Religion

Obama, Francis to Meet Amid Shared Economic View

JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue that the U.S. president Read More

World

Tech Industry: Obama’s NSA Reforms ‘Insufficient’

BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technology companies and industry groups took President Barack Obama’s speech on U.S. surveillance as a step in the right direction, but chided him for not embracing more dramatic reforms to protect Read More

World

Obama to Host African Leaders Summit in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will hold an African leaders summit in Washington this summer. The White House says the summit will focus on strengthening economic and trade ties with leaders from one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. The gathering will also focus on Read More

Politics

The Morning Plum: Obama, Race, and the Affordable Care Act

[The Washington Post] President Obama gave a series of comments to the New Yorker’s David Remnick that, predictably, are attracting attention this morning because he said: “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.” Obama also said Read More

National

Obama Unveils First 5 ‘Promise Zones’

JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Invoking his own personal story, President Barack Obama made a plea for bipartisan work to combat poverty and declared, after a 2013 marked by struggles and disappointments, that “this is going to be a year of action.” Obama Read More

National

Obama’s Library, Advisers’ Dream

[New York Times] WASHINGTON — This spring, a longtime staff member for President Obama, Alyssa Mastromonaco, let a friend in on a secret. Mr. Obama had assigned her to begin planning his post-presidential library and foundation. It was a plum task. Amid a worsening crisis in Read More

Op-Ed

Student Loan Bill of Rights

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   In the aftermath of a recent report that found the lack of student loan servicing standards and information on monies owed, two U.S. Senators will work as a team to create a Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights. Sponsored Read More

National

Photographer Who Took Obama Selfie Picture Says We’re All Reading It Wrong

[The Huffington Post] The man who took the picture showing President Obama posing for a selfie said Wednesday that the world was getting a very skewed interpretation of his snapshot. Roberto Schmidt, a photojournalist for Agence France-Presse, caught Obama goofing around with British prime minister David Cameron Read More

Politics

Obama Reveals $100 Million HIV Research Initiative

LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV, saying his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies. Read More

Politics

How Liberal is President Obama, Really?

[The Washington Post] “I’m not a particularly ideological person,” President Obama told a group of Democratic donors at a fundraiser in Seattle on Sunday night. Republican eyes’ rolled.  This president, they believe, is one of the most ideological — and liberal — chief executives in Read More

Politics

Senate’s Filibuster Rule Change Should Help Obama Achieve Key Second-Term Priorities

[The Washington Post] The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change and financial regulation, that have faced intense opposition from Republicans in Congress. The Read More

Politics

Nine Reasons The Filibuster Change is a Huge Deal

[The Washington Post] 1. The change the Senate made today is small but consequential: The filibuster no longer applies to judicial or executive-branch nominees. It still applies to bills and Supreme Court nominations. 2. Well, technically it still applies to all bills and Supreme Court Read More

Politics

Third Time Not the Charm: Senate GOP Rejects Another Obama Judicial Nominee

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Monday stymied President Barack Obama’s latest judicial nominee, leaving one of the nation’s top appellate courts shorthanded and escalating the endless confirmation war. Facing a nearly unified GOP front, U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins failed to secure the 60 votes necessary Read More

Politics

Reid Considering Change to Nominations Rules

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he’s considering changing his chamber’s rules to make it harder for minority Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominations, a warning shot that suggested Democrats might soon use their power Read More

Politics

Obama Apologizes to People Losing Health Coverage

by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, President Barack Obama apologized to Americans who are losing health insurance plans he had repeatedly said they could keep and pledged to find fixes that might allow people to keep their Read More

Politics

Obama Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Avoid Default

Employees Began Returning Thursday By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. After Obama and Democrats Read More

National

Obama: Economic Fairness our ‘Great Unfinished Business’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After repeatedly praising Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr., for leading a movement in the 1950s and 1960s that demolished America’s apartheid-like treatment of African-Americans, President Obama told those attending an observance of the 1963 March on Read More

Sports

Obama Honors Negro League Players at White House

by Perry Green Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Barack Obama hosted a special meeting with former Negro League players and representatives at the White House on Aug. 5 to honor their contributions to the nation’s history, civil rights, and professional baseball. Read More

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Op-Ed

Finally, the Barack Obama I Voted For

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama. Candidate Obama addressed the question of race head-on when pressured to distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor who led him Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Marching in Place

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist As we draw nearer to one of the most relevant events in history, an event that has been revered and immortalized by the iconic phrase, “I have a dream!” hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to relive the famous Read More

Politics

Obama Bristles at Suggestion He’s Shifted on Snooping

[CNN] Critics who have compared President Barack Obama’s stance on government surveillance to that of hawkish former Vice President Dick Cheney are missing his insistence on proper systematic balances, Obama said in an interview that aired Monday. Defending at length the recently revealed government programs Read More

Politics

Poll: Obama’s Ratings Slip Following Recent Controversies

[ABC News] The series of controversies in Washington over the last month have taken a political toll on President Barack Obama, according to one new poll released Monday that showed his ratings slipping. Even as Americans mostly back the National Security Agency’s controversial practices involving Read More

National

Document: Major Resources Needed for Obama Africa Trip

[The Washington Post] When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa Read More

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Op-Ed

Cavemen Keep Sexism Alive

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Women serve in almost every high-powered job in the United States: CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Senators, university presidents, race car drivers and even astronauts. Yet, there are some male bozos who think women should be treated as Read More

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Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Diluting Black Business

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   We have these programs from the blood, sweat and tears of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other giants of the Civil Rights Movement. They saw the vision of having a new and improved civil rights act.  Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Obama Not Singing ‘You Have a Friend’

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist                                                                                                 The aphorism, “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” is especially relevant to the conversations being held among Black people vis-à-vis our president and our lack of economic progress in this country. The “friend in need” is the Read More

Op-Ed

CHILD WATCH: Common Sense Gun Safety Laws

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “’I’m learning that milestones are a very difficult thing to get through in this first year . . . Everything has become ‘after Noah’s death,’” said Jodi Sandoval through a stream of tears. Jodi lost her 14-year-old son, Read More

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Op-Ed

A Closer Reading of Obama’s Terrorism Speech

By Bill Fletcher,  Jr. NNPA Columnist   I read the speech.  I read it carefully.  Again, an excellent speech; as a result, you have to read it closely to see what it is actually saying and what it is not saying. The Obama administration is Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Susan Rice’s Discredited Story

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   Do you still believe what U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was saying during her infamous five Sunday show appearances?  By now, we all know that these appearances contained “inaccurate information.” Clearly, President Obama and Congressional Democrats went to great lengths Read More

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Op-Ed

Putting the IRS ‘Scandal’ into Perspective

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Like too many events since the beginning of the Obama presidency, various attacks on the administration by the Republicans end up being about less than what they at first seemed, though the hoopla that accompanies the initial charges Read More

Op-Ed

Obama at Morehouse: Black Americans’ Responsibility

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Speaking to the newly-minted graduates of Atlanta’s historically Black and all-male Morehouse College May 19, President Obama urged them to use the power and advantage of their diplomas “for something larger than yourself.”  “It betrays a poverty of Read More

Op-Ed

Endless Entertainment Options

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Remember back-in-the-day when you used to poke your mouth out, bug your parents (or whatever adult was in charge) about being bored?  Well, today’s kids can’t use that tired, old excuse. Neither can we, as grown folks, for that Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: End the War on Drugs Now

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   There is no easy way or walk to freedom; no shortcuts to justice; no quick fix for conceiving and constructing the good and sustainable society and world we all want and deserve. Indeed, to achieve the good we all Read More

Politics

China’s Xi Will Meet Obama Earlier Than Expected

BEIJING (AP) — China’s new leader Xi Jinping will confer with President Barack Obama next month in California, months earlier than expected, as both sides seek to stem a drift in relations, troubled by issues from cyberspying to North Korea. The June 7-8 meeting at Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama’s Troubles Aren’t Comparable to ‘Watergate’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at Read More

Op-Ed

Blacks Schooled to Stay in a Daze

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was flipping through the TV channels last week and came across one of Spike Lee’s best movies, School Daze.  This was a 1988 film written and directed by Lee.  The movie took an inside look at some of the Read More

Op-Ed

Our Era of Political Extremism

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Last year, James Porter, the recently-elected president of the National Rifle Association, declared that President Obama was a “fake president …[whose] entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.” Earlier this month, Adam Kokesh, a failed Republican candidate for Read More

Op-Ed

Mel Watt is Ideal Choice to Lead FHFA

By  Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   President Obama recently nominated Melvin (Mel) Watt, a long-time North Carolina Congressman, to direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). While major news media reported on the development, few mentioned exactly what the new job would entail or the Read More

Op-Ed

Clarence Thomas’s Deep-Seated Jealousy

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   For someone who seems to revel in being silent during the Supreme Court’s traditionally lively oral arguments – when a public display of his professional competence would be appropriate – Clarence Thomas’s out-of-court comments are extraordinarily revealing.  They Read More

National

Cross Words between Pastor, Morehouse President

by Larry Miller and Ayana Jones Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – What started out as a respectful article critical of the lack of qualified African-American appointees in President Barack Obama’s cabinet and a perceived lack of policies specifically designed Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama is Hostile Toward Venezuela

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   When President Obama was first elected, in 2008, much of the world waited to see what sort of changes he would introduce in the relationship of the U.S. towards the rest of the planet. In fact, he was prematurely Read More

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Op-Ed

“Obama” as a Prefix

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   The right wing seems determined to associate President Obama with any government program that helps people on the bottom. Thus, the term Obamacare was used to attack the health care program that President Obama fashioned and worked with Congress to Read More

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Op-Ed

Can We All Just Get Along?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a philosopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, especially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King had a point.  Can we all just, maybe, get along? In the wee Read More

Politics

The Elusive ‘Black Agenda’

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent Rep. Marcia Fudge says Blacks Need to Press their Case WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A few weeks after President Barack Obama won four more years in the White House, dozens of Black leaders crowded around a podium in the Congressional Read More

Business

Immigration Reform: A Bid to Attract Workers Who Will Boost the Economy

[Christian Science Monitor] As a bipartisan group of US senators and President Obama lead a push to enact sweeping immigration reform this year, they are boosting the idea with a rationale that is economic as well as social. Reform isn’t just about reuniting families, better securing the border, or Read More

Politics

CBC Member Says Obama Disrespects Blacks

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief Rep. Alcee Hastings is Upset with Obama (Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (NNPA) – Rep. Alcee L. Hastings says President Obama of consistently disrespects the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Black Press, and graduates of historically Black Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama Races Away from the Issue of Race

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   When Barack Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in Denver on August 28, 2008 – the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” – excitement filled Read More

Entertainment

If Beyonce Lip-Synched, She’s Not Alone

[MTV News] A day after her show-stopping national anthem performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, the debate rages on over whether Beyoncé lip-synched the whole thing. But, given just how pervasive lip-synching is in the world of pop music, and how big of a scale the inauguration is, it wouldn’t Read More

Entertainment

Beyonce Lip-Synced National Anthem at Obama’s Inauguration

According to the New York Times, Beyonce’ was lip synching during her Inauguration rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”. Beyoncé’s performance of the national anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday was everything it should be: soaring, moving, symbolic and musically superlative. It also wasn’t live. Read More

Politics

Obama Gun Control Initiative Draws Impeachment Threat

Republicans Respond with Apoplectic Rage by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper The White House’s proposal to curb violent gun-related crime has provoked conservatives into a state of near-apoplexy, with at least one Republican House member suggesting he would bring impeachment Read More

Politics

NRA Spent $2.5M Lobbying in 2012

[Politico] The National Rifle Association spent $2.5 million lobbying the federal government in 2012, on par with its activity in 2011 new lobbying reports show. The powerful gun rights group spent $655,000 lobbying in the last three months of 2012, slightly down from the fourth quarter of Read More

Business

Inaugural Corporate Donors Include Bank Of America, Coca-Cola, Microsoft

[Huffington Post] President Obama’s second welcome into office will be brought to you by Bank Of America, Coca-Cola and Microsoft. Those three companies are among the many backers of Obama’s inaugural festivities, according to a list posted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Other corporations donating to fund the Read More

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Op-Ed

King’s Greatest Legacy: Seeing Polarization as Progress

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   I’ve always disliked the way Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is often celebrated. The reasons why became even clearer to me these past few days, as the importance of considering King’s life and work was juxtaposed against three other developments: Read More

Op-Ed

1885 Haitian Book Predicted a Black U.S. President

By Gershom Williams NNPA Guest Columnist   Perhaps because Antenor Firmin wrote in French and not English, or perhaps because he was Haitian and not French, his work was ignored, became obscure and was out of print even in Haiti until 1968. -Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban Professor Read More

National

Next Budget Showdown Could Lead to More Cuts

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After blinking during in a New Year’s Day showdown with President Obama that could have triggered across-the-board spending cuts and significant tax increases, Republicans are poised to seek deep cuts in spending that would violate the Read More

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Op-Ed

Influencing Barack Obama’s Second Act

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   There is a different feel in the air, and it should not be surprising.  As historic as was the re-election of President Obama, nothing can replace the uniqueness of the opening of his first term four years ago.  Read More

National

Violence is ‘as American as Cherry Pie’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the late 1960s, Black revolutionary H. Rap Brown, now known as Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, was often quoted as saying violence is “as American as cherry pie.” More than 40 years after the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Read More

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National

Malcontents Move to Secede from the U.S.

Malcontents Move to Secede from the U.S. By Phillip Johnson Special to the NNPA from the District Chronicles WASHINGTON (NNPA) – On November 6, the people of the United States spoke. They want Barack Hussein Obama as their president for another four years. But that Read More

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Op-Ed

Business Exchange: Back to the Status Quo

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   “One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion” ― Voltaire How could a president facing unemployment near 8 percent, and a national debt topping $16 trillion win a second term Read More

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National

GOP’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Sexist’ Attacks on Susan Rice

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Representative Marcia Fudge, the newly-elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, says politically-inspired charges that United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice is “not very bright” and is “unqualified” to be named Secretary of State by President Read More

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National

Black Youth Critical to Obama’s Victory

By Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Although youth are credited with helping President Obama defeat Mitt Romney on Election Day, the president would not have carried that bloc of voters if Black youth had not supported him in overwhelming numbers, according to exit Read More

National

Blacks Key to Obama’s Victory

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINTON (NNPA) – Despite efforts in some states to suppress the Black vote and predictions that African-Americans would not turn out at the rate they did in 2008, Blacks overcame all obstacles and were key to Obama’s re-election to Read More