Politics

Sudden Fall: Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is Resigning

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock abruptly resigned Tuesday following a monthlong cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of “Downton Abbey.” “I do this with Read More

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Op-Ed

Pressuring Us Towards War

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I never cease to be surprised by the racist audacity of the Republicans in Congress.  In clear violation of international protocol, they arranged for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress.  The established practice has been that Read More

Op-Ed

When the GOP Had Integrity

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   One of the many questions provoked by the “open letter” 47 Republican Senators published last week to try to wreck the multinational effort led by the Obama administration to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons is this: Do Read More

Politics

GOP Makes U-Turn on Net Neutrality

  (Politico) – Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks. For years, GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed any rules requiring Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally, calling Read More

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Can Jeb Bush Defy the Tea Party and Win?

(New York Times) – Can Jeb Bush win the Republican presidential nomination while defying the most ideologically committed wing of his party? Bill Clinton did this successfully in 1992, when he staked out conservative stands opposed by the liberal wing of his party — the so-called Sister Souljah strategy, Read More

Op-Ed

2014 Lies of the Year

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   There are critical similarities between the furious controversy in the fall about the Ebola crisis in the U.S. – that never materialized – and that which has followed the heinous murder  of two New York City police officers Read More

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Race and the Race

  (Politico) – Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you’ll never hear him describe himself that way. Marco Rubio insists he’s an “American of Hispanic descent.” And Ted Cruz “certainly” identifies as Hispanic, but he didn’t run for office as “the Hispanic guy.” These Republican lawmakers, along Read More

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Dixie Rising

  (Politico) – The Deep South has elected Republicans to every top office in the region. Now it wants to be sure that clout extends to the choice of the GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee. Officials in five Southern states — Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Read More

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Kentucky Black Leaders v. Rand Paul

  (Politico) – Over the past year-and-a-half, Sen. Rand Paul has spoken at historically black colleges, gathered with African American leaders in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting of Michael Brown, and criticized a justice system he says unfairly targets minorities. His message is unmistakable: I’m 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

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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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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

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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

National

House GOP Moves Ahead on Suing Obama

DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate of the health care law. The office of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, released a draft of Read More