VIA THE GRIOT: ATLANTA (AP) — The city that became a post-civil rights movement emblem of the political power held by African-Americans could have a white mayor for the first time in a generation — a possibility that has some in the black community scrambling to hold on to City Hall. Atlanta Councilwoman Mary Norwood, […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Aug. 11 — President Obama began a personal effort Tuesday to reclaim momentum for his health-care initiative with a direct rebuttal of what he called “scare tactics,” rumors and misrepresentations. Senior adviser David Axelrod said the president had for weeks been “relishing” the opportunity to engage with people to defend […]

VIA STARPULSE: Jennifer Hudson has given birth to a baby boy, according to reports. The singer/actress and her fiance David Otunga welcomed little David Daniel Otunga, Jr. on Monday night, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The tot is the couple’s first. Hudson never confirmed her pregnancy news but reportedly staged a baby shower at a […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: Suit Seeks Right to Pack Heat in Public The lawyer who won the battle to allow District residents to keep handguns in their homes is now fighting to allow residents and visitors to carry their weapons in public. Alan Gura filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court on behalf of four […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: A federal grand jury has subpoenaed an amateur video that shows confusion and screaming in the moments after U.S. Park Police fatally shot a man in the District’s Trinidad neighborhood, as part of an ongoing investigation into the shooting death of Trey Joyner. Will Jones, a Trinidad resident who filmed the scene […]

VIA CNN: A health care town hall meeting in Florida on Thursday dissolved into bouts of heckling and violent pushing and shoving among attendees. The meeting in Tampa, which featured Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Florida State Representative Betty Reed, was another example of the tense battle lines that have been created in the passionate […]

VIA CBS NEWS: Divers pulled a helicopter and four more bodies out of the murky Hudson River on Sunday in their search for victims, wreckage and explanations from a midair collision of a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane that killed nine people. The dead from Saturday’s crash include three fathers and their three teenage […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 5 — One woman approached China’s border with North Korea as a seasoned foreign correspondent, the other as a sharp editor who was on her first trip abroad in her new role as a producer. Laura Ling, 32, one of the two American journalists who arrived back in the […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: President Obama on Friday nominated Daniel G. Bogden, whose firing as a federal prosecutor by the Bush administration is under congressional investigation for its potentially partisan motivation, to return to his former job nearly three years after his dismissal. Bogden’s nomination as Nevada U.S. attorney marks a step toward reversing what many […]

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 […]