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U.S. Political Views Not Rigidly Defined

By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Politically, the nation is less a sharply divided collection of red and blue states, and more a rainbow patchwork of  political ideologies, according to the Pew Center. The report, “Beyond vs. Blue: The Political Typology” (and its Read More

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Voting While Black in Mississippi

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA ColumnistLast week, African-American voters in Mississippi proved Blacks will vote for a Republican candidate – when doing so meets the time-honored tradition all American voters have always followed: they judge it to be in their self-interest. On June 24, Thad Read More

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Right-Wing Gets it Wrong

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist If you ever doubted that conservatives were sore losers, the recent Senate election in Mississippi should remove all doubt. After complaining for a half century about Blacks not voting  for Republicans, African Americans did just that in the GOP Read More

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For Jewish Republicans: Oy Vey

(POLITICO) – The dream of a Jewish Republican speaker of the House is no more. With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s startling ouster in a primary election this week, the man who was on a track to be the highest-ranking Jewish official in American history Read More

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President Obama: Republicans Blocked 500 Bills

[Politico] – President Barack Obama is railing against congressional Republicans, telling a Hollywood crowd that the midterm elections are crucial because the GOP is willing “to say no to everything.” The president, speaking at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event Wednesday evening hosted at Walt Read More

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The GOP’s Desperate Double-Down Game

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Last week the U.S. Supreme Court added another layer of bricks to the wall conservatives are trying to build to transform the American political system from a one-person-one-vote democracy into one that is ruled—via legislative enactments and judicial decision-making—by Read More

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Democrats Can Be Racists, Too

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Two weeks ago, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) set off a firestorm of controversy by saying on the syndicated radio talk show of Bill Bennett: “…we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities, in particular, of men not 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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Mandela Opponents Trying to Re-write History

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Many conservatives who actively opposed Nelson Mandela’s protracted struggle to establish democracy in White minority-ruled South Africa are trying to rationalize their past criticism by either ignoring their earlier public statements or trying to place the struggle for a Read More

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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

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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

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Analysis: Republicans Plan 2014 Campaign Around Obamacare Chaos

(Reuters) – Just a few short weeks ago, Republican elders could only hope that time would make voters forget about the government shutdown the party engineered in October. Now, with millions of Americans in an uproar over health insurance policies canceled because of President Barack Obama’s health care law, Read More

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How Many Votes Do the Democrats Need to Retake the House? Maybe Less Than You Think

[The Washington Post] In the wake of the government shutdown and declining Republican popularity, Democrats are growing more optimistic about winning a majority in the House of Representatives in 2014.   Several recent polls show Democrats leading the “generic ballot” for Congress by eight or nine points.  Yet they still 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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Government Shutdown Harder on Black Workers

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Because government 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

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Senate Bill Could Slash Illegal Immigration by 50 Percent: CBO

(Reuters) – A U.S. Senate-passed immigration bill would significantly reduce the flow of illegal immigrants, but increased U.S.-Mexico border security costs would eat into projected budget savings, the Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday. The CBO concluded that the bill, which would double the number Read More

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House Republicans Broken Into Fighting Factions

[Washington Post] On New Year’s Day, in a cramped room in the Capitol basement, House Republican leaders faced an angry caucus. Democrats had negotiated them into a corner — virtually every American would be hit with a massive tax increase unless the House agreed to Read More

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Republicans Continue to Ignore Black Voters at Their Peril

[The Washington Post] In his column on GOP immigration fears — namely, that Republicans will follow the path of 2007 and blow their chance at reform — Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins quotes a Republican strategist who warns that, sans reform, the GOP could alienate Hispanics like it has 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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BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Black Republican Trailblazers

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   The top Black Republicans in the country recently joined Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as he honored “Black Republican Trailblazers” in his latest attempt to make inroads into the Black community. During the event at the National Republican Read More

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Can We All Just Get Along?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a philosopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, especially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King had a point.  Can we all just, maybe, get along? In the wee Read More

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Blackonomics: Black Voters are Back in Style

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   The push for the Black vote is on. Black folks are back in style.  Black is beautiful – again.  Since the last election, the mantra has become, “Get more ‘minorities’ to vote Republican” and Black voters are at the Read More

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White Media Masquerading as Black

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, released his long awaited report last week called the Growth and Opportunity Project.  It is basically a post mortem of last November’s election results and lessons learned. The report stated the Read More

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Republicans Advance Discredited ‘Entitlement’ Lies

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Even after the White House and Congress stagger to reach a last-minute deal to avert yet another budget crisis, there is a fundamental difference in approach between the Obama administration and House Republicans. And those two stark approaches Read More

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Ending Violence Against Women

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist March is the official month to “discuss” women and it could not arrive too soon.  What is sad about both Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Month (March) is that too many of us think that those are Read More

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Black State Lawmakers Fight for Relevancy

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As conservative southern Democrats – once known as Dixiecrats – switched to Republicans, Black state lawmakers have seen their power evaporate in the South. “Virtually all Black elected officials in the region are outsiders looking in,” Read More

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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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Social Security, Medicare Should be Off the Table

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Even though feuding Democrats and Republicans reached a last-minute deal on New Year’s Day to avoid the fiscal cliff,  a lively debate will continue in coming months over the role the federal government should play in the lives Read More

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White Democrats Abandon Strong Black Women

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist What is it about Democratic presidents and Black women that result in the women always being thrown under the bus? Black women gave President Obama 96 percent of their vote in 2012 – compared to 87 percent for Black men Read More

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Word and Number Games Played in Fiscal Showdown

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   It should be embarrassing enough that President Obama and House Republicans postponed making tough fiscal decisions by kicking the can down the road to New Year’s Day – when certain automatic budget cuts will go into effect unless Read More

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Republicans are Driving in the Wrong Direction

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to Read More

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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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Now, the Real Work Begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments, and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago. Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Read More