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Budget Office Cuts Cost Estimate Of Children’s Insurance

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ official budget analysts have eased one stumbling block to lawmakers’ fight over renewing a program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children. The Congressional Budget Office says a Senate bill adding five years of financing to the program would cost $800 million. Previously, the analysts estimated it would cost $8.2 billion. That means lawmakers should find it much easier to agree on a way to pay for extending the program. The lower cost projection doesn’t resolve the main barrier the bill faces. Extending the children’s health program has become enmeshed in a battle among President...

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Angela Rye Slams Adidas Ad Featuring Paul Pogba As Irresponsible

[ad_1] Adidas released a new ad for their Predator cleats, which features French soccer player Paul Pogba. The ad is Paul’s face with “Predator” at the bottom — there are no shoes in the ad. CNN commentator Angela Rye is calling out the ad for being irresponsible, writing on Instagram, “Do you understand that PREDATOR has a negative connotation particularly when we are talking about the perception of Black people in the world? This is irresponsible and NOT well thought out.” See below: There is also a video version of the ad, which does feature the shoes: Some folks didn’t seem to...

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Russell Simmons Backs Down From His #NotMe Campaign

[ad_1] Russell Simmons has reportedly abandoned the #NotMe crusade he attempted to launch in the face of multiple sexual assault allegations. According to Page Six, the mogul’s reps said he has instead decided “that this is a time for women to speak.” In November and December, the Def Jam co-founder was accused of various forms of sexual misconduct — including rape and attempted rape — by some 13 women. Although he stepped down from his businesses, Simmons said on Instagram that he was committed to proving his innocence. On Dec. 14, he wrote, “Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove...

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Ex-Arizona Sheriff, Trump Ally Joe Arpaio Running For Senate

[ad_1] PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was spared a possible jail sentence last year when his political ally President Donald Trump pardoned his criminal conviction for disobeying a judge’s order, announced Tuesday he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake. The 85-year-old lawman tweeted he is seeking the post to support Trump’s policies. “President Trump needs my help in the Senate,” Arpaio added in an email to supporters seeking funds for the race. Arpaio, who served 24 years as metro Phoenix’s sheriff before suffering a crushing 2016 defeat by an little-known Phoenix police sergeant,...

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Director Of Barack Obama’s Iowa Campaign Wants Oprah To Call!

[ad_1] The Iowa state director for former President Obama’s reelection campaign tweeted Monday at Oprah Winfrey amid speculation she could run for president in 2020. “Call me @oprah,” Brad Anderson tweeted. “I’ve got some Iowa county chairs who would love to hear from you.” Winfrey said in an interview after the show she does not have plans to run for president. Also, “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King said Tuesday that while Oprah is “intrigued” by the idea of running, King doesn’t think the TV mogul is considering it “at this time.” As speculation swirled after Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech on Sunday, with the...

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Hundreds Bid Farewell To Erica Garner During Emotional Funeral In NYC

[ad_1] Hundreds of activists, public figures and mourners hailed Erica Garner as a hero during her emotional homegoing service at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York on Monday evening. Eric Garner‘s daughter, 27, was celebrated as a warrior who fought tirelessly for racial justice. “When her father died, she was the one going out there in Staten Island every Tuesday and Thursday,” said the Rev. Kevin McCall. “She was the one to bring this to a national level.” Garner had become an outspoken opponent of police brutality in the wake of her father’s death at the hands of a New...

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NeNe Leakes Drags Sheree Whitfield To The Jailhouse And Back

[ad_1] NeNe Leakes took the gloves off to drag Sheree Whitfield on Sunday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live. Sheree tried it, so NeNe had to remind her to stay in her lane. It. Was. Savage. On this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Sheree brought up the fact that NeNe’s got a mug shot. When Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen asked her how she felt about it, NeNe unleashed. “I really don’t care about Sheree bringing up a mug shot,” NeNe said. “Anybody can get a mug shot for a traffic ticket.” …and that’s when NeNe really let...

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Cardi B Addresses Offset’s Cheating Rumors Again

[ad_1] Source: Johnny Nunez / Getty It looks like Cardi B will be standing by her man Offset through thick, thin, and multiple cheating rumors. Ashes to ashes. Dust to side chicks. Cardi’s fiance has been caught up in yet another round of rumors that he’s been messing around. The last time he was supposedly cheating, Cardi and Offset posted a racy video on social media to combat the chatter; but this time, she’s made it clear that she plans on sticking with him no matter what anyone says. In a message captured by The Jasmine Brand, Cardi argues that most men cheat, but...

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Shannon Sharpe Offers Advice To Diddy On Buying The Panthers

[ad_1]   Shannon Sharpe has some advice for Sean “Diddy” Combs about his desire to purchase of the Carolina Panthers. TMZ caught up with the “Undisputed” host, who agreed that Combs would be suitable for the job.   “I think he would be a great owner. You don’t come from where he came to get to where he’s got by not being serious about your work. I think he would make a great owner.” Peep what he had to say via the clip above. Sharpe explained that the purchase will not be as easy. “I hope he can get the backing and make this come to...

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California Storm Follows Fires, Bringing New Round Of Danger

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES (AP) — The same Californians who had to flee from huge wildfires in recent months now have to handle hard rains that bring another type of danger. Storms dumped rain and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities. Northern California was hit hardest Monday evening, while Southern California was bracing for the worst to arrive overnight. Both regions have been plagued with destructive wildfires. Property owners stacked sandbags in devastated northern wine country areas where deadly fires hit in October and well over an inch of rain had fallen Monday night. To the south in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, evacuations...

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