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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.

Does the Road to Prison Reform Wind Through the Right Wing?

Does the Road to Prison Reform Wind Through the Right Wing?

by Shani O. Hilton on July 15 2011, 9:52AM

Things have moved slowly on Capitol Hill. Now, NAACP says conservative allies may speed things up.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, Politics

Who's Gonna Care for the Aging Boomers? Poor, Immigrant Women

Who’s Gonna Care for the Aging Boomers? Poor, Immigrant Women

by Shani O. Hilton on July 13 2011, 10:39AM

As the GOP pushes Medicare and Medicaid cuts, advocates urge Congress to make the programs work for three million home-care givers making poverty-wages—and the ballooning number of people who depend upon them.

Topics: Economy, Health

Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill

Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill

by Shani O. Hilton on July 8 2011, 10:20AM

There’s no shortage of ideas for fixing the damage done by decades of drug war.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

The Next Battle for Crack Cocaine Sentence Reform? Congress

The Next Battle for Crack Cocaine Sentence Reform? Congress

by Shani O. Hilton on July 1 2011, 11:40AM

Not every crack cocaine offender will have their sentence reduced. Here’s why.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

Justice Revisited! Crack Sentencing Reform Applies to Old Convictions

Justice Revisited! Crack Sentencing Reform Applies to Old Convictions

by Shani O. Hilton on June 30 2011, 9:29AM

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to retroactively apply Congress’ 2010 reform to drug convictions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

Survey Says: Capitol Hill's Staff Is Lily White

Survey Says: Capitol Hill’s Staff Is Lily White

by Shani O. Hilton on June 24 2011, 12:06PM

We asked some staffers of color what that means for public policy, and why it’s such an intransigent problem.

Topics: Politics

Putting People Directly to Work Is

Putting People Directly to Work Is “Too Radical” For Congress

by Shani O. Hilton on June 17 2011, 11:12AM

Still, there really are job-creation ideas out there. Really. Here’s another one.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

History Repeats Itself in Peter King's Fear of Black 'Prislam'

History Repeats Itself in Peter King’s Fear of Black ‘Prislam’

by Shani O. Hilton on June 16 2011, 10:41AM

In round two of the Republican legislator’s hearings on so-called radicalization among Muslim Americans, committee members fuss over a familiar threat: black men who convert in prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

The Job-Creation Ideas Gathering Dust on D.C.'s Shelves

The Job-Creation Ideas Gathering Dust on D.C.’s Shelves

by Shani O. Hilton on June 15 2011, 11:28AM

Really, they still exist. But Congress and the administration have stopped looking at them.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

John Boehner's GOP Jobs Plan Attempts to Rewrite History

John Boehner’s GOP Jobs Plan Attempts to Rewrite History

by Shani O. Hilton on May 31 2011, 11:22AM

The plan conveniently blames the Obama administration for job losses, completely ignoring former President George W. Bush’s tax cut free-for-all.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

Union Bashing in the Name of Job Creation

Union Bashing in the Name of Job Creation

by Shani O. Hilton on May 27 2011, 8:29AM

Once again, House Democrats fall short fail to craft a meaningful discussion on jobs.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

A Timeline of the (Paltry) Job Creation Initiatives D.C. Has Mustered

A Timeline of the (Paltry) Job Creation Initiatives D.C. Has Mustered

by Shani O. Hilton on May 25 2011, 10:29AM

A review of Washington’s ambitiously conceived, but conservatively created initiatives.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

The Debt Ceiling: Explained (and Quickly)

The Debt Ceiling: Explained (and Quickly)

by Shani O. Hilton on May 20 2011, 9:35AM

The wonky economic fight boils down to this: How much are poor people gonna have to pay to spring the White House from the GOP’s latest trap?

Topics: Economy

What's Holding Up Job Creation in Washington? Let's Find Out

What’s Holding Up Job Creation in Washington? Let’s Find Out

by Shani O. Hilton on May 17 2011, 10:16AM

Colorlines’ D.C. reporter/blogger Shani O. Hilton will spend the summer blogging out the institutional and political hurdles, and the overlooked solutions.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Why the GOP's New Plan Won't Create More Jobs

Why the GOP’s New Plan Won’t Create More Jobs

by Shani O. Hilton on May 6 2011, 12:34PM

Republican are repackaging the same old damaging ideas.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

Why Aren't We Paying More Attention to the People's Budget?

Why Aren’t We Paying More Attention to the People’s Budget?

by Shani O. Hilton on May 5 2011, 12:30PM

Observers say a plan crafted by the Congressional People’s Caucus offers a good alternative to those offered by Obama and the GOP.

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GOP Lawmaker: Blacks 'Don't Want to Study As Hard In School'

GOP Lawmaker: Blacks ‘Don’t Want to Study As Hard In School’

by Shani O. Hilton on April 28 2011, 3:35PM

Rep. Sally Kern is the same woman who called “homosexuality” the “biggest threat” to the U.S. today.

Topics: Politics

Beyonce Shows Love for Michelle Obama's Healthy Kids Campaign

Beyonce Shows Love for Michelle Obama’s Healthy Kids Campaign

by Shani O. Hilton on April 27 2011, 5:13PM

And it’s absolutely adorable.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Obama: 'I've Got Better Stuff To Do' Than Talk About Birthers

Obama: ‘I’ve Got Better Stuff To Do’ Than Talk About Birthers

by Shani O. Hilton on April 27 2011, 12:34PM

The President releases his birth certificate to quiet the rumors. But don’t expect them to go away any time soon.

Topics: Politics

A Closer Look at What Got Chopped in This Year's Budget

A Closer Look at What Got Chopped in This Year’s Budget

by Shani O. Hilton on April 22 2011, 4:59PM

Among the worst examples of things that will do nothing to cut the deficit: a fund for the upkeep public housing.

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