Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce, BTWBA and WXYZ-TV will host the final debate between Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The debate takes place exactly one week before Detroiters go to the polls to choose their next mayor.
The candidates will face-off at Channel 7’s Broadcast House from 7-8 p.m. in front of a live studio audience. A larger audience of Detroit voters will watch and participate in the debate from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History where Channel 7 anchor/reporter Glenda Lewis will be on hand. Channel 7 Action News anchor Stephen Clark will moderate a special post-debate webcast from 8-8:30 p.m. from the museum hosted by the Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and Booker T. Washington Business Association.
“The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to bringing value, leadership and advocacy to its members and partnering with WXYZ-TV and BTWBA for this mayoral debate shows that by working together we can better serve the residents of Detroit. This is the final mayoral debate, I personally urge each and every Detroit voter to make your voice heard on Nov. 5th,” said Tony Stovall, president of the DBCC.
Channel 7’s editorial and public affairs director Chuck Stokes will moderate this final Detroit mayoral debate. Questions will be asked by a panel that includes Carolyn Clifford, 7 Action News anchor; Lloyd Jackson, WJR News/Talk 760 assistant news director; Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle; and Crain’s Detroit Business Publisher Mary Kramer. The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and Booker T. Washington Business Association are also participating sponsors of the debate.
Viewers will be able to watch the debate live on WXYZ-TV as well as on wxyz.com and the station’s mobile apps and us #7Debate.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:46
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
The Detroit City Council voted on Monday unanimously against another deal organized by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr designed to save the city millions of dollar. A $350-million loan for bankruptcy financing secured by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, The Detroit News reports.
The state’s emergency manager law allows the City Council to accept or reject the deal. The six-member council now has seven days to propose an alternative to the state’s local emergency loan board that would reach the same financial result as Orr’s agreement or better.
It didn’t appear Monday the council would offer an alternative. Instead, it will let bankruptcy court proceedings play out.
“The reality is, it seems to me, that one could make the argument that an alternative plan is not to act on this at all, but rather to fight on this issue in bankruptcy court,” Councilman Kenneth Cockrel Jr. said, questioning the timing of Orr’s deal.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 22:51
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by M Live
DETROIT, MI - Buses aren't running in Detroit Monday after drivers allegedly called in sick to protest dangerous working conditions.
A recording to on the Detroit Department of Transportation's hotline says buses won't run today.
"Sorry to announce the bus drivers union has scheduled a sick out on Monday, Oct. 21," a recorded message says. "Bus service will not be in operation." Continue to MLive.com
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:33
Category: News Briefs Written by Bankole Thompson/Chronicle senior editor
The vibrant Detroit riverfront was not shown in the "60 Minutes" report.– Photos courtesy Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
Like hundreds or perhaps thousands of people, I looked forward to the CBS "60 Minutes" "Detroit on the Edge" report Sunday evening, especially in the wake of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history taking place before our very eyes.
Like others, I was hopeful that the storied news magazine would provide a picture that was not only reflective of how the city got to where it is, but also how it is battling to move forward beyond the old narratives, anecdotes and tales that have defined and confined the city's ability to grow for decades.
And so I hurried home Sunday evening to make sure I caught the entire presentation by "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon after weeks of conversation about what the revered program was going to show the world about Detroit.
I initially began to be suspect of Simon and his assignment when I read his description of Detroit as another Somalia in the Midwest before his story aired. No big deal, I said to myself. I wanted to give Simon the benefit of the doubt because I can understand how the traveled newsman may be jaded by some of the despair he's witnessed in the Motor City, like any of us.
Nonetheless, I still wanted to see his story because it was an opportunity for Detroit's pain and comeback to be told by an outlet that has long built its reputation on fairness, independence and trenchant journalism.
That is why most people watch "60 Minutes" — because they believe that it remains one of the last frontiers of trenchant journalism even as the digital age begins to rapidly transform how we deliver news. That still has not changed the fact that the news program continues to attract leaders at the highest levels in this nation including President Obama who, like presidents before him, still see "60 Minutes" as the outlet to give thoughtful television interviews to.
So I expected a thoughtful analysis, coverage of the biggest municipal bankruptcy that rocked the financial foundations of global powers like China forcing Beijing to examine how it funded its local governments.
To my disappointment, "60 Minutes" only dedicated 13 minutes to telling the crucial story of the largest bankruptcy of its kind in the nation, and the entire segment was based on covering the extreme circumstances in Detroit and the obvious dysfunction of city services, including police and fire, and the ubiquitous blight we have.
Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, who has purchased almost 40 buildings downtown and moved his signature companies to the business district with thousands of employees, making him a central player in Detroit's renaissance, was interviewed.
Gilbert has since dismissed the "60 Minutes" report as "ruin porn" and said he expected more from "60 Minutes."
Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr also was seated for the interview, as was the case with John George of Motor City Blight Busters and Detroit Institute of Arts CEO Graham Beal.
But what the segment failed to show was the efforts being put into bringing the city back. That despite the same old Packard plant "60 Minutes" showed that has been used by national outlets for years as a symbol of Detroit's decline, Detroit has communities that are rejuvenating themselves into vibrant neighborhoods like Brightmoor and other communities.
There are neighborhoods being transformed into robust communities.
What the segment did not do was to chronicle the number of young professionals — Black and White — who are moving back to Detroit, passing on choices such as New York and San Francisco and choosing the Motor City instead because of its promise of a city with huge potential and their determination to be a part of that resurgence.
What the segment woefully and unforgivably omitted was, in a majority African-American city, the number of people who are diversely engaged in thought and perspective in creating a renaissance Detroit which includes Blacks in prominent positions rewriting the next chapter for Detroit, as an example of what committed individuals are willing to do for their city. This despite the sense of pessimism that often tends to negate the bright lights of transformation and innovation.
Faye Nelson, an African-American, is CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, one of the city's proud jewels that just clocked 10 years a few weeks ago. The story of the riverfront, a billion- dollar project, is one of the most enduring stories in Detroit's comeback. The present state of the riverfront sharply contradicts its past.
The kind of coalition that was created to develop the riverfront shows that despite the intransigence around race, honest and diligent people of goodwill can come together for a project and make it work for the greater good.
Why wasn't Nelson interviewed to tell the story of how thousands of families from all corners of the city and beyond look to the riverfront as peaceful destination, despite the burden and the difficulties of trying to cope with half-baked city services? The riverfront sits between Detroit and Canada, making it an international tourist attraction.
The success of the riverfront is an example of coalition building and that is a story "60 Minutes" correspondent Simon could have told. Detroit and its people are intelligent and creative and the riverfront is a product of that creativity. If Simon wanted to do a meaningful story on Detroit, following are some recommendations for him.
George Jackson, CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, has negotiated every major development downtown. Cindy Pasky, is chairperson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, an organization that has pivotal in the comeback of the city. U-SNAP-BAC is a community organization on the city's east side run by Linda Smith that is helping to revitalize the city.
Where Simon failed the journalism test is on the question of balance. Even if the intent of the piece was to be scandalous or extreme, the reporter has an obligation to tell the other side of the story, and there are two sides to every issue.
Contrary to what some believe, not everyone is inclined to gravitate towards the most chilling, titillating or simply unjustifiable negative presentation. The business of journalism requires of those who strictly report the news to do so in such a way that presents a balanced picture of the subject matter. In this case, Simon failed the aptitude test — Journalism 101.
By coming out fully to compare Detroit to Mogadishu, the capital of war-torn Somalia, days before his report was aired, Simon showed the intention of his report: simply confirm his Mogadishu opinions about Detroit by brandishing the extreme on television. He failed the canon of journalistic fairness, which is to strive to be as neutral as possible.
In a rather awkward way, Simon trapped himself in a so-called balanced report that only showed how little attention he has paid to Detroit, and also underscores the danger of walking right into hotbed issues or coverage subjects without an open mind. He came in with his mind already made up. He left with the Mogadishu designation before he unleashed a Detroit report that only confirmed his prejudice.
The "60 Minutes" Detroit treatment should cause all of us to ponder, and especially note what the British journalist Nick Davies wrote in his book "Flat Earth News," which exposes falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media.
Davies contends that sometimes journalists find themselves using recycled information and opinions that are in the public domain as legitimate news. In fact, he says it is not journalism but, rather, "churnalism."
In this case Simon's view of Detroit as another Somalia and its direct correlation to his report are part of biased and subjective opinions about the city that often grace the pages of national media reviews.
There is nothing new there. Instead of showing the total perspective about the city, it appears Simon basically ignored the simple journalistic tenet of the fourth estate: tell the whole story.
Even a high school broadcast student could have produced the report that Simon did if they had a camera crew. The report itself was clearly devoid of any cogent analysis of the city's long historical struggle nor did it give the viewers an understanding of what the biggest bankruptcy in American history means for other financially struggling cities.
Rather, Simon made it look as if getting the real story was difficult and that this was supposed to be the final rendering of what other news organizations have found it difficult to convey about Detroit over the years.
Same old story.
We were greatly disappointed.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 12:37
Category: News Briefs Written by Bankole Thompson/Chronicle senior editor
Detroit city retirees represented through the federally appointed Committee of Retirees in bankruptcy court are rejecting the recommended changes to health care benefits for their families under emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr.
The group said the City of Detroit began mailing books to retirees on Oct 11, advising them that the city will unilaterally impose significantly worse health care benefits at significantly greater costs to retirees.
The group said its current health care benefits are vested and lifetime in nature that were negotiated by retirees in lieu of compensation.
"This action seeks to reduce health care related payments to retirees by more than 80 percent and would eliminate all health care benefits for the 8,000 retirees who are not eligible for Medicare, only providing them with $125 per month to purchase far inferior coverage," said Terri L. Renshaw, chair of the committee. "Worse still, this payment is only for retirees. There is nothing for spouses or dependents."
According to the group, for retirees who are Medicare eligible, "the city's action is devastating as it doubles their out of pocket maximum expenses for medical care and increases prescription drug costs anywhere from 200% to 1,000%. The plan offers no coverage at all if someone is in the Medicare 'donut hole,' with prescription costs skyrocketing for those with any specialty prescription drug requirements."
However, Orr's spokesman, Bill Nowling, in a release sent out Tuesday evening, said the new arrangement is the latest in a series of city restructuring initiatives aimed at lowering benefit costs while ensuring employees and retirees have adequate access to health care.
Nowling said most active employees will see a decrease in their share of insurance premiums, but will pay higher deductibles and certain out of pocket maximums under the new structure. Retirees who are younger than 65 will receive a monthly stipend of either $125 or $200 with which to help purchase coverage from state health care insurance exchanges, or to pay for coverage provided by a new employer.
"This new health benefits structure allows the city to provide quality health care to its active employees. It also will provide retirees who are enrolled in Medicare with supplemental coverage, and it will help younger retirees who are not yet Medicare eligible to afford coverage until they are old enough to transition to Medicare," Orr said. "Our goal has always been to provide quality coverage that the city can reasonably afford, and we have done that."
The group said retirees who are Medicare eligible and who reside outside the state of Michigan will get hit even harder, with little choice, higher premiums and costs for prescription drugs potentially increasing 1,500% to 3,000%.
"The city's actions were taken without court approval and were made over the objections of the Retiree Committee and others closely associated with the bankruptcy case who had been seeking a more humane, long-term solution to health care issues," Renshaw said. "Higher costs, less coverage and huge increases in prescription drug payments are the key components of this plan. These reductions, coupled with the city's threatened pension reductions, is draconian, inhumane and unprecedented. Exposing thousands of retirees on fixed and limited incomes to this burden is unacceptable and we will spend the days and weeks ahead fighting this plan."
In an interview with the Michigan Chronicle, Brenda Goss Andrews, president of the Retired Detroit Police Members Association, said Detroit needs to put a face on the financial crisis in the city, to show how much suffering is about to be meted out on "people who have worked hard, earned their pensions."
FACT SHEET FOR CITY OF
DETROIT PROPOSED CHANGES
RETIREE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS
■ There are more than 20,000 retirees from the city of Detroit, who include police officers and firefighters, as well as the city's many non-uniformed employees. Most of them retired between 1980 and 2000. Most live in Michigan, with approximately 7,500 still living in Detroit itself. Also affected by changes to the retiree health care benefits are the many spouses, dependents and survivors of retirees who depend on the city's promised health care benefits.
■ The city's new plan seeks to go into effect on January 1, 2014.
■ The plan will eliminate all healthcare benefits for the 8,000 Retirees who are not eligible for Medicare, except to provide them with $125 per month to purchase far-inferior coverage that could easily triple their share of healthcare expenses -- or worse, depending on their circumstance -- and require them to go out-of-pocket to pay premiums.
The Harm From The City's Plan to Retirees Who are Not Medicare Eligible (Generally Those Under 65 Years of Age and Certain Uniformed Retirees)
■ Currently, the city contributes between $605 per month for a retiree and spouse not eligible for Medicare and $1,834 for a non-Medicare eligible family. Now, the retiree — and only the retiree — will receive a check for $125 per month. If a retiree was disabled in the line of duty, the check will be $200 per month.
■ These monthly checks will constitute income and thus be taxable to many Retirees.
■ The drop to $125 per retiree in city funding is insufficient to enable a retiree or a retiree and spouse — let alone a retiree and family — to procure comparable coverage on the health care exchanges without incurring significant out-of-pocket premium charges. Given that many such retirees and their spouses and families live on fixed and limited incomes, the economic impact will be significant and in many cases dire.
■ The health insurance the city contractually agreed to provide — promised to provide — and the retiree earned, as deferred compensation — has covered approximately 90% of the health care costs incurred. The city's plan will eviscerate such coverage.
■ On the Affordable Care Act exchanges, a couple making $31,000 annually (twice the federal poverty level) would have to pay an additional $453 annually — above the city's contribution and any federal subsidy.
■ For a couple who incurs an average amount of medical charges in a given year, this will result in an annual increase in out-of-pocket health care spending that could easily exceed $5,000 or more.
■ The new plan eliminates many retiree contributions to Medicare eligible Retirees, their spouses and dependents.
■ The city's plan eliminates the city's premium payments for all dental and eye care.
Detroit retirees say health care cuts 'inhumane'
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 15:52
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Reuters
(Reuters) - Macy's Inc (M.N) said on Monday that most of its stores will open on the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday for the first time in its history, in a sign of how competitive the holiday season is shaping up.
Macy's will open the doors at most of its 800 namesake department stores, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 28. The company said the shift was voluntary for workers and that the move was "consistent" with what many rivals are doing.
The name of company, which has sponsored New York's Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade since 1924, is virtually synonymous with the holiday.
Traditionally, retailers have waited until Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving, to start their big end-of-the-year push for sales.
U.S. retailers have extended their Black Friday hours every year in recent years to get a jump on the sales events that kick off the holiday season, when they earn more than a third of their annual sales in the holiday season.
Many retailers, including Macy's, reported disappointing second-quarter sales, pressuring them to try to make up those sales during the holiday season.
Macy's opened most of its stores at midnight in 2011 and 2012 to kick off the Black Friday sales after opening later in the morning in prior years. But some of its rivals have opened earlier and earlier, pressuring Macy's.
Last year, Macy's rival Lord & Taylor, owned by Hudson's Bay Co (HBC.TO), opened some stores for business on Thanksgiving for the first time. Sears Holdings Corp's (SHLD.O) namesake chain was also open.
In 2012, Target Corp (TGT.N) opened at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year earlier, when it was closed on Thanksgiving.
Macy's said in a statement that the earlier opening was to cater to shoppers who prefer to start shopping earlier.
One associate in the men's sportswear section at the Macy's flagship in Manhattan said he volunteered to work on Thanksgiving.
"I'm going to gladly work that shift because I don't want to work on Black Friday," he said.
But another associate said Thanksgiving with her family was too "sacred" for her to go to work.
Last year, several petitions were created on website Change.org suggesting that chains keep their doors shut on Thanksgiving, which is a major national, non-denominational holiday in the United States. Change.org is a website that allows people to create and sign petitions.
Rowland H. Macy opened R.H. Macy & Co as a dry goods store in New York City in 1858.
(Reporting by Phil Wahba in New York; Editing by Carol Bishopric)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:38
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Donald James
First of Two Parts
Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams, outgoing secretary of the Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors, is a Christian spiritual leader, national speaker, theological teacher and author who has built a strong reputation in African American faith-based communities around Detroit and across the nation. For more than five years, she has served as pastor of Zion Progress Baptist Church, located in downtown Detroit. On Friday, October 18, 2013, Bishop Abrams will officially step down as pastor.
Abrams’ decision to leave Zion Progress is based on the revelation she made to her congregation on Sunday, Oct. 6. She announced that she is now in a same-sex marriage. “With some buzz going around about my same-sex marriage, I wanted my church to hear from me before members heard it from other sources. I had already talked with my deacons,” said Abrams. “I knew that it would eventually get to my congregation. So I stood in my pulpit and openly talked about love, Christ, and that I was married, and it was a same-gender marriage.”
According to the 43-year-old pastor, there were a myriad of reactions from the congregation. She said some expressed disappointment and many expressed love and support. Abrams said the next day, a groundswell of calls poured in, some, said Abrams, from members who have not actively attended Zion Progress Baptist Church in years.
“Some members asked me to stay. Some said if I was leaving, they would go with me to another church. Some members even said that if I was going out of the state, they would go to another church.”
Abrams quickly realized that her same-gender marriage had the potential to cause a deep divide, so deep that even families in the church were split on which side of the issue to stand on.
“It is not my desire to split the church,” Abrams said, during an exclusive interview at the Michigan Chronicle office.
“It really hurts me because I don’t want to be the reason for the church to split, and potentially for family members to be at odds with one another. Therefore, I felt that it was in the best interest of everyone to resign.”
Abrams also severed ties with other faith-based organizations in the region. After a nine-year stint with the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit, she stepped down, citing that she didn’t want to be the topic of proposed meetings on the issue, which could have ultimately caused a rift within the Council.
“I want to make it clear that I was not forced out or put out as some rumors have suggested,” said Abrams. “I’ve had many calls from people in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and other places who have asked me about leaving the Council. I was not put out; I resigned.”
In addition, Abrams removed her church from the Baptist Missionary and Education State Convention, as well as the Progressive National Baptist Convention. She also stepped down from her co-editorship of the nationally published Progress National Baptist Convention magazine, The Baptist Progress.
After several decades of serving and leading in the African-American faith community, Abrams knew that her marital status would not sit well with everyone.
Nevertheless, Abrams has proudly identified her new spouse as Bishop Emeritus Diana Williams of the Imani Temple of the African-American Catholic Congregation in Washington, D..C. The couple married in March of 2013 in Iowa.
“She is definitely my best friend, a wonderful person and is a support system to me in tremendous ways,” Abrams said. “We have a lot in common. We have similar visions, missions and goals. We complement each other very well in how best to serve God.”
Abrams added that when she (Abrams) was consecrated as bishop on April 14, 2012, the topic of same-sex marriage or gay relationships was never brought up, as it was not on her heart or in her spirit at the time. About a year or so before she was married, she became open for love, and love not necessarily from a certain gender.
“At some point you have to be honest with yourself,” said Abrams. “This is my first same-gender relationship. I knew the person before, but we were just friends. We had a great relationship where I began to ask questions of myself about a year ago.”
Abrams believes, “We are all made in God’s image and in God’s likeness, which means whoever you are, whatever you look like, whatever your gender is, whatever your color, whatever your culture, whatever you orientation (sexual), everybody is made in God’s image.
“There are so many people who are wounded, so many people who are hurt, so many people have been cast out; people have been pushed to the point where they actually have tried to hurt themselves and have even killed themselves because of what the religious community says about who they are.”
She continued, “One of the things that really hurts me is that for so many years, African-American churches, and maybe White churches as well, are saying that these people (gay) are going to hell. Some ministers (male) are being hypocrites because behind the scenes they are right there doing stuff. Many people, especially young people and the unchurched, when they come to church, want to be welcomed and affirmed.
“There is a difference. If I’m affirming you, that means that I am accepting you as you are and that you are free to serve in any capacity in the church as a member. If a same-gender loving person can clean the church, play the organ, sing in the choir, they should be able to lead the church…teach, preach and do all of that.”
Abrams, who holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from United Theological Seminary as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University, believes that two Scriptures are important to read as “scriptural references” as it relates to same-gender relationships: Luke 7: 1-10 and Matthew 8: 5-13 (about the Centurion’s servant). She also believed the Greek words “entimos duolos pais” when seen together mean beloved servant, which means male lover. This, according to Abrams, is different from the other servants in nature of the relationship.
Abrams also said that during this time in history, the law did not consider it adultery when men had sex with men; it was only viewed as adultery when men had sex with other women.
“The references in the Bible that discussed ‘homosexual acts’ referred to popular male prostitution during that time,” said Abrams. “The men would have sex with the male prostitutes, often. This is what was discouraged in Scriptures.
“However, nowhere does Jesus or any text discuss males who engaged in loving committed relationships with other males that were not totally sexual in nature, but were simply love between two consenting individuals. This is what we see between many same-sex couples on today, and what is being fought on today.”
Editor’s Note: Bishop Abrams has much more to say about her groundbreaking decision, the future of the Black church on this issue, and her plans moving forward in part 2 of this exclusive interview
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 19:43
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The Michigan Chronicle is proud to announce it is teaming up with CBS 62 and Newsradio950 in the first televised mayoral debate airing Sunday in the historic election between former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan and Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
The highly anticipated debate between the two candidates will air as a special hour long “Michigan Matters” 11 a.m. Sunday October 20 on CBS 62. It will also be simulcast on WWJNewsradio 950. The debate will be repeated at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 27 on WKBD-TV CW50 and also on WWJ Newsradio at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
“At this critical time in our city, we are proud to be involved with this event which will showcase the two candidates and give voters in Detroit a chance to see and hear from them,” said Hiram Jackson, Chronicle Publisher and CEO of Real Times Media.
“We are also thrilled to partner with the Michigan Chronicle and WWJ Newsradio 950 in putting on this important debate,” said Tom Canedo , Vice President and General Manager of CBS 62/CW50.
“CBS 62 is proud to continue its rich tradition of making an impact in Metro Detroit by helping to bring the candidates before viewers with our programming,” Canedo added.
“Michigan Matters” Senior Producer and Host Carol Cain will moderate the debate. Michigan Chronicle Senior Editor Bankole Thompson will join her on the panel to pose questions as will Tom Jordan, WWJ Newsradio 950 morning news anchor, and Cliff Russell, longtime political pundit.
Duggan and Napoleon agreed to participate in two televised debates and a “Conversation” between them before the Detroit Economic Club luncheon on Wednesday, Oct 23 at Cobo Center. DEC tickets are available by calling 313-963-8547 or econclub.org.
The DEC candidate forum will be moderated by Cain with Judge Damon Keith serving as the presiding officer.
The final televised debate will be hosted by WXYZ-TV as “Spotlight on the News” Executive Producer Chuck Stokes serves as moderator. It airs 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 29.
Bankole Thompson will be among the panel posing questions of Duggan and Napoleon that night.
The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov 5.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 20:13
Category: News Briefs Written by CNN News
Beat the clock: Reid cites 'tremendous progress' in debt ceiling talks
Washington (CNN) -- Will Tuesday be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's "bright day"?
Reid said Monday night that talks with his Republican counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, had made "tremendous progress" toward an agreement to end the partial government shutdown and raise the nation's self-imposed borrowing limit, raising hopes among investors, world leaders and regular Americans that the shutdown stalemate was nearing an end.
"Perhaps tomorrow will be a bright day," he said.
U.S. stock futures -- often seen as an indicator of how markets will open -- were up only slightly early Tuesday as investors largely waited out the politicians.
And the White House canceled a planned meeting with congressional leaders, likely a move to give Reid and McConnell room to negotiate.
But questions remained about what would happen to any Senate deal once it reaches the House of Representatives, which has repeatedly sent back shutdown-related bills passed by the Senate's Democratic majority.
Mindful that the deadline to raise the amount the government allows itself to borrow is days away, House Republican leaders are considering all their options, said a GOP leadership aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
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The negotiations are also being closely watched by other nations, which would also feel the impact should the United States run out of money to pay some of its bills.
Jon Cunliffe, who will become the deputy governor of the Bank of England, told British lawmakers over the weekend that banks should begin planning for contingencies.
The ongoing shutdown -- now in its 15th day -- has proven costly. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are either idling at home or not being paid for their work during the shutdown. Government offices, many parks and other facilities are closed. And officials warn tough choices are ahead about which bills to pay and which to let slide, should the shutdown and debt-ceiling debate drag on.
So far, the standoff has cost the economy about $20 billion in gross domestic product, CNN's Christine Romans reported Tuesday on "New Day," citing Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics. GDP is a measure of the goods and services produced by an economy.
Supporters stand by representatives and government shutdown
During a visit Monday to a local food pantry, President Barack Obama warned of what he called continued partisan brinkmanship by House Republicans who "continue to think that somehow they can extract concessions by keeping the government shut down or by threatening default."
"My hope is a spirit of cooperation will move us forward over the next few hours," Obama said.
The finer points
Reid and McConnell have to reach a resolution on two critical issues: End the partial government shutdown that began October 1, and raise the debt ceiling so the U.S. can borrow more money to pay all the government's bills.
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Democrats want an increase in the debt ceiling to last for several months, to avoid similar showdowns in coming months.
At the same time, they want a spending plan to reopen the government, but one that will be temporary. This will allow them to work toward a longer-term agreement that can negate the impacts of the forced sequestration cuts.
Republicans want the opposite.
They want a longer spending proposal that would lock in the planned sequestration cuts in coming months. And they want a shorter debt ceiling extension in order to negotiate further deficit-reduction measures.
"We'll get this done. We're going to get this done. I feel real confident," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia.
'Solve this problem today'
During his visit to Martha's Table in Washington, Obama said the congressional leaders could "solve this problem today."
He warned that a default -- in which the government would lack enough cash on hand to pay down its debt obligations as well as other daily bills such as Social Security checks -- "could have a potentially devastating effect on our economy."
"We've already had a damaging effect on our economy because of the shutdown," he said. "That damage would be greatly magnified if we don't make sure that government's paying its bills, and that has to be decided this week."
The Treasury Department has said it will be unable to pay the government's bills unless the debt limit is increased by Thursday.
Democratic sources told CNN that the proposal under consideration by Reid and McConnell would fund the government through January 15, allowing it to reopen for at least three months or so.
At the same time, negotiations on a budget for the full fiscal year would have a deadline of some time in December, the sources said.
Meanwhile, the debt ceiling would be increased through February 7 to put off the threat of default for almost four months, according to sources in both parties.
The budget negotiations were expected to address deficit reduction measures and therefore could impact when the debt limit would need to be increased again.
In addition, provisions involving Obama's signature health care reforms could be included, such as strengthening verification measures for people seeking federal subsidies to help them purchase health insurance required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the sources said.
Another possible change to the health care reforms would delay a fee on employers, unions and other plan sponsors that raise money to compensate insurance companies for taking on high-risk customers in the early years of Obamacare.
CNN political analyst John Avlon said Monday that Democrats wanted to press what they perceive as an advantage over Republicans on how the public is perceiving the latest round of Washington budget and deficit brinkmanship.
"What's behind it (are) poll numbers that saw Republicans getting their butt kicked because of this whole gamesmanship," Avlon said.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 08:53
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
The City Council on Monday rejected Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s agreement with the state for the lease of Belle Isle according to reports by Fox 2 News:
Detroit City Council approved an alternate plan, a shorter lease of 10 years, by a vote of 4 - 2. JoAnne Watson and Brenda Jones voted no. The council says a shorter lease is better for the people of Detroit.
The state will review the plan and has 30-days to decide.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 08:45
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