Trump nominee has decried Medicaid for fostering dependency

CHICAGO (AP) — The businesswoman President Donald Trump selected to oversee Medicaid, the health care program for 74 million low-income Americans, has said the program is structurally flawed by policies that burden states and foster dependency among the poor. Seema Verma heads Indianapolis-based SVC Inc., a consulting firm that works with GOP-led states seeking federal […]

CBC Members Protest Trump’s Executive Order at Airports Nationwide

(NNPA) – At the height of the protests over President Donald Trump’s executive order that imposed a travel ban on seven Muslim countries, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) arrived at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport and asked airport officials how many people were being detained at the airport as a result of the order. Though the Trump […]

Trump Speaks of Ending “Carnage” as He Enters White House

WASHINGTON (CBM) – Donald Trump’s inaugural address was heavy on nationalism and populism. It also was light on any attempt to bridge the divide between his supporters and those who didn’t support him, thousands of whom marched in the streets at record numbers the day after his inaugural. Speaking for 16 minutes, the new president […]

CBC Chairman Rebukes Republicans for Scheduling Blacks on Last Sessions’ Panel

(NNPA) – Seven African Americans testified on the last panel of a two-day hearing about Senator Jeff Sessions’ bid to become the next Attorney General of the United States. They included civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.). It was clear that […]

High School Artwork Pits Republicans Against CBC on Capitol Hill

(NNPA) – “We may just have to kick somebody’s ass,” new Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) told a reporter on January 10, over the repeated removal of a painting that won the annual High School Congressional Art Contest. The CBC Chair likely was exasperated with several Republican members of Congress, who spent part […]

Yes We Did: Obama Rallies All Americans in Farewell Speech

(NNPA) –  “Yes, we did!” Those were the words that Barack Hussein Obama ended his farewell speech to America on Tuesday, eight years after he won the presidency, campaigning on the slogan, “Yes, we can!” For nearly an hour, the nation’s 44th Commander-In-Chief reminded everyone that history will not only show him to be the […]

Obama pens law review article on criminal justice challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama returned to his roots at the Harvard Law Review on Thursday, penning an article about progress his administration made in reforming the criminal justice system — and the challenges that remain for the next administration. His commentary, “The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform,” addresses how presidents can […]

White nationalists raise millions with tax-exempt charities

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The federal government has allowed four groups at the forefront of the white nationalist movement to register as charities and raise more than $7.8 million in tax-deductible donations over the past decade, according to an Associated Press review. Already emboldened by Donald Trump’s popularity, group leaders say they hope the […]

Black Celebrities, Athletes Say “Give Trump a Chance”

(AP) – Several prominent African-Americans and celebrities said that they supported President-Elect Donald Trump. Some even voted for him. Among the more well-known Black celebrities are rap superstar Kanye West and Jackson family patriarch Joseph Jackson. Now, other popular and respected African-American celebrities, including BET Founder Bob Johnson, are calling on African-Americans to give the […]

Officer charged in shooting that was streamed on Facebook

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Philando Castile was pulled over in July, he calmly told the officer he had a gun and was licensed to carry it, according to prosecutors. Moments later, the officer fired on the motorist, and a bleeding Castile uttered his last words: “I wasn’t reaching for it.” On Wednesday, that […]