Fox News announced on Friday that it has signed former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain on as a contributor.
“Cain’s impressive resume makes him a valuable addition to the Fox News and Fox Business lineup. As a political expert with business savvy, he brings an important voice to the nation’s debates,” Bill Shine, Fox News Channel executive vice president of programming, said in a statement.
“I’m excited about joining the FOX family as a contributor,” Cain was quoted as saying, “because it is an opportunity to be one more voice for intelligent thinking in America.”
A new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project looked at the landscape of social media users across the internet and found black and Latinos are more likely to use Twitter and Instagram than other groups.
These readings come from a national survey conducted between November 14 and December 9, 2012 on landline and cell phones and in English and in Spanish. The results reported here come from the 1,802 respondents who are internet users and the margin of error is +/- 2.6 percentage points.
Take a look at the findings below:
Black internet users are more likely to be on Twitter than any other group.
Twenty-six percent of black internet users surveyed said they used Twitter, compared to 14% of white users and 19% of Hispanics. (In 2010, Pew reported that 13% of black internet users, 5% of white users and 18% of Hispanics were using on Twitter.)
After reviewing a feasibility report, the department is optimistic that the tribe can sustain its own Medicaid program, even if the study was not as optimistic. The study has not yet been released, though it is complete and is under review by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services currently.
It will go to Congress for review March 23.
“Basically, what they indicated was if the Navajo Nation wanted to do it, it could do it,” said Larry Curley, executive director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health. “The Navajo Nation is moving ahead with this.”
Curley told the Daily Times there are more than 100,000 members of the tribe eligible for Medicaid but many of them do not take advantage of the services “because of the complications that frequently accompany them.”
President Obama is set to give a speech in Chicago today to address the city’s onslaught of gun violence. Last week I published an in-depth look at how community organizers in the city are grappling with that violence, and this morning I helped give a look at the mounting pressure that led to Obama’s speech today. But here’s a abridged collection of facts on why Chicago’s violence is unlike much of what we’re seeing across the country today.
1) It’s an epidemic.
506 people were killed by guns in Chicago in 2012. 44 people were killed by guns in Chicago in January alone. Meanwhile, homicide rates in other big cities like Los Angeles and New York have been on the decline in recent years.
2) The problem is stunningly complex.
Chicago has no civilian gun ranges and bans on both assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. Yet the Chicago Police Department reports that between 2001 and March 2012, it recovered more than 50,000 guns — more than half of which came from out of state.
3) Segregation is still a really big deal.
Last month, the New York Times reported that Chicago’s homicides have “mostly taken place in neighborhoods west and south of Chicago’s gleaming downtown towers.” Don’t believe it? Here’s a map.
4) There have been nearly 1,800 gun deaths nationwide since the Newtown massacre in December, 2012, according to Slate.
And that’s an admittedly low estimate. Slate teamed up with the Twitter feed @GunDeaths to collect data for a crowdsourced interactive graphic.
5) Young people are at the center of this epidemic.
Youth are the number one target of Chicago’s homicide epidemic, according to the Chicago Reporter. The sobering reality: “From 2008 through 2012, nearly half of Chicago’s 2,389 homicide victims were killed before their 25th birthdays.”
Islamophobia and Valentine’s Day—what do they have in common? Both inspire deep ridicule and discomfort. It was with that in mind that Los Angeles-based writer and activist Tanzila Ahmed started a Twitter hashtag, #MuslimVDayCard, last year and a running conversation on social media to skewer both.
Ahmed whittled down the snarky tweets that flew back and forth into a series of six which she painted, then photocopied to give out to friends. Her project is back this year, and includes witty come-ons like: “You’re #1 on my watch list,” “I’d wiretap that,” and “Stop + frisk me … please.”
MuslimVDayCard is Ahmed’s lighthearted answer to Islamophobia, and the confining stereotypes that trail her as a Muslim woman. “I was thinking about Islamophobia and language around Muslims and love,” she said.
“I was tired of Muslims being put into a box — and tired of being in the box of a non-sexual Muslim woman,” Ahmed said. “So this was my way of reappropriating Islamophobia.” The series is political humor at its best. Cheeky, sharp, with clever puns and lightness of spirit that’s grounded by the reality of Muslim life in this post-9/11 era. Ahmed has found that Muslims love the series and laugh openly at it, whereas many non-Muslims “feel bad about laughing about the jokes.”
The series was also her retort to the popularity contest that was her compulsory grade-school valentine exchange. “Remember how there were always the three extra big [valentines] in the box set? And the popular girl would always get them?”
“I was NEVER the popular girl,” Ahmed says. Now, with this series, Ahmed doesn’t need to wait around for cool valentines, because she’s making them herself.
Click after the jump for the full lineup of cards. And for more of Tanzila Ahmed’s work, head to her blog.
Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you get a day off from that stale relationship you’ve been meaning to end. It’s so hard, we know. We’re sorry for you too!
So it is with compassion and in the spirit of the season we share the latest video from Dreamers Adrift, the immigrant-youth led media collective that produced gems like the video series “Undocumented and Awkward.”
This time, “UndocuBreakup Lines” offers you the script you’ve been looking for to break up with your honey. The video includes some sharp lines like:
“I’d rather self-deport than stay in this relationship with you.”
“Even if they offered gay couples green cards that wouldn’t save our relationship.”
“I just realized there are more benefits to being a Border Patrol agent than staying in this relationship.”
Some good options here, yes? Watch the video here, and good luck with that honest talk you’ve been putting off.
On a call for investors on Thursday, the president and CEO of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country’s largest private prison contractor, said that he’s not concerned about the impact that immigration reform might have on the immigration detention business.
“[T]alking with [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], who has been a partner for us for many many years, I think their general belief is there’s always going to be a demand for beds,” said Damon Hininger, in response to a question about Beltway immigration reform talks.
Recent news reports have suggested that the legalization of undocumented immigrants could strike a blow to the private prison business, which profits significantly ICE contracts. But as I outlined last week, immigration reform also threatens to usher in an expansion in the incarceration of non-citizens if a bill includes provisions that tie immigration enforcement more tightly to the criminal justice system.
On the investor call, Hininger hinted that although immigration reform might shrink the rates of detention for immigration offenses, CCA expects a steady flow of bodies moving from the criminal justice system to the immigration detention system.
“[ICE’s] profile of detainees in those beds may change over time to where they focus more on what they call criminal aliens versus non-criminal aliens, so that may change over time…based on both the demand and maybe any policies out of the administration,” he said.
CCA pulled in more than $200 million from ICE contracts in 2011. The company earned about the same amount from contracts with the federal Bureau of Prisons, mostly for facilities used to hold immigrants convicted of federal crimes. Hininger said CCA was waiting to hear a response from the BOP regarding a bid for a new 1600 bed prison that will hold non-citizens.
“It’s too early to tell exactly what the impact [of reform] is going to be,” Hininger said, “but again, ICE has always said that there’s going to be a demand for bed space here in the US because of all the things they’re doing both within the interior, on the border, from the people that are released from state prisons that are ultimately need to be deported.”
“There is always going to be strong demand regardless of what is being done at the national level as far as immigration reform,” he added.
Higgins and her husband adopted Latrell and his sister Chanya two years ago, welcoming the siblings to their home in Crestview, Fla. The family already had five biological children, with a sixth one on the way, but Higgins felt she had more love to give, especially to kids who would have a harder time finding a home because they were older. In the past decade, more older children have become available for adoption, experts say.
“These children, once they get past a certain age, they don’t find homes and they age out of foster care,” Higgins told TODAY.com.
“They have to figure out the world on their own and there’s no one to go back to as an adult. Where do you go for Christmas? It’s just horrible, it’s heartbreaking.”
Then one day, social services called: Latrell and Chanya, then 10 and 5, were looking for a family. “Let’s just go for it,” Higgins recalled her husband saying. A few days later, the kids moved in. The Higgins were the only ones to submit paperwork to adopt the pair, the family found out.
Jorge Rivas, Thursday, February 14 2013, 11:13 AM EST
On Tuesday night Leonard Cooper of Little Rock, Arkansas didn’t just win the Teen ‘Jeopardy’ tournament he also managed to impress host Alex Trebek with what might be the best final answer in the game show’s history.
“One of the things I love about the teen tournament is that these guys have marvelous senses of humors,” said Trebek after he saw Cooper’s final answer.
Cooper, 17, won the tournament and went home with $75,000.
Cooper told ArkansasOnline.com he will use the prize money toward college, music equipment and “maybe a car, possibly.”
Cooper is a senior at Little Rock’s eStem Public High Charter School and said he hopes to go to Brown University.
Jorge Rivas, Wednesday, February 13 2013, 1:30 PM EST
On Wednesday, Jose Antonio Vargas spoke at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on immigration.
Vargas told the panel that immigrants “dream of not being seperated from our families and our loved ones, regardless of sexual orientation, no matter our skill set.” He went on to remind them that “this government has deported more than 1.6 million people, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters in the past four years.”
At one point Vargas just had to break it down for the committee made up of 18-members and remind them immigrants aren’t “alien people from Mars.”
“We talk about immigration and enforcement as if we’re talking about alien people from Mars and not people whose lives and families are being torn apart everyday.”
Jorge Rivas, Wednesday, February 13 2013, 12:15 PM EST
Colorado’s 9News reporter Jeremy Jojola purchased an offensive anti-immigrant sticker at a Cenex gas station in Eaton, Colo., about 60 miles north of Denver.
The green sticker includes an outline of the continental United States with the words “ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT HUNTING PERMIT” printed in large bold letters. The small rectangular sticker also includes includes a fake permit number.
The stickers were distributed by the Central States Novelty company. They describe themselves as the “largest, wholesale supplier of novelties, gifts, and general merchandise for the convenience store and truck stop industry in the Midwest.”
They say all of their products are “guaranteed against defects, and our Mercandisers [sic] that service our customers’ stores are the Best in the Business.”
Jorge Rivas, Wednesday, February 13 2013, 11:19 AM EST
Joe Jones wants to make it clear he doesn’t support Chris Dorner, he just wants to share his own experience working for the LAPD. On Monday, the former officer posted a note on Facebook detailing experiences he had while in the police department and the hacktivist group Anonymous went on to circulate the manifesto more widely.
Jones, 48, was a patrol officer for nine years before he retired in 1998, the LA Weekly reports. His two-page manifesto expressed condolences for Dorner’s victims “and souls of loved one’s to the injustices of Police Corruption, Scandal, Lies, Deception and Brutality.”
Jones goes on to say he feels victimized by the police department also:
I feel your pains!…But you are going about this the wrong way. To take innocent lives could never be the answer to anything. I say this as a Man who experienced the same pain, betrayal, anger, suffering, litigation and agony that you did in many ways, Only I didn’t get Fired. I just choose to go a different route. My heart still suffered that same shock, I was still left to try and put the pieces back together. The disbelief that people could conspire and cause you to loose something you loved so dearly was still there. I lost my Career, I lost my Family, I lost my Dignity, I lost my Trust…But I am here now to hopefully one day see change…Bro, Don’t kill anymore Innocent people. Your point has been made. Clearly. They know you mean business, The whole world knows. Refrain from any further wrong doing and do what you must to salvage your Soul. Whatever that means to you. Just remember that God is a forgiving God.
Jones told the LA Weekly he didn’t find it unusual at all to hear of a situation like Dorner’s in which “a rookie, African American officer’s case against a senior white officer was met with disbelief and rejection by the department and court system.”
LAPD chief has said they will investigate Dorner’s claims in the manifesto.
“I am aware of the ghosts of the L.A.P.D.’s past, and one of my biggest concerns is that they will be resurrected by Dorner’s allegations of racism within the department,” Chief Charlie Beck said in a written statement.
“Therefore, I feel we need to also publicly address Dorner’s allegations regarding his termination,” he said. “I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their Police Department is transparent and fair in all the things we do.”
McDonald’s restaurants are usually open late and the fast food chain has more than 12,000 Wi-Fi-equipped locations in the U.S., and for many black, Latino and rural children that’s where their connection to the Web lives.
Mary LaValle, a librarian from Harrison, Mich., told the Washington Post she often sees many students just move to the nearby McDonalds after her library closes at 6pm. She said the kids usually buy one drink and continue refilling it all night until their done with their homework.
Advocates say with black and Latino kids already at high risk for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, many children are trading their health for Internet access.
The Media Action Grassroots Network and the Praxis Project have teamed up to launch a petition and use memes, twitter parties, and other social media strategies during Valentine’s Day Week to urge the Federal Communications Commission to expand free public WiFi throughout the country!
“Our communities shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice our health and wellbeing to connect to this essential communications service,” reads the group’s letter addressed to the commisioner and chairman of FCC. “We urge you to reform the universal service fund in ways that actually helps to bridge this divide, always considering the potentially devastating impact that being disconnected has on customers who lack affordable broadband, and who cannot obtain mobile wireless services provided on equitable terms.”
Jorge Rivas, Tuesday, February 12 2013, 11:06 AM EST
The parents of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendelton will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday as guests of first lady Michelle Obama, according to local news reports.
“It’s bittersweet,” Cleopatra Cowley told NBC News after she and her husband landed in Washington on Monday evening. “Because it’s as a result of losing my daughter, but it’s also exciting to have an opportunity like this.”
The White House hasn’t released the official list yet but several of her guest have confirmed with multiple news sources that they’ll be sitting in the House chamber as guests of the first lady listening to Obama’s State of the Union address.
The Daily Caller combed through national and local news reports to pull together a list of the known guests reportedly invited by the White House this year:
The parents of murdered Chicago teen, Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed with a handgun days after attending Obama’s inauguration
Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old Haitian-American woman who waited in a long line to vote in Florida
In her 48-years with us Whitney Houston broke numerous charts and sales records.
But on the one year anniversary of her death it’s important to note she also broke barriers in Hollywood. When she starred in the 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” Houston was one of the first black leading actresses to star in a romantic film opposite a white male interest.
Actor Kevin Costner who starred in “The Bodyguard” alongside Houston spoke about the casting decision last year.
After months of back room immigration reform talks on the Hill and declarations of broad principles for legislative overhaul from elected officials and the president, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its opening hearing on immigration this week. The hearing marks the year’s first official business on reform from the committee likely to craft an immigration bill.
We’ll report the details on Wednesday, but for now we can get a sense of the tone from the list of people giving testimony. Arguably the most notable speaker of the day will be Jose Antonio Vargas, the high profile immigrant rights activist and founder of Define American who made headlines last year when he came out publicly as an undocumented immigrant. Last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing included the voices of several documented immigrants, but rarely do unauthorized immigrants get slated in such official spaces.
Anti-immigration activists’ briefs are already in a bunch. On Friday, leading immigration restrictionist Mark Krikorian, whose colleague from the Center for Immigration Studies will speak after Vargas on Wednesday, suggested on Twitter that Vargas should be deported.
“Illegal-alien journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will testify next week before Senate Judiciary. Will anyone arrest him?,” Krikorian tweeted.
“I look forward to seeing you there, Mark,” Vargas responded. “If you want to get me arrested, go ahead. Nothing to fear but fear itself.”
Vargas will be joined on the panel by Vaughan, National Council of La Raza head Janet Murguía, high-skilled immigration advocate Steve Case of the group Revolution, and Chris Crane, the head of the ICE employees union. Crane and Vaughan appeared at the House hearing last week to argue for more enforcement of immigration laws.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will testify alone on an earlier panel and is likely to speak against Republican calls for added border enforcement before passing immigration reform. In recent comments she’s said that the broader enforcement infrastructure has never been so vast.
Advocates will watch the panel for signs of where Senators stand on key components of comprehensive immigration reform.
Remember when Kobe Bryant called an NBA referee an anti-gay slur in 2011? It appears that experience was a life lesson for the Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard because he is now schooling others for using anti-gay slurs.
Early Monday morning at 12:44am Bryant told a fan on twitter that he shouldn’t insult someone by calling them ‘gay.’
For the fifth part of Miu Miu’s Tales short series, the Italian brand tapped award-winning director Ava DuVernay to shoot “The Door,” which features Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and singer-songwriter Goapele.
The film — a little over nine minutes in length — focuses on an actual door on the modernist house of a main character (Union) who just went through a break-up. Friends come through that door to console her and, with their support, she eventually overcomes her sadness and is able to move on. “The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are,” said DuVernay.
DuVernay is currently working on a documentary on Venus Williams for ESPN. “It’s a big piece on her and her feminism. A lot of people don’t know what a feminist she is, like the work she’s done for the U.N. and fighting for women’s rights in sports,” DuVernay told Rolling Stones.
The Los Angeles Police Department manhunt for Chris Dorner has resulted in three innocent people who were shot at by police. In each case the victims looked nothing like the former police officer accused of three murders who is described as a six-foot, 270 pound black male with a shaved head
In one incident, a 71-year-old Latina woman driving in a truck was shot twice in her back. The truck she was driving was also a different make, model and color than the pickup Dorner was driving at the time. The other victims include a Latina woman and a white male.
The police shootings have left many Angelenos with anxiety and some are dealing with it through their sense of humor.
The search for the man dubbed the “LAPD Cop Killer” has led to three different innocent people being shot at by Southern California police. All three victims looked nothing like Chris Dorner, the target in the manhunt that’s gone on for close to a week.
Last Thursday, two women who were were delivering newspapers in the early morning hours were shot by Los Angeles police in Torrance, California. Margie Carranza, 47, received a bullet wound to the hand and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, was shot twice in her back. Both women are expected to recover.
In a separate incident on Thursday a white male going to surf early in the morning was left with a truck full of bullet holes. David Perdue wasn’t struck by bullets but was injured in the car wreck, suffering a concussion and an injury to his shoulder, his lawyer told the LA Times.
In both incidents the victims’ trucks were a different make and color than the Nissan Titan truck that belonged to Dorner.
“I don’t want to use the word buffoonery but it really is unbridled police lawlessness,” Robert Sheahen, Perdue’s attorney, told the LA Times. “These people need training and they need restraint.”
In the case with the two women, neighbors say at least seven officers shot at the vehicle, leaving bullet holes in neighboring cars, trees, garage doors and roofs.
“How do you mistake two Hispanic women, one who is 71, for a large black male?” resident Richard Goo, 62, told the Huffington Post. He reported the entryway to his house showed five bullet holes.
“It’s 100 percent clear that they had no idea who was in that vehicle and just lit it up,” said the attorney representing the two women in an interview with Reason.com.