Per-Student Pre-K Spending Lowest in a Decade

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WASHINGTON – State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year and states are now spending less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a report released Monday. The report also found that more than a half million of those preschool students are in programs that don’t even meet […]

White House Aides Defend Obama Budget Proposal

Presidential Adviser Valerie Jarrett makes point as (Left to right) Cecelia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Danielle Grey, Cabinet Secretary, listens. (Photo by George E. Curry/NNPA)

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget focuses on job creation, strengthening the middle class, and cutting the deficit. Those are the overall themes of the proposed budget, which seeks to reduce the deficit by $4 billion, President Obama sticks with his State of the Union promises to raise the minimum wage to $9 […]

Study: Health Law to Significantly Raise Claims Costs

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WASHINGTON – A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. What does that mean for you? It could increase premiums for at least some Americans. If you are uninsured, or you buy your policy directly […]

RAYNARD JACKSON: Targeting Hispanics, But not Blacks

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OPINION – I have been extremely critical of President Obama for using the Black community as his personal political pawn. I have been just as critical of the Black community’s acceptance of that treatment. There are so many other issues I would like to write about—Africa, economics, international trade, etc. – but I feel compelled […]

Obama Weighs Stepping In On California Gay Marriage Case

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WASHINGTON – Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage – a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country. The administration has one week to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices outlining its […]

Tiger Woods Joins Vacationing Obama for Golf Round

PALM CITY – President Barack Obama teed it up with Tiger Woods on Sunday. The White House confirmed that the President and the world’s most famous golfer played a round at a secluded, exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Once the sport’s dominant player before his career was sidetracked by scandal, Woods […]

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 […]

Jesse Jackson To President Obama: “Chicago Needs You Now!”

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CHICAGO – Long-time civil rights activist Jesse Jackson recently wrote an open letter to President Obama regarding the high homicide rates in Chicago. In fact, the homicides rates are astronomical, with more than 560 people being killed in the city in the last 13 months alone. Just last week, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who performed at […]

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 […]