Rupert Murdoch suggests Obama isn’t ‘real Black president’

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, issued an apology Thursday after he faced social media backlash following his suggestion that President Barack Obama isn’t a “real Black president.” Murdoch was praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter on Wednesday when he wrote: […]

Carson to NASCAR: Confederate flag OK on private property

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Monday said NASCAR fans should continue flying the Confederate Flag, so long as it’s on private property, as he received the informal endorsement of racing legend Richard Petty. Petty’s support marks a significant step for Carson, the only African-American in the crowded 2016 Republican field, […]

Trump declines to correct man who says Obama is Muslim

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim, and the billionaire real estate mogul said he’d be “looking at” a claim that militants operate training camps on American soil. Trump, who has a history of […]

Amid Trump bombast, quiet Ben Carson rises in GOP 2016 field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid all the bombast in the Republican race for president, Ben Carson comes across more like a whisper. He is, in some ways, the anti-Trump — a gentle candidate who lets his record as a renowned brain surgeon speak for itself. The bragging about his resume and place in the polls, […]

Study: Party Trumps Race among Black Voters

(NNPA) – Party undermines race among African-American voters; a new study finds, signaling a potentially hard sell for the Republican Party within this voting bloc. And it’s a problem that would likely not be solved by merely promoting Black Republican candidates for office. “There are some very successful African-American Republicans, but those folks don’t attract African-American […]

Governor’s highway plan includes $65 driver fee and higher fuel taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than two months after calling a special session to address California’s transportation funding backlog, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun circulating a list of administration proposals on how to pay for it, including a $65 annual fee for drivers and increases in the diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation. A one-page […]

Clinton giving up server amid concerns about classified data

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign casts her decision to turn over her personal email server to the Justice Department as cooperating with investigators. Her Republican critics suggest that the move and new revelations about classified information points to her malfeasance as secretary of state. Two emails that traversed Clinton’s personal system were […]

Governor Brown signs 2 bills tied to police misconduct

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills relating to police misconduct in California as debates about the use of excessive force by officers continue across the country. The bills make clear that it’s legal to record or photograph police in public areas and prohibit using secret grand juries to try officers in […]

Sanders vows anti-racism fight in LA campaign event

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed that he would fight harder than any other presidential candidate to end institutional racism in front of a packed Los Angeles arena, two days after Black Lives Matter protesters derailed one of his rallies. The wildly enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive campaign stop on Monday night […]

Councilman Warren States Sexual Harassment Allegations Are ‘False’

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren said the sexual harassment claims filed against him by a former female outreach coordinator who worked in his office are categorically “false,” he told The OBSERVER. Warren, who represents District 2, also said he will not continue to comment on the issue until the city completes its […]