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H.R. 3713: Urban League, FAMM Voice Concerns on #JusticeReform Bills

In a striking statement that’s a departure from the views of other major civil rights groups, National Urban League President Marc Morial expressed concerns with the two leading sentencing reform bills in Congress: S. 2123 and H.R. 3137. The Senate bill, S. 2123, was authored primarily by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. […]

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Rep. John Conyers Supports Criminal Intent Bill, Catches Hell From Left

Other Democrats have been criticized for it, but they weren’t in the position of actually passing legislation on the issue. As of yesterday, the most senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee is.  Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee is agreeing with the GOP on issues around criminal intent […]

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Nov. 18: Goodlatte-Conyers Bill with New Heroin Penalty Heads to Cmte.

Legislation authored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and ranking Democrat John Conyers (D-MI) that includes an expanded penalty for heroin containing fentanyl, will be considered by the full House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at a full committee markup.   The bill, H.R. 3713, the Sentencing Reform Act, would give prosecutors and judges the option […]

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Hollande Plans Response to Worst Attack in Paris Since WWII

French President Francois Hollande is preparing a response to the attacks on his country. “This is an act of war” Hollande said regarding the near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people and left over 80 in critical condition.  The attacks are widely believed to have been conducted by ISIS.   The massive attacks yesterday […]

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Someone Ask Bobby Jindal to Explain Glenn Ford and Albert Woodfox

“What’s your biggest weakness,” was the first debate question for 8 Republican candidates for President one night.  Someone could have answered for Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal, because the answer is so obvious: Justice.  When officials in Mississippi and Alabama have to stand back in awe of Louisiana’s medieval incarceration rate per 100,000 people — which […]



Desiree Rogers: Beyond the White House

In the first interview since leaving her position as White House social secretary, Chicago socialite, philanthropist and consultant Desiree Rogers spoke with Fox Chicago’s Robin Robinson about her term in the Obama admini...
by Robin Caldwell


Unemployment Claims Rise After Hitting August ’08 Lows

Claims for unemployment insurance took an unexpected rise after falling to the lows of August 2008 earlier this month. The Labor Department says that an additional 37,000 people filed for the benefits last week compared to two ...
by Matt E. Stevens


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So … What Happens to the Black Farmers?

Vilsack and White House, while mad quick to condemn Sherrod into racial martyrdom (for, ironically, the erroneous claim that she discriminated against a White farmer), are slow to simply circumvent Congress and use available fu...
by Charles Ellison


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Attorney General Eric Holder, Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou to Receive Urban League Legend Award

Attorney General Eric Holder will be honored with the Legend Award at the National Urban League’s upcoming centennial conference. Holder joins Stevie Wonder and Maya Angelou in receiving the award where the Urban League...
by Bridgette Outten

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Jobless Benefits Restored for Long-term Unemployed

President Barack Obama signed a bill Thursday that will extend six months of jobless benefits for those who have exhausted their state benefits. The bill was stalled by a GOP filibuster for weeks until the vote of new Sen. Car...
by Bridgette Outten



The Waiting Game: Black Farmers’ Settlement Stuck in the Senate

It’s another waiting game for black farmers waiting for settlement money from the country’s largest civil rights lawsuit to be appropriated by Congress. The Senate rejected a measure in June that included the money...
by Bridgette Outten


Charles Rangel to Face Ethics Violations Brought by House, Says He Will Respond to Allegation

A House investigative subcommittee committee brought ethics violation charges against Rep. Charles Rangel Thursday, after he has been under investigation for two years for several allegations. Rangel told reporters that he is u...
by Bridgette Outten



President Takes a Cut at Federal Fat

Once it takes effect, the new law would seek to implement new spending controls, recovering taxpayer dollars lost through fraud (from deceased citizens receiving Social Security payments to the living receiving overpayments) to...
by Charles Ellison


Wasteful Spending Tackled With ‘Improper Payments’ Law

The federal government has made a small, but important step to practice more fiscal discipline today in the face of massive government spending. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday that forces federal agen...
by Matt E. Stevens



Joseph C. Phillips: Clarity and the New Black Panther Party

In its coverage of the Philadelphia voter intimidation case, conservative media has unfortunately chosen sensationalism over clarity.   There are layers to this case to be explored that might highlight the idealism of the rig...
by Guest Contributor


Obama Will Sign Tribal Law and Order Act to Make Reservations Safer

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will sign a bill that would give Native Americans more authority to combat crime on reservations. The bill has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It allows spe...
by Bridgette Outten



Does an “Obama Curse” Haunt Black Politicians?

Before Barack Obama won the 2008 election to become the 44th President of the United States, his campaign led many to believe that he was the leader of a new age of black politicians.  His inauguration served as a symbol...
by anjuan

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Shirley Sherrod and the Media’s Rush to Judgment

When Shirley Sherrod heard Eloise Spooner vigorously come to her defense during a CNN segment Tuesday morning with Tony Harris, there were tears in her eyes, she pumped her fist and nodded in vindication. The firestorm that She...
by Kimberly Davis



Sherrod Gets Apology from White House, Vilsack

It’s a story of redemption for Shirley Sherrod that involves being portrayed as a racist, forced to resign, vindicated, apologized to and offered a new job in the past 48 hours. Sherrod, a black woman who was formerly the...
by Bridgette Outten


U.S. May Display Statues of Frederick Douglass and Pierre L’Enfant

The U.S. Capitol’s famed Statuary Hall may soon get some new faces thanks to the House Administration Committee. A bill that would bring two statues of historic Washington, D.C. residents, Frederick Douglass and Pierre L&...
by Matt E. Stevens



President Obama Signs Sweeping Financial Reform Bill

The bill’s passage is said to be a major legislative victory for the Obama, who had promised he would curb the type of Wall Street excesses behind the economic crisis in America and fix the regulatory system that failed preve...
by Kimberly Davis


Cory Ruth Falls in Four-way Ga. GOP Primary

Cory Ruth, the black Republican whose dissatisfaction of government propelled him into a four-way GOP race for U.S. Representative in Tuesday’s Georgia primary, lost to opponent Lisbeth Carter. Ruth, 32, was positive abou...
by Bridgette Outten



Obama Honors WNBA Champs in White House Visit

WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury team has joined the ranks of the sports teams that have been personally honored by President Barack Obama. The team was recognized by Obama in a White House visit Monday for its 2009 championship s...
by Bridgette Outten


Head of Immigration Studies Center Offers Some Direction

As one of the latest to weigh in on the nation’s illegal immigration debate, John D. Skrentny, director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at U.C. San Diego, suggests the government take small steps. “...
by Bridgette Outten



Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Makes Interim Police Chief Permanent

George Turner, who has been interim police chief in Atlanta since the beginning of the year, is now permanently doing the job. Mayor Kasim Reed appointed the Atlanta native and 28-year veteran chief late last week. “We don’...
by Bridgette Outten