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

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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

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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, […]

Obama Opens Second Term with a Bold Return to His Base

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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

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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 […]

Congressional Black Caucus Offers Diversity Boosting Obama Cabinet Suggestions

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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

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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 […]

Are Blacks Alone In Their Exicitement Over Obama’s Second Inaugural?

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WASHINGTON – Four years and one re-election after Barack Obama became America’s first black president, some of the thrill is gone. Yes, the inauguration of a U.S. president is still a big deal. But the ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won’t be the heady, historic affair it was in 2009, when […]

Despite Deal, Taxes To Rise For Most Americans

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WASHINGTON — While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. That’s because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. […]

GEORGE CURRY: One Week, Two Sides of Obama

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OPINION – Over the span of one week, two different sides of President Obama emerged in different yet unforgettable terms. This first was political, involving Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name as a candidate for Secretary of State. The second was deeply personal in the wake of mass murders in a Newtown, Conn. elementary […]