Clinton gives blunt talk on race where Obama trod lightly

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Stefanie Brown James, the director of African-American outreach for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, thought that the changes must have been typos. The statement she’d written for the president honoring Black History Month had been immediately returned with every instance of the word “Black” crossed out. They’d been replaced by “African-American,” […]

Supreme Court vacancy highlights stakes in presidential race

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential election just got real. The unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — and the immediate declaration from Republicans that the next president should nominate his replacement — adds even more weight to the decision voters will make in November’s general election. For months, the candidates have espoused theoretical, […]

John Lewis on Sanders’ civil rights work: ‘Never saw him’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis on Thursday dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ 1960s work on racial equality, saying, “I never saw him. I never met him.” The Georgia congressman — a stalwart of the Freedom Rides through the South, lunch counter sit-ins and the 1963 March on Washington — raised questions […]

Clinton, Sanders clash over minorities, money and Obama

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of Black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Clinton, who has cast herself as the rightful heir to Obama’s legacy, […]

Hillary Clinton Tours Flint, Michigan

(NNPA) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a pause from campaigning on Sunday, Feb. 7 to visit Flint, Michigan at the invitation of the city’s mayor, Karen Weaver, following weeks of conversations between the two leaders about the health crisis that citizens, particularly children, continue to face after several years of drinking and bathing […]

Governor proposes ballot measure on criminal sentences

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest attempt to reduce the state prison population is a ballot initiative unveiled Wednesday that aims to free certain felons earlier and have fewer juveniles tried as adults. If California voters approve it in November, the measure would increase sentencing credits for inmates who complete rehabilitation programs, the […]

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 […]