- Created on 24 July 2013
WASHINGTON — Seeking to focus public attention on the problem he was sent to the White House to solve, President Barack Obama is making a renewed push for policies to expand the middle class, helping people he says are still treading water years after the financial meltdown.
Obama will use a series of back-to-back speeches over two days to take another stab at selling the public on his vision of a thriving economy.
The first of those speeches comes Wednesday when Obama visits the Midwest to speak at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where he gave his first major speech as a freshman U.S. senator in 2005 during booming economic times. He is not expected to announce any new initiatives. The president also speaks later in the day at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. The third speech is set for Thursday at the Jacksonville Port Authority in Florida.
The White House is billing Obama's latest speech at Knox College as a major one, comparable in tone to the commencement address he delivered there eight years ago, also about the economy. Back then he talked about how the country can give every American a "fighting chance" in a 21st century transformed by technology and globalization.
- Created on 23 July 2013
Between Friday evening and early Monday, weekend shootings left six people dead and at least 25 more wounded across Chicago.
Eugene Clark, 25, was shot in the 7100 block of South Ashland Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Saturday evening, the Sun-Times reports. Described by family as a "wonderful man," Clark was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. Police later charged Stanford Thompson, 25, with first-degree murder.
Thompson is scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.
The first homicide of the weekend came Friday evening in Chatham when 27-year-old Morrice Gibson was shot and killed just before 7 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Vincennes Avenue. DNAinfo Chicago reports Gibson was apparently hit in the crossfire when two people shot at a group standing near him.
Later that night in Humboldt Park, 20-year-old Carlos Barron was shot in the abdomen by someone in a light-colored sedan about 9:30 p.m. near Hirsch Street and Springfield Avenue, DNAinfo reports. Barron was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m. at an area hospital.
On Saturday, in addition to Clark's murder, a 34-year-old man was shot in the 8500 block of South Saginaw Avenue about 10:58 p.m. According to the Sun-Times, William Brown was pronounced dead at a local hospital about an hour later. Police believe the shooting to be gang-related.
- Created on 19 July 2013
MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews decided to speak for “all white people” and apologize for racism in the United States and was attacked by white people on Twitter for his efforts.
Matthews was speaking with guests Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairman and MSNBC political analyst, and Val Nicholas, vice president and creative director at NBC News.
After listening to the two men exchange war stories on being Black men in America, and drawing comparisons between their experiences and the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a clearly upset Matthews offered a heartfelt apology:
“I’ll just tell you one thing,” the Hardball host told his two guests. “And I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially [the ones] who’ve tried to change the last 50 or 60 years. And a lot of them really tried to change, and I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”
- Created on 22 July 2013
MIAMI -- Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor's office, the jury's verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is unlikely to spur change to any of the nation's stand-your-ground...
- Created on 18 July 2013
While Bill Cosby is quick to criticize black people at any given opportunity, without the slightest bit of provocation, he refused to call killer George Zimmerman racist in an interview on DomNnate Radio Show, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
“This racial stuff goes into a whole bunch of discussion which has stuff that you can’t prove,” Cosby said in an interview Tuesday. “You can’t prove somebody is a racist unless they really come out and do the act and is found to be that.”
Apparently, in Cosby Land, profiling, stalking, menacing, attacking and ultimately fatally shooting a black child in the heart because he’s black and wearing a hoodie — so he must be a criminal — doesn’t qualify as being racist.
Cosby said that the issue was simple: “the prosecution didn’t tell their story well, and they lost.”
In a weird twist, Cosby claimed that he didn’t pay much attention to the trial because Casey Anthony was found guilty in the court of public opinion, but turned out to be “not guilty” in the e...