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

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

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

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 […]

15-Year Old Girl Killed in Chicago After Performing At President Obama’s Inauguration

CHICAGO – Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama’s recent inauguration, was shot and killed in Chicago as she talked with her friends. Witnesses say she and her friends were in a park when suddenly a man opened fire on the group, and Hadiya was shot in the back as she tried […]

CBC Member Says Obama Disrespects Blacks

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, […]

Obama Opens Second Term with a Bold Return to His Base

WASHINGTON — Rejecting calls for him to move closer toward his Republican critics, a confident President Barack H. Obama kicked off his second term on Monday by making an impassioned plea for a more inclusive America. “It is not our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began,” Obama said in his inaugural speech. […]

Obama Stands His Ground on Fiscal Debates

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 […]

Congressional Black Caucus Offers Diversity Boosting Obama Cabinet Suggestions

WASHINGTON – Amid criticisms that President Obama’s new administration seems to be dominated by White men, the new chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus has offered some diversity-boosting suggestions. In a letter sent to the White House, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) asked the president to consider Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) for the position of Secretary […]

Beyonce to Perform at Obama Inauguration

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama can expect some sweet serenades at his inauguration ceremony, with hit-makers Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor scheduled to perform. Planners of the Jan. 21 event announced Wednesday that Beyonce will sing the national anthem, Clarkson will perform “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and Taylor will sing “America the Beautiful.” […]

Next Budget Showdown Could Lead to More Cuts

WASHINGTON – After blinking during in a New Year’s Day showdown with President Obama that could have triggered across-the-board spending cuts and significant tax increases, Republicans are poised to seek deep cuts in spending that would violate the “balanced” approach to the deficit that the president has advocated. In an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This […]