Obama Says Race Infects U.S. Criminal Justice System

PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – Hours after announcing his administration had secured a multinational pact with Iran to limit their nuclear program, President Barack Obama told the NAACP national convention Tuesday that race has always played an outsized role in incarceration. “There is a long history of inequity in the justice system in America,” Obama said in Philadelphia. […]

Obama to announce high-speed Internet help for homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama set a goal of bringing high-speed Internet to most schools by 2017. And on Wednesday, he’s going to Oklahoma to announce a new program — called ConnectHome — to help close the digital divide by bringing faster Internet to more people. Under the pilot program, the White House says […]

Obama Turns to Black Radio to Plead for Midterm Votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats’ hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina […]

Obama Hopes to Sidestep Congress to Have ‘a Year of Action’

WASHINGTON – With a largely uncooperative, highly-partisan Congress headed into a mid-term election, President Obama declared in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night that he will have ‘a year of action’ by expanding economic opportunity through executive orders and other action that do not require legislative approval. “I’m eager to work with all […]

White House Warns Obama Could Go Around Congress

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. Obama faces a politically divided Congress on Tuesday and will use his annual address to demand expanded economic opportunity. Absent legislative action, the White […]

Poll: People See Obama as Nice Guy, So-So Prez

WASHINGTON – Nice guy, so-so president. Taking stock of President Barack Obama at the five-year mark in his term, less than a third of Americans consider him to be an above-average chief executive. Nearly twice as many find him likable. A new Associated Press-GfK Poll finds the president’s personal image to be on the rebound […]

State of The Union: High Volume, Low Yield

WASHINGTON – Here’s a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He’ll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That’s just the reality of a politically divided government. Take a look at what happened after last year’s speech. Congress […]

Mayor Johnson Appointed to Presidential Task Force

WASHINGTON – In recognition of Sacramento’s leadership in preparing for the impacts of climate change, Mayor Kevin Johnson was selected as a member of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. President Obama established the Task Force today as part of his Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution, prepare communities for […]

For Obama, Budget Fight Has High Stakes for Agenda

WASHINGTON – For President Barack Obama, the outcome of the fiscal fights with Republicans this week could have broad consequences for his stalled second-term agenda. A favorable deal for the White House that ends the partial government shutdown and lifts the debt ceiling could give Obama an opening to try to marginalize tea party lawmakers […]

Civil Rights Leaders Meet with President Obama on Voting Rights

WASHINGTON – The Voting Rights Act is down, but not out and civil rights leaders joined President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. at the White House Monday to discuss renewed efforts in the fight against voter discrimination. In a statement released after the meeting, Al Sharpton, civil rights activist and president of […]