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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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House Ethics Counsel on Rangel: “I See No Evidence of Corruption.”

Lawmakers on the House Ethics Adjudicatory subcommittee continue a closed-door inquiry today into the thirteen ethics charges lodged against former House Ways and Chairman Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY).
by Charles Ellison
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Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

The recent midterm elections provided a glimpse into what Americans desire for the nation and highlighted the interests of citizens to be engaged in civic and political life.
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Tax Cut Debate Cutting In Lame Duck Session

The battle over tax cuts will be the first major political test of wills between an embattled President Barack Obama and an emboldened House Republican majority.
by Charles Ellison
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Ousted Democratic Hill Staffers Join Jobless Ranks

An estimated 2,500 Democratic Hill staffers who worked for Representatives and Senators that lost during the midterm elections will soon enter the already congested job market.
by Jeneba Ghatt
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Detroit Mayor Travels to Italy for Economic Development Tour

Detroit’s mayor Dave Bing is willing to go far and wide for the best ideas to revive his struggling Midwest city.
by Matt E. Stevens
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Steele Feels Pressure as Challenges to His Chairmanship Mount

Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, under siege by numerous party officials calling for his ouster, has had very little chance to celebrate Nov. 2 GOP wins.
by Charles Ellison
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Clyburn to Continue in Minority As “Assistant Leader”

The current Majority Whip in the U.S. House, Jim Clyburn will continue in minority leadership as power shifts.
by Britton Loftin
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Rangel Ethics Inquiry Underway, Yields Dramatic Surprises

Congressman Charlie Rangel's Ethics Hearing began this morning, only to take an abrupt hiatus as he requested a Motion for Continuance in order to obtain legal counsel.
by Charles Ellison
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Rush Seeks Ranking Member Post On Technology Subcommittee

As Congress returns today for the beginning of its lame duck session, a number of congressmen are positioning themselves for chairmanships and ranking member positions in preparation for the 112th Congress.
by Alton Drew
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Digital Technologies Key to Improving Health Outcomes

Digital technologies are increasingly important to our ability to create better healthcare outcomes for Americans, particularly people of color, was brought to the fore.
by Kristal High
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Marco Rubio’s Tea Party Letdown

Riding the wave of rock-star popularity, newly-minted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is playing it safe for the time being.
by Charles Ellison
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Rep. Edolphus Towns Seeks Ranking Member Post in 2011

As a result of last week's midterm elections, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus will lose their Committee Chairmanships but Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) is looking to hold on.
by Kristal High
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MSNBC Leans Backward On Missed Opportunity

During the Keith Olbermann debacle last week, MSNBC was primed for the opportunity to consider a Black or Latino talk show host.
by Charles Ellison
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A Threat to Justice Everywhere

The unjust incarceration of Jaime and Gladys Scott persists as a failure of the modern legal system.
by Guest Contributor
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On Veterans Day, Let’s Remember the Needs of African-American Service Heroes

As the nation celebrates its heroic veterans on November 11, it is important to remember African-Americans who have bravely served the country and the post-military needs they face.
by Matt E. Stevens
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Michael Steele’s Last Stand

Conventional wisdom would dictate that all things political look good for Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele.
by Charles Ellison
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Would African Americans Benefit From Cap and Trade?

With last week’s Republican victory in the U.S. House of Representatives, cap and trade legislation may remain in limbo, bearing some sort of impact on communities of color.
by Alton Drew
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President Obama Announces Three Federal Agency Nominations

Three federal agencies have received nominations from President Obama for key posts this week.
by Matt E. Stevens
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St. Paul Elects First Black Legislators

Despite St. Paul’s twelve percent African American populations, the city has never elected black legislators until this year.
by Britton Loftin
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GOP Discipline Being Tested by Tea Party Resolve

Signs of internal strains emerge in the GOP as Tea Party-backed Members and other ultra-conservatives pose leadership challenges outside the anticipated post-election protocol.
by Charles Ellison
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