Democrats Defend Obamacare Despite Premium Increase

Democrats rushed to the defense of ObamaCare on Tuesday amid Republican attacks over premium increases.The administration announced Monday that the premium will increase an average of 25 percent for 2017.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed out that the vast majority of ObamaCare enrollees receive financial assistance to shield them from the effect of such increases, and he said about 7 in 10 people will still be able to find a plan for $75 or less a month.

“That's a good deal, that's about the cost of a cell phone bill,” Earnest said, according to a pool report. “That's a particularly good deal when you consider what options were available to individuals on the individual market before” ObamaCare.

Former President Bill Clinton also backed the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, despite trashing it in a speech earlier this month, when he called it “the craziest thing in the world.”During a campaign stop today on behalf of his wife Hillary Clinton in North Carolina, he touted the fact the healthcare law prevents insurance companies from withholding coverage from people with preexisting conditions who previously could not get coverage at any price.

“All of the headlines are full of the stories that average premiums are going up 22 percent, but the subheadline is if you're in the healthcare program, your subsidies will go up too, so the increases won't be as much,” he said.

He also noted that 20 million people have gained coverage under the law.

“You've got one proposal [from] her opponent, just repeal it and go back to the way it used to be,” he said. “That's a terrible idea. More than 20 million people would lose their health insurance.”

Hillary Clinton, however, did not mention ObamaCare at her only scheduled campaign rally of the day, choosing not to address the issue as she stumped more

Justice Department Replaces Entire New York Investigation Team In Eric Garner Case

Even though time has passed since his death, unfortunately there has been little movement and even slower resolution in the Eric Garner case. Despite consistent media attention and several protests speaking out against his murder by NYPD police officers, the case has been plagued by stops and starts, resulting in the state that it s currently in. However, the Justice Department just made a big decision that could finally result in getting things going in the right direction.

Source: Anadolu Agency / Getty

It is being reported that the Justice Department has officially replaced the entire New York City investigation team that was overseeing the Eric Garner case. This is especially good news for those who have suspected that the NYC officials have not been doing a thorough enough job in the investigation up until this point. The Root has the full details on this development that has been a long time in the making.

Via The Root:

The Department of Justice has overhauled the Eric Garner investigative team, replacing the New York team of agents and lawyers looking into his 2014 death, the New York Times reports. The move, which the Times describes as a “highly unusual shake-up,” could put some steam into the long-stalled case and possibly put the department back on track in seeking criminal charges.

As the Times notes, the case has had its issues because federal prosecutors and the FBI in New York were against bringing charges. However, prosecutors with the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., argued that there was clear evidence in favor of doing so.

FBI agents who have been investigating the case have since, in recent weeks, been replaced with agents from outside New York. Federal prosecutors in New York City's Brooklyn borough have also been dropped from the case, leaving more

Pregnant, Suicidal Woman Slain By Washington Cops During Wellness Check

A 23-year-old Washington woman, who was five months pregnant, was shot and killed by police conducting a wellness check on Friday, The Seattle Times reports.

Pregnant single mom #ReneeDavis killed by police called to her home on tribal land in Washington for "welfare check"

— (@HeavySan) October 24, 2016

Renee Davis, a mother to three children, aged two, three and five, sent a text to friends and family earlier in the day Friday warning of suicidal urges, reports the news outlet.

The unnamed source alerted authorities, who arrived at her home on the Muckleshoot tribal lands around 6:30 p.m, according to The Seattle Times.

In a news release obtained by the outlet, King County Sheriff's deputies said they knocked on Davis' door but received no response. Two deputies entered and found Davis with a handgun, prompting both deputies to open fire–at least one bullet fatally struck Davis. Authorities told The Times two small children were home at the time of the incident.

Davis' sister, Danielle Bargala, called her sister a “soft person,” and said her family questions the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

“It's really upsetting because it was a wellness check,” Bargala told The Times. “Obviously, she didn't come out of it well.”

Bargala was unaware her sister was in possession of a handgun, but acknowledged that Davis owned a rifle because she indulged in hunting.

The King County Sheriff's Department released no further information other than the initial written statement, the Times reports and both officers are on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

The King County Sheriff's Department will make more information available after police give their statements to investigators, the outlet writes.

SOURCE: The Seattle Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter more

Artwork Stolen Off Wall At Muhammad Ali Center In Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Artwork showing Muhammad Ali in a classic pose, in white trunks and red boxing gloves, was stolen from an exhibit while it was open to the public at the Muhammad Ali Center. Surveillance cameras recorded the brazen theft, and a manhunt was under way for a suspect.

The signed print of a painting by LeRoy Neiman, valued at $5,000, was taken around 1 p.m. EDT Saturday, Louisville police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said Tuesday. He said investigators were trying to locate “a person of strong interest.”

The signed artwork was displayed in the Ali Center's LeRoy Neiman Gallery when it was taken. The center in Ali's hometown of Louisville showcases his career as a three-time heavyweight boxing champion and the humanitarian causes he fought for throughout his adult life.

The center promotes six core principles Ali espoused — confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality.

Ali died in June at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Ali Center spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke said it was the first time an exhibit piece had been stolen from the downtown center.

“Additional security measures are already in place to prevent like incidents from occurring,” she said.

Neiman, who died in 2012, was best known for his brilliantly colored images of sporting events and leisure activities. His subjects included a long roster of famous athletes.

Neiman met Ali in 1962 in the dressing room at a New York City arena before a bout, according to the artist's website, and sketched the young heavyweight sitting on the rubbing table.

“This was the beginning of a long relationship between the artist and the prize fighter,” the website said. “The artist frequently sketched and painted the athlete in training and at his major bouts around the world, constantly sketching, drawing and painting. Ali often took up the brush himself, and did more

NAACP Seeks Federal Probe After Noose Put On Black Student

WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) — The president of the Mississippi NAACP is demanding a federal hate crime investigation after the parents of a black high school student said as many as four white students put a noose around their son's neck at school.

“No child should be walking down the hall or in a locker room and be accosted with a noose around their neck,” president Derrick Johnson said Monday during a news conference in Wiggins. “This is 2016, not 1916. This is America. This is a place where children should go to school and feel safe in their environment.”

Johnson said the incident happened Oct. 13 near a locker room at Stone High School in Wiggins.

Hollis and Stacey Payton, parents of the alleged victim, attended the news conference but did not speak. Their son, a sophomore football player, was not with them and they did not release his name.

The NAACP said the incident happened during a break in football practice and that the noose was “yanked backward” while on the student's neck.

Johnson would not say whether noose left any marks on the black student. According to a statement from the student's family, he returned to football practice after the incident, said Ayana Kinnel, a spokeswoman for the state NAACP.

Stone High has about 800 students, about a quarter of whom are black according to state figures. That's not a particularly high percentage in Mississippi, where half of nearly 500,000 public school students are African-American.

Wiggins, 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, is a logging town. Many people commute from the 18,000-resident county to jobs in Gulfport and other coastal cities.

Mississippi has struggled with a history of racial division. It is the last state that still incorporates the Confederate battle emblem on its state flag. In 2014, two out-of-state students at the University more

Teenage Girls Arrested For Attacking 62-Year-Old Man

Two teenage girls living in Syracuse, New York, were arrested after allegedly attacking a 62-year-old man on video.

Apparently, the elderly man asked a group of teens sitting on his lawn to leave, at which point they became violent and confrontational. One girl is seen punching the victim in the face twice and when he begins to run after her, another spins him around while the others record and laugh in the background.

Two girls, 14 and 15, have been arrested at this time and face third-degree assault charges. One of the girls' moms is offering her apology to the victim and says her daughter will face the consequences for what she did. The footage has been viewed more than 1 billion times on Facebook.

Click here for more details, plus watch the horrifying footage below.

SOURCE: Fox61 | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO SOURCE: Facebook more

Interracial Couple Marry Despite Thieves, Hurricane Hitting Their Home

Despite their home being hit by Hurricane Matthew and burglars stealing many of their wedding items, interracial couple Tyler Ahrendsen and Sharifa Mattis couldn't be stopped from walking down the aisle on Saturday.

The couple evacuated their home in Raleigh, North Carolina during Hurricane Matthew. While they were away, thieves broke into their home and took several items — including items for their upcoming wedding.

“It feels dirty,” Mattis told CNN affiliate WNCN. “It just feels like someone we don't know, and we'll never see, saw everything of us.”

When the couple returned home to find their belongings stolen, friends and strangers began donating money to help them replace items for their special day. A local caterer even donated beverages, napkins and cups for the reception.

“Vendors, old friends, people we know, people we don't know, strangers just have really opened themselves up and really just given from the heart, and really helped us,” Ahrendsen said.

“Everything that happened just put things in perspective and just kind of re-prioritized why we're doing all this, and that's because we're in love and we just want to get married and start our family,” said Mattis.

“It's really brought us together and brought our families together. At our rehearsal yesterday we had a really special energy. We have a lot to celebrate this weekend.”

The couple said they plan on getting back to rebuilding their home soon.

“Get back in there, finish the renovations, fill it with some great new memories, and just move on,” Mattis said.

“It was a very traumatic thing happening, but we really love each other and we want to lean on each other, and we did,” Ahrendsen said.

[ione_media_gallery id="130402" overlay="true"]

Like on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

(Photo Source: WNCN) more

‘I Bet He Won’t Break Into Nobody Else’s House:’ Chicago Woman Beats Would-Be Rapist Unconscious

A 58-year-old Chicago woman fought off an attempted rapist by beating him unconscious with a crowbar, Fox 32 reports.

“All I know is somebody grabbed my hair. He kept saying, ‘don't look at me b—-, I'm the Grim Reaper,Angela Ferguson, the alleged victim, told the television news outlet about the attack last week. “So he kept hitting me in my face, and doing blows to the head, so I did this, and I said please, please, why is you doing this?”

Dorval Grice, 30, was arrested and charged with home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault, Fox 32 reports. He's being held on $250,000 bail.

Chicago woman beats alleged rapist with crowbar, knocks him unconscious @craigrwall reports

— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) October 19, 2016

Ferguson told the outlet she woke to find Grice, a former neighbor, hovering over her, demanding sex. At one point, he threatened to kill her, Grice told the outlet. He apparently entered the apartment through a broken window, the report says.

According to Ferguson's horrifying account, she struggled with Grice several times, and at one point managed to push him out of the room. Grice made his way back in by breaking down the bedroom door.

During the fight of her life, Ferguson grabbed a beer stein from under her bed and struck her attacker over the head several times until he lay unconscious in a pool of blood.

Ferguson said she ran outside to contact 911, but only received help after calling three times. According to Fox 32, the nearest police station is a block and a half away from Ferguson's home.

But the incident hasn't broken Ferguson's resilient spirit.

“You're not gonna put Angie out. And so he should have knew, that where he messed up. I more

Study: Stress Of Racism Harms Academics

A 15-year-old Brooklyn high school student told The Atlantic that his skin color is an obstacle to getting good grades. Zion Agostini explained that, as a Black male, the cops target him for stop and frisks on the way to school.

When he enters the school building, Agostini must empty his pocket before passing through a metal detector—frequently ordered to go through a second time if he forgets to remove certain items. The whole routine all too often causes him to miss the beginning of his first period chemistry class, when the teacher presents important information.

Agostini understands that he's a victim of racial profiling—navigating his way through a larger society that views him with suspicion because of his race.

A new study reported in The Atlantic found that dealing with racism creates physiological and psychological harm to students of color that contribute to their persistent academic gap compared to White students. Share
The team of Northwestern University researchers confirmed previous studies that found higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in Black youth that are linked to dealing with racial discrimination. High levels of stress hormones have a negative impact on cognition.

They examined two specific sources of stress: perceived discrimination and stereotyping.

The researchers found that the Black students' perception that they will be treated differently or unfairly by teachers often manifests itself in reduced academic motivation, low grades and yielding to academic challenges.

At the same time, academic performance also declines when Black students feel high levels of anxiety and stress from dealing with stereotypes of academic inferiority.

Making matter worse, the researchers more

Seattle High School Makes Only Black Students Sign Pledge To Be Better Students

A Seattle High School is under fire after a school pledge created by the staff turned into something quite prejudiced.

The school staff only asked Black students to sign the “Keepin' it 100” pledge to be better students. One student immediately told her mom about the pledge, which asked “African American scholars” to promise to come to class on time, complete high school, and hold themselves up to a high standard, The Grio reports.

Franklin High junior Niya Thomas told her mom Neffertiti Thomas about “Keepin' it 100,” to which she responded, “I don't think they read that letter feeling encouraged, uplifted at all. They walked away feeling like I can't do enough, I still didn't make it.” Niya added, “Every student counts in the school, I feel like if you gave it to one culture, you should have given it to the others as well.”

High school senior Bazia Potts said, “We were upset because the whole 12th grade class got the paper but it was supposed to be for us. I know I felt embarrassed and my peers felt embarrassed as well. They threw it in the garbage; they were angry; they threw it away.”

Seattle Public Schools issued a statement about the controversial pledge:

“Seattle Public Schools is committed to eliminating opportunity gaps and accelerating learning for each and every student. A student covenant was recently created by staff at Franklin High School. After meeting with senior students, Franklin staff discontinued the covenant as it proved to be a distraction from their original intent which is to increase efforts and support for African American students and ensure college readiness. In addition, a parent/community advisory group is under development to increase the school's collective wisdom, inform their practices and build capacity to reach the goal more