Black History

Bill to Celebrate 400 Years of Black History Passes U.S. House

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) In a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress, the United States House of Representatives voted to establish a commission to examine 400 years of African American history. House bill H.R. 1242 is designed “to develop and carry out Read More


Forcing Poor People to Go Hungry

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government’s forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading Read More

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The Myth of a Federal Government Out of Control

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The Republican push to reduce the federal deficit solely through spending cuts is based on mythology rather than fact. That was clearly demonstrated by a series of reports issued recently by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Read More


Congress Begins Talks on Food Stamps, Farm Aid

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have begun talks on crafting a compromise farm bill, including cuts to the food stamp program. The talks opened Wednesday afternoon, just two days before food stamp recipients will see a separate, unrelated Read More


Senate Bill Could Slash Illegal Immigration by 50 Percent: CBO

(Reuters) – A U.S. Senate-passed immigration bill would significantly reduce the flow of illegal immigrants, but increased U.S.-Mexico border security costs would eat into projected budget savings, the Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday. The CBO concluded that the bill, which would double the number Read More


U.S. Budget Deficit Shrinks Far Faster Than Expected

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] WASHINGTON — Since the recession ended four years ago, the federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion every year. But now the government’s annual deficit is shrinking far faster than anyone in Washington expected, and perhaps even faster than many economists think is Read More