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18 Rs + 18 Ds: Most Bi-Partisan #JusticeReform Bill in Congress Has 36 Sponsors

SAFE JUSTICE ACT.  When any bill in Congress has an even amount of Democrats and Republican on it, it’s news — unless it’s the naming of a post office. When it comes to criminal justice reform bills, it’s particularly rare to see 36 co-sponsors that are equally divided. On July 17, Speaker John Boehner was supportive of […]

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Bill Clinton Says Crime Bill “Made Things Worse.” Where’s Everyone Else?

“I signed a bill that made the problem worse,” former President Bill Clinton admitted t members of the NAACP in Philadelphia on July 15. Of course, it really wasn’t a matter of Bill Clinton “admitting it.”  Many who simply studied the policies in the Clinton Crime Bill, specifically where the appropriation requests were targeted, and […]

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Rep. Frederica Wilson Keeps Attention on #TakeBackOurGirls as #MSM Disappears

Wilson’s War to #TakeBackOurGirls Continues. Last week the President of Nigeria visited Washington.  As he did, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) continued to apply constant pressure and social media attention on the Nigerian government to get them to assist in the release of about 275 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.  Even as the story has faded from headlines, the Florida […]

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New Report: Latinos are 4% of guests on Sunday shows

Media Matters released a new report this week showing that in the first 18 weeks of 2015, Latinos were four percent of guests on the English-language Sunday shows, which is a decline from 42 percent during the last few months of 2014. 13 percent of the Latino guests who appeared on the shows during the […]

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Real Talk: MoveOn’s Anna Galland on the Bernie/Marty Netroots Nation Fail

Anyone on the Democratic side running for the White House who wants to create some sort of Black voters crisis-fiasco should do what Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders did this weekend at Netroots Nation.  Anyone looking to build the Obama coalition that was hardened by the Democratic Party’s most loyal voting block — African […]


 
 

 
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WATCH the President Live HERE @ 10:45 A.M. | Join a Live Chat on Immigration Reform

Watch President Obama speak live at 10:45 a.m. from American University. He will be sharing his thoughts on comprehensive immigration reform. And at 1 p.m., Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Cecilia Muñoz takes your quest...
by Robin Caldwell
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Mass. Gov. Patrick Inks $27.6B State Budget

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a $27.6 billion state budget Wednesday that includes $457 million in cuts, citing Congress’ rejection of a measure that would have provided state aid. The $16 billion for states wou...
by Bridgette Outten
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Day Three Recap: Elena Kagan’s Slip-up As Hearings Conclude

There weren’t too many noticeable missteps by Elena Kagan during the Supreme Court nominee pick’s confirmation hearings — until the third day, the Los Angeles Times reported. The hearings began Monday with ope...
by Bridgette Outten
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NAACP Says Senate is Attacking Thurgood Marshall at Kagan Confirmation Hearings

The NAACP is speaking out against what they call attacks against Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first black Supreme Court Justice, during confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan. Kagan, 50, served as a law clerk for Marsha...
by Bridgette Outten
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Domestic Violence: Swimming in Ignorance

Watching the abuser adulated by adoring fans offers batterers a symbolic victory to continue their violence with little remorse and abundant tolerance from the larger community (“If fam can get away with it and get cheered on...
by Charles Ellison
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Day Two Recap: Elena Kagan’s Balancing Act

The consensus is that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan didn’t stray from precedent set by previous Court nominees during her second day of confirmation hearings; she backed away from offering her own opinions while...
by Bridgette Outten
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Report: Census Workers Not Correctly Identifying Race

Some U.S. census workers have not been properly following procedure when conducting in-person interviews, according to a new government report, casting doubt on the accuracy of reporting race and ethnicity. The report found tha...
by Bridgette Outten
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John McCain Seeks Presidential Pardon for Boxer Jack Johnson

The 100-year anniversary of the defeat of the “Great White Hope” Jim Jeffries at the hands of black heavyweight boxing champ Jack Johnson is approaching. But the bell hasn’t yet signaled the end of the fight t...
by Bridgette Outten
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Jesse Jackson Sr., Bobby Rush and Others Denounce Supreme Court Gun Ban Ruling

While handgun advocates counted a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that essentially struck down Chicago’s ban on handguns as a victory, others came out with strong words against the 5-to-4 decision Monday. In a statement, Congr...
by Bridgette Outten
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Is Congressional Ethics Office Targeting Black Politicians?

Citing the high number of Black lawmakers under investigation, critics on and off Capitol Hill suspect an organized attempt to rid Congress of Black political representation. Since the scandals that tarnished the legendary rep...
by Charles Ellison
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Day One Recap: CBC Has Questions for Kagan on Race, Criminal Justice

The Congressional Black Caucus has submitted inquiries that lawmakers want U.S. Supreme Court pick Elena Kagan to answer during her confirmation hearings, asking for clarification on issues related to race and criminal justice....
by Bridgette Outten
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Assessing the True Cost of Liberty by Joseph C. Phillips

My eldest son has decided that he wants to be a marine. His plan is to enter the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and then serve his country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. My son is still at an age when p...
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Dear FCC: Consumer Protection is Not an Excuse for Reclassification

One day while we were driving along Long Bay Drive in St. Thomas, we passed a young couple wearing T-shirts and long hair. My dad, who was not known for cursing or otherwise excitable utterances, murmured under his breath, “d...
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President’s Broadband Boost Plan: Increase Jobs, Wi-Fi Access

Reuters reports that President Obama’s plan to free up airways would “nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum currently available for wireless devices.” Available details of the plan are as follows: Th...
by Robin Caldwell
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Obama Needs a New Mideast Policy (Pt. 2)

I just returned from amazing travel through Turkey, walking the cosmopolitan streets of Istanbul and trekking through the valleys in the central part of the country. Before I left everyone warned me to “be careful”,...
by Noel S. Anderson, Ph.D.
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New York City May See More School Closings

New York City is gearing up for another round of school closings, even though the attempted closing of 19 city schools didn’t go quite as planned earlier this year. Even after a judge blocked the potential shutdowns, citi...
by Bridgette Outten
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Princella Smith Selected As Delegate to Turkey

Princella Smith, the GOP newcomer who fell to Rick Crawford in her bid for a congressional seat representing Arkansas, will be off on a new venture this fall. Smith has been selected by the American Council of Young Political ...
by Bridgette Outten
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Kagan’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Starts This Week

President Barack Obama’s Supreme  Court pick Elena Kagan will go before Congress this week, offering lawmakers the opportunity to question her record, her beliefs and whether she can be impartial on the nation’s hi...
by Bridgette Outten
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Cybersecurity Bill Approved by Senate Committee

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has approved a bill that would give the president authority over the Internet in the case of an emergency. The cybersecurity bill or Protecting Cyberspace as a ...
by Robin Caldwell
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The Bystander or The Politics of Social Loafing

Social loafing is our national undoing. It eats away at our desire to vote and speak out against injustice. It erodes any sense of urgency. Through pollsters and pundits, we complain of our uncaring public officials, of poli...
by Charles Ellison
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