3:00-4:00: Obama targets Gun Control/Isis
Guest: The Black Eagle Joe Madison – the recognized human and civil rights activist and the preeminent African American radio host on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel.
Article: As President Barack Obama enters his last year in office, he is making one final push to curb gun violence and solidify gun control as part of his legacy. He is scheduled to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss his options for taking executive action on the issue, CNN reports.
With prior gun control initatives having been stalled or tossed by Congress, White House sources noted that the administration would pursue executive action, most likely to boost background-check requirements for sellers, CNN reports.
“While we don’t yet know the details of the plan, the president is at minimum subverting the legislative branch, and potentially overturning its will,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in a statement Monday. “His proposals to restrict gun rights were debated by the United States Senate, and they were rejected. No president should be able to reverse legislative failure by executive fiat, not even incrementally.”
4:00-5:00: Miss. Governor Wants Councilman Investigated for Possible Criminal Threat Against Cops
Guest: The Clarion Ledger Breaking News Reporter Therese Apel
Article: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday that he’s calling on the state’s attorney general to investigate comments made by a local councilman, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.
Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes said, “When you have these police officers coming from other jurisdictions and they will not respect human life, then I said we should use rocks, bricks or bottles to try to get the message over: Stop endangering our children.”
City officials have long complained about neighboring police departments crossing into Jackson in high-speed chases to pursue petty criminals.
“These kind of chases put children in danger,” Stokes said. “Now, it is our position that if it is a misdemeanor, you shouldn’t be putting children and the elderly in danger.”
For Bryant, the councilman’s comments crossed a line.
5:00-6:00: The unforgettable Natalie Cole passes away
Article: Natalie Cole, the singer who followed in the foosteps of her famous father Nat King Cole, has passed away at the age of 65. The official cause of death, according to TMZ, was congestive heart failure, but the website reports she had underlying issued of complications from a kidney transplant.
Cole was a dynamic singer and performer, with hits like “This Will Be”, ‘Inseparable” and “I’ve Got Love on My Mind.” In 1991 she broke new ground, performing a ‘duet’ with a video of her famous father singing his classic “Unforgettable.”
The singer had cancelled a few concert dates this December due to illness. She’d suffered with numerous health issues recently, including hepatitis C. Cole suffered kidney damage as a result of treatments for hepatitis C, and received a transplant in 2009. She talked openly about contracting the disease from a dirty needle used injecting heroin during years of addiction. She died in Los Angeles.
Married 3 times, Natalie Cole leaves behind a son.