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Morning Browse: Katrina Cop Confession, Summer Jobs, Palin’s Pleased

by Kai Wright on April 8 2010, 10:24AM

Former New Orleans cop Michael Hunter plead guilty yesterday to shooting at unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge following Katrina, offering grisly details of the event that contradict official police reports. Hunter is the first cop actually involved in…

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Morning Browse: Confederate Pride Month, Closed Web, Haiti Schools

by Kai Wright on April 7 2010, 8:00AM

There went the Internet. The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. ruled yesterday that the FCC lacked the authority to fine Comcast for selectively blocking traffic on its broadband network in 2007. Netroots activists have argued that such regulation is…

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The Morning Browse: Protecting Workers, Unemployment Benefit Barbs, Deporting Veterans

by on April 6 2010, 9:15AM

As hundreds of thousands of Americans lost unemployment benefits yesterday Senate Republicans and Democrats traded barbs about who is to blame for cutoffs. Senators have said they’ll extend benefits when they come back from break but the blame game threatens…

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The Morning Browse: Haitians Survivors Locked Up in US jails, GOP Woos Tea Party Members, It’s Census Day

by on April 1 2010, 8:19AM

The New York Times reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has jailed at lease 30 Haitian earthquake survivors brought to the US by the US Marines. The men and women “were pulled from the rubble,” boarded on US planes and…

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Morning Browse: Truth in Spitting, Height’s Alive and Militia Raid

by Kai Wright on March 29 2010, 9:33AM

Tea Partiers say reports of their racist attacks on congressmembers last week are apocryphal. Well, now there’s video of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver getting spit on, at Huffington Post. WSJ explores the gap between Tea Party protest enthusiasm and Tea…

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Love, Exciting and New: Van Jones Tells Glenn Beck to Come Aboard — We’re Expecting You

by Gina Acebo on March 1 2010, 1:49PM

Van Jones shows that the work to bring racial equity to the green economy is not over, but in our hands… and in our collective hands, the work must be guided by love. Take that Glenn. (Listen to Glenn…

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Friday Twitter Break: Obama’s Healthcare Summit Smackdown

by Julianne Hing on February 26 2010, 3:05PM

There’s plenty of fresh news burning up Twitter right now: New York Governor David Paterson’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election—though people hardly seem surprised, and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers’ announcement that she’s stepping down, a legitimate surprise….

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State of the Union Places Entitlement Above Equity

by Michelle Chen on January 27 2010, 7:59PM

Wrapped up in tonight’s stream of glossy oratory was a familiar sense of entitlement. The State of the Union address emphasized rebuilding the middle class, supporting small businesses, boosting financial markets—in other words, soothing the anxieties of people who…

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‘There’s No War Here’: Haiti’s Crisis, From Disaster Site To Military Zone?

by Michelle Chen on January 18 2010, 8:17AM

As humanitarian relief trickles into Haiti in fits and starts, reports of despair and frustration are trickling out. The situation grows increasingly desperate as hundreds of thousands of disaster-stricken people await emergency help, nearly a week after the emergency…

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Haiti Smashed, Diaspora Shaken, Deportations Frozen

by Michelle Chen on January 13 2010, 11:39PM

The devastation in Haiti is unrelenting, an avalanche of natural catastrophe exacerbated by man-made injustice. Perhaps 100,000 feared dead, homes shattered, people digging neighbors out of rubble without safe food, water or electricity. It’s hard to fathom just how…

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Haiti Shaken By Quake: What the U.S. Can Do

by Michelle Chen on January 13 2010, 12:48AM

Yet another calamity has besieged Haiti. The poorest country in the Western hemisphere has been pummeled by a massive earthquake. The initial quake had a magnitude of 7.0, but New York Times reports that the disaster continues to reverberate:…

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Washington State’s Court Ruling Ensures Eligible Voters with Felony Convictions Can Vote

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2010, 1:02PM

Yesterday, a Federal Appeals Court in Washington held that the state’s law denying the vote to people with felony convictions is racially discriminatory and violates the Voting Rights Act. “This landmark ruling recognizes that racial discrimination in Washington’s criminal justice…

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Copenhagen and Us

by Rinku Sen on December 16 2009, 1:24PM

Originally published on The Huffington Post Negotiations have resumed in Copenhagen after a walkout by the African delegation on Monday. African governments were concerned with the lack of commitment by rich country governments to reducing their own emissions. This follows…

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Fort Hood Rampage: Don’t Let Tragedy Bring More Tragedy

by on November 5 2009, 9:02PM

Today 12 people lost their lives when a US army psychologist and two other men opened fire inside the Fort Hood military base in Texas. It is was an horrific act and our hearts and thoughts are with the…

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York Will Witness First Black Mayor’s Election, and other news

by The News on October 30 2009, 8:00AM

Racial History in York Mayoral Election Forty years after race riots occurred in York, Pennsylvania, the city will soon be electing its first Black mayor. Democrat Kim Bracey is slated to win the mayoral election in which both Democrat and…

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90 Percent of Asian Americans Want Universal Healthcare, and Other News

by The News on October 27 2009, 2:03PM

Justice Department Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Arkansas City The Justice Department has reached a settlement with the city of Marion, Arkansas, and if approved by the U.S. District Court, will resolve the department’s lawsuit against the city alleging race…

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Research Shows Latino Toddlers Lagging, and other news

by The News on October 26 2009, 6:27AM

Research Shows Latino Toddlers Lagging According to a UC Berkeley researcher, toddlers born to immigrant, Latina mothers tend to have poorer cognitive skills than white, middle-class toddlers. Several factors may explain the lag, including the generally larger size of Latino…

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CNN Program Stirs Up Dobbs Debate, and other news

by The News on October 23 2009, 6:47AM

photo credit: christyfrink ‘Latinos in America’ Program Fuels Fire Against Dobbs Activists have galvanized themselves around the airing of CNN’s “Latinos in America” documentary program, continuing a campaign to have CNN news anchor, Lou Dobbs, fired for his anti-immigration…

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Commerce Secretary Seeks Arab Community’s Support, and other news

by The News on October 19 2009, 6:35AM

Commerce Secretary Seeking Arab Support U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be meeting with Arab-Americans and Muslims in Dearborn, MI to discuss ways in which their communities can help the economy. While Locke hopes to raise issues about access to…

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Bill To Address Drug Sentence Disparity, and other news

by The News on October 16 2009, 9:38AM

Durbin Bill To Address Disparity in Drug Sentences Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has introduced a new bill that would eliminate the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences, which many activists believe disproportionately affects Blacks. Durbin’s bill would increase…

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