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Obama to Black Lawmakers: 'Stop Crying, We've Got Work to Do'

Obama to Black Lawmakers: ‘Stop Crying, We’ve Got Work to Do’

by Shani O. Hilton on September 26 2011, 9:30AM

The president’s remarks were just one of the more memorable moments from the annual Congressional Black Caucus’s legislative conference.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain, Allen West and the Black GOP's Low Hopes

Herman Cain, Allen West and the Black GOP’s Low Hopes

by Shani O. Hilton on September 22 2011, 10:04AM

As the GOP primary unfolds, the antics of the party’s two leading African Americans seem farcical. But there’s a long history of black conservatism in American politics.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

U.S. Government Pressures Cherokee Nation to Accept Descendants of Slaves

U.S. Government Pressures Cherokee Nation to Accept Descendants of Slaves

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 3:57PM

The battle between the Cherokee Nation and the black members recently expelled from membership just got uglier.

Topics: Politics

FBI Trains Agents to Think 'Mainstream' Muslims Are 'Violent, Radical'

FBI Trains Agents to Think ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 12:46PM

An FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia has been teaching agents that “any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law.

Topics: Politics

Rick Perry Trumpets Border Violence Lie While Agents Admit They're Bored

Rick Perry Trumpets Border Violence Lie While Agents Admit They’re Bored

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2011, 11:15AM

“The taxpayers are paying us all this extra money to do nothing,” said one agent.

Topics: Politics

Goodwin Liu Confirmation Gives CA Court Majority of Asian Justices

Goodwin Liu Confirmation Gives CA Court Majority of Asian Justices

by Jorge Rivas on September 2 2011, 12:00PM

Liu is the high court’s only Democrat and considered an expert on constitutional law, education policy and civil rights.

Topics: Politics

The $43 Million Islamophobia Machine

The $43 Million Islamophobia Machine

by Julianne Hing on September 1 2011, 10:05AM

A new report by the Center for American Progress untangles the wealthy web of conservative activists who’ve funneled millions of dollars over the last decade into an anti-Muslim crusade.

Topics: National Security, Politics

Does White Make Right? Racism and Gay-Shaming Drown BART Protests

Does White Make Right? Racism and Gay-Shaming Drown BART Protests

by Channing Kennedy on August 31 2011, 9:49AM

BART police have a plainly terrible record on shootings and accountability. So how did these protests become all about “Uncle Tom” caricatures, naked party pics and screwing up workers’ commutes?

Topics: Politics

The Definitive Guide to Bigotry in the 2012 Republican Primaries (So Far)

The Definitive Guide to Bigotry in the 2012 Republican Primaries (So Far)

by Sally Kohn on August 31 2011, 9:20AM

Slavery nostalgia. Submissive women. Southern secession. Brace yourself, the Republican Party is gonna have a long, ugly debate to pick its presidential nominee.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Jesse Jackson Says Tea Party Would've Opposed Integration, Too

Jesse Jackson Says Tea Party Would’ve Opposed Integration, Too

by Jorge Rivas on August 26 2011, 1:25PM

The civil rights leader says the Tea Party’s ideals are the same as those that objected integration.

Topics: Politics

96% of Florida Welfare Applicants Pass Drug Test, Discredit Tea Party Gov

96% of Florida Welfare Applicants Pass Drug Test, Discredit Tea Party Gov

by Jorge Rivas on August 25 2011, 1:55PM

The state must now spend $180M a year to debunk the tea party-backed governor’s stereotypes of poor people. So much for smart, efficient use of public funds.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Black Dems Breaking Silence on Obama--'We're Getting Tired, Y'all'

Black Dems Breaking Silence on Obama—‘We’re Getting Tired, Y’all’

by Shani O. Hilton on August 23 2011, 9:45AM

Maxine Waters has had vocal criticism for both the president and the tea party during congressional recess. But is this the beginning of a public break between the CBC and White House?

Topics: Politics

MLK Memorial Unveiled to Cheers -- And Criticism

MLK Memorial Unveiled to Cheers — And Criticism

by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2011, 12:45PM

Critics are unhappy Dr. King’s sculpture was created by Chinese artist Lei Yizin in China.

Topics: Politics

Poll: More Than Half of Americans Believe King's Dream Has Been Fulfilled

Poll: More Than Half of Americans Believe King’s Dream Has Been Fulfilled

by Jorge Rivas on August 19 2011, 11:54AM

Just over half of Americans polled say Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality has been fulfilled.

Topics: Politics

Rick Perry's Deeply Flawed Brand of Texas Justice

Rick Perry’s Deeply Flawed Brand of Texas Justice

by Shani O. Hilton on August 17 2011, 2:26PM

The GOP favorite may want to appear tough on crime, but from immigration to capital punishment, his record in Texas has quite a few bad marks.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain's Campaign Days Are Numbered

Herman Cain’s Campaign Days Are Numbered

by Bryan Gerhart on August 16 2011, 3:26PM

According to a former staffer, Cain’s presidential hopes might have been influenced more by the glory than the job description.

Topics: Politics

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Joins Bill Cosby in Bashing Black Teens and Parents

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Joins Bill Cosby in Bashing Black Teens and Parents

by Jorge Rivas on August 16 2011, 2:19PM

But while he lectures on personal responsibility, Mayor Nutter should take another look at his job description.

Topics: Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: “This Sharia Law Business Is Crap”

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2011, 5:58PM

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie didn’t pull any punches when he defended a Muslim American lawyer recently appointed to the state bench.

Topics: Politics

Voter Suppression in Wisconsin--a Sign of What's to Come in 2012?

Voter Suppression in Wisconsin—a Sign of What’s to Come in 2012?

by Jorge Rivas on August 3 2011, 3:20PM

AlterNet’s Adele Stan spots shady poll tactics from a group backed by billionaire David Koch.

Topics: Politics

Debt Deal Casualties May Include College Aid for Poor Students

Debt Deal Casualties May Include College Aid for Poor Students

by Shani O. Hilton on August 1 2011, 1:30PM

Tea party Republicans were willing to let the debt ceiling deadline pass in order to block Pell Grant funding, which one member has called “welfare of the 21st century.” The student aid program may be among the most vulnerable in the coming round of cuts.

Topics: Debt Deal, Politics, Schools & Youth