racial justice continues, the nation prepares to mark 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King's death. CBSN contributor and Signal newsletter writer Willis Sparks joined CBSN to discuss the lasting impact of his assassination and the other tumultuous events of 1968.

White House Chaos Jeopardizes War on ISIS, U.S. Commanders Warn

“We’re on the two-yard line,” one U.S. special forces commander told NBC News. “We’re that close and now it’s coming apart.”

by Richard Engel and Kennett Werner

KOBANI, Syria — The secret military base here is the epicenter of a four-year-old U.S.-led war against the Islamic State that American commanders say has succeeded in killing nearly 65,000 fighters.

But just as the terrorist group looks to be on the brink of defeat, senior officials worry that their efforts will be wasted.

Some U.S. commanders say what they perceive as a lack of guidance from the White House — which sent Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster packing in a 9-day span — is threatening their mission to destroy ISIS. Cracks are showing in America's alliance with the Kurds of northern Syria, who question whether they can rely on the U.S. under President Donald Trump.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NBC News 

Trump Threatens Arms Race with Putin

President Trump reportedly warned Russia's Vladimir Putin that the U.S. would win an arms race as diplomatic tensions continue to rise. CBS News' Charlie D'Agata reports from Moscow, and "Face The Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan breaks down the latest from the Trump administration on CBSN.

Trump Talks Midterms at Infrastructure Event in Ohio

Source: CBS News

Fired Veterans Affairs Secretary Speaks Out

Coffee Companies Must Add Cancer Warnings in California

FBI, Mississippi State Investigators Reviewing Recent Case of Black Man Found Hanging from a Tree

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Source: The Inquisitr 

Widespread Protests Continue Over Killing of Stephon Clark by Sacramento Police

The Alt-Right Is Self-Destructing

Less than a year after its deadly rally in Charlottesville, the American alt-right is splintering in dramatic fashion as its leaders turn on each other or quit altogether.

By Kelly Weill

Some have turned federal informant. Others are facing prison time. More are named in looming lawsuits. All of them are fighting.

Last summer, the American alt-right was presenting itself as a threatening, unified front, gaining national attention with a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The collection of far-right and white nationalist groups proclaimed victory after President Donald Trump hesitated to directly condemn them and instead blamed “both sides” and the “alt left” for the violence. But less than a year after Charlottesville, the alt-right is splintering in dramatic fashion as its leaders turn on each other or quit altogether.

Matthew Heimbach’s arrest in a March trailer park brawl with members of his neo-Nazi group—some of whom he was allegedly screwing—felt like a too-obvious metaphor. Heimbach was the head of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a youth-focused white supremacist group that floated to the front of media coverage and hate rallies in the run-up to Donald Trump’s election.

But by March, Heimbach and the TWP had spent the previous months embroiled in a series of online spats with other alt-right factions. On March 14, police in his Indiana hometown arrested Heimbach after he allegedly assaulted TWP spokesperson Matthew Parrott during a fight over their wives, both of whom Heimbach was allegedly sleeping with. Heimbach’s wife is Parrott’s stepdaughter.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: The Daily Beast

The Sudanese People’s Long Wait for a Brighter Future

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Eye on Africa: Kenyan Opposition Politican Miguna Says He Was Drugged and Forced on a Plane by Officials

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Nigeria: Why is the Former President Obasanjo Critical of Muhammadu Buhari?

This report was broadcast on March 29. 

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Mexico: Campaigning Begins for Presidential Election

Australia: Concerns of Coal Mine Expansion Polluting Rivers

A Historic Deal in the Making Between China and the Vatican

El-Sisi Wins Egypt Election with 92 Percent: State Media

Anti-Brexit Groups Continue Campaign as May Tours UK

This report was broadcast on March 29.

Malala Yousafzai Makes First Pakistan Return Since Taliban Attack

This report was broadcast on March 29.

Erdogan Dismisses France's Offer to Mediate with Kurds

Source: euronews.

Several Palestinians Killed in Gaza-Israel Border Protests

Source: euronews.

Turkish Soldiers ‘Killed in PKK Attack’ – Turkish Security Sources

Source: euronews.

Kurdish Official Says French President Emmanuel Macron Has Committed to Sending More Troops to Syria

Source: euronews.

US Condemns Russia Expulsions

This report was broadcast on March 29. 

Source: euronews.

Hungarians See Brexit as Lost Opportunity for Travel & Work

This report was broadcast on March 29. 

Source: euronews.

Parisians Far from Happy with Prospect of Brexit

This report was broadcast on March 29. 

Source: euronews.

North and South Korean Leaders Agree to Meet at Summit

This report was broadcast on March 29. 

Source: euronews.

Mayor de Blasio Makes Technology Announcement

This video, which was published on YouTube on March 29, begins at the 13:03 mark. 

Source: NYC Mayor's Office 

Sen. James Sanders Jr. Presents...'How to Run for Office & Win'

Click on the flier to increase its size.

Source: The Office of New York State Senator James Sanders, Jr. 

Happening in Harlem: 'BELLATRIX II' Closing Night Party (Tonight!)

RAW SPACE invites the public to join them as they conclude its BELLATRIX II art exhibition with a celebratory party and talk-back, featuring the participating artists: Lehna HuieJacqueline Bishop, Aleathia Brown, Koren Martin, Tasha Douge', Marthalicia Matarrita and Tavasha McDade.

BELLATRIX II (which means warrior woman) highlights the roles that Black women have played throughout history and explores Black femininity through the spheres of influence, empowerment and desire. 

Click here for additional information on the free event. 

Source: ImageNation  

Court Rules NYPD Can Surveil in Secret

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Source: Pressreader

Youth Incarceration Comes to the North Country

By Dr. Alexandra Cox

New York state is spending over $50 million to repurpose two prisons in the North Country so they can incarcerate just over 250 teenagers in these specially designed ‘youth’ prisons. The recent passage of the state’s law to raise the age of criminal responsibility for some teenagers created a provision for the Department of Corrections and Community Services to create ‘youth friendly’ prisons which are informed by developmentally-appropriate services and interventions. While the passage of the law to raise the age of criminal responsibility was an important step forward, and the construction of these facilities represents a clear acknowledgement that teenagers are inherently different than adults, the impact that the passage of this law has on the North Country should be interrogated. I will be speaking on April 8 in Lake Placid about my book on some of the historic and contemporary issues of juvenile imprisonment in the state.

I’ve come to know the Adirondacks well over the last few years, although my roots extend further back (my uncle, Peter Cox, was the editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in the early 1960s). Prisons first brought me to the North Country, but the region’s natural beauty, the richness of the landscape, its history, and its people, led me to stay. But it is prison, unfortunately, that brings me back once again. I first came to the region to work on the case of a man who was convicted of killing his brother, in order to beg for leniency in his sentence. My client’s story was a true North Country one — a man whose life declined as the dairy economy of the region did. His fate would be prison, not unlike many of the people he grew up with, although they held the keys, and he would be behind the gate. As the dairy economy dried out, some of his friends turned to prison jobs as salvation. My client, in his seventies, has ultimately been sentenced to die in prison, and the last time I saw him was at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where he told me about the days he spent inside of his cell, playing Sudoku, and protecting himself against the harsh conditions around him. 

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Source: Adirondack Daily Enterprise (via Empire Report New York) 

Spectrum Strike Enters Second Year With NYC Protest, And No End In Sight

By Janet Burns 

Hundreds of union members and supporters rallied in New York this week on behalf of Spectrum technicians, who have been on strike for one year (and counting) in response to actions from parent company Charter Communications, which has also drawn scrutiny from consumers this month.

On Wednesday, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 gathered outside Spectrum's headquarters to protest the company's reported unwillingness to come to the table with the union's technician division.

According to the group, which represents 1800 NYC-area technicians and their families, Charter has attempted to force workers to renounce their union benefits in favor of company health and retirement plans, which members say would weaken their union and leave workers significantly worse off.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: Forbes (via Empire Report New York) 

New York Is In High-Risk Area For Falling Space Station

NEW YORK, NY – Don't panic, but a space station the size of a bus is literally falling out of the sky and parts of it are expected to hit Earth on April Fools' Day – give or take a few days. And yes, New York is considered in range for a hit.

A map from Aerospace predicts the most likely spots for China's Tiangong-1 space lab to impact and New York is at high risk – though, admittedly, that includes a massive swath of the world.

The space hardware is expected to fall to earth between March 30 and April 6, depending on who you ask. And while the odds that someone is hit by space debris in the city are extremely low, it has happened at least one other time in the U.S.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: (via Empire Report New York) 

Cuomo Orders Probe of Alleged Threats Against Albany Med Nurses

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state Labor Department to investigate reports of threatening and coercive behavior at Albany Medical Center, where nurses are attempting to unionize.

Roughly 2,100 nurses are eligible to vote in an election on April 12 and 13. They'll be asked to vote for or against joining the New York State Nurses Association, a union that represents approximately 40,000 nurses around the state and recently negotiated a contract for nurses at Westchester Medical Center.

Click here for the full article.

Source: (via Empire Report New York) 

Cuomo, in Writing, Reinterprets Fund-Raising Ban on Appointees

By Shane Goldmacher and Brian M. Rosenthal 

After seven years as governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo has rewritten the disclaimer language on his campaign website that describes which of his appointees are banned from donating to his campaign, potentially opening the door for more appointees to contribute.

The new language follows a report by The New York Times last month that showed Mr. Cuomo had raised about $890,000 from his appointees to more than a dozen state boards and commissions. These contributions came despite an executive order Mr. Cuomo signed on his first day in office that was designed to block donations by most appointees.

In response to the story, Mr. Cuomo’s office offered two interpretations of the directive that significantly narrowed the number of appointees who would be barred from donating. The governor’s office first said that it applied only to board members who could be fired by the governor. The administration later added that, in order to come under the ban, individuals also had to hold positions that required them to file financial disclosure reports.

Neither of those caveats appeared on Mr. Cuomo’s own website — until recently.

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Source: The New York Times (via Empire Report New York) 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cuomo: Trump and His Administration Have Abandoned Puerto Rico

The following statement was issued today by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

"News reports confirm what we already knew: President Trump and his administration abandoned Puerto Rico in its time of greatest need. The federal response to Hurricane Maria revealed a clear double standard, and the people of Puerto Rico - who are American citizens - deserve better. The way this federal administration has treated Puerto Rico is a disgrace, but it does not represent the feelings of New Yorkers or the American people.

"From the beginning of this tragedy, New Yorkers from all across the state stepped up to provide resources and dedicate themselves to the island's recovery. And earlier this month we launched the NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative to help Puerto Rico build back better than ever before. Puerto Rico still faces a long road to recovery, and New York will walk with them every step of the way."

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Colorado Experience: Ku Klux Klan

This video was published on YouTube on January 24, 2017. 

From the Grand Dragon to known KKK appointees in the police, mayor and governor offices, Colorado once had the second largest Ku Klux Klan membership in the United States. Discover the sordid history of the KKK in Colorado and the impact they had on Catholics, Jews and African Americans in early 1920s, and the courageous individuals who fought against their establishment.

Source: Rocky Mountain PBS

Alton Sterling Shooting: No Criminal Charges for US Police

Sacramento Police Shooting: Stephon Clark's Brother Disrupts City Council Meeting

DL Hughley on Police Killings of Unarmed Black Males: Every American Must Say 'Enough is Enough'

This commentary was published on YouTube on March 27. 

Source: DL Hughley

Journalist Ari Berman: If Trump Is Allowed to Rig the Census, Then All of U.S. Democracy Is Rigged

Source: Democracy Now!

Trump, Back on Twitter, Vows 2nd Amendment 'Will Never Be Repealed'

The tweets marked a return to Twitter for the social media-loving president, who had uncharacteristically avoided the medium in recent days.

By Adam Edelman

President Donald Trump broke his brief hiatus from Twitter on Wednesday morning, posting that the Second Amendment “will never be repealed,” in response to a recent editorial by a former Supreme Court justice.

"THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED! As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY," Trump tweeted.

"We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!" he added.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NBC News 

Facing GOP Attacks, More Democratic Candidates Ditch Pelosi

At least a dozen Democrats won't back her and many more are ducking the question — all as Mike Pence stepped up attacks on the House Minority leader.

By Alex Seitz-Wald and Jonathan Allen

WASHINGTON — A growing number of Democratic congressional candidates are bailing out on Nancy Pelosi as they try to inoculate themselves against Republican attacks on the House Minority Leader.

"I'm not supporting Nancy Pelosi," Democrat Andrew Janz, who is running against Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told NBC News in a recent interview.

"I think she's done a lot of good for the party; I think she's done a lot of good for the country," he added. "However, I think it's time for a new generation of leaders to go to Washington, and this is with respect to both Democrats and Republicans. I think the country, and my district in particular, is hungry for change."

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NBC News 

‘Heartbroken’ Trump Critic Ann Coulter: He’s a ‘Shallow, Lazy Ignoramus’

At a ‘debate’ Tuesday night with neoliberal blogger Mickey Kaus, Coulter explained how she went from Trump diehard to bitter angst—and what her prescription for him would be.

By Lloyd Grove 

Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter, whose 2016 campaign book In Trump We Trust touted the many virtues of the Republican nominee, is having second, third, and possibly even fourth thoughts about Donald J. Trump.

“I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care,” Coulter admitted to an audience largely composed of College Republicans and a few hecklers at Columbia University on Tuesday night.

It was the sort of anti-Trump invective that Coulter would share privately with pals, including this reporter, over a wine-soaked dinner during the first year of the new administration, but in recent weeks she has increasingly voiced her displeasure in public forums.

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Source: The Daily Beast 

Facebook Makes Privacy Changes as Public Trust in Company Falters

Source: CBS News

George Clooney to Narrate Film on Life of Shimon Peres

George Clooney, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Richard Trank pose for a photo in the recording booth.

‘Never Stop Dreaming,’ Featuring Obama,
Clinton and Streisand, is Slated for June Release

By Amy Spiro

The (Simon Wiesenthal) center told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that Clooney recorded his narration several weeks ago and met with Rabbi Marvin Hier, the Wiesenthal Center’s director.

The film is directed and produced by Richard Trank, who managed to record 50 hours of interviews with Peres in the months before his death in September 2016. Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also make appearances, in addition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former British prime minister Tony Blair and Barbra Streisand.

Obama, Clinton and Blair all attended Peres’s funeral in Jerusalem in 2016. Streisand flew to Israel in 2013 to celebrate Peres’s 90th birthday and perform “Avinu Malkeinu” for him.

Click here for summary. 

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Nepal-India Water Disputes Spur Farming Crisis

Sierra Leone Mudslide Survivors Struggle to Rebuild Their Lives

How Is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Affecting Israel?

French President Macron Pays Tribute to Slain Hero Officer Arnaud Beltrame

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Kim Jong Un's 'Secret Trip' Brings China Back in the Game

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Eye on Africa: UN Votes to Strengthen Its Force in DR Congo Ahead of Elections

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Technology Jitters Spark Global Market Selloff

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Mayor de Blasio Holds Hearings and Signs Legislation

This video was published on YouTube on March 27 and begins at the 15:54 point. 

Intro. 600-A reaffirms the declaration of NYC’s housing emergency and extends rent stabilization laws to April 1, 2021; Intro. 262-A requires reporting on how many students have individualized education programs by school; Intro. 410-A mandates the creation of a plan to offer 21-24 year old homeless young adults the same services as 16-20 year old homeless youth and requires annual reporting on services and demographics; Intro. 490-A mandates time frames for runaway and homeless youth shelter services; Intro. 556-A relates to shelter services for homeless young adults; and Intro. 605-A requires reporting on marijuana possession enforcement by NYPD.

Source: NYC Mayor's Office 

A.G. Schneiderman To Lead Multi-State Lawsuit To Protect Census

Standing outside of Federal Hall in downtown Manhattan, where Congress authorized the first American census, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that he will lead a multistate lawsuit to preserve a fair and accurate Census.

Source: The Office of the New York State Attorney General

NY Legislative Caucus Members Decry Lack of Charges in Killing of Alton Sterling

ALBANY, NY – In what has become a series of disappointing investigations into police-involved shootings across the country, Louisiana State Attorney General Jeff Landry announced at a press conference today that no charges will be filed against the two officers that shot and killed Alton Sterling in July 2016.
Despite multiple video recordings of Mr. Sterling being held to the ground by two officers before being shot several times, yet another investigation finds that the police officers acted within reason. This lack of accountability anywhere in the United States greatly erodes trust within the criminal justice system everywhere in the United States. As Members of the Caucus, we have long advocated for accountability at every stage of the criminal justice system, and continue to push for a special prosecutor for all police-involved killings in New York; in addition to grand jury reform, open discovery, and other efforts that build trust within our communities.
Once again, our hearts ache for the Sterling family and all other families that have suffered loss with no justice. We decry the lack of accountability within our systems, and commit to furthering a more just, transparent, and trustworthy relationship between law enforcement and the communities we represent.
The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus is a fifty-four member body of state legislators representing a quarter of residents across the State of New York from Long Island, the metro New York City area, and upstate. 

Source: The Office of New York State Assemblymember Michael Blake (District 79)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Hints at 2021 Mayoral Run with New Website

By Jillian Jorgensen

“Imagine what he will embark upon in 2021.”

That’s the message on a new website set up by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams — who many imagine will run for mayor in 2021.

And the candidate himself made clear to the Daily News he’s eyeing the top job at City Hall.

“Throughout the years I have continuously stated that I'd be privileged to bring that service to City Hall as mayor,” Adams said in a statement. “While some may have played coy about their ambitions, I've been upfront for a long time. I believe that's what New Yorkers respect and deserve."

Click here for the full article.

Source: The New York Daily News (via Empire Report New York) 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How Will the Record Number of Female Candidates Impact Washington

Source: CBS News

Wilbur Ross Overruled Career Officials at Census Bureau to Add Citizenship Question

The Commerce secretary wrote a memo arguing that the benefits of the controversial question would outweigh any harm.

by Justin Elliott

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ decision Monday to add a controversial question on citizenship to the 2020 census came in the face of opposition from career officials at the Census Bureau who fear it will depress response rates, especially from immigrants.

Two people with knowledge of the deliberations said career leaders in the Census Bureau, which is part of the Commerce Department, had scrambled to come up with alternatives to adding the question. Those efforts were unsuccessful.

In a memo announcing his decision, Ross said that “The Census Bureau and many stakeholders expressed concern that [a citizenship question] would negatively impact the response rate for non-citizens.”

But Ross added that “neither the Census Bureau nor the concerned stakeholders could document that the response rate would in fact decline materially.”

Click here for the full article. 

Source: ProPublica

As Bolton Pick Raises Fears of Pre-Emptive Attack, Pyongyang Urges US to Adopt 'Serious Attitude' for Peace

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton 

A senior North Korea official on Monday urged the United States to behave as if it seriously wants peace.

In his short speech to the general assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organization based in Geneva, Ri Jong Hyok said, "Now is the high time to put an end to the U.S. anachronistic anti-DPRK hostile policy and its futile moves of sanctions and pressure."

"The United States should properly understand our position and come out in a manner of sincere and serious attitude for positively contributing to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula," Ri, a member of the Supreme People’s Assembly and director of the National Reunification Institute, added.

He has previously said the United States' decades-long nuclear threats were the sole driving factor behind his country's development of nuclear weapons, and asserted Monday that his country wants to build a "just and peaceful new world, free from aggression and war."

Click here for the full article. 

Source: Common Dreams

The Chelsea Manning Interview: A 'Democracy Now!' Exclusive

This is the first segment of a two-part interview. The second part is also available on YouTube.

Don Imus Signs Off

The sun is setting on "Imus in the Morning." Anthony Mason interviews Don Imus, the talk radio personality who is retiring after five decades as a nationally-syndicated humorist and shock jock.

This video was published on YouTube on March 25. 

Source: CBS Sunday Morning 

Trailblazers in Black History: Linda Brown

Student Who Was at the Center of Brown v. Board of Education

Family of Unarmed Black Man Shot 20 Times Demands Justice

Alton Sterling Killing: No State Criminal Charges Against 2 Baton Rouge Police Officers

by Erik Ortiz

Louisiana's top prosecutor announced Tuesday that he will not pursue charges against police officers in the death of Alton Sterling — coming nearly two years after the shooting outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store was captured on graphic cellphone video.

After informing Sterling's family about his decision, Attorney General Jeff Landry said at a news conference that there was not enough evidence of criminal wrongdoing and the state's investigation found the officers' actions were "reasonable and justified."

The Sterling family later blasted the announcement, telling reporters that "this wasn't justice."

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NBC News

Supreme Court Takes New Look at Partisan Gerrymandering

At issue: How much partisanship is too much in a process that has always been manipulated by political parties in the majority?

By Pete Williams

WASHINGTON — For the second time this term, the U.S. Supreme Court considers a question that could change the nature of American politics: Is it unconstitutional for states to draw the boundary lines for voting districts in a blatantly partisan manner?

A critical issue, as was also central for a case heard last fall challenging partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, is how much partisanship is too much in a process that has always been manipulated by political parties in the majority.

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Source: NBC News