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7 Celebs Who Say They'll Move Away if Trump Wins

Hasta la vista, Whoopi Goldberg

(Newser) - Fox & Friends rounded up all the celebrities who've said they plan to move out of the US if Donald Trump becomes president, Fox News Insider reports:
  1. Whoopi Goldberg: "I don't think that's America. I don't want it to be America. Maybe it's time
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Al Sharpton's Daughter Sues NYC for $5M

Dominique Sharpton says she suffered severe injuries in fall

(Newser) - Al Sharpton's daughter is suing New York City for $5 million after apparently taking a spill and suffering severe injuries—a story the New York Post is reporting with some glee. "Shakedown artist Al Sharpton's eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers," the paper says,... More »

Al Sharpton: I'm Getting Threatening Phone Calls

Civil rights leader says callers blame him for NYPD deaths

(Newser) - Al Sharpton says he's receiving threatening phone calls over the murders of two NYPD officers , but maintains that he opposes violence and never claimed that all police are bad, Staten Island Live reports. "The language [of the calls] is 'Hey N word, stop killing innocent people, I'... More »

Mourners Hail 'Gentle' Brown as Sharpton Urges 'Change'

Big names come out as Michael Brown laid to rest

(Newser) - More than 2,500 mourners crowded Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis this morning to lay Michael Brown to rest, reports the AP , with another 2,000 in overflow seating and national television carrying the 18-year-old's funeral. Brown's casket was closed, with a St. Louis Cardinals... More »

After Shooting, Hands Up Becomes Protest Gesture

Governor pleads for calm in Ferguson, Mo.

(Newser) - Protesters infuriated by the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., have adopted a new protest gesture: the "hands up" gesture witnesses say 18-year-old Michael Brown was making when he was shot dead in the street. Protesters have been using the gesture to confront police, putting their... More »

Man Who Filmed Deadly NYPD Chokehold Arrested

Sharpton says Orta bust creates conflict of interest

(Newser) - Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the NYPD chokehold that killed an unarmed man, was arrested Saturday night for allegedly trying to pass off a stolen gun—and was denounced by the head of the police union. "It is criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand... More »

Wrongly Convicted Central Park 5 to Get $40M

NYC settlement adds up to $1 million per year in jail

(Newser) - Five New York City men wrongly convicted in their teens for the rape and beating of a jogger in Central Park are to receive around $1 million per year of imprisonment. The black and Hispanic "Central Park Five"—who were aged 14 to 16 when they were caught... More »

Al Sharpton Spied on Mob for FBI: Docs

Sharpton calls report 'crazy'

(Newser) - Al Sharpton is vigorously denying a report that he was once an FBI informant spying on the Genovese and Gambino crime families. The Smoking Gun yesterday published a major investigative piece based on hundreds of pages of FBI documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests that reveal that Sharpton,... More »

Shopping 'Bill of Rights' Targets Racial Profiling

Rev. Al Sharpton unveils plan in New York City

(Newser) - A bill of rights for black shoppers? New York retailers agree it's worth trying. Pressured by Al Sharpton and civil rights activists, and facing a slow start to the holiday shopping season, big clothing stores in New York City have approved a "Customers' Bill of Rights," the... More »

Kerry Washington Ribs Ultra-White SNL

Show pokes itself over lack of black female on cast

(Newser) - Kerry Washington guest-hosted SNL last night, and helped the show razz itself over its decided lack of black female cast members (SNL does have two black male cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson): In a Cold Open set at the White House, Washington played Michelle Obama. Then Oprah. Then... More »

Sharpton: Court Just Killed MLK's Dream

Voting Rights Act decision provokes outcry on left

(Newser) - "They just canceled the dream." That was Al Sharpton's reaction to the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision , which has provoked a full-on outcry from the left, from President Obama on down. Sharpton was perhaps the most vociferous. "Part of, at least half, of what... More »

Biden Leads 'Bloody Sunday' Civil Rights March

Voting rights fight still going on, he says at Selma re-enactment

(Newser) - Joe Biden vowed to keep up the fight for voting rights as he led a re-enactment of the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march in Selma, Ala., yesterday. Biden is the first sitting vice president to take part in the annual march, which commemorates a march where voting rights... More »

Upping the Ante, Issa Says Obama Conspired With DOJ

Congressman's letter escalates Fast & Furious battle

(Newser) - Darrell Issa is upping his attack on President Obama following the president's use of executive privilege in an attempt to bail out Eric Holder. A letter to Obama released today minces no words: "Either you or your most senior advisors were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious... More »

1K Rally for Trayvon in Miami

Al Sharpton calls for George Zimmerman's arrest

(Newser) - More than 1,000 gathered in Miami yesterday in support of Trayvon Martin, at a rally featuring speeches by Al Sharpton and Miami-Dade County's former police boss, along with other public figures. Retired Police Director Bobby Parker painted George Zimmerman as having "a dark heart" and slammed Sanford... More »

Sanford March Compares Trayvon to Jesus Christ

Zimmerman ordered to take anger management after brush with law

(Newser) - Leaders from the NAACP and other groups led a massive crowd through the streets of Sanford, Florida, today to demand the arrest of George Zimmerman—and deny reports of an economic boycott, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "We want an arrest, shot in the chest," chanted the crowd, which... More »

Trayvon Marchers Hit Streets Nationwide

Tampa, Columbia, Chicago among cities hosting protests for Trayvon Martin

(Newser) - A weekend of rallies for Trayvon Martin kicked off today with about a thousand marchers at a busy intersection in Tampa, Florida, and hundreds more in Columbia, SC, MSNBC reports. Many in Tampa carried Skittles and wore hoodies, as Martin did on the day he was gunned down by a... More »

Trayvon Lawyers Draw On 'Bootcamp Playbook'

Benjamin Crump: 'The jury is the American people'

(Newser) - The lawyers fighting Trayvon Martin's case are seeking more than justice in a court of law. Attorneys at the black-owned law firm of Parks & Crump took their case to the public right away, contacting media and Al Sharpton , pushing for the release of 911 tapes, and helping to... More »

Sharpton Leads Trayvon Rally

Fla. state attorney quits investigation

(Newser) - Civil rights leader Al Sharpton led thousands of people in a rally yesterday in the Florida town where Trayvon Martin was shot. "We cannot allow a precedent when a man can just kill one of us and then walk out with the murder weapon," Sharpton said, flanked by... More »

Bobby Brown Walks Out on Houston's Funeral

Ex-husband's entourage was asked to leave

(Newser) - Bobby Brown walked out on ex-wife Whitney Houston's funeral today in Newark, New Jersey, looking upset. He left with his entourage of nine people when it was denied seating in the front row and only Brown was allowed to stay, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. The Rev. Al Sharpton... More »

Obama Backers, Drop the Race Card

We've moved beyond it: Kathleen Parker

(Newser) - Kathleen Parker takes to task members of the black media who are urging African Americans to vote for President Obama simply because he's black. And she hopes Obama doesn't join in playing the race card himself. "It would be the worst thing not only for his reelection... More »

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