VIA NEW YORK TIMES: LOS ANGELES – Paula Abdul, the pop star who revived a lagging singing career with a turn as a warm-hearted judge for eight seasons on “American Idol,” said Tuesday night that she has decided not to return to the show next season, a startling development for the reality series that has […]

VIA FOX NEWS: A controversial ad campaign featured in the Washington, D.C., metro area is comparing public school lunches across the country to what President Obama’s daughters eat at their elite private school. reports that the ad, sponsored by Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, shows an eight-year-old girl speaking about the “healthy” vegetarian lunch […]

(Washington, DC) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Africa today. Clinton embarked on her 11-day visit to seven nations late Monday. Following up on President Obama’s visit to Ghana last month and his plea to African nations for better governance, Clinton will reinforce that directive and will seek to increase trade with […]

(Washington, DC) — The Secret Service has been extra busy since Barack Obama took office in January. According to a new book by Ronald Kessler titled “In The President’s Secret Service,” Obama receives 30 death threats a day. The number of threats has jumped 400-percent from the three-thousand or so death threats former President George […]

(Newport News, VA) — The Michael Vick community celebration scheduled for this Saturday in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia has been postponed. According to the “Daily Press,” organizers say Vick has a conflict with an event in Atlanta that he’s doing with the Humane Society and the Virginia event has been postponed “indefinitely.” The […]

VIA NPR: Forty eight years ago today President Barack Obama was born, despite what the Birthers insist, in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was 1961. John F. Kennedy, still the youngest person ever elected president at age 43, was in the White House. And with African Americans unable to sit undisturbed at many downtown lunch counters in […]

VIA NEW YORK TIMES: Naomi Sims, whose appearance as the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in November 1968 was a consummate moment of the Black is Beautiful movement, and who went on to design successful collections of wigs and cosmetics for black women under her name, died Saturday in Newark. […]

VIA CBS NEWS: To live the life of Wyclef Jean is to believe that almost anything is possible. Wyclef is a Grammy Award winning multimillionaire rock star who comes from Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. He’s one of thousands of Haitians who immigrate to the U.S. And many never return. But not […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: The House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday night approved a sweeping package of health-care measures, clearing a critical hurdle that sets the stage for a five-week battle for both Democrats and Republicans to define the legislation in voters’ minds before the full House votes next month. The final pieces of an intense […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: The administration is considering whether to transfer some detainees at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a facility in the United States that would contain courtrooms to hold federal criminal trials and military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects, administration officials said Sunday. The maximum-security facility would be jointly run by […]