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GOP leaders to skip Selma event

Scores of U.S. lawmakers are converging on tiny Selma, Alabama, for a large commemoration of a civil rights anniversary. But their ranks don’t include a single member of House Republican leadership — a point that isn’t lost on congressional black leaders.

None of the top leaders — House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy or Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was once thought likely to attend to atone for reports that he once spoke before a white supremacist group — will be in Selma for the three-day event that commemorates the 1965 march and the violence that protesters faced at the hands of white police officers. A number of rank-and-file Republicans have been aggressively lobbying their colleagues to attend, and several black lawmakers concurred.

“It is very disappointing that not a single Republican leader sees the value in participating in this 50th commemoration of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. I had hoped that some of the leadership would attend, but apparently none of them will,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina. “The Republicans always talk about trying to change their brand and be more appealing to minority folks and be in touch with the interests of African-Americans. This is very disappointing.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/gop-leaders-to-skip-selma-event-115801.html#ixzz3TaYLd4og

Arkansas Republican gave his adopted children away to a man who raped one of them

Representative Justin Harris has come under fire the last few days after a decision that he and his wife Marsha made to "rehome" their two adopted daughters with another family. The husband in that family, Eric Francis, had no prior convictions, but raped the six-year-old girl only a few months after she went into his home.

For the second day in a row, Channel 7 has tried to get Harris to tell his side of the the story. Several people on our Facebook page have called the Harris family's decision rehome the adopted children inexcusable, but Thursday Harris told Channel 7 there is more to the story.

After dodging reporters Wednesday, Harris began Thursday in the Education Committee on which he serves. We caught up with him as he rushed off to another meeting.

"I have a wife and three boys at home. I've gotten death threats," explained Harris.

Harris says that there was more to the story than the 67 page affidavit revealed.

"The truth is going to come out," he said.

However, in order for that to happen, Harris needs to tell his side of the story, including what led him and his wife to choose to rehome their daughters.


Chris Matthews' Wife Is Running For Rep. Van Hollen's House Seat

Less than 24 hours after Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announced his candidacy for outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D-MD) Senate seat, there's already a Democrat running to take Van Hollen's House seat: Marriott International executive vice president Kathleen Matthews.

The news that Matthews—who is married to MSNBC's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews—is running was first announced in Politico's Playbook on Thursday. Before joining Marriott, Matthews was an anchor for local television station WJLA ABC7.

She's been hinting at plans to run for office for a while now and has been outspoken on gay rights and sustainability, according to Playbook.

Van Hollen's 8th Congressional House District has gone for President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the last two presidential elections. It's unlikely Democrats will lose control of the District.


Federal Judge rushed to hospital after being shot outside home

(WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned that a US District Court Judge has been rushed to the hospital after being shot on Detroit's west side.

Sources tell 7 Action News that the victim is Judge Terrence Berg and he was shot in the leg. The shooting happened on Oak Drive. That's near 7 Mile and Livernois.

Sources say the judge was taking the trash out when he was approached by either one or two men. He was shot in the leg during the encounter.

Berg has been on the federal bench since December 2012. He was nominated to fill the seat vacated by Judge Arthur Tarnow by President Obama in April 2012.


ISM Non-Manufacturing Index increased to 56.9% in February

The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves, CPSM, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The NMI® registered 56.9 percent in February, 0.2 percentage point higher than the January reading of 56.7 percent. This represents continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index decreased to 59.4 percent, which is 2.1 percentage points lower than the January reading of 61.5 percent, reflecting growth for the 67th consecutive month at a slower rate. The New Orders Index registered 56.7 percent, 2.8 percentage points lower than the reading of 59.5 percent registered in January. The Employment Index increased 4.8 percentage points to 56.4 percent from the January reading of 51.6 percent and indicates growth for the 12th consecutive month. The Prices Index increased 4.2 percentage points from the January reading of 45.5 percent to 49.7 percent, indicating prices contracted in February for the third consecutive month. According to the NMI®, 14 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in February. Comments from respondents have increased in regards to the affects of the reduction in fuel costs and the impact of the West Coast port labor issues on the continuity of supply. Overall, supply managers feel mostly positive about the direction of the economy."

The 14 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in February — listed in order — are: Accommodation & Food Services; Wholesale Trade; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Transportation & Warehousing; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; Management of Companies & Support Services; Finance & Insurance; Public Administration; Educational Services; Retail Trade; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Information. The four industries reporting contraction in February are: Mining; Construction; Other Services; and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.


Florida Man arrested for allegedly attacking black man: 'This bar is not for blacks'

A man who allegedly accosted a black bar-goer with a broken beer bottle and told him "this bar is not for blacks" was arrested on suspicion of a hate crime, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported on Monday.

Jason Cuellar, 44, allegedly confronted 24-year-old Kenneth Hodge on Friday night when the younger man walked into a bar in Daytona Beach, Fla., the News-Journal reported.

According to a Volusia County sheriff's report obtained by the paper, Cuellar allegedly told Hodge "this bar is not for blacks" before he grabbed a beer bottle and hit Hodge in the head with it.

Hodge reportedly tried to bring Cuellar to the ground but the alleged attacker was able to escape, according to the newspaper. The report also said two other customers at the bar tried to subdue Cuellar so he couldn't escape but he pepper-sprayed them in the face.


Alabama Supreme Court orders halt to same-sex marriages

Weeks after a United States District Court Judge in Mobile ordered a probate judge there to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a halt to same-sex marriages in the state.

The order, called a writ of mandamus, had been requested by the Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program last month.

"As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," the order said. "Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty."

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage in the media in the last month. However, he is not listed among the concurring or dissenting judges and appears to have recused himself from the case.


So, the Alabama state government is ordering judges to ignore a ruling by a Federal Court.

When's the last time THAT happened?

O'Malley, Van Hollen top Democratic list to replace Mikulski

All eyes are on former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley and a trio of Democrats in Congress, as both parties scramble to find candidates to replace Barbara Mikulski in the Senate.

Much of the speculation is on the Democratic side, given the state’s blue political tint and the party’s dominance at the ballot box in presidential election years. But Republicans were buoyed by Gov. Larry Hogan’s surprise victory in November and are vowing to field a candidate who can make the 2016 race competitive.

O’Malley, who left the governor’s office in January after two terms, would be a formidable Senate candidate if he decided to skip a race for the Democratic presidential nomination against Hillary Rodham Clinton. He has name recognition, a bulging list of contacts across the country who can help him raise money, and a base in Baltimore where African-American voters are key.

Reps. Donna Edwards and John Sarbanes are the other Democrats in Congress whose names are tossed out as possible Senate candidates. Edwards is the first black woman to represent Maryland in Congress and represents Prince George’s County in the Washington suburbs. Sarbanes, who represents the Baltimore suburbs and Annapolis, is the son of a longtime U.S. senator.


U.S. manufacturing sector had its best gains since October

U.S. stocks traded higher on Monday as investors digested Chinese economic news and U.S. manufacturing data.

"The news out of China cutting its benchmark interest rate and better-than-expected inflation news out of the euro zone are providing a lift to the U S market," Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital, said in a note. "However, it's the beginning of a very intense week of domestic economic data which we see steering the indices."

ISM Manufacturing for February and construction spending data are due at 10 a.m. ET.

The U.S. manufacturing sector had its best gains since October, according to Mark's final Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index that rose to 55.1 in February from 53.9 in January.

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