U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at L.A.'s Families Belong Together March in June 2018. (Photo by: Luke Harold | Wiki Commons)
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Kamala Harris wants federal ban on Death Row executions

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says there should be a federal moratorium on executions. The senator from California discussed the matter on National Public Radio on Thursday, a day after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom of California granted reprieves to 737 death row inmates and signed an executive order placing a moratorium on executions. […read more]

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Shannon LaNier joins CW39

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Veteran television host, social media influencer and author Shannon LaNier is the new anchor at CW39. LaNier previously co-hosted “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that aired on Centric. He is also known for his work as a correspondent and senior producer on Black Enterprise’s nationally-syndicated shows “Black Enterprise Business Report” and “Our World With Black Enterprise.” […read more]

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Election Day Reports Of Voter Suppression And Faulty Voting Machines Have Already Begun

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — As polls opened up on Tuesday morning, voting advocates were likely both excited and fearful for what the 2018 Midterm elections could bring. But from Customs and Border Protection agents being scheduled to conduct a crowd control exercise in Texas to reports of some polling places not having nearly enough voting machines, one near certainty was that some form of voter suppression would rear its ugly head as voting got underway for the long-awaited political contests. […read more]

Community

Idaho teachers placed on leave after MAGA border wall Halloween costume

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Pictures, which were posted on the Middleton School District Facebook page but have since been deleted, showed the group dressed up as a border wall with the phrase “Make America Great Again” on it, according to CNN. In a second picture, another group of educators were dressed up with sombreros, carrying maracas and wearing fake black mustaches, which some parents called racist. […read more]

Community

Study: Houston needs $2 bil to fix Harvey-related housing damage

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Data scientists and flood engineers worked with the city on an eight-month study to create the Houston Housing and Community Development Department report, marking a new strategy for disaster relief assessment. Previous assessments relied on approved FEMA individual assistance claims, which are often difficult to access for low-income, disabled and elderly populations — the people most likely to still be struggling to recover. […read more]

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Texans win state battle, some questions remain

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — On the positive side, the Texans won back-to-back games in overtime for the first time since Weeks 11-12 of the 2012 season. On the negative side, they never should have been in that predicament. The Texans gained 462 total net yards (88 rushing and 374 passing) on 76 offensive plays (6.1 avg.), yet only had 16 points to show for their effort in regulation play. […read more]

Black History

The Top 5 Black Biographies

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — We hope our coverage improves your mind or at least expands your reading choices. Here are The Defender Network’s choices for the best Black biographies, recommendations for books that are classics you may already know or those that we think are well worth your time. Feel free to share, print out, add to your Amazon lists, or download a few to your Kindle.  […read more]

With 40% of Americans supporting the president’s rhetoric and policies, America remains extremely divided. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
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Trump’s approval rating drop could be a disaster for the GOP in 2018

DEFENDER NEWS SERVICE — We don’t know if this is the beginning of a trend or not. Three polls are just three polls, though Trump’s approval rating has declined to its lowest level since April, according to the FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics trackers. Still, the President’s approval rating did not shift in the Gallup’s weekly tracker. […read more]