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Africa: Obama ignores African journalists at summit in U.S.

After a statement on the success of the summit, Obama took questions from a pre-selected list of journalists, of which only one was from Africa. White House press members dominated the question and answer session, focusing on local policy issues, such as immigration, and the crisis in the Middle East and Ukraine. The press core was given front row seats to the conference while African journalists scrabbled ...

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Obama: Making history is not enough

By Raynard Jackson NNPA In many ways Obama’s presidency has been historic.  On June 19, 2008, Obama became the first major-party presidential candidate to turn down public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1976.  On Aug. 28, 2008, Obama became the first Black to be nominated by a major U.S. party.  On Nov. 4, 2008, Obama won the presidency with 365 electoral votes to 173 for ...

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Beyond debates

Within a few days, many of us will cast our ballots for the next president of the United States. We will also face a host of state and local candidates. In most places in Michigan, six main statewide initiatives will be accompanied by local ballot questions. This should signal a vigorous public life. But many of us recognize there is something very wrong going on in our country. ...

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