Its a Scandal-ous Press Pause!

On this special WAOK edition of Press Pause, we are talking Scandal! Call us up and tell us what YOU love about Scandal, who YOUR favorite character is, and what\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s driving you CRAZY about the current story lines! Gladiators! Assemble!!!!!!!

A Press Pause Exclusive: Ask Dr. Rola!

Dr. Rola Tomori is coming back to Press Pause for a special WAOK edition, and to share her thoughts on the stressors that drive mental illness in women of color. Dr. Rola is INCREDIBLE - you don\'t want to miss this!

The Plight of Mental Illness Among Black Women

Tonight we\\\\\\\'ll tackle the weighty issue of mental illness in the black community, and explore some of the high-profile cases against young black women who appear to be suffering from debilitating mental disorders that have ruined their lives.

 

Press Pause News: The Affordable Care Act Registration Deadline Looms

Obama's Healthcare Plan Upheld (Source: ABC News.com)

President Obama insisted last month that Monday, March 31, would be “last call” for Americans to sign up for a health insurance plan under the federal law without risking a financial penalty. Like so many other deadlines involving the Affordable Care Act, however, this one turned out to be flexible.

The White House effectively extended the open enrollment period Tuesday by allowing anyone who claims to have started the enrollment process on or before March 31 to check a “special enrollment” box. Doing so grants the applicant a hardship exemption and gives them a yet-to-be-determined grace period to complete the enrollment process. The deadline to submit paper applications was also extended to a final-for-now date of April 7.

As a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released this week found, some Americans won’t be signing up for health insurance no matter how long they are given. Half of adults younger than 65 who still lack coverage intend to remain without insurance.

Next on Press Pause: Wisconsin recall election opens an uphill battle for Democrats

Wsconsin Recall
By David Horsey, New York Times
There was a wee dram of good news for Democrats coming out of the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday. While a solid majority of voters chose to retain their Republican governor, Scott Walker, a similar majority told exit pollsters they planned to vote for President Obama in November.

It is small solace, however. Barack Obama carried Wisconsin with 56% of the vote in 2008 and has been expected to recapture the state with no great effort this year. To celebrate a likely victory that was already supposed to be in the bag seems like throwing a party because the sun rose again this morning. Plus, the exit poll result should come with an asterisk. CNN’s John King was a bit befuddled on election night when it turned out that Walker performed much better than exit polls indicated he would. King eventually attributed this statistical glitch to conservative voters who refused to cooperate with pollsters representing the evil liberal news media.

If it was indeed the case that the exit polls skewed left, then arguably Obama could have a bigger challenge in Wisconsin than anyone expects. And that would be more bad news for the Democrats from a state they once could count on.

Next On Press Pause: The Student Loan Crisis

According to the website “ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com”, forgiving student loan debt would have an immediate stimulating effect on the economy. Join us live on “Press Pause” Saturday, May 19th when we talk to Robert Applebaum, Attorney and founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com joins Pat to discuss his movement, and HR4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012. Only on “Press Pause” with Patricia Wilson-Smith, Saturday at 4pm on WAEC 860 AM!

Previously on Press Pause: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr!!!!

This week “Press Pause” takes a music break with a whole hour with “America’s Got Talent 2011″ winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.! Pat is his biggest fan!!! Tune in to see how she holds up on air with this amazing crooner!

Previously on Press Pause: Derrick Ashong

Derrick N. Ashong – or DNA as he is sometimes known – is literally the voice of a new generation – and he’s coming to “Press Pause”.

Described by VanityFair.com as “a spirit of promise and hope and harmony” DNA’s band Derrick N. Ashong and Soulfège is a critically-acclaimed, refreshingly original and exciting group of musicians who produce an eclectic blend of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, World Beat and West African Highlife music that has been featured in such major media as MTV Africa, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, MNet Africa, ABC Chronicle and BBC Worldservice, reaching 146 million listeners worldwide.

Tell The Truth and Shame the Devil!

The Obama Campaign has released an incredible response video to the random and factually challenged attacks Mitt Romney has been leveling against President Obama, especially since winning Wisconsin and presumably all-but clinching the deal on the Republican nomination. Good for him!

But I sure hope he does a little better with the fact-uating than he does in this clip, ‘cuz, he’s not exactly looking like a beacon of truth in this one. Share this!!!!!

Supreme court unlikely to delay Obama healthcare ruling

Supreme Court

(Source: Reuters)

The Supreme Court on Monday appeared prepared to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law soon, rather than delaying for years a ruling on the mandate that Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty.

In the first of three days of historic arguments, the justices voiced doubt that a U.S. tax law requiring that people pay first and litigate later should postpone a ruling on the legal challenge to the president’s signature domestic legislative achievement.

At the core of the healthcare law, signed by Obama in 2010, is a requirement that people obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. The question on Monday was whether people can challenge this so-called individual mandate before paying the penalty and seeking a refund.

The Obama administration and the challengers – including 26 of the 50 states – agreed that the case should be decided now. One of the four U.S. appeals courts that ruled on the law prior to the case going to the high court held that the tax law barred the challenges until the penalty was paid. The justices then appointed an outside private lawyer to argue that position.

A Powerful Tribute to Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Thank you to Mark Thompson of Sirius XM’s “Make It Plain” and attorney Exavier Pope for joining us on “Press Pause” yesterday to discuss the Trayvon Martin case. As promised, we’ve uploaded the tribute songs we played on yesterday’s show, and we’ll continue to add to the collection as it grows. You can listen by clicking here. Also, we found this incredible tribute video – pass this one along, and keep the story alive until justice is served, and beyond!

What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man. Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Three weeks after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.
Here is what everyone should know about the case:
1. Zimmerman called the police to report Martin’s “suspicious” behavior, which he described as “just walking around looking about.” Zimmerman was in his car when he saw Martin walking on the street. He called the police and said: “There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about… These a**holes always get away” [Orlando Sentinel]
2. Zimmerman pursued Martin against the explicit instructions of the police dispatcher:
Dispatcher: “Are you following him?”
Zimmerman: “Yeah”
Dispatcher: “OK, we don’t need you to do that.”
[Orlando Sentinel]

Suppressing the Vote is Not Right

(Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Sweeping new laws — including an end to same-day registration and cuts to early voting — could disenfranchise millions of voters in 2012.

The most controversial voter suppression tactics are photo ID laws, which have been proposed in 35 states. Nearly a dozen, including Georgia, have passed strict voter ID laws pushed mostly by Republican-led legislatures.

Proponents say they prevent voter fraud but have difficulty showing there are many people — if any — voting under a false identity. From 2002 to 2007, the Justice Department conducted an investigation and failed to prosecute anyone for impersonating an eligible voter.

Minorities, the poor, elderly, students and the disabled — groups less likely to have a government ID — are disproportionately affected by such laws. An estimated 21 million people do not have a current, government-issued photo ID. The numbers are even higher for black people, Hispanics and other minorities.

The Texas Legislature passed one of the worst such laws, whereby a concealed-weapon permit qualifies as a voter ID while a student ID does not.