Op-Ed

The Two Minds of Obama

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist President Obama was right on the money in announcing his executive order on immigration. Contrary to the assertion of Republican demagogues, this is not a blanket amnesty, but does release more than 4 million non-criminals from the ever-present threat of Read More

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Op-Ed

Callous Conservatives

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Some synonyms of the word “callous” are: heartless, unfeeling, unmerciful, cruel, and inhumane. A mid-November poll by the Gallup organization asking Americans their views on expanding access to healthcare proves that in some cases, one can add the adjective Read More

Op-Ed

Obama’s Nightmare Presidency

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist To many people, especially Blacks, Obama’s election as president in 2008 was a dream come true.  According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, “dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the Read More

National

Obama Watermelon-Toothpaste Controversy: Apologetic Boston Herald Cartoonist Says, ‘I detest racist humor’

Michael Cavna, THE WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON (The Washington Post)— Today’s instantly infamous “watermelon-flavored toothpaste”Obama cartoon (above) was not only published in the Boston Herald. Jerry Holbert’s shocking commentary was also sent out to his clients by his syndicate, Universal Uclick. But here’s the toothpaste-toon capper, if not Read More

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Op-Ed

The GOP: Chaos is Their Goal

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for the Congress’ fully deserving its “do-nothing” label. First, early in the week, all but Read More

Op-Ed

Making History is Not Enough

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In many ways Obama’s presidency has been historic. – On June 19, 2008, Obama became the first major-party presidential candidate to turn down public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1976. – On Thursday, August 28, Read More

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Op-Ed

GOP’s Impeachment Gambit

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Those who’ve found it difficult to connect with the racial history of post-Civil War America – when Black Americans were stripped of the citizenship rights they gained right after that conflict – should pay special attention to the national Read More

Op-Ed

Obamas Send Wrong Messages

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Two weeks ago, President Obama launched an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. As a part of this initiative, he signed a presidential memorandum establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary 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

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

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

Religion

Obama’s Religion Is Out Of Spotlight But Christian Spirituality Serves During Tough Times

[Huffington Post] WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But far away from the public eye, Read More

Politics

Obama Reignites Push for Gun Legislation

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of high-profile gun violence in the nation’s capital and  Chicago, President Barack Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their dinner guests that he will renew his effort to persuade Read More

Politics

Obama Lacks Black Support on Syria

by Charles Ellison Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Before giving his national address on Syria — one of the most consequential speeches of his presidency — Barack Obama barnstormed six major cable networks. Yet major networks of color weren’t on the list. Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama Selling ‘Wolf Tickets’ on Syria

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened “limited action” against Syria because the country’s leaders allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people.  There are international bans against the use of chemical weapons, with Syria one Read More

Op-Ed

Obama Needs a Better Reason to Bomb Syria

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   As Aeschylus, the Greek dramatist said, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” But in today’s political climate, just the threat of war sends truth fleeing, exacerbated by the lack of trust in our leaders and governing institutions. How Read More

Op-Ed

50 Years Later: The President’s Response

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist On August 28, on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “Dream” oration, President Barack Obama spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, joined by former presidents William Clinton and Jimmy 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

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

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

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

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

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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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