President Obama is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

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NEW YORK — President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2012. “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America,” Time Editor Rick Stengel told NBC’s “Today” show, where he announced […]

Leaders Craft a ‘Black Agenda’ for President Obama

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WASHINGTON – After a four-hour meeting of some the best minds in civil rights, business, education and the media, dozens of Black leaders from across the nation outlined a “Black agenda” that would be presented to President Barack Obama and Congress early next year. The leadership group was assembled by Marc Morial, president and chief […]

During Discussions Over Fiscal Cliff Groups Say: Tax Them, Not Us

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WASHINGTON – A big coalition of business groups says there must be give-and-take in the negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” of massive tax increases and spending cuts. But raising tax rates – a White House priority – is out of the question, the group adds. The homebuilding industry says it won’t tolerate even a […]

Key Republicans Change Their Position on Rice Nomination to Secretary of State

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WASHINGTON – The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state. “I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself […]

Obama is Re-elected to Second Term

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WASHINGTON – After riding to victory in Ohio on the strength of his successful auto bailout plan and a come-from-behind victory in Virginia and possibly Florida, President Barack Obama was re-elected on Tuesday to a second term. Obama was ahead of Republican challenger Mitt Romney Tuesday night by approximately 1 million votes in the general […]

Given 2nd Term, Obama Now Facing New Urgent Task

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama faces a new urgent task now that he has a second term, working with a status-quo Congress to address an impending financial crisis that economists say could send the country back into recession. “You made your voice heard,” Obama said in his acceptance speech, signaling that he believes the bulk of […]

Health Care Tax Penalty to Hit Nearly 6 Million Uninsured People

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WASHINGTON – Nearly 6 million Americans – significantly more than first estimated- will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama‘s health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class. The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see […]

African-American Christians Waver Over Vote

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NATIONWIDE – Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That’s a worrisome message for the nation’s first African-American president, who can’t afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight […]

Will The Changing Face Of America Help Obama Win Re-Election?

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TAMPA – One way to think about this year’s election is as a contest between the impact of a sour economy (advantage Romney) and the power of the nation’s shifting demographics (advantage Obama). Put simply, the groups that support President Barack Obama most strongly blacks, Hispanics, young people, unmarried women have been growing as a […]

NADRA KAREEM NITTLE: Obama’s Race Still Has Bearing on Media Coverage

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OPINION – Long before a little-known Illinois politician ran for president, the mainstream media focused on his race. When he flourished as a presidential candidate four years ago, everyone in America knew that Barack Obama was Black. Have his blackness and extensive coverage of that fact boosted his political career or made it more difficult […]