Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee
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During Fair Housing Month, Waters Convenes Hearing on Housing Discrimination in America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Let’s not forget that Donald Trump and his father were once charged with violating the Fair Housing Act, for discriminating against African American and Puerto Rican renters. Given that Trump was engaged in housing discrimination himself, it is unsurprising that his Administration has been so hostile to fair housing protections.” […read more]

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Kathy Kraninger, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the agency’s plan to repeal a rule aimed at stopping the payday lending debt trap. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Business

CFPB Makes Move to Support Payday Lenders During Black History Month

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When given the chance at the ballot box, Americans overwhelmingly vote to impose a 36 percent or less rate cap. Today, 16 states and the District of Columbia have these rate caps in place, providing strong protection from payday loan sharks. In remaining states – those without a rate cap – interest rates run as high as 460 percent in California, over 400 percent in Illinois and 662 percent in Texas. […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

Politics

Obama Administration to Grade Teacher Training

  By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Teachers have always graded students. The Obama administration feels the time has come for someone to grade teachers. Teacher training programs—from colleges and universities, to for-profit certification courses and non-profit preparatory programs—have few, if any, Read More

Politics

US Confirms Warrantless Searches of Americans

EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has conducted warrantless searches of Americans’ communications as part of the National Security Agency’s surveillance operations that target foreigners located outside of the U.S., the administration’s top intelligence official confirmed in a letter to Congress Read More

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Op-Ed

Eager for a War with Iran

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Some of the responses by the Republicans and their friends to the Iran nuclear deal have been nothing short of amazing.  The deal includes greater and closer inspections of Iranian sites, some relief from the sanctions, and the Read More

National

Health Law Business Insurance Site Delayed 1 Year

CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses. The move, announced Wednesday, Read More

Politics

Obama Administration Proposes Rule That Would Rein in Political Activity of Nonprofits

[The Washington Post] The Obama administration moved Tuesday to limit the expansive role that nonprofit groups play in politics, proposing a regulation that would rein in ­certain tax-exempt organizations that have been able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in recent elections without revealing Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama Should Not Play ‘Global Cop’

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The central issue that should concern us when it comes to the chemical weapons crisis in Syria is not the identity of the perpetrator but which international body responds to such a crisis.  What we are looking at Read More

Op-Ed

It is Past Time to Confront the Obama Administration

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Alright, team, enough is enough.  During the entire first term of the Obama administration, Black America—for the most part—gave the administration a pass.  Many of us felt that the first Black president of the United States should have a Read More

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Op-Ed

Time to Stop Appeasing AIPAC

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   When I saw in the news that Vice President Biden had gone out of his way to assure the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that the Obama administration was completely serious about military action against Iran if Read More

Op-Ed

Holding President Obama Accountable

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Four years ago, President Obama made history by becoming the first Black president in the history of the U.S.  I would like to think that even those who did not support his candidacy were proud of what the American Read More