Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Remember that 3-year-old girl who melted the hearts of millions after appearing in a YouTube video dancing to the beat of Beyonce‘s “End Of Time“? Well, Heaven (pictured) appeared with her mother, on “Ellen” last week.
You’ll soon discover that she’s much cuter than you may have initially thought. Check out her primetime performance below:
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 09:14
Category: Community Written by CNN News
White House signals possible opening on debt ceiling
Washington (CNN) -- Is it a glimmer of hope, or more rhetoric as the deadline for possible government default gets closer?
After weeks of near silence without any hint of a potential compromise between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans over raising the nation's debt ceiling, the White House may be offering some conciliatory language that could help lead to a deal to prevent a potential default on October 17.
As recently as Friday, White House officials declined to specify any demand for the length of a deal to increase the nation's debt ceiling.
Then on Monday, a White House official said it was up to Congress to decide how long the debt ceiling increase should last.
"It is up to Congress to pass a debt limit increase, and up to them for how long and when they want to deal with this again," the official told CNN. "We have been super clear we think longer is better because it lends more certainty."
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With parts of the government shut down for a week and counting, the focus of ending a deepening political stalemate is shifting to the upcoming deadline to increase how much the federal government can borrow. The reference to the length of a debt ceiling deal caused speculation that the White House might be signaling flexibility on the issue to legislators.
However, President Barack Obama reiterated Monday that he will not negotiate with Congress while the country was under threat of a possible debt default.
"We're not going to establish that pattern," Obama said, adding that "we're not going to negotiate under the threat of a prolonged shutdown until Republicans get 100% of what they want" or under the threat of "economic catastrophe."
White House spokesman Jay Carney later told reporters that "I'm not ruling out" a debt ceiling increase of any particular length of time. But he said he believed a longer one was better, because it would provide certainty after what Obama characterized as "manufactured crises" over similar brinksmanship in recent years.
"Our position is only that it ought not to be a political football, because it's a dangerous political football," Carney said. "And you know, fumbling that football can cost you a lot more than seven points. It can tank the economy."
Economists warn of dire fiscal impacts from failing to raise what is called the debt ceiling, such as a reduced U.S. credit rating that would spike borrowing costs. The economic blow and questions about America's fiscal fidelity could bring a global slowdown, Obama has warned.
Analysts blamed concerns over the political impasse for another down day on Wall Street. All three major stock indexes fell, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 136 points, or nearly 1 percent.
House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday there will be no debt limit increase and no end to the partial government shutdown that began October 1, unless Obama and Senate Democrats negotiate a broader agreement with House Republicans.
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On Monday, he repeated his accusation that Obama was refusing to hold talks with Republicans, even with the looming threat of a default.
"The American people expect that when their leaders have differences and we are in a time of crisis that we will sit down and at least have a conversation," Boehner said, adding that "it is time to have that conversation before our economy is put further at risk."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell later said divided government means the two parties have to negotiate solutions.
"Until Senate Democrats accept that reality, these crises will only be harder to resolve," McConnell, R-Kentucky, said.
However, one of Obama's top economic advisers, Gene Sperling, told a Politico breakfast on Monday that "the era of threatening default has to be over."
"If you sanction through negotiation the legitimacy of somebody threatening default, then that is going to happen over and over again," Sperling said. "So sanctioning negotiations with someone threatening default is not going to end the risk of default. It is likely to increase the chances that we as a country eventually default or even perpetually threaten our full faith and credit."
At issue is how to reach an agreement to fund the government in the newly started fiscal year and raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit.
Conservative Republicans intent on shrinking the government while trying to weaken Obamacare demand that any agreement on funding for the new fiscal year and raising the debt limit include their priorities.
"The debt ceiling is there for a purpose. It's like the smoke alarm," said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. "Democrats want to unplug the smoke alarm, and Republicans want to go out and fight the fire."
Boehner insisted that a deal to raise the debt ceiling must include deficit reduction steps that would lower costs of entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
However, he appeared to move away from the demand of the tea party conservative wing of his GOP caucus to dismantle or defund Obama's signature health care reforms passed by Democrats in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court last year.
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"My goal here is to have a serious conversation about those things that are driving the deficit and driving the debt up," Boehner said, noting that the retirement of the "baby boomer" generation will strain Social Security and Medicare beyond the breaking point if no remedial steps are taken.
"It is time to deal with America's problems," he said. "How can you raise the debt limit and do nothing about the underlying problem?"
Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress insist that such congressional responsibilities -- to keep the government running and able to pay its debts -- must be free of partisan political pressure to avoid the kind of collateral damage happening in the current stalemate.
They want what are known as "clean" measures to fund the government for a short period and increase the debt limit, with no accompanying provisions involving contentious deficit reduction measures or GOP efforts to weaken Obamacare.
Once such measures are passed, they say, negotiations can take place on a full budget for fiscal year 2014 that began on October 1 and other issues such as reducing spending on entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
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Last week, a House Republican said on condition of not being identified that Boehner told GOP colleagues in private meetings he would not allow a government default to occur. But Boehner sounded more combative on Sunday, saying Obama and Senate Democrats refused to negotiate on either a spending plan to end the shutdown or the debt ceiling.
Senate Democrats are expected this week to take up a debt ceiling bill that would not propose any policy changes or spending cuts demanded by Republicans, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.
The aide said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could introduce a "clean" bill as early as Monday that could bring a first key procedural vote on Friday.
On the shutdown, Boehner insisted Obama and Democrats were wrong in saying a "clean" short-term spending plan to reopen the government would pass in the House with support from some Republicans and most Democrats.
"There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR," Boehner said.
Obama rejected Boehner's contention on Monday, saying the speaker "should prove it" by holding the vote.
"My very strong suspicion is there are enough votes there," Obama said, adding that Boehner "apparently doesn't want to see the government shutdown end ... unless he's able to extract concessions that don't have anything to do with the budget."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested the measure would pass the House, and that Americans would realize the government was shut down "for no apparent reason." Both Obama and Reid said Democrats were open to negotiate "anything" -- with the president specifically mentioning health care -- once the government shutdown ends and the debt ceiling gets increased.
House Republicans, however, fear losing their leverage in any talks by giving up those two points without any concessions.
In a new national poll released Monday, most respondents said the government shutdown was causing a crisis or major problems for the country.
While the CNN/ORC International survey also indicated that slightly more people were angry at Republicans than Democrats or Obama for the shutdown, both sides were taking a hit.
According to the poll conducted over the weekend, 63% of respondents said they were angry at the Republicans for the way they have handled the shutdown, while 57% expressed anger at Democrats and 53% at Obama.
"It looks like there is more than enough blame to go around and both parties are being hurt by the shutdown," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
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Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on CNN's State of the Union that the government risks more than its credit rating if the debt ceiling is not increased by October 17. He dismissed suggestions that the government could avoid default by making only interest payments, saying Social Security payments and veteran's benefits could be endangered.
"It's very dangerous, it's reckless," Lew said.
If Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, borrowing money to meet the nation's obligations won't be possible, CNNMoney's Jeanne Sahadi reported Monday.
Instead, Sahadi reported, lawmakers would have a few options to choose from that would have to be implemented right away -- cut government spending for the military and other discretionary programs by up to 33% every month; cut mandatory spending such as entitlement programs by 16% every month, and raising taxes by up to 12% every month.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 08:39
Category: Community Written by Nick Hopson
The Lions extended their losing streak at Lambeau to 23 on Sunday with a 22-9 loss. The Lions were forced to play the game without Calvin Johnson who missed the game with a knee injury. The game was close at halftime as the Lions only trailed by 3 but they struggled on offense in the second half.
The injury to Johnson allowed for the Packers to focus their attention on Reggie Bush. They held him to 44 yards on 13 carries and 4 catches for 25 yards. No other receiver on the Lions roster was able to draw anyway near the attention that Johnson usually does. The offense seemed confined on every possession and routinely came up short on third down.
Matthew Stafford passed for 262 yards on 25 completions in 40 attempts. His lone touchdown came late in the fourth to Kris Durham. Stafford spread the ball to eight different receivers. Kris Durham had the most targets with 8 but was only able to catch three of them.
The leading receiver on Sunday was Brandon Pettigrew. He caught 4 balls on 5 targets for 59 yards. This was a solid day for Pettigrew but it is a disappointing day for your leading receiver. The only other player to surpass 50 yards receiving was Tony Scheffler. Scheffler had some key drops that stalled the offense and he was only able to catch 4 of the 7 balls thrown his way.
The Lions defense failed to force a turnover and was only able to record one sack. The defense was solid in the first half holding the Packers to field goals. The Lions needed turnovers if they were going to win without Johnson.
Aaron Rodgers only threw for 274 yards and a touchdown. It was a rather quiet day from one of the league’s best. Eddie Lacy was able to return from his concussion. He rushed for 99 yards on 23 carries. The Lions also allowed Randall Cobb to rush for 72 yards on two carries.
Calvin Johnson was said to be close to playing on Sunday. The Lions have not discussed the severity of the injury so it is unknown whether he will play against the Browns. Sunday’s game was the first one Johnson has missed since the 2010 season finale. Hopefully he will be back next week as he said he was close this week. If not the Lions offense will have to get more creative in the passing game.
The Lions play against the Browns in Cleveland this Sunday at 1pm.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 11:40
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Detroit Mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon announces city’s boldest economic growth strategy with five-year plan to dramatically transform the neighborhoods
The strategy is projected to generate a $3.15 billion development impact, creating an estimated 23,000 construction jobs and 28,000 permanent jobs, targeting existing families and businesses; creating an environment that attracts young families and new businesses into the neighborhoods
Monday night Detroit Mayoral candidate Benny N. Napoleon laid out a strategy to revitalize every Detroit neighborhood by eliminating blight and driving economic growth into Detroit’s neighborhoods by creating three major developments in each of the city’s newly established council districts.
“Detroit has a long and proud history of growth, storied development, decline, rebirth and decline again,” said Napoleon. “The city’s physical, social and economic base that exists today is drastically diminished. Our inability as a city to compete in the marketplace has paralyzed efforts to provide residents with a good quality of life. Tonight, I presented a clear vision to reverse the trends, with a focus on stabilizing and revitalizing Detroit’s neighborhoods by utilizing a realistic economic growth strategy that will transform every neighborhood, one square mile at a time.”
Napoleon said that he designed his growth strategy to be implemented despite whether the city has an emergency manager or not.
“I have no intention of being a do-nothing mayor while waiting for an emergency manager to leave,” he said. “All of the items set forth in my plan can be done in the meantime, providing a clear and bold direction for Detroit’s future during emergency management, or after he is gone.”
The many viable historic and traditional neighborhoods that once boasted America’s highest rate of middle class single family home ownership, will again provide the base for rebuilding Detroit by revitalizing the housing and neighborhood business districts and beginning immediately to reestablish a quality living environment for current residents and future generations. Detroit’s Neighborhood Growth Strategy will partner with the community, business and philanthropic communities.
The following are eight major initiatives of Detroit’s Neighborhood Growth Strategy, crafted by Napoleon. These strategies are meant to strengthen Detroit’s economy by increasing job opportunities within the city and increasing the overall tax base.
Initiate the Five-Point Crime Plan, which Napoleon announced in September, to affirm Detroit as a safe city by reducing crime by at least 50 percent.
Implement the One Square Mile Initiative by placing approximately 130 police officers within the viable 139 square miles to stabilize the city, and reestablish a better quality of life for the city’s residents by focusing on each neighborhood's issues at the micro level.
Develop and implement policy initiatives for a Blight Reduction Program, including holding banks responsible for their blighted property, and a moratorium on property purchases in the city that do not include a development plan with clear deadlines.
Develop seven high-focus anchor projects in each of the seven Council Districts that will target public and private resources, which will significantly increase property values, and create thousands of new jobs for Detroiters.
Build six Public Safety Service Centers with a private development partner in the Council Districts that will target commercial and retail investment and improve the functionality of the city of Detroit’s primary core service – public safety. (Council District 6 has an existing combined police, fire and EMS facility that was built by the city of Detroit and remains a very functional structure).
Construct nine stand-alone fire/EMS stations throughout the city with a private development partner.
Restructure the Detroit Housing Commission into the Detroit Neighborhood Partnership to create one governing and coordinating agency for neighborhood stabilization, revitalization and redevelopment functions, including planning, funding and implementing all neighborhood programs..
Target institutional, corporate and foundations to generate a $50 million funding source for the Detroit Neighborhood Partnership and development activities.
“Considering how long our neighborhoods have been in its current condition, Detroiters deserve much more than a promise to consolidate 14 city departments,” Napoleon said. “If we can direct billions of dollars of investment into a once-desolate downtown, we can do the same for our neighborhoods, or else, we will never transform this city.”
An action plan for the first 100 days in the mayoral office, Napoleon will concentrate on crime reduction, restoring city services and blight elimination. In the six-month period between the first 100 days in office and the time the emergency manager leaves Detroit, Napoleon will make concerted efforts to transition into Napoleon’s sustainability and economic growth initiatives in order to bring the city of Detroit out of bankruptcy.
The five-year picture for Detroit’s Neighborhood Growth Strategy will have significant economic value and create tens of thousands of jobs. The development value is projected to be $3.15 billion, creating an estimated 23,800 construction jobs and 28,000 permanent jobs. The projected tax revenue on the construction development will generate $42 million. The permanent revenue impact to the city of Detroit, in addition to existing tax revenue, is projected to be $16.1 million annually.
“Detroit’s families have been patiently waiting for livable, walkable and sustainable communities,” said Napoleon. “We will transform every neighborhood within Detroit’s 140 square miles – one square Mile at a time – by forming public-private partnerships to create jobs by attracting new investment; cleanup and revitalize our neighborhoods, streets, and business districts; and to improve the quality of life for our existing residents by drastically reducing crime and restoring city services. At the same time we will attract new people and businesses, and reconnect our neighborhoods to the central city.”
Napoleon added, “This emerging new Detroit will begin to have a profound impact on our ability to rebuild the city’s image and better connect Detroit’s growth to the tri-county area.”
CLICK HERE to view Detroit’s Neighborhood Growth Strategy or visit www.bennynapoleon.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 08:35
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Chronicle Editor Bankole Thompson Named Panelist on Final Televised Detroit Mayoral Debate Panel
Bankole Thompson, editor of the Michigan Chronicle is one of four panelists who will ask questions at the final Detroit mayoral debate hosted by Channel 7-WXYZ. The live televised debate between mayoral candidates Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon will take place on Tuesday, October 29, exactly one week before Detroiters go to the polls to select their next mayor.
WXYZ in a release said the station has a long history of televising important political forums and is proud to host this debate.
Duggan and Napoleon will face off at Channel 7's Broadcast House before a live studio audience, from 7 to 8 p.m. Viewers will be able to watch the debate on WXYZ-TV, as well as WXYZ.com and the station's mobile apps.
A larger live audience will experience the debate remotely from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. They will also be a part of a live post-debate webcast from 8-8:30 p.m.
Channel 7 Editorial Director Chuck Stokes will moderate this final Detroit mayoral debate. Questions will be asked by panelists from 7 Action News, WJR News/Talk 760, the Michigan Chronicle and Crain's Detroit Business.
In the days before the debate, Detroiters will also have the opportunity to share the questions they would ask the candidates.
The debate is being held in partnership with the Booker T. Washington Business Association and the Detroit Black Chamber.
Bankole Thompson is the Editor of the Michigan Chronicle. His book "Obama and Black Loyalty" published in 2010 follows his recent book "Obama and Christian Loyalty" with an epilogue by Bob Weiner former White House spokesman. Thompson is a Political Analyst at WDET-101.9FM Detroit (NPR Affiliate) and a member of the weekly "Obama Watch" Sunday evening round table on WLIB-1190AM New York and simulcast in New Jersey and Connecticut.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2013 12:06
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