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Shani O. Hilton

Shani O. Hilton
DC Correspondent
Washington, D.C.

Shani O. Hilton is the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Colorlines.com. She covers the intersection of congressional and White House politics and racial justice. Shani also works as the associate editor of CampusProgress.org. A native of central California, Shani earned a degree in journalism from Howard University. Her writing has appeared in The American Prospect, TheAtlantic.com, The Root, and other publications. She also maintains a personal blog where she muses on pop culture, race, and feminism.

Shani tweets at @shani_o.

Debate Night in the GOP: What's Their Plan for the Economy?

Debate Night in the GOP: What’s Their Plan for the Economy?

by Shani O. Hilton on October 12 2011, 9:25AM

The president’s jobs bill failed in the Senate yesterday, and then Republicans debated the economy—or, really, Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan and his love for Alan Greenspan.

Topics: Economy, Politics

America's Conservatives Love Herman Cain's Empty Race Talk

America’s Conservatives Love Herman Cain’s Empty Race Talk

by Shani O. Hilton on October 11 2011, 10:00AM

And it’s not just the Tea Party that’s listening.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Protesters Occupy Washington, D.C.

Protesters Occupy Washington, D.C.

by Shani O. Hilton on October 7 2011, 11:06AM

It’s unclear how long the Occupy D.C. protesters will be hunkered down in downtown parks, but it’s possible they’ll continue to pick up steam the same way Occupy Wall Street has.

Topics: Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Loses His

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Loses His “Heart” to Tea Party on Immigration

by Shani O. Hilton on September 30 2011, 9:46AM

Now that he’s called his comments on immigration reform last week “inappropriate,” Rick Perry has officially joined the hard right of the Republican party.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

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

Kids From Immigrant Families See the Worst of Hunger in the U.S.

Kids From Immigrant Families See the Worst of Hunger in the U.S.

by Shani O. Hilton on September 12 2011, 9:50AM

Undocumented families who can’t access safety net programs often don’t know where their next meal will come from.

Topics: Immigration

How Does the American Jobs Act Stand Up for People Of Color?

How Does the American Jobs Act Stand Up for People Of Color?

by Shani O. Hilton on September 9 2011, 3:24PM

While some have a lukewarm reaction to the president’s proposal, others say that elements of the plan could pay off for those who’ve been hardest hit by the bad economy.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

First Nations and Native Activists Come Out Against Keystone XL

First Nations and Native Activists Come Out Against Keystone XL

by Shani O. Hilton on September 7 2011, 10:42AM

Critics say that the extension — which will run from Alberta Canada to Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas — will harm ancestral homelands.

Topics: Environment

Compromise and Crisis Continue in Obama's Latest Jobs Plan

Compromise and Crisis Continue in Obama’s Latest Jobs Plan

by Shani O. Hilton on September 7 2011, 10:35AM

Tomorrow’s big jobs speech will feature more tax cuts than stimulus spending, and the GOP is still not into it. Sound familiar? That’s because it is.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

D.C. Gets Back to Work--and to Its Lame, Half-Hearted Jobs Debate

D.C. Gets Back to Work—and to Its Lame, Half-Hearted Jobs Debate

by Shani O. Hilton on August 31 2011, 9:17AM

House GOP leaders will roll out more so-called jobs ideas this week, in anticipation of the president’s expected proposals next week. None of it is expected to meet the scale of the problem.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

King's Memorial Is Finally Here (Even Without Its Dedication)

King’s Memorial Is Finally Here (Even Without Its Dedication)

by Shani O. Hilton on August 26 2011, 10:15AM

After years of controversy dogged its creation, stormy days upend the grand dedication of King’s long-awaited memorial on the National Mall.

Topics: History

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

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

Remembering Charles L. Gittens, Who Had the Heart To Go First

Remembering Charles L. Gittens, Who Had the Heart To Go First

by Shani O. Hilton on August 12 2011, 6:00PM

And the love to bring others along with him.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Black Caucus Kicks Off Job Fair, Wants to Get 10,000 Hired

Black Caucus Kicks Off Job Fair, Wants to Get 10,000 Hired

by Shani O. Hilton on August 10 2011, 10:15AM

At least someone’s trying to be proactive about job creation.

Topics: Economy

Senate Bill Would Ban Employers' Bias Against Out-of-Work Applicants

Senate Bill Would Ban Employers’ Bias Against Out-of-Work Applicants

by Shani O. Hilton on August 4 2011, 9:22AM

Widespread reports suggest would-be employers and placement agencies are weeding out applicants who are unemployed—leaving the long-term jobless with even fewer options.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

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

How Peter King Helps Push Dangerous Myths About 'Muslim Radicals'

How Peter King Helps Push Dangerous Myths About ‘Muslim Radicals’

by Shani O. Hilton on July 26 2011, 9:50AM

While the New York Republican begins another round of Muslim scapegoating, the attacks in Oslo show how easy it is for the American media to jump to conclusions.

Topics: National Security

Rick Perry Pivots on Immigration to Fit GOP Field for 2012

Rick Perry Pivots on Immigration to Fit GOP Field for 2012

by Shani O. Hilton on July 21 2011, 9:34AM

The Texas Governor is fast becoming the GOP’s most viable hope for next year’s presidential election.

Topics: Politics