McConnell acknowledges he’s the descendant of slave owners, compares himself to Obama

Political News McConnell acknowledges he's the descendant of slave owners, compares himself to Obama

Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Asked if he knew he was the descendant of slave owners, as recently reported, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday compared himself to President Barack Obama.

“You know I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama. We both oppose reparations and we both are the descendants of slaveholders,” McConnell said, confirming he is a descendant of slaveowners, and that the family history does not change his stance against giving reparations to the descendants of slaves.

An NBC News report cited U.S. census data that shows McConnell’s great-great-grandfathers owned more than a dozen slaves.

In June, McConnell said he opposed reparations because “no one currently alive was responsible for that.”

“We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, by electing an African American president,” McConnell said.

One day after McConnell made the comments in June, a House Judiciary subcommittee held a notable hearing on reparations, the first hearing in more than a decade to consider the controversial topic. The hearing featured testimony from actor Danny Glover and influential writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

In a December 2016 interview with Coates for The Atlantic, President Barack Obama took a negative stance on reparations.

“I have much more confidence in my ability, or any president or any leader’s ability, to mobilize the American people around a multiyear, multi-billion-dollar investment to help every child in poverty in this country than I am in being able to mobilize the country around providing a benefit specific to African Americans as a consequence of slavery and Jim Crow,” Obama said.

A report first published by an amateur genealogist in 2007 suggested Obama’s white Kansan mother was the descendant of slave owners.

But a later report by suggested Obama’s mother was also a descendant of one of the first enslaved Africans brought to colonial America, who was later freed.

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Posted On 10 Jul 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 7/9/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 7/9/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:


American League 4, National League 3

Dallas 74, LA Sparks 62

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Take your workout to the beach with this fun sand workout

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re lucky enough to hit the beach this summer, getting in a workout while you’re there is easier — and more effective — than you may think.

Working out in the sand increases resistance, forces you to use different muscles and it’s just more fun than hitting the treadmill or the gym.

ABC News’ Good Morning America tapped Holly Rilinger, a Nike Master Trainer, Flywheel instructor and creator of the Lifted method, to put us through our paces with a workout in the sand.

“My favorite thing about working out in the sand is I’m at the beach,” she said. “It’s a great way to get outside, use your body and have to use it very differently.”

“Your legs are going to be sore from pushing through the sand,” Rilinger added.

This workout can be done at any time on any beach with just you and your body weight. Do the seven moves (plus a warm up) together as a circuit or each on their own.

Watch the full workout below:

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Dozens hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at Winnipeg hotel

WORLD NEWS Dozens hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at Winnipeg hotel

Marco_Piunti/iStock(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) — More than 45 people have been hospitalized, over a dozen in critical condition, after a carbon monoxide leak at a hotel in central Canada.

The carbon monoxide leak originated in a boiler room at a Super 8 hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital and largest city. An automatic alarm was triggered, bringing the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service to the scene, Chief John Lane said at a press conference Tuesday.

There were 52 people at the hotel, including staff, and 46 were transported to local hospitals, with at least 15 in critical condition and five in unstable condition, Lane said. One dog was also removed from the hotel and treated by Winnipeg Animal Services.

The readings inside the hotel were 385 parts per million, according to the City of Winnipeg. A reading of over 150 to 200 parts per million can be fatal, according to the U.S. government’s Consumer Protection Safety Commission.

“The crew immediately put on their [masks] and began evacuating the hotel,” Lane said.

Officials said they do not believe any of the patients in the hospital are at risk of dying.

“I’m very happy to say none of the patients were requiring resuscitation,” Lane said. “None of them were intubated or anything. But their carbon monoxide levels were such that they were in the critical category.”

Manitoba Hydro Electric Energy and Natural Gas is investigating the cause of the CO gas leak.

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Stars of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ feel the love at the movie’s LA premiere

Entertainment News  Stars of Disney's 'The Lion King' feel the love at the movie's LA premiere


L-R: Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Chiwetel Ejiofor; Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) — The stars of Disney’s live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic The Lion King hit the red carpet for the movie’s world premiere in Hollywood Tuesday night, and for a few in particular, it was a chance to feel like a kid again.

Donald Glover, who voices Simba, said singing one of the film’s classic numbers, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” with Beyoncé, who plays Nala, Simba’s childhood friend and love interest, was an “emotional” moment.

“I felt really close to that song…You try and do it the way you feel it felt to you when you were a child,” Glover said. “So, I think like hopefully, we, we did that.”

Glover, who’s also the Grammy-winning singer and rapper Childish Gambino, said watching the original film is what got him hooked on music in the first place.

“Yeah, I feel like I started songwriting after I saw the first one, he revealed. “I think at the beginning or the end of the video cassette you could see the kids singing in it, I was like, ‘Oh, kids can do this,’ so I started writing.”

The Lion King has already been adapted for the Broadway stage, making this the third iteration of the film. Chiwetel Ejiofor, who voices the villainous lion Scar, told ABC Radio that like any great story, The Lion King can be told again and again.

“[It’s] like a Shakespearean play…I don’t know how many Hamlets you’ve seen, but I’ve seen plenty, and so, it’s kind of like that.  You sort of want a different interpretations.” 

The Lion King opens nationwide Friday, July 19 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Posted On 10 Jul 2019