The year is 2016. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke has qualified for a Senate run. To be explicitly clear, the Grand Wizard title is given to the national leader of the KKK—the white supremacist organization that opposed civil rights for African Americans throughout history through murder, lynching and bombing and continues to exist today.
According to an ABC News report, David Duke will debate on Nov. 2 with race frontrunners, Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell, at New Orleans' Dillard University, a historically black college.
Dillard University student Joseph Caldwell, an urban studies and human policy major, said the announcement shocked many students over the weekend. The university is contractually obligated to proceed with the event. In a statement released Saturday, the administration at Dillard said it would work to keep the event secure and professional. It also said they do not endorse the candidacy of any individuals appearing in the debate.
Duke expressed his excitement about the invitation to the debate over a tweet.
Important News! I qualified for the U.S. Senate most important debate in Louisiana on Nov 2. I can't wait to tell truth nobody else dares!
Foster Campbell, the Democratic Senate candidate, told ABC News it was "unfortunate" that Duke was allowed to participate.
"His destructive rhetoric is a distraction from this campaign, which is about our future, not our past," Campbell said.
The debate will be televised on WVUE-TV, the station that originally extended the invitation to Duke to participate in Thursday's event. Discuss
If, for some reason, you've ever needed Twilight memorabilia in your life, here's your chance to score the same frayed cargo pants that Taylor Lautner once touched or you can turn your apartment into Bella and Edward's.
Summit Entertainment announced that they're auctioning over 900 Twilight props including costumes, set pieces and even an invitation to Bella's wedding. The starting bid for most items is $50. With a range of polos and graphic tees, the auction resembles a time capsule into the late 2000s.
You can even buy Bella Swan's iPod, estimated at $400.
Or you know, just leave it all in the past like it should be. Discuss
Next year, millions of Americans can expect higher bills—at least when it comes to Obamacare.
The Obama Administration confirmed that healthcare premiums will rise next year by an average of 25 percent across 39 states. Many consumers will also be limited to one insurer as their option as the total number of insurers will drop 28 percent, from 232 this year to 167 in 2017.
Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives Larry Levitt who tracks healthcare law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation shared, “Consumers will be faced this year with not only big premium increases but also with a declining number of insurers participating, and that will lead to a tumultuous open enrollment period."
The sobering numbers confirmed state-by-state reports that have been coming in for months. Administration officials are stressing that subsidies that are designed to rise alongside premiums will insulate most customers from sticker shock. This doesn't help the estimated 5-7 million people who either do not qualify for the income-based assistance or buy individual policies.
Federal officials stressed the importance of reviewing the 2017 options since the changes may significantly affect Americans with chronic conditions or ongoing prescriptions. Discuss
There’s a major military offensive currently happening in Iraq, as a coalition of U.S. military, Kurdish forces and Iraqi special forces move to take out ISIS in the city of Mosul. As they pushed toward the former ISIS stronghold, they liberated villages from the radical Islamic group, including the primarily Christian town of Bartella, which is 9 miles from Mosul.
ABC News captured a moving video this week of a church in the town ringing its bell for the first time in two years, after the coalition drove out ISIS.
Jimmy Kimmel’s “mean tweets” segment is consistently one of the funniest recurring bits in late night. If you are not familiar with the concept, it’s pretty straight forward: A famous person reads mean things people have said about them on Twitter.
Pres. Obama is a good sport about the whole thing, even with burns that compare him to Nickelback, make fun of his dad jeans and question his presidential legacy. Discuss