1. OBAMA POLITICS
The aftermath: President Obama pledged to push ahead with his agenda in the aftermath of a midterm election that saw the Democrats lose control of the Senate. “To those of you who voted, I hear you,” Obama said. To those who didn’t vote, “I hear you too.” During a 90-minute news conference yesterday, the president didn’t do much to suggest that his White House would work differently now that Republicans hold at least 52 seats in the Senate and their biggest majority in the House since World War II. Two words: veto pen.
2. PHILADELPHIA ABDUCTION
Suspect arrested: A 22-year-old woman was found alive, three days after her abduction that was captured on a surveillance video in Philadelphia sparked an all-out manhunt. Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was found southwest of Baltimore in Jessup, Maryland, the FBI said. The suspect has been taken into custody and identified by authorities as 37-year-old Delven Barnes. Investigators aren’t sure whether Freeland-Gaither knew her abductor, although there’s no indication that she did, police said earlier.
3. NEGRO IS OKAY
Another N-word: It’s not the worst N-word, but it still caught people’s attention. A newly published U.S. Army regulation says a service member can be referred to as a “Negro” when describing “black or African American” personnel. The Army confirmed the language is contained in the October 22 edition of “Army Command Policy,” but it’s uncertain when it was added. It might have been a long time ago. An Army spokesman says the use of the word comes from an outdated section, is currently under review, and will be updated shortly.
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