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Boehner: Intemperate, ignorant and out of control

Congressman John Boehner was re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a narrow vote. Needing 218 votes, he barely clinched it with 220. His narrow vote reflects the fact that no Democrat would vote for him and that many Republicans are disillusioned of him. Perhaps it also reflects the fact that he has so poorly comported himself that he does not deserve reelection. ...

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Observations about Tim Scott, Benghazi and Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

As a person who strongly believes that Black people spend too much time focusing on politics and not nearly enough on maximizing our individual and collective economic resources, I didn’t do any high-fiving or chest bumping over the re-election of President Obama and the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott as U.S. senator from South Carolina. ...

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A battle in Michigan for the American dream

On Dec. 11, thousands were set to demonstrate at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing to protest a frontal assault on working people. Republican majorities in the state House and Senate had vowed to jam through right-to-work legislation. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who originally said this wasn’t part of his agenda, has flip-flopped and said he would sign the legislation. To protect the legislation from a ...

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Leadership or Pleadership?

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth our demands for political reciprocity. Are they really leading (demanding), or are they simply pleading? ...

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One week, two sides of Obama

Over the span of one week, two different sides of President Obama emerged in different yet unforgettable terms. The 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 school. ...

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An African American voice on Israel and Gaza

We, as African Americans, simply could not remain silent when word broke of the Israeli bombings of Gaza. Along with Cornel West and others, we circulated a petition condemning the aggression and demanding an end to the occupation. While most of the mainstream media immediately jumped to the defense of Israel, the African American political establishment remained silent about the entire episode. ...

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Blacks, Latinos two-thirds of under-banked

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist More than 37 million American households were either unbanked or under-banked in 2011, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). African American households represent 34 percent of all under-banked consumers, the highest percentage among demographics surveyed. When under-banked African American and Latino households are combined, these ...

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What about Kasandra Perkins?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist By now, it’s old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who was her boyfriend and the father of her daughter. By now we’ve read about how great a teammate Belcher was, how dedicated to his girlfriend and daughter. We’ve read his hardscrabble story of moving from the University of Maine, hardly a football powerhouse, to ...

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