Politics

Dems Paint GOP as Shutdown Party

(Politico) – Democrats hear only one thing when Republicans talk about fighting President Barack Obama’s immigration agenda or GOP plans for controlling Congress: government shutdown. In fundraising requests, media appearances and conference calls, Democrats are painting Republicans as the “shutdown party” just in time for […read more]

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Republicans Move to Claim Poverty-Fighting Mantle

[New York Times] WASHINGTON — Senator Marco Rubio says the American dream has become “unattainable.” Senator Mike Lee says reforming government benefits programs should be the country’s “first priority.” And Representative Paul D. Ryan says the government safety net has “failed miserably.” Fifty years after […read more]

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GOP Event for African-American Outreach Featured Largely White Audience

[The Root] It seems that the Republican Party’s latest attempt to embrace African Americans is off to a shaky start. The audience at a Detroit event celebrating the opening of anAfrican-American Engagement Office appeared to consist mainly of white people, a video snippet shows. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) […read more]

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GOP Offers Short-Term Debt-Limit Increase, But Wants Negotiations Before Ending Shutdown

[The Washington Post] House Republican leaders said Thursday they will offer a temporary increase in the federal debt ceiling in exchange for negotiations with President Obama on longer-term “pressing problems,” but they stopped short of agreeing to end a government shutdown now in its 10th […read more]

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Republican Disapproval Grows in Budget Battle, Post-ABC Poll Finds

[The Washington Post] Disapproval of congressional Republicans’ budget wrangling after a weeklong shutdown has shot up to 70 percent, with 51 percent disapproving “strongly,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. At the same time, President Obama’s approval rating has ticked up due to improved […read more]

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Republicans Are Losing The Shutdown Blame Game

[Washington Post] Americans are blaming congressional Republicans more than President Obama for causing Tuesday’s federal government shutdown, according to the first polls conducted since Washington came to a halt at midnight Monday. While the initial reaction is worse for Republicans, their share of blame is […read more]

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The Tea Party’s Revolt Against Reality

[The Washington Post] If you can judge people by the quality of their enemies, one quality shared by many opponents of the tea party is their conservatism. Like many ideological factions, tea-party activists display a special intensity in fighting the “near enemy” — other elements […read more]

Op-Ed

A Brand New Problem for Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist During the past year, we have watched monumental change take place all over the world; not just in terms of democracy, but in terms of culture, law, and politics, etc. Our major institutions have not been immune from this change […read more]

Op-Ed

“No’ to 2 Moms and 2 Dads

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family–mother, father, and children.  There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit.  Susie […read more]

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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]

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Rand Paul Relies on the Past in Hopes of Winning Black Votes in the Future

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Rand Paul, the conservative Republican senator from Kentucky, tried last week to pave the way for Blacks to vote for Republicans in the future by extolling the GOP’s accomplishments of the past. Speaking at Howard University, […read more]

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Ben Carson: Candidate-in-Waiting? Or New GOP Toy?

by Adrienne Washington Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Dr. Ben Carson (Courtesy Photo) A major television network anoints him “The New Conservative Folk Hero.” A Wall Street Journal editorial and a T-shirt available online hail “Ben Carson for President.” Well, maybe not for president, but […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

No Reason to Celebrate Tim Scott

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The polite side of me congratulates Tim Scott on being named Senator for the state of South Carolina.  Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business. The appointment of Scott was […read more]

Op-Ed

Another Look at the Republican Party

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   “Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that can’t keep promises it made you during election time and you’re dumb enough to continue to identify with that political party, you’re not only a chump but traitor […read more]

Op-Ed

Understanding Why Republicans Lost

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, “W-e-l-l, there you go again.”  Post-election, the Republicans just can’t seem to get their act together.  They can’t bring themselves to admit that President Obama beat them fair and square. Karl Rove said […read more]

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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]