Al Sharpton has been called many names. Add CI-7 to that list. According to a lengthy report published by The Smoking Gun, Sharpton was a confidential informant for the FBI—his codename was CI-7—for several years in the mid-1980s. On Monday, The Smoking Gun obtained hundreds of documents that they believe state clearly that the current host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC was once an informant. According to the news sites, Sharpton carried a briefcase outfitted with a recording device that he used to tape conversations that detailed mob hits, extortion schemes, and the activities of Genovese crime family. Read more.
A Phoenix woman arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised more than $91,000 to help her effort. Read more.
The LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas is hosting a three-day Civil Rights Summit this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, which banned widespread discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities and against women. President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the keynote address on Thursday, and former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also will speak during the week. Read more.
Currently, 43 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for drivers of all ages and starting in mid-April, the Department of Transportation will roll out a series of jarring ads aimed at getting young people to rethink the dangerous practice. Read more.
Nene Sy is a high school senior at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. But this fall she’ll become a first-generation college student — something she has in common with Michelle Obama, Yahoo reported.The 18-year-old from Harlem recently had the opportunity to sit down with the first lady to talk about education, confidence and making mistakes. Read more.
Vice President Joe Biden is encouraging Democrats to “fight back” for voting rights in a video released as part of the Democratic National Committee’s new Voter Expansion Project. “I’ve got to tell you, if someone had said to me ten years ago that I’d have to make a pitch for protecting voting rights today, I would have said ‘you got to be kidding,’” Biden says in the video, which was posted to YouTube Monday. Read more.