VIA CNN: Rep. Charlie Rangel temporarily stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, a decision forced by a growing storm of ethics controversies threatening the veteran congressman. The 20-term New York Democrat told reporters he had submitted a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting a temporary leave of […]

VIA CNN: President Obama highlighted stronger federal efforts Monday to help lower a high school dropout rate that, according to the president, is undermining America’s future economic potential. Obama noted that the administration has committed $3.5 billion in new federal support for underperforming schools. Among other things, the Education Department is attempting to encourage states […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Prince William police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide Monday morning at a Dale City house that served as a day care center. Police said the incident took place about 7 a.m. on the main floor of the house. Seven children were downstairs in the basement at the time […]

VIA CNN: Rescuers searched for survivors Monday as crews sought to deliver food and water and prevent looting after the fifth strongest earthquake in 100 years ravaged central and southern Chile. More than 1.5 million people were without power in and around the capital of Santiago, according to Chile’s National Emergency Office, but the hardest-hit […]

VIA NEWS ONE: WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to highlight the role historically black colleges have played in America’s educational system. Obama will speak about that role and sign an executive order for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the East Room on Friday afternoon. The event is designed […]

VIA NEWS  ONE: New York — New York Gov. David Paterson said Friday that he will not seek election to a full term in office. “There are times in politics when you have to know not to strive for service but to step back,” he said. He said it was not the “latest distraction but […]

VIA NEWS ONE: WASHINGTON — A White House aide says Desiree Rogers is resigning her post as social secretary, effective sometime next month. Rogers recently came under criticism for her handling of the administration’s first state dinner. A celebrity-seeking couple from northern Virginia got into the exclusive Nov. 24 affair on the South Lawn without […]

An 8.8 earthquake, 100 times more powerful than Haiti, struck Chile early Saturday morning, causing a massive amount of destruction, fallen buildings and at least 140 deaths...

VIA WXII: A woman who says Kanpai Japanese Steak and Seafood House refused her service has started a petition to boycott the establishment. But restaurant owners say they refuse to serve her simply because she is such a poor tipper. Monica Covington said her spat with the restaurant began in 2008. “I noticed on our […]

VIA BLACK AMERICA WEB: An impassioned debate ignited Tuesday morning over America’s black agenda, with two of the nation’s most visible black political commentators on opposite sides of the table. In a commentary on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Tavis Smiley, host of “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, announced plans for a discussion in Chicago on […]