I see that Sen. Barack Obama's camp is, once again, attempting to trample upon the First Amendment rights to free speech. Politico.com reports that Obama's camp reached out to TV stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania yesterday to block the airing of a National Rifle Association ad.

This makes, what... the 2nd or 3rd ad Obama has asked TV stations not to run -- and he's not even president yet?

This is an alarming trend. IF Obama is elected president, will he exert Orwellian control over TV stations to suppress programming that he feels puts him in a bad light? It's called censorship any way you look at it.

House and Senate negotiators from both parties said early Thursday that they had reached general agreement to move forward with the administration’s proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street to avoid a widespread economic collapse.

But Sen. Richard Shelby, the head of the Senate Banking Committee just emerged from a meeting at the White House and announced "there is no agreement".

This throws the first presidential debate tomorrow into question.

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Sen. John McCain's spokesman Tucker Bounds has assured MSNBC News that McCain will attend the debate in Mississippi tomorrow night:

Before John McCain suspended his campaign yesterday, the situation that we're looking at today looked very different then. After he showed leadership and called for bipartisanship, for us to partisanship aside and tackle this solution head on, here we are. And we're going into a debate, I think we're going there strong. (Source)

According to online reports, rapper DMX was admitted to a Miami hospital on Monday (9/22) with "stroke-like" symptoms.

DMX's lawyer tells Billboard.com he is expected to be released today or tomorrow. Click here to read more about signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Rapper DMX has been at a Miami hospital since Monday (September 22nd), but according to his attorney he should be released today (Thursday, September 25th). His lawyer, Bradford Cohen, told Billboard.com, "He spent the night (at the hospital) and he will probably spend (Wednesday night) there as well. I don't think it's going to be an ongoing thing or a life-threatening situation. He's going to be alright."DMX was taken to the hospital when he thought he was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. Cohen explained, "It was serious enough for him to be brought and taken into a treatment facility."

DMX missed a court appearance in Arizona on Tuesday, September 23rd, but it was rescheduled for Monday, September 29th. (Source)

Still no word on whether Sen. John McCain will show up in Mississippi tomorrow night to debate Sen. Barack Obama.

But Obama aides say Obama plans to turn the debate into a town hall meeting if McCain doesn't show up.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats reported agreement in principle Thursday on a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, and said they would present it to the Bush administration in hopes of a vote within days.

Emerging from a two-hour negotiating session, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said, "We are very confident that we can act expeditiously."

"I now expect that we will indeed have a plan that can pass the House, pass the Senate (and) be signed by the president," said Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah.

The bipartisan consensus on the general direction of the legislation was reported just hours before President Bush was to host presidential contenders Barack Obama and John McCain and congressional leaders at the White House for discussions on how to clear obstacles to the unpopular rescue plan. (Source)


[EDITED: to correct Nikki's name]

Singer/songwriter Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds was spotted out & about in Los Angeles today with his girlfriend Nikki Pattenburg and their new baby.

The 50-year-old Edmonds met his dancer girlfriend on the set of one of his videos. Ironically, he met his ex-wife Tracey the same way.

Thanks to our friends over at Str8nyc.com for alerting us to Jay Z's cover story in Time Out magazine.

Jigga shares the NY-based magazine's 40th Anniversary cover with 39 other noted celebrities, socialites and business czars.

In the article, Jay discusses his wife, Beyonce, and working with Kanye West on Blueprint 3. He even manages to give his rap nemesis a compliment:

You’re the only rapper on this list. We were considering Nas but have this 13-year rule: People on this list had to have had an impact in the last 13 years. And Illmatic was 1994. Should we have included him?
Jay-Z: Ah, wow! [Laughs] That’s a tough question. [Pauses] Yeah, only because of the impact of that album, when it’s considered one of the best albums ever created, you have to document that.

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Photos of Angela and Vanessa: INF DAILY, photo of Bow Wow and Angela: Wireimage.com

[EDITED 3:02 PM:
I never said Bow Wow bought Angela the car yesterday, last week or last month. She's had the car for a while now and she's been dating Bow Wow for a while now. So do the math and please stop emailing me! :)

Rev. Run's daughters Angela and Vanessa Simmons were out & about in Los Angeles today shopping for trinkets.

Rumor has it that Bow Wow pursued his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Angela because he realized what he was missing by not being with the level-headed millionaire entrepreneur.

But Angela wasn't having it. According to friends, she'd heard too many stories about Bow Weezy chasing scantily clad video vixens.

So Bow Wow sealed the deal by buying Angela a fire engine red Porsche Cayman S and having it delivered to Angela at her residence in Los Angeles.

The Cayman S has a base price of $59,100, but you know Angela's ride is fully loaded with extra's which increased the sticker price to over $70,000!

I'm told Angela couldn't resist the extravagant gift, which Bow Wow says came from his heart. So now the cute couple are back together again. Isn't love grand? Maybe money can buy everything.

Ciara changes up her look like Michael Jackson changes little boys. One day she's a Beyonce look-a-like and the next day she's Morticia from the Adams Family.

In this photo taken last night, it seemed like Britney Spears took her fashion cue from Ciara by donning a black asymmetric cut wig similar to the one Ciara is wearing in this video.

But according to Faded Youth blog, Brit was still in character after an all-day video shoot for her single "Womanizer". LOVE the Louis Vuitton bag!

The interesting part in all this is that Ciara posts comments on my blog -- and other blogs -- as "Brit" (this was confirmed). But, sadly, we haven't seen Brit around these parts since I blew her cover. :)

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VH1 Finally got it right: the music channel named Public Enemy's seminal hit "Fight the Power" number one on its list of the 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs in History.

That was my jam right there! Spike Lee directed the video which was filmed on location in Brooklyn in 1989. I was working at New York hospital at the time, and the police were on the scene in full force thinking there was going to be a riot because Tawana Brawley was there.

Tensions were still high from when she lied and accused a white cop of raping her. The city had police on horseback and paddy wagons on standby. It was very insulting. But those were good times. :)

VH1 also named Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang which took second place on the list, with Dr. Dre's Nuthin But A 'G' Thang coming in a close third.