If You Don’t Know! News & Politics Round-Up: Pres. Obama To Deliver Rare Oval Office Address On San Bernardino Shooting, & More

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Following the San Bernadrino mass shooting, reportedly carried out by ISIS “supporters,” President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday night. The White House says the President will provide an update on the investigation, as well as discuss “the broader threat of terrorism.” This will be the third Oval Office address of Obama’s presidency. The other two came following the end of U.S. operations in Iraq, and the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010.

The address is scheduled to air at 8pm. Watch the President’s weekly YouTube address up top.

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Three people were injured in what police believe to be a “terrorist incident” in London. The violence occurred at an east London Tube station when a man began stabbing people before police subdued him with a stun gun. One of the victims sustained serious injuries, but is expected to survive. The other two suffered minor wounds.

So, this happened. During a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Candidates Forum, Jeb Bush vowed to “whoop” Hillary Clinton. That is, if he ever manages to poll above single digits and actually win the nomination. Per usual, Jeb appears to have been overshadowed by Donald Trump, but we didn’t miss the face-palm-worthy moment. Check out Jeb’s comment in the Vine above.

In the actual footage, the audience’s reaction is much less dramatic.

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The Retweet: #WorkForThisVote — Why Presidential Candidates Have To Stop Insulting Black Voters

During the first Democratic debate, held two weeks ago, it was clear which candidates understood just how important the Black vote really is.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders jumped right into the debate with a fiery denouncement of systemic inequalities in the nation, declaring “Black Lives Matter” when the political panel of five were asked how they view the Black liberation movement. Hillary Clinton continued her fight against the current criminal justice system. Both Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee, who have since dropped out of the race, were slow to align themselves with the Black community, and Martin O’Malley harped on his experience as the former mayor of Baltimore (where Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police sparked national protests this spring) to appeal to voters.

Sadly, the Democrats, even with a mention of the Black Lives Matter Network, fell short. The concerns of millions of Black Americans were all but dismissed in the first debate, indicating that even the left needs a crash course on how to gain the Black vote.

But if Clinton or Sanders’ responses to Black issues were lukewarm, the GOP responses are just downright insulting. While addressing a crowd in South Carolina in September, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush suggested that he could win the Black vote without dolling out “free stuff” to said voters. And just hours after the debate, Marco Rubio echoed those sentiments, calling the three-hour political banter “a liberal versus liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff.”

Those comments join a growing list of insults hurled at potential Black voters that undermine just how much power the voting block really has. In fact, Black voter turnout exceeded White voter turnout, despite restrictive voter ID laws across the nation in 2012. And Black women alone had the highest voter turnout of any group the first year President Barack Obama was elected.


Conservative or liberal, it’s time candidates start considering Black lives if they want to get the vote. Ignoring one of the most powerful groups in America is a sure way to lose.

Check out GlobalGrind’s The Retweet and an exploration into just how important the Black vote is in the video above.

See more episodes of The Retweet, here.

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Carly Fiorina Surprises Us By Dominating Last Night’s GOP Debate & More News You Need To Know

Carly Fiorina says she’s “very satisfied” with her performance in last night’s second Republican debate for the 2016 presidential elections. She has good reason to be; whether you support her or not, the presidential hopeful impressed onlookers by dominating the first (and most important) hour of the debate by clapping back at Donald Trump for his ridiculous comments shaming her for her appearance by pointing out Trump’s history of building his empire on debt.

Fiorina also got in her strongest critiques of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton while musing on her issues with Planned Parenthood in light of the controversial videos that were released, accusing the organization of illegally selling fetal tissue. Fiorina isn’t immune to critique however; she’s already being shut down by fact-checkers who are picking apart what’s really fact versus fiction in her statements from last night. But it’s very likely that her approval ratings will go up after putting such a strong effort to get her voice heard.

Other candidates, however, stayed spewing bullshit and putting out smoke and mirrors to entertain viewers. Donald Trump kicked off the debate by clowning yet another candidate for his looks, Rand Paul, but Trump got really quiet when the hardest, most pressing issues like foreign policy were brought to the table. Meanwhile Rick Santorum made bogus claims like comparing Kim Davis to a victim of the Columbine massacre and Jeb Bush fought to make his way into the conversation, using his brother’s legacy as an entryway for his own platform. See all the hijinks for yourself in the full video of last night’s debate above.

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One Researcher Thinks He’s Found Nefertiti’s Tomb & More News You Need To Know

Queen Nefertiti May Be Lying Adjacent To Tutankhamun’s Tomb, Says Scholar


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Nicholas Reeves, a researcher at the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona is making waves with his claims about the location of Queen Nefertiti’s remains. Reeves suspects that the Egyptian royalty known for her immense beauty and power may be in a tomb down a corridor past King Tut’s tomb.

There will be a radar survey held of the premises to determine whether Reeves is correct. The researcher defends himself by saying: “If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. But if I’m right, we’re now faced with the extraordinary prospect of coming face to face with an intact pharaonic tomb.” Read more at NPR.

Up Next: Jumping On The Bandwagon? Jeb Bush Meets With BLM Activists

If The Gov. Enforced Longer Work Hours Would You Mind? [POLL]

Yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said  that in order to grow the economy “people should work longer hours”

This is why we MUST get out and VOTE, VOTE ,VOTE people! We MUST pay attention to who we allow to run our country! We have the POWER…just have to use it.

Now, here is where we wanna know would you agree to work longer hours day on top of the hours your already bussin your ass with?


Hillary’s Got Ja Rule’s Vote


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During an appearance on Fox Business News earlier today, hip-hop artist Ja Rule confessed that he might be #TeamHillary in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Although his visit to the show was primarily to promote his partnership with Magnises, a so-called “elite Millennials credit card company,” the rapper didn’t hesitate to toss his hat—if ever so gently—in Hillary Clinton’s general direction (he also acknowledged that former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, was also a “good candidate”).

If you say so, Ja.

Can We Not Have Another Clinton vs. Bush Election?

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Former US president George Bush (2nd-L), his wife Barbara Bush (L), their son Jeb Bush (C), First Lady Hillary Clinton (2nd-R), and US President Bill Clinton (R) look up to see the US Army Golden Knights parachute team 06 November at the conclusion of the dedication ceremony of the George Bush Library in College Station, TX in 1997. ( JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

This week, former Florida governor Jeb Bush took to his Facebook page to announce that he has “decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.” In other words, Bush would like everyone — but most especially Rand Paul, Chris Christie (and Mitt Romney hiding in a dark corner) —  to know that the champ is here. This confirms that as far as 2016 goes, Jeb is in, and now we are met with an even greater chance of our next presidential election looking like a rerun from 1992.

Some people are actually excited about this.

Mark McKinnon, who served as a top adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential run, wrote in his column for The Daily Beast, “They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America.” And if you can contain your laughter long enough, see McKinnon go on to say the Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton debates would mirror those had by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. “Jeb and Hillary would be engaging, respectful, substantive, high road, civil and, most importantly, worthy of our time and attention,” McKinnon writes.

No matter the participants, a presidential debate in the style of Lincoln vs. Douglas could never happen again because contemporary standards don’t allow it. McKinnon, like many others, are hopeful that because the Clinton and Bush families are so chummy now – former President George W. Bush calls former President Bill Clinton his “brother from another mother” and Hillary Clinton his “sister-in-law” – that an election featuring the two would maintain civility.

That will be thwarted by the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United, which opened the floodgates for corporate money in politics. Some, like Salon’s Jim Newell, are already looking forward to a well-funded battle. Describing the two sects as “the two most selfish, ruthless political families in the country,” Newell argues, “It will be funny, at least, to watch them confront each other anew in the next stage of the dialectic and remind the country what sort of creatures they really are behind all the winking, knowing backslaps.”

So on one end you have political naïveté fueling excitement over another Clinton vs. Bush election; and on another side, cynicism. Meanwhile, the rest of us are dreading yet another reminder of how dynastic our electoral process is. Moreover, while a Hillary Clinton presidency would provide a historical feat, Jeb Bush represents nothing more than another symptom of the disease that is the Bush family.

Though some credit should go to Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush for the inclusion of Black people in their administrations (more so 43 than 41), these two families produced the following: a so-so at best record on Civil Rights laws; a despicably racist campaign ad; a gross negligence in the handling of a natural disaster striking a predominately Black city.

Now we can look forward to Jeb Bush, who infamously answered the question “What will you do for African Americans if elected?” in 1994 with, “Nothing.” He kept his word, plus aided in the further dismantling of affirmative action while boosting voter suppression in the state of Florida.

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And while McKinnon and fellow supporters can harp on Bush’s “moderate” positions, in order to win nomination with the Republican Party of today, he’ll have to tilt to the right. FOX News performance artists have already called for this since his announcement, though they needn’t worry, given that Bush has already contradicted himself on issues like immigration reform.

Jeb’s own mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, had it right when she told the Today show in April, “We’ve had enough Bushes.”

At least if someone like Rand Paul were nominated (as farfetched as that seems), we’d have someone who could challenge Hillary Clinton on her hawkish foreign policy positions while bringing new energy to the GOP by openly challenging issues that directly impact Blacks – like reforms to both education and prison sentencing.

Since I doubt any Democrat dares to, I’d love to see someone on the other side note how much Hillary’s husband helped imprison so many Black men and women with the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act, which essentially rewarded states for punishing people more severely while not making any significant investments in prevention programs.

Yes, Hillary Clinton has recently claimed “Black Lives Matter,” but if they matter so much, why is Rand Paul always beating her to the punch addressing issues directly impacting us?

Reruns can be entertaining, but more so when I’m watching Martin as opposed to a presidential election. Between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, 2016 is starting to look like it’ll be the electoral equivalent of Throwback Thursday vs. Flashback Friday.

No thank you.

Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem, and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him @youngsinick.