Black Lawmaker Stands Alone To Vote Against Steve King Resolution, Says It ‘Didn’t Go Far Enough’

The lone member of the House of Representatives who, out of 425 lawmakers, voted against a resolution condemning white supremacy following racist remarks by Iowa Congressman Steve King said the resolution fell “far short” of his expectations.

“It did not go far enough,” Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday. “It’s not worth the paper it was written on.”

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Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) called on fellow members of Congress to go “further” in condemning Iowa Rep. Steve King. (Image courtesy of CNN)

The Jan. 15 vote on the disapproval resolution came after King’s comments to The New York Times last week where he questioned when the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” became offensive. The Iowa Republican is now facing calls, from both sides of the aisle, to resign and has since been stripped of his committee assignments as punishment.

“It was shallow [and] of little import to the millions of American citizens,” Rush said of the resolution, proposed by Rep. Jim Clyburn (D) of South Carolina. “It became obsolete before the ink on the paper dried.”

The Chicago-area lawmaker pointed to King’s long history of making “vile” and racist remarks, and said the disapproval fell short of what he thought the actions of congress members should have been in regards to King’s offensive comments. Just last year, the GOP representative reportedly met with a far-right party that had ties to Nazism during a trip to Austria.

He’s been “using the official status as a member of Congress  … as a platform to promulgate his vile and racist commentary,” Rush added.

According to CNN, Rush has since drafted his own censure resolution against King, who he dubbed an “unrepentant racist,” that goes a step further than the disapproval approved by Congress.

Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the house, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper this week that he decided to have members vote on disapproval of King as opposed to the censure because, “When you want the Congress to act with overwhelming support, you try to get the language you feel that people will be comfortable with.”

“To go further than that at this particular juncture, I thought would not yield the number of votes that I wanted to see today,” Clyburn added.

But Rush says he wants congressional members to go further in rebuking King, arguing that his rhetoric shouldn’t be given any consideration by Congress.

President Donald Trump hasn’t had much to say on the matter. When asked by reporters about King’s comments, the president responded, “I haven’t been following it.”

Rush told Burnett he believes Trump is “in concert” with King and is well versed “in the racist antics of Steve King.” He also argued that King “wrote the president’s playbook in regards to how a racist should really conduct himself.”

Watch more in the clip below.


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‘LHHATL’ Star Tammy Rivera Praised for Having ‘Real’ Curves

Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Tammy Rivera received a great wave of applause for having a natural body.

Fans have often wondered if the star’s booty was real, but she quickly shut skeptics down quickly with a recent photo of herself. She took to Instagram on Thursday afternoon and shared an image of herself showing off her voluptuous physique.

In the photo, Rivera donned a Pretty Little Thing red dress that hugged her curvy figure and accentuated the lower half of her body, including the star’s derriere. She posed for the ‘Gram’ while timidly looking into the camera.

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Fans swooned over how beautiful the 32-year-old looked in her photo. They also pointed out her well-proportioned frame and commended her for having “thighs” that “match” her rear end.

“When the thighs match!! oh you thick #loveyouTammy 😍 ,” one fan commented.

Another added, “You can tell it’s real by the shape she’s serving you hoes! Yeassss !! 😍😍😍 I love everything about u!”

A third person wrote on Rivera’s post, “OMG look at those buns yess! Haters always wanna say something bad but her body is definitely real just look at it 😻.”

Rivera’s hourglass figure has been the topic of conversation before by fans who accused her of getting butt implants. However, she addressed naysayers’ allegations about her alleged “fake body” in 2017, and denied having plastic surgery of any kind.

“Y’all want me to have a BBL (Brazilian butt lift) so bad, well I never had a BBL. My a– and hips are completely real,” Rivera wrote in an Instagram post. “I know it would make you feel better about yourself if I did but sweetie I never got my a** or hips done. That’s natural babe deal with it!”

The 31-year-old did, however, go under the knife for a breast reduction in February 2018. She told fans that her “big old jugs” were causing her severe back pains and aches.


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Mississippi Government Says It’ll Be Closed on MLK Day in Celebration of ‘Robert E. Lee’s Birthday’

The Mississippi government is getting backlash for a now-deleted tweet concerning the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

On Thursday, the Mississippi Department of Revenue tweeted that it would be closed in honor of MLK Jr. Day and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday. The update was quickly scrubbed from Twitter, but not before users could take screenshots.

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The Mississippi government later deleted the tweets after criticism. (Twitter screenshot)

Lee, who was born on Jan. 19, 1807, is a revered war leader among Confederate sympathizers, however, his birthday is not, nor has it ever been, a federal holiday. Lee’s birthday historically has been a state holiday across states that comprised the Confederacy, and Alabama and Mississippi continue to observe it on the federal MLK holiday.

“I’m sorry, who’s birthday?” D.C. activist Jordan Uhl wrote on Twitter. “They deleted it … I guess those rebel colors do run.”

A fellow user pointed out that in Virginia “it used to be a celebration of both Lee and [Gen.] Stonewall Jackson, so for years it was Lee-Jackson-King Day.”

“Its ‘Confederate Hero’s Day’ on Jan. 19 in Texas,” another chimed in. “I like to call it ‘Saturday’ this year. Seriously, WTF?!”

Despite the nationwide push to rid cities of their Confederate monuments and symbols, Mississippi has been fighting to keep vestiges of its Southern “heritage” alive and well, all while blatantly ignoring the region’s dark history of slavery and Jim Crow. These efforts were on display again in 2016 when Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill declaring April as “Confederate History Month.”

“As countless historians have pointed out, most Confederate monuments were erected as part and parcel of the signing of Jim Crow laws, the development of Lost Cause mythology, and the establishment of white supremacy in the South in the decades following the end of Reconstruction,” EdWeek editor Stephen Sawchuck wrote in a recent op-ed.

Of the MLK-Lee Day mashup, Sawchuck wrote that “Whether these decisions were made for bureaucratic reasons or more ominous ones — likely a combination of both — it’s pretty ghastly to pair a holiday for a black civil rights leader with one celebrating someone who fought for the preservation of a slave society.”

Alabama reporter Leada Gore also previously noted that Gen. Lee precedes King on the state’s official calendar, and reads as “Robert E. Lee/Martin Luther King Birthday.”


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FBI: Man Arrested After Trading His Car for an Antitank Rock to Attack White House

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who traded his car for an antitank rocket, guns and explosives in a plot to storm the White House is under arrest, authorities said.

Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was arrested in an FBI sting operation Wednesday and is charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the United States using fire or an explosive, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said.

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Flags fly in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington,  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Taheb had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

The FBI set up the sting after a local law enforcement agency said in March that it got a tip from someone who said Taheb had become radicalized, changed his name and planned to travel abroad, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in court. A confidenctial FBI source and an undercover agent both made contact with Taheb after he advertised his vehicle for sale in August.

Special Agent Chris Hacker, who oversees the FBI office in Atlanta, said they believe Taheb was acting on his own.

The affidavit says Taheb told the FBI source in October that he planned to travel abroad for “hijra,” which the agent wrote refers to traveling to territory controlled by the Islamic State. Because he didn’t have a passport, he couldn’t travel abroad and told the FBI source that he wanted to carry out an attack in the U.S. against the White House and the Statue of Liberty.

He later mentioned other sites he’d also like to target, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and a specific synagogue, the affidavit says.

He met with the undercover agent and the FBI source multiple times last month and was also in frequent contact using an encrypted messaging application, the affidavit says.

During one meeting with the agent and the source, Taheb “advised that if they were to go to another country, they would be one of many, but if they stayed in the United States, they could do more damage,” the affidavit says. Taheb “explained that jihad was an obligation, that he wanted to do as much damage as possible, and that he expected to be a ‘martyr,’ meaning he expected to die during the attack.”

At another meeting, he showed the undercover agent a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House and detailed a plan for attack, the affidavit says. He asked the undercover agent to obtain the weapons and explosives needed to carry out the attack, and they discussed selling or exchanging their cars to pay for them.

Taheb told the undercover agent they needed a “base” where they could regroup and where he could record a video to motivate people: “He stated he would be the narrator, clips of oppressed Muslims would be shown, and American and Israeli flags would be burned in the background.”

Last week, Taheb told the undercover agent he wanted to pick up weapons this week and drive directly to Washington to carry out the attack, investigators said.

Taheb said they would approach the White House from the back road, causing a distraction for police and then would proceed into the White House, using an antitank weapon to blow open a door and then take down as many people and do as much damage as possible, the affidavit says.

Despite his detailed attack plans, Taheb told an undercover FBI agent he had never shot a gun but could learn easily and also said he had watched some videos of how grenades explode, the affidavit says.

Taheb met with the FBI source and undercover agent on Wednesday in a parking lot in Buford to exchange their cars for semi-automatic assault rifles, three explosive devices with remote detonators and an anti-tank rocket, the affidavit says.

A second FBI source met them and inspected the vehicles, and a second FBI undercover agent arrived in a tractor trailer with weapons and explosives that had been rendered inert by the FBI. The undercover agent and Taheb talked about the guns, how to arm and detonate the explosives and how to use the antitank rocket, the affidavit says.

Taheb and the undercover agent and FBI source whom he believed to be part of his group turned over their car keys to the second confidential source and then loaded the inert explosives and guns into a rental vehicle, the affidavit says. Then, after they got into the car and closed the doors, agents arrested Taheb.


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Maury Povich Wants To Help Wendy Williams With Her Husband’s Alleged Infidelity Issue: ‘Sounds Like You Need a DNA’

There’s been talk that Wendy Williams‘ husband Kevin Hunter has been unfaithful for years now, but the rumor has grown noticeably louder over the past few weeks.

That’s because there was a report that stated Hunter impregnated his alleged mistress, who happens to a few miles from the family’s New Jersey home.

Maury Povich invited Wendy Williams on his show to discuss the rumor that her husband has been unfaithful.
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It didn’t take long for the couple to deny the allegations through their lawyer, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from buzzing in the least. They also sent the publication that originally published the story a cease-and-desist letter.

But Maury Povich, whose talk show is all about getting to the bottom of things with lie detectors, said he’d help Wendy with her alleged marital problems. Right now she’s suffering from an upper arm injury and hasn’t taped her show in weeks. CNN’s Don Lemon has been pitching in for spot host appearances.

“Wendy, sounds like you need a DNA and lie detector test,” read a Jan. 16 message on Maury’s Facebook page. “Let me help you find the truth.”

It’s unlikely the 54-year-old will take Povich up on his offer, especially since she’s probably busy preparing to return to her own show. Wendy was originally supposed to come back on Jan. 14, but that date was pushed back to Jan. 21.

At this point, the show has been in reruns since Christmas Eve, and according to it’s distributors, Debmar-Mercury, Wendy can take even longer to return if she likes.

“As she has for the past 10 years, Wendy delivers an incomparable live talk show day in and day out, and we want to give her the best opportunity to heal and recover,” said Debmar-Mercury’s co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. “Wendy has our complete and unwavering support, and we look forward to her return to the iconic purple chair.”

Povich, meanwhile, deleted his Facebook invitation to Wendy for unknown reasons.


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Don Lemon Says What Many Are Thinking About Government Employees Being ‘Summoned’ to Work Without Pay

CNN’s Don Lemon on Thursday argued that the federal government is treating its workers like “slaves” by forcing them to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

The shutdown, which started Dec. 22, dragged into its 28th day on Friday as thousands of federal employees continue showing up for work without pay while the crisis lasts. President Donald Trump and House Democrats are in a stalemate over his insistence that any bill to reopen unfunded government operations must include $5.7 billion for a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico, and very little progress has been made to get the government back up and running again.

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Host Don Lemon (right) told fellow host Chris Cuomo that the only people who work without pay are indentured servants and slaves. (CNN / video screenshot)

While discussing rapper Cardi B‘s viral rant about the shutdown, Lemon encouraged people to listen to what she had to say. Fellow host Chris Cuomo agreed, saying Cardi’s remarks could get regular, everyday people thinking about the impacts of the shutdown and possibly spark others to care.

“Why wouldn’t people care about what she had to say?” Lemon chimed in. “Of course you should care about what she says because she’s speaking for a whole lot of people.”

The anchor said that while he might not have used the same “colorful” language to express his frustration, Cardi B was “absolutely” right to be upset.

“It’s ridiculous,” Lemon added. “If you’re being summoned to work without pay — what’s a synonym for that?”

“And for no good reason,” Cuomo said.

“What kind of people work without being paid?” Lemon continued. “You’re either an indentured servant or you’re a slave. Right? That’s what’s happening here.

Watch more in the clip below.

Lemon wasn’t the only one connecting slavery to the government works being forced to work without pay. Two days ago, comedian and activist D.L. Hughley shared a meme with the caption,

“A Judge ruled federal employees can be forced to work for free! Forced to work for free? Hmmmm! Forced to work for free? Where have I heard that before? #TeamDL.”


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Lala Anthony’s Post Celebrating Early Romance with Husband Carmelo Anthony Strikes Nerve With Some Fans

What was meant to celebrate humble beginnings between spouses Lala Anthony and Carmelo Anthony turned out to be a criticizing session when fans took issue with women taking back to their cheating significant others.

The “Power” actress on Thursday posted a circa 2004 throwback photo of herself and her Houston Rockets forward spouse from years earlier. In those days their romance was just beginning.

“Best friends who were trying to figure this thing called love out…❤ #tbt,” the star wrote in the caption of the Jan. 17 Instagram post.

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Carmelo Anthony with wife Lala Anthony. (@lala/Instagram)

Several fans applauded the moment of loving nostalgia.

“This makes my heart so happy🖤❣🖤😍😍😍😍💪🏿

❤❤❤ Love seeing you guys together!”

“Beautiful ♥♥. Cherish that love that you found boo. ✨♥♥

But then, many weighed in to criticize the TV star for taking back the basketball star after rumors of infidelity.

In 2017, TMZ reported that Melo and Lala, who are parents to an 11-year-old son, split and that their union had been on the fritz for a while. Additionally, the athlete reportedly impregnated a woman named Mia Angel Burks. It was said that the alleged love child didn’t pull the trigger on the couple’s separation, but it didn’t help matters either. Still, the split was reported to be an amicable one.

👎boooo lol boy u to old to be still cheating.”

“What makes a Woman stay with a man who cheats? But if a Woman cheats it’s over Ninja can’t take it she’s a Ho this that and the other I just wanna know Why? Whats wrong with Y’all? You cheat on me It’s a wrap speaking of wrap No Condom😨I wouldn’t be able to look at you in The same Loving way and feel like That’s Mine Right there, you should have Loved me enough not to do that ish!…”

“He embarrassed tf out of you in public once, one more chance is all he should get sis. If she gon cheat he need to be way more respectful cuz let’s keep it a buck, men and just low life cheating ass busters that we still seem to fall in love with knowing all those things.”

However, Lala and Carmelo have made things work and they never filed for divorce.

In October 2018, the former MTV VJ told People magazine that she and her husband are making things work in their eight-year marriage.

“We’re good. I mean, we’ve been together for a really long time so we’re figuring out how to make it work for what is best for Kiyan and what is best for us,” she said.


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