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While policy decisions affecting all Americans are debated in the halls of Congress, persons of color are largely absent in top-level staff positions. Thus, on issues like education, the economy, health care, and decisions of war and peace, Members of Congress are legislating without the perspective of Black and Brown staff. The National Urban League […]

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Right-wing Republicans have given nearly every excuse possible for their own bad behavior. Truth and objectivity seem to escape their ilk. After hearing one bad excuse, it’s hard to believe that an even worse excuse could materialize. But it can. Here are my nominations, in order of bad to worse, of recent right-wing idiocy: No. […]

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Courtesy flew out of the window in Washington parlance a long time ago. The minute a deranged congressman stood up and hollered, “You lie” at a sitting President (this was South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson yelling at President Barack Obama), we knew that courtesy had taken a vacation. Courtesy took more than a time-out […]

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Since our founding in 1910, the National Urban League has been focused on economic civil rights and empowerment issues. At the core of civil rights is the idea that all people should have access to jobs for which they are qualified. For instance, in the 1960s, the venerable Whitney Young worked to convince CEOs of […]

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On January 11, Senator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for U.S. attorney general. Both were assigned to a panel at the very end of the hearing process, a slot fellow panelist Representative Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), the […]

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The two most dramatic political events of last week involving the Republican
Party – Donald Trump’s election
victories in the Super Tuesday
Republican primaries, and GOP Senators
restating their refusal to even consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court – dramatically illuminate what a certain fashionable, ugly phrase really means and who it most often applies to. The […]

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BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Without a formal vote, the Florida Senate on Monday agreed to strip the Confederate battle flag from its official seal, removing one of the few remaining vestiges of the infamous icon in state government. After some hesitation when the change first came up, senators – […]