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Senate passes bill expanding drug war with Transnational Drug Trafficking Act

On Monday, the Senate passed the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act, which expands the war on drugs. This law gives the Justice Department the authority to prosecute drug traffickers from foreign countries. The law also ensures that current penalties apply to chemical producers from other countries that illegally ship precursor chemicals (for example: cold medicines to be turned […]

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Government funding bill with Wall Street giveaways passes in House

On Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass a government funding bill, but some of the more progressive members of the House stood in opposition to this spending bill because it contained policy riders that benefited the big banks and the wealthy. One rider would permit the big banks to perform more high-risk […]

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Latino support for President Obama up, and majority of Americans still support path to legalization

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released some new data today from a recently conducted survey that shows a mixed response from the public for the President’s recent executive action expanding the number of undocumented immigrants who are allowed to stay in the U.S. Overall, 50% of Americans disapprove of the […]

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Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress. This week will likely be the last week of the 113th Congress. When Congress reconvenes again in January, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate. But the last week of a Congress is always unpredictable and full of bills passing. Some pieces are ceremonial — others are substantive. […]

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First #Ferguson Bill Set to Become Law: Deaths in Custody Reporting Act

First Piece of #Ferguson Related Legislation Passes Congress and Will Become Law. H.R. 1447, the Death in Custody Reporting Act, authored by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), passed the Senate (Wednesday) tonight and is on its way to be signed into law. The bill passed the House a year ago in December 2013. The legislation requires […]


 
 

 
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Marion Barry (1936-2014) and Summer Jobs

From the suites to the streets. Early this morning former Washington, D.C. Mayor and current Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry died.   In an age of gridlock where many members of Congress brag about flying back and fourth from ho...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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A Powerful Week for the Black Caucus

SEVEN UP. It was a fascinating week for the Congressional Black Caucus.  Perhaps one of their best days since four Black Caucus members became Committee Chairman in January 2009. The week started with New Jersey Rep. Frank Pa...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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iAmerica.org launches as a resource for administrative relief

As President Obama announces his plan to provide administrative relief to millions of undocumented immigrants this evening, organizations are gearing up for an influx of questions from those who might be eligible for relief fro...
by Adriana Maestas
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An Open Internet Creates a Wealth of Opportunities for Women

By Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable Over the years, the Black Women’s Roundtable has focused on promoting health and wellness,...
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Utility Scale Solar Among Most Affordable Options for Renewable Energy

As the EPA issues new rules on carbon emission standards and climate change deniers get a hefty dose of reality, greater strides to transition America to cleaner, greener energy technologies are taking place each day. One of th...
by Kristal High
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Internet Access Taxes Go into Effect in Three Weeks if Congress Doesn’t Act Now

After a brief extension courtesy of the latest Continuing Resolution, the ban on Internet access taxes is set to expire on December 11, 2014. With Congress only in session November 20, and December 1-4, 9-12, they have seven da...
by Kristal High
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2016 Campaign Starts With Jim Webb’s Walk Into Inner Cities, Focus on White Poverty

Former Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat from Virginia, launched his campaign for President late last night via an e-mail and a video.  Webb is establishing a exploratory committee that is likely to become a full presidential campa...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Wifi Innovation Act Spells New Opportunities for Low-Income People to Get Online

With days left in the lame duck session of Congress, the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council has issued resounding support of the Wifi Innovation Act.  ”With wireless quickly becoming a complement to wired ...
by Kristal High
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Butterfield Elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 114th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) was unanimously elected today as the 24th Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 114th Congress.  Beginning in January, Butterfield will lead the largest...
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President Obama will make announcement on immigration tomorrow

Today the White House announced that President Obama will make an announcement on executive action to fix the broken immigration system. The White House posted this announcement on Facebook and on it’s blog. Check out the...
by Adriana Maestas
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Donna Edwards, Joaquin Castro: Will DCCC Finally Step Into the Future?

The selection of who will be the next Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair will tell you all you need to know about whether or not House Democrats have learned anything from November 4th.  Will the party choos...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Black Caucus Chair Fudge Drops “Dear Colleague” On Seniority Issue

  SENIORITY “DEAR COLLEAGUE.” Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH) has sent out a letter to members of the Democratic Caucus regarding seniority. “Those who through years of service have gained significant...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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After Pelosi Letter Black Caucus Meets on Seniority

SENIORITY AS “A CONSIDERATION.” Members of the Black Caucus met over dinner last night for over three hours — primarily on the issue of committee seniority.  All of the Black Caucus’ most senior membe...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Internet Tax Freedom Act Is More Important Than Ever

After last week’s elections, Congress has a full plate of issues to review within the coming weeks and consider putting on the backburner for the next Congress to address. However, can you name the one issue they have yet to ...
by Charlyn Stanberry
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President Obama issues statement on #netneutrality, urging reclassification of internet service providers

Taking a rather bold step, President Obama issued a statement on Monday urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify internet service providers as telecommunications services. Reclassification would give the gover...
by Adriana Maestas
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Don’t Blame Us!

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following opinion on the 2014 midterm election results. As pundits continue to play the blame game in the days following last Tuesday’s elections, there ...
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Duke Energy Dedicates Millions to Help Low-Income Families Lower their Energy Bills

Energy efficiency is one of the most effective means of decreasing home energy use and lowering electric bills. There are many things one can do to become more energy efficient. It could be as simple as being mindful of turning...
by Kristal High
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Trending Toward 2016: The Future of Tech for Communities of Color

Join us on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 4:30-5:30 pm EST for an interactive dialogue about what the future of tech holds in store for people of color under a Republican-led Congress. The event will be livestreamed via Google H...
by Kristal High
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Time to Spread Some Holiday Cheer with PIN and CHIP Technology

Leaves are turning, fall is in full swing, and we just set our clocks back for Daylight Savings Time. It’s that time of year again – holiday shopping time! With Christmas decorations hitting retail stores before Halloween t...
by Kristal High
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Latino voter turnout declined in yesterday’s elections, immigration a big factor

The Latino vote, as a percentage of the electorate, shrunk last night from 10 percent in 2012 to eight percent in 2014 according to exit polls. According to Latino Decisions, the Latino vote share was less Democratic than in th...
by Adriana Maestas
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