Feb 5, 2014, 12:09 pm EST
Clay Aiken, announced on Wednesday, that he will be running for Congress in North Carolina.
Clay Aiken plans to run for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District seat. That seat is currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers. Aiken is seeking to be the Democratic nomination for the seat and will likely run against Keith Crisco and Toni Morris for the position. He also announced that his career in the entertainment industry will be paused while he works to help Congress focus on jobs, the economy and education, reports the Associated Press.
“I saw this as the best place I could serve because I think Washington, in general, is dysfunctional,” Clay Aiken told NewsObserver. “I think it’s high time we put people in Congress who were not beholden to their party and not beholden to anything but the people who they live around and grew up around, in my case.” Read
Jan 31, 2014, 1:17 pm EST
MSNBC has apologized for a Republican-bashing Tweet that was posted to its Twitter (TWTR) account on Wednesday.
The offensive Tweet linked off to a Cheerios commercial with a racially mixed family and claimed that Republicans wouldn’t like it. Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, apologized for the Tweet on Thursday. The offensive Tweet has been deleted from Twitter and an apology has been posted. These apologies came after Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), announced that he was banning his staff from appearing on MSNBC due to the Tweet, reports CNN.
According to Griffin, the Cheerios Tweet didn’t reflect MSNBC’s beliefs and the employee that posted the Tweet has been fired. The Cheerios ad features the same family that appeared in a similar ad last year that caused controversy, CNN notes. Read
Jan 30, 2014, 11:01 am EST
Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by two Norwegian politicians.
The Norwegian politicians released a statement as to why they nominated Edward Snowden for the award. Here is that statement, as collected by The Independant.
“There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term. We are, however, convinced that the public debate and changes in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order. His actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies.” Read
Jan 30, 2014, 10:30 am EST
Justin Bieber may be deported as a petition on the White House website has reached it quota.
A petition to deport Justin Bieber has reached over 187,000 signatures. This means the petition has surpassed the 100,000-signature requirement to get a response from the White House.
The petition states the following. Read
Jan 29, 2014, 11:30 am EST
After President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address to both houses of Congress last night, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers stepped in front of the cameras to give the GOP response.
McMorris, who represents the state of Washington in the House of Representatives, wasted little time taking aim at the president’s optimistic appraisal of his administration’s economic policies. She is the highest ranking female representative among Republicans, but last night’s response marked her first chance to address a national audience, the Washington Post notes. Read