LISTEN: Pastor Eric Manning Delivers First Sunday Sermon at Emanuel AME Church After Dylann Roof’s Conviction; 4 Dead, 3 Others Wounded In Chicago Shootings (BCNN1, 12/19/2016)

1. According to WCIV, pastor Eric Manning delivered a powerful sermon Sunday. It was his first sermon since the conviction of Emanuel AME gunman Dylann Roof. The message was “A new day is upon us.” With bowed heads on bent knees, a congregation once again showed the power of prayer. With prayer and his leadership, Pastor Manning hopes church members can find comfort after spending weeks enduring testimony in a trial that forced many to relive the night nine church members were shot and killed. The pastor said he’s spent time getting to know the survivors. He said, “I pray it made a difference. I hope it did.”

2. According to the Chicago Tribune, four people were shot dead on the scene of a apparent domestic related attack and three other people including a 9-year-old were wounded during Saturday shootings on Chicago’s South and West sides. The quadruple fatal shooting happened about 12:40 p.m. in the 100 block of West 105th Street at a home in the Fernwood neighborhood, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago police spokesman. At least five ambulances were sent to the scene after officers were alerted by an anonymous call that several people were shot there, police said. Three men and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene, and a woman in her 20s was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, officials said.

3. According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama says one of his missions after leaving office will be to develop a new generation of leaders on issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform and expanding health insurance coverage. In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, Obama said he wants to ensure that young people working on those issues have “whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up.” Obama said in the interview airing Monday that the issues he cares most about will be well served when that new generation moves into positions of authority. The Democratic Party has been hit hard during his presidency. He’ll leave with the GOP controlling the White House and Congress.

4. According to the Daily Beast, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that she regrets having met with former President Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix earlier this year while the FBI was probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, suggesting the discussion might have cast doubt on the integrity of that investigation. Lynch said the meeting gave “people a reason to think differently” about the impartiality of the investigation and of the department as a whole, describing the entire ordeal as “painful.” Lynch asserted at the time that the conversation was “cordial” and that she and Clinton did not discuss the FBI’s probe, but conservative pundits said the meeting was evidence that the department was unable to conduct an impartial investigation.

5. According to AOL, interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile pushed back Sunday on President Barack Obama’s recent claim that Russia ceased conducting cyber attacks to impact the 2016 election after he urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “cut it out.” Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Brazile said, “No, they did not stop. They came after us absolutely every day until the end of the election. They tried to hack into our system repeatedly.” During what was scheduled to be Obama’s final press conference of the year, the president recounted telling Putin in September that if the attacks continued there would be consequences. Brazile was “disappointed” by Obama’s response, claiming Democrats were “under constant attack” throughout the entire election.

6 . According to Salon, white Americans live on average 3.6 years longer than black Americans. If you look only at men, the difference becomes 4.4 years. However, research suggests minority groups in the United States tend to be better off in terms of mental health than white Americans. Depression, anxiety and suicide, for instance, are more common among white Americans than among black Americans. Research demonstrates that although white Americans are, on average, the “healthiest group,” they are also, on average, far less “resilient” than black Americans. It seems that vulnerability is a cost of privilege, and resilience comes as a result of adversity.

7. According to the Christian Post, before taking on hosting duties for his nationally syndicated radio show or multiple television programs each day, Steve Harvey spends time with God. Now, he’s giving people a glimpse into his daily prayer life that begins with gratitude. The comedian-turned-best-selling author and philanthropist told Forbes magazine in an interview on Monday, “Every morning before I get started, I do the same thing every day. I go to my notes section of my phone. I pull up my morning gratitude prayer and I read this list of things that I’m grateful for everyday. Then I get to this break and I read this whole list of everything I’m asking God for today.” After Harvey starts his day with a morning gratitude prayer, the entertainer said he thanks God for about 56 things each day before asking for about 45 things.