From JANELLE JOLLEY at theroot.com: My erstwhile African-American-studies-minored self would love nothing more than to publish a dissertation on why <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2008/11/18/michelles_booty/index.html" target="_blank">this</a></span> piece in Salon, written by Erin Aubry Kaplan of the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, is destructive, superficial and historically unsound. But what would be the point? I would say how dare you continue the objectification of a black woman, but mostly what I want to do is scream in outrage. Click here for the full story.

With weekly jobless claims benefits at a 16-year high, the White House said Thursday that President George W. Bush would quickly sign legislation pending in Congress to provide further unemployment benefits.

From The New York Observer: Bill Clinton said he'd do "whatever they want" with respect to the vetting process and information he'd have to disclose to the Obama administration to help Hillary Clinton become Obama's secretary of state. Click here for story.

Somalia’s increasingly brazen pirates are building sprawling stone houses, cruising in luxury cars, marrying beautiful women — even hiring caterers to prepare Western-style food for their hostages.

New claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to a 16-year high, the Labor Department said Thursday, providing more evidence of a rapidly weakening job market expected to get even worse next year.

Democratic officials say that Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is a leading contender for the job of secretary of homeland security in President-elect Barack Obama‘s administration.

The challenge of  a green economy is the next American frontier. Can Obama live up to his words about new energy?

From TechCrunch.com: Expect Yahoo’s share price to jump tomorrow – Jerry Yang will be stepping down as CEO of the company, a job that he took on an interim basis in June 2007.

From theroot.com: The lingering tension between gays and lesbians and the African-American community over the passage of California's Proposition 8—banning same-sex marriage—isn't a laughing matter, but it is absurd. It has all the makings of a Tyler Perry movie starring the casts of <em>Big Love</em> and <em>The L Word.</em> <em>Diary of a Mad Black Mormon Lesbian Nun?</em> Now showing in California and coming soon to a theater near you.

Master P wants to show a new generation how to help hip-hop profit.

From theroot.com: Having already gone through my—now regretted—Obama tantrums in July (and on this Web site), I do not want to hear about anyone else's. Please try to get over yours as soon as possible. Click here for the full rant.

From HuffingtonPost.com: "Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has been offered the job of Health and Human Services secretary by President-elect Barack Obama and has accepted the job, according to a Democratic source close to Daschle," <em>Roll Call</em> <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/30285-1.html">reports</a>.