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Isiah Thomas: Colleges must value academic success more than athletic success

sports lead

January 8th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

Isiah Thomas: Colleges must value academic success more than athletic success

(CNN) - NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas sent a tweet to CNN's Jake Tapper Tuesday night, responding to CNN's investigation into high rates of illiteracy among college athletes. Thomas' tweet linked to an essay, "Black Males, Athletes and Academic Achievement." The former basketball star penned it for the Huffington Post in July.

"College athletics, as it intersects with the educational and life outcomes of black male athletes, is in crisis. This crisis is evident in many ways, including the prevalence of once-aspiring professional black male athletes who end up with no degree, few job prospects, and used-up eligibility," Thomas wrote.

The problem with student athletes slipping through the cracks has gotten worse since his days in college, Thomas said in an interview with CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

“As the money has continued to rise in athletics and the reward for winning has become so pricey, the student athlete is really there only to be an athlete and not necessarily a student,” said Thomas. “He is there really to entertain the student body, but not necessarily have access to an academic career.”
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money lead

January 8th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

FTC cracks down on deceptive diet ads

(CNN) - That "miracle" weight-loss product you've seen on TV may not live up to the hype.

The Federal Trade Commission has charged four companies with deceptive advertising related to their weight loss products. "Operation Failed Resolution," as the FTC calls it, is an effort by the federal agency to crack down on companies' misleading claims about products that allegedly help consumers slim down.
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politics lead

January 8th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Democratic NJ politician: Christie runs 'a very tight ship' and decisions 'run directly through the front office'

(CNN) - E-mails emerged on Wednesday from top aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bolstering suggestions that George Washington Bridge lane closures last year that tied up traffic stemmed from a political vendetta and not bureaucratic incompetence as his administration claimed.

"This is an administration that runs a very tight ship, and there are almost no decisions that are made of any consequence that do not run directly through the front office," said Democratic New Jersey State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is leading the investigation into the bridge lane closures.
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politics lead

January 8th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

What attack ads based on Gates' book might look like

(CNN) - The new memoir from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will be opposition research gold come primary season.

CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" took the liberty of cutting two faux attack ads based on the book.


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politics lead

January 8th, 2014
12:20 PM ET

E-mails raise questions about political retribution in Christie controversy

Watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more on this story.

(CNN) - E-mails emerged on Wednesday purportedly from top aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that bolster the case that access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge were borne from a political vendetta against opponents of the governor, and were not the result of an incompetent traffic study as his administration claimed.

Read the e-mails here.

Christie's office could not be reached for comment, but he has previously said he knew nothing about allegations of political retribution against the Mayor of Fort Lee, where the traffic lanes feed into the nation's busiest bridge across the Hudson River, for not endorsing him in his re-election bid.

Those cited in the series of e-mails and text messages subpoenaed by Democratic legislators and obtained by CNN and other news outlets did not respond to requests for comment or to verify the communications.

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