Short Tease: Pres. Obama related to “first” enslaved man and more

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Today the genealogy site Ancestry.com revealed that President Obama is related not only to former Vice President Dick Cheney (8th cousin), plus five other former Presidents and, yes, Brad Pitt…. he is also related to the first documented enslaved man in America, John Punch. Read more at USA Today.


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believes that the Constitutional ruling permitting contraception was bad law. Read more at RawStory.

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And Americans are using IP masking (which can allow people to log in as if they are in another country) to watch the BBC’s live coverage of the Olympics vs. the tape-delayed American coverage. Read more from Heidi Moore at the Guardian. Also venture capitalist Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures points out that it’s a bit odd that NBC is doing tape-delayed coverage.. but live-Tweeting. His comments here.

About Farai Chideya

Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She contributes to print, public radio, and cable television; and she also hosts a series of town hall meetings in both New York and San Francisco, with New York Public Radio and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, respectively. You can see an archive of her 2010 midterm election specials -- which foreshadowed some of the current political and immigration debates -- at PopandPolitics.com, which she founded in 1995.