BATTLE OVER RACE RETURNS TO CAPITOL WITH SESSIONS’ BID TO BECOME AG

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is preparing to face fresh scrutiny for a decades’ old charge he made racially-charged comments while a US Attorney in his home state of Alabama.

The allegations cost him a job as a federal judge in 1986 and have the potential to sink his nomination to be attorney general under President-elect Donald Trump. To survive, he will need to carefully distance himself from the damaging charges and deftly manage how his Senate colleagues — and the public — react to them.
It won’t be easy.
Many Democrats already are deeply disturbed by the allegations that Sessions may have called an African-American lawyer “boy” and accused the NAACP and ACLU of being “un-American.” They promise to re-investigate the charges to determine if they are still relevant. But Democrats are equally concerned about fourth-term senator’s current views on immigration and border control, which they consider strident and racially-biased.
They worry that in the sensitive post as the top law enforcement official in the country, Sessions may not treat all people equally under law and already some Democrats privately want to defeat him.
“While many of us have worked with Senator Sessions closely and know him to be a staunch advocate for his beliefs, the process will remain the same: a fair and complete review of the nominee. While Senator Sessions and I differ on a great many issues, I am committed to a full and fair process,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who will be the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee next year when it holds confirmation hearings for Sessions, who also sits on the committee.
In 2009, Sessions told CNN’s Dana Bash that his 1986 confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee — a contentious affair where he clashed repeatedly with Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and other Democrats — was “really heartbreaking to me.”
Visibly upset in the television interview, the earnest senator pleaded his case.
“That was not fair. That was not accurate. Those were false charges and distortions of anything that I did, and it really was not. I never had those kinds of views, and I was caricatured in a way that was not me,” he said.
The question is whether Session’s heartfelt appeal that he was a victim of wrongful allegations and not the perpetrator of racially-insensitive conduct can convince senators to confirm him. The haze of time and distance from the events may assist Sessions, especially with many of the players of the 1986 drama no longer in the Senate.
Political connections
Sessions’ political ties to Trump and Senate Republican leaders could help him too. He’s a fierce defender of the President-elect and was the first senator to endorse him. Trump said he could have any job he wanted — and he mulled becoming secretary of defense before settling on AG.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said he “strongly supports” the nomination and promised a swift confirmation process for him. Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, noting that Sessions was once the top Republican on the committee, said he is “confident he would be reported favorably out of the committee.”
Also helping Sessions are the new Senate rules that will allow him to be confirmed with the support of just 51 senators, not the supermajority 60 that were required until recently. That means Republicans can confirm Sessions without any Democratic support.
Sessions, who will want to be confirmed with bipartisan support, will point Democrats to comments from the late Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who in 1986 was one of only two GOP members of the Judiciary Committee to vote against Sessions’ nomination to the federal bench. In 2009, as Specter was leaving the Republican Party and joining the Democratic caucus, he said he “regretted” that vote.
“Because I have found that Sen. Sessions is egalitarian,” Specter told reporters.
Defending Sessions’ record on civil rights issues, Trump spokesman Jason Miller noted Friday that Session had voted for a 30-year extension of the Civil Rights Act, had voted to confirm Eric Holder — who is black — as attorney general, and voted to give civil rights legend Rosa Parks the Congressional Gold Medal.
As an example of the Trump team readying for a battle, a public relations firm sent reporters pictures of Sessions attending the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge and holding hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia. The release said the photos are ‘Worth 1,000 words” and the Sessions’ critics may not want the photos to be seen.
Race and the Capitol
The difficult topic of race relations is never far from the surface in the Capitol, where momentous battles over slavery and civil rights were fought out on the House and Senate floors. Today, lawmakers remain divided over questions about police shootings of black Americans, voting rights and even the appropriateness of Confederate imagery in the historic building.
Sessions is certainly not the first senator to grapple with racial issues but still advance his career.
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan as a young man before serving 51 years in the Senate. Byrd repeatedly apologized for his membership in the group — calling it the “greatest mistake of my life” — and rose to become majority leader and one of the most respected members of the body.
Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-South Carolina, ran for president as a segregationist in 1948 and led a record-breaking 24 hour filibuster of a civil rights bill in 1957. Through his 48 years in the Senate, he took steps towards racial reconciliation and today a room in the Capitol is named for him. (Although aides will work to ensure that the bust of the controversial senator is not visible when that room is used for TV interviews.)
One man who was unable to escape a racially-based political maelstrom, is former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi. In 2002, at a birthday party for 100-year-old Thurmond, Lott said the country “wouldn’t’ have had all these problems over the years” had Thurmond won the White House in 1948.
He was out of a job in a matter of weeks.
Lott’s former aide, Ron Bonjean, told CNN that his boss really lost his job because he was in a power struggle with President George W. Bush, not because of the off-handed, impolitic comment at a birthday party.
“He stepped into the fray not realizing the grave political situation he was in. Not realizing the Bush administration was out to get him beyond the comments he made about Strom Thurmond, for which he apologized several times,” Bonjean said. “It was exacerbated by the Bush administration, which saw an opportunity to put in a new majority leader that would be more responsive to their needs.”
Bonjean, a longtime Capitol Hill aide and now a political strategist, had thoughts on what Sessions should do if Democrats bring up his alleged old remarks.
“He needs to be very clear about what he thinks about race in America today and that everyone is equal under the law in his eyes and disavow anything that could be construed as comments that would showcase otherwise. You have to do that straight away. It’s a very dangerous situation when you’re trying to parse your comments,” Bonjean said.

ARE DRAKE AND TAYLOR SWIFT WORKING ON A DISS SONG FOR….RIHANNA?

From the very beginning, many people didn’t believe the romance between Taylor Swift and Drake coupling was possible. But it could make sense when you think about it. Drake is successful, famous, good looking and non-threatening man.

The only reason Taylor didn’t pursue a relationship with him could be the same reason her romance with Harry Styles ended so quickly- Drake is almost as famous as she is, which might be a deal-breaker for her.

On the other hand, Drake actually did date Rihanna, twice. Sadly, the relationship didn’t last very long both times.

Since both, Taylor and Drake are the king and queen of the breakup, that could be the reason why many people are were craving to see their relationship “happen.”

According to reports, Swift is working with Drake on his new album. Reportedly, that album will contain a few shots at his most recent ex.

A source shared, “There will definitely be some digs at [Rihanna].” “Drake’s still devastated by his breakup from Rihanna and is hoping that this will get under her skin.”

So, the collaboration between Drake and Taylor Swift makes perfect sense, knowing that she traffics in breakup songs the same way rumors about Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber traffic on social media. However, what’s even more important is that Swift has her own reasons to take revenge on Rihanna.

As you probably know, Calvin Harris is one of Taylor’s many famous ex-boyfriends, whose two biggest hits were both collaborations with the singer from Barbados. Naturally, Taylor Swift is apparently eager to prove that she and Drake are a better hit-making pair.

According to the source, “She is hoping the song is a major hit – better than [her ex] Calvin Harris’ song [‘This Is What You Came For’] with Rihanna.”

Normally, people would think this scenario is pretty unbelievable, but “Shake It Off” singer is involved in it. I mean, she’s basically made a career out of that kind of things. So, it’s very possible that Taylor Swift is actually helping Drake get revenge on Rihanna.

COULD JAY-Z RUN FOR A POLITICAL OFFICE IN THE FUTURE

Although Bey-Z couldn’t get Hillary Clinton in the White House, this doesn’t mean all hope is lost.

In fact, Jay Z may have some political aspirations of his own.

According to RadarOnline, the Hip Hip mogul is preparing to run for political office in New York.

Hov & Bey are openly supportive of the Democratic party as Beyonce sung the National Anthem at President Obama’s 2012 inauguration, and the power couple both performed at a Cleveland rally for Clinton during her presidential campaign.

A source close to the couple is claiming that Clinton’s unfortunate defeat made him consider running for office in NY.

“Jay Z is really considering running for political office in New York and Beyonce is 1000 percent supportive of her husband’s decision,” said the insider.

If Jay’s delusional and estranged “brother” Kanye West thinks he can and should run for President in 2020, we are surely behind Hov running for political office in NY. Actually if there’s any truth to it, I think Jay could be a good politician.

The source also told RadarOnline that the Obamas always encouraged Jay to run.

“They told him that he would make a great leader. Jay Z not only has star power, but he would have a ton of support from his fans, as well as from past administrations.”

Should Jay run for office? What are your thoughts?

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YOUNG MA EJECTS FAN FOR NOT HAVING A PHONE?

Young MA is dope and getting mass recognition for her lyrical abilities, but a recent move has people scratching their heads. Now, a lot of people are saying that MA kicked the fan out for not having a phone, but that’s not exactly what happened. Apparently they were doing a social media event or something where everybody needed to pull out there phone. Shorty did NOT have a phone and was moved from the front row even though she had copped her ticket.

I guess its Young MA’s show and she gets her way! Check the Vid!