State of The Union: Obama to Stress Jobs & Afghan War Troop Withdrawal

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WASHINGTON – Seeking to focus on nation-building at home, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to call for more spending on infrastructure and manufacturing, while also announcing the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan within a year. The highly-anticipated announcement on the next phase of the troop withdrawal will […]

GOP Hopes for Better Ties With Hispanics, Blacks

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WASHINGTON – The Republican Party’s problems with minority voters have preoccupied strategists since November, and it’s possible those difficulties will persist or worsen. But an opening for marked improvements in GOP-minority relations may be at hand, or at least close by. Republican leaders would have to make some timely decisions and get a few breaks, […]

More Diversity Likely In Next Obama Job Selections

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WASHINGTON – As he prepares to announce a new wave of Cabinet and other senior posts, President Barack Obama is aiming to put a more diverse face on his administration _ an image that was missing as he filled the first round of vacancies of his second term with a parade of white men. Obama […]

White House Allies Produce Preschool-For-All Plan

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WASHINGTON — Days before President Barack Obama outlines his agenda for the coming year, a think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan that would provide preschool for all children within five years. The Center for American Progress proposal, released Thursday, provides a road map for how the Obama administration […]

CBC Member Says Obama Disrespects Blacks

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FORT LAUDERDALE – Rep. Alcee L. Hastings says President Obama of consistently disrespects the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Black Press, and graduates of historically Black colleges, key groups that were critical to his re-election in November. Speaking Friday at the mid-winter convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Hastings, a former federal judge, […]

Senators Reach Agreement on Immigration Reform

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WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or “guest” […]

Sen. Diane Feinstein: Gun Control Faces Uphill Climb

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation’s largest gun-rights group. Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday introduced a bill that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than […]

Calif. Bill Could Help The Unemployed Build Their Own Small Businesses

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SACRAMENTO – Imagine someone over 55 years old, he/she was laid off and jobs like theirs have disappeared. So what to do? Start a small business. California Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D–Davis) introduced AB 152 today that was sponsored by CAMEO, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity. The bill creates a Self-Employment Assistance program that […]

Obama Stands His Ground on Fiscal Debates

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama devoted one word — “deficit” — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term. But it was the paragraph that followed in his inaugural address that foreshadowed what’s to come — more hard bargaining and more last-minute deals driven […]

Calif. Budget Aims to Change Education Funding

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LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds. Fresh off voter-approved hikes in the state sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy, the Democratic governor’s newly […]