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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that Rikers Island will close, reports the New York Daily News. New York City will close the Rikers Island jail facility. It will take many years. It will take many tough decisions. But it will happen. — Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 31, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js From the New York Daily News: “It will take many years. It will take many tough decisions along the way, but it will happen,” de Blasio said at a City Hall press conference. Rikers has become a symbol of dysfunction and despair in recent years as harrowing tales of abuse andRead More →

Jeffrey Lord, a White conservative CNN pundit, tried it. But Symone Sanders, a Democratic strategist and Trump critic who is African American, set him straight with a quickness. On Thursday, during an appearance on one of the network’s early morning shows, Lord called President Donald Trump “the Martin Luther King of health care.” Sanders’ response was fast and spot-on: “Jeffrey, you do understand that Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that looked like me were being beaten,” Sanders said. “Dogs were being sicced on them. Basic human rights were being withheld from these people merely because of the color of their skin. So let’sRead More →

A new bill signed by President Donald Trump behind closed doors Thursday may take away tens of millions in funding for Planned Parenthood and other family groups that provide abortion services, reports The Washington Post. From The Washington Post: Trump did not issue a statement Thursday, though the White House announced that he had signed the bill. After the ceremony, Verma told reporters, “President Trump is delivering on his promise to give states the flexibility that they need to make health care decisions that best meet their citizens’ unique needs…” Abortion-rights advocates, however, warned that the funding measure would deny as many as 4 million Americans accessRead More →

Allison Madison is breaking barriers in the realm of politics in Illinois. According to KFVS, she was elected mayor of Mound City on Tuesday. Her victory marks the first time in the city’s history that a woman or African American has held the position. From KFVS: Tuesday’s municipal election made history in Mound City, Illinois – the small community elected its first African-American and first female mayor. “It’s history,” Mayor-elect Allison Madison said. “Now that part, that’s amazing, that’s just awesome to me and I guess I’m happy about that!” Allison Madison can’t contain her excitement as she prepares to serve as mayor of MoundRead More →

On Wednesday, President Trump switched up his National Security Council by removing controversial White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon. It’s part of an entire sweep that bumps up several key military and intelligence officials to bigger roles on the council. The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence are back on the council, and newcomers like the energy secretary, C.I.A. director and United Nations ambassador have been added to the list, notes the NewYork Times. According to two senior White House officials said Bannon’s departure wasn’t a demotion, as he’s barely gone to any meetings since getting on the council. He was originallyRead More →