ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS: Microcosm, Macro-Aggression & the Offended Generation

OPINION (NNPA) – Scores of dead White men glared back at them from the walls of the college dorm. The thought that some of these esteemed alumni could have actually owned their ancestors have apparently haunted the dreams of some of the privileged, elite students at Yale so much that they took to the yard in […]

Survey: Minorities make up 14 percent of state lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only 14 percent of state legislators are minorities, according to a report released on Monday. The New American Leaders Project surveyed state lawmakers in 2015 and found that black politicians held around 9 percent of the seats, Latino and Latina politicians held about 4 percent of the seats and Asian American politicians […]

Carson staffers quit, question his readiness for White House

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several top aides to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson resigned on Thursday, citing frustration with the influence of the retired neurosurgeon’s business manager and questioning his readiness for the White House. Barry Bennett and Doug Watts, both seasoned political operatives, stepped down with less than five weeks before voters in […]

Somali al-Qaida affiliate uses Donald Trump clip to recruit American Muslims

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida’s East African affiliate has released a recruitment video targeting American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States. The 51-minute video by the Somalia based al-Shabab militant group presents the U.S. as a country of […]

California lawmakers return with full plate of heady issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday facing two of the most vexing problems from last year: a looming $1 billion hole in funding for the state’s health care program for the poor and a $59 billion backlog in road repairs needed over the next decade. Gov. Jerry Brown called special […]

In final year, Obama encourages staff to ‘stay on offense’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In June, during one of the best stretches of his presidency, Barack Obama strode through a West Wing hallway exclaiming: “Offense! Stay on offense!” It was a rallying cry for a White House that suddenly seemed to find its footing in the final quarter of Obama’s tenure. An Asia-Pacific trade agreement was […]

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Meets with Black Pastors

(NNPA) – When presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) met with a group of Black civic and religious leaders in Baltimore, Md., Jamal Bryant, the pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple Church said that it was critical for the senator to have a conversation with those who are the eyes and ears of the Black community. […]

Obama’s executive actions could open a door for successors

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the White House has condemned Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as “disqualifying” and “toxic,” President Barack Obama may have only himself to blame if a President Trump ever succeeds in putting his plan, or some version of it, into action. In his efforts to work around Congress, […]

Trump says Black pastors likely pressured not to endorse him

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he thinks a group of Black pastors meeting with him Monday had planned to endorse him for president but were pressured out of it because he “believes all lives matter.” “Probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up and said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be meeting […]

As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson’s “Gifted Hands” memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him. To King-Baker, Carson’s […]