By Tris McCall and Naomi Nix/Star-Ledger Staff For its first two minutes, For its first two minutes, “He Turned It” behaves as a casual music listener might expect it to behave.
The song begins as a piece of thoughtful piano jazz-pop reminiscent of the music on Stevie Wonder’s mid-’70s albums. Then a big band crashes into the mix and the song begins to rock, sway and grow in startling directions.
Singer Tye Tribbett and his bandmates begin introducing elements from arena rock, soul, ragtime, Caribbean music and the hymnal. The history of 20th century American music goes crashing by in 10 minutes of exuberance and praise.
The Supreme Court upheld a Michigan voter initiative that bans racial preferences in admissions to the state’s universities. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in a controlling opinion joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. “It is about who may resolve it. There is no authority in the Constitution of the United States or in this court’s precedents for the judiciary to set aside Michigan laws that commit this policy determination to the voters.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor read an impassioned dissent from the bench. She said the initiative put minorities to a burden not faced by other applicants to college.
“The Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat,” she wrote. “But neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the dissent…
The vote in the case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, No. 12-682, was 6-2. Justice Elena Kagan recused herself, presumably because she had worked on the case as United States solicitor general.
The Michigan initiative, known as Proposal 2, was a response to Grutter v. Bollinger, a 2003 Supreme Court decision that upheld the use of race as one factor among many in law school admissions to ensure educational diversity.
The National Medical Association (NMA), the nation’s oldest and largest medical association representing the interest of over 50,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve, and pharmaceutical company Pfizer are working together to raise awareness of painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).
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Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage caused by chronically high blood sugar and is the most common complication of diabetes. With painful symptoms including burning and shooting pains in the hands and feet, and the feeling of sharp pins and needles, diabetic nerve pain is a growing problem in the black American community where an estimated 1 in 5 black Americans has diabetes. Black Americans are also nearly three times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have a lower-extremity amputation due to diabetes complications.
Treating DPN is an important part of a patient’s overall diabetes management plan. To help address painful DPN with their clients, the NMA and Pfizer are making two new DPN diagnosis and treatment resources available to NMA members.
Fox News media analyst Lauren Ashburn speculated on Sunday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have “planned” her daughter Chelsea’s pregnancy to coincide with a 2016 presidential bid.
After the younger Clinton announced that she was expecting a child last week, so-called “Chelsea Truthers” in the conservative media began dropping hints that the timing may not have been a coincidence.
During a Sunday panel segment on Fox News’ Media Buzz, host Howard Kurtz asked, “Are we perhaps over-analyzing, over-thinking what ought to be a routine, joyous occasion?”
“You’ve been in this town for how many years, and you don’t have a cynical bone in your body?” Ashburn quipped. “I think a lot of reporters think maybe this was planned.”
“Maybe this was planned!” Kurtz exclaimed. “You don’t think that Chelsea Clinton and her husband are entitled to try to have a baby whenever they want? And by the way, if it was going to be planned, it would be planned for next year when the campaign might actually be underway!”
Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton offered the theory that the pregnancy “was a happy providential event, and then the mainstream media, trying to help Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, decided to make this baby the royal baby.”
“Ah!” Ashburn observed. “We have to realize that this is Hillary Clinton, she’s most likely running for president, it hasn’t been good for her. A lot of people say she’s too old. And so, there is coverage.”
Kurtz pointed out that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was a grandfather when he ran in 2012.
“But people didn’t say he was too old to run!” Ashburn replied.
“Isn’t this kind of sexist?” Kurtz wondered. “Come on.”
“Are you baiting me? What is that called? Sex baiting?” Ashburn shot back, adding, “No, of course it’s not.”
“You’re wrong,” Kurtz concluded.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Media Buzz, broadcast April 20, 2014.