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Twelve-hour ceasefire takes effect between Israel, Gaza militants

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting and efforts proceeded to secure a long-term ceasefire moved ahead.

China's Guangdong province removes over 850 'naked officials' from their posts

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - More than 850 government workers in China's southern province of Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of an anti-crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad.






EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.

Grieving Dutch minister made Europe re-think Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia.






Israel agrees to 12-hour Gaza ceasefire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in fighting with militants in the Gaza Strip to start at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said.

Thousands take to N.Y. streets to protest Israeli offensive in Gaza

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City on Friday evening to protest Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand an end to the violence that has already killed nearly 850 Palestinians.






Former WWE champ nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said on Friday.

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week.






U.S. fighter jets escort Canadian plane home over passenger threat

(Reuters) - Two U.S. F16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a Panama City-bound flight from Canada back to Toronto on Friday after a man on the plane apparently threatened to blow up the aircraft, authorities said.

Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says, as death toll nears 850

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, a government source said on Friday, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no formal proposals had yet been put forward.






EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.







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Two Scott Justice Reform Bills Included in Paul Ryan Poverty Plan

Finally, thirty years since the war on drugs was made worse during the 1990s, more Republicans are coming around on criminal justice reform.  Yesterday, Rep. Paul Ryan included two criminal justice reform bills by Democrat Bobby Scott in his long-awaited and much discussed poverty plan.  Both pieces...

MI-14: With Vote Split, Former Rep. Hansen Clarke Has Big Polling Lead

The results of a Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV/EPIC-MRA poll of 800 people shows that former Michigan Rep. Hansen Clarke has a sizeable lead in the race for MI-14 — the House seat being vacated by Rep. Gary Peters who is running for U.S. Senate. The poll shows that Clarke is leading in a four per...

Rev. Jackson’s Pressure on Big Tech Gets Results, Twitter Reveals Stats

“Rev. Jesse Jackson’s campaign on silicon valley is just as important as a march on police brutality in New York,” said Roland Martin this morning on his radio show News One Now. Rev. Jesse Jackson has been pressuring big tech firms in silicon valley for months to release diversity...

Clyburn: ,463,938: Black Caucus Top 5 in Fundraising for 2ndQ

Below are the “cash on hand” numbers for the Black Caucus as of June 30, 2014. 01. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) — ,463,938 02. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) — ,360,539 03. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) — 4,268 04. Andre Carson (D-IN) — 2,587 05. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) — 5,382  ...

Pigs Fly During Do-Nothing Congress: Chaka Fattah, Gillibrand + GOP Pass Urban Jobs Bill

Last week as everyone was paying attention to the crisis at the Mexican border, violence in Israel, and shootings in Chicago, Congress actually got something relevant done.  Although the 113th Congress is set to be the least productive Congress since 1965, a jobs bill passed last week and is on the ...

Border Crisis Is Just Like Katrina… Other Than the 1,833 Dead People

1,833 Dead. How Soon We Forget.  “I think about the criticism that George W. Bush received when he didn’t go to New Orleans [during] Katrina, this is no different,” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry yesterday on Fox News as he repeated a recent latest Fox News favorite talking point. Sure. Until you rememb...

Imagine If Maxine Waters Said All This? Dem Rep. Cuellar Blasts President #Obama

Cuellar Gets Called by White House.  Will He Get a Meeting? Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) told Fox News yesterday that he could care less,”who gets angry at me at the White House,” and is far more concerned about “my constituents who want to find a practical solution to this question t...

Sens Paul + Booker Talk Race, Criminal Justice and New Legislation

Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker are joining a list of legislators that have made the long march to change the failed U.S. criminal justice system.  With billion in tax money spent on locking people up every year, the failed results of decades of justice policy that yields detrimental results,...

Justice Reform: Details of REDEEM Act by Sens. Cory Booker + Rand Paul

Details of the justice reform legislation offered by Senators Booker and Paul. The legislation calls for for Comprehensive Reform Measures to Fix America’s Broken Criminal Justice System, Ease Burden on Taxpayers, and Break the Cycle of Incarceration for Non-violent Offenders. Over the last 25 years...

Rangel Speaks at NAN Event, Sharpton Comments on Cancelled Unity Rally

The National Action Network is holding a two-day forum and lobbing push on Capitol Hill in Washington this week.  Last night, at a reception in the Cannon Caucus Room, several members of Congress spoke to NAN members.  The list included Sen. Chuck Schumer and Reps. Robin Kelly, Hakeem Jeffries and S...

PR Newswire Celebrates Black History Month

NEW YORK, Feb.14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Over its 60 year history, PR Newswire has been proud to distribute notable news over its network—and has helped communicate the rich history of African-American news and events during this time. Today, we remain dedicated to...

Cheap Lionel Richie Tickets: BuyCheapTicketsToEvents.com Cuts Prices on 2014 Lionel Richie Tickets During Today's Presale Offering

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnc/20140214/MN65426GERMANTOWN, Wis., Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Cheap Lionel Richie tickets can be obtained quickly at BuyCheapTicketsToEvents.com. As the star tours across North America, his shows will feature many successful hits that he has made popular. (Photo:...


Nueva investigación sobre estadounidenses hispanos, negros, asiáticos y mileniales se dará a conocer en el Multicultural Media Forum en la Ciudad de Nueva York el 20 de marzo

NUEVA YORK, 13 de febrero de 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ejecutivos de las principales compaas mediticas se reunirn el 20 de marzo en la Ciudad de Nueva York para el Multicultural Media Forum (Foro de Medios Multiculturales), un evento orientada por la investigacin...

Education Management and National Baptist Convention Initiate Significant New Scholarship Program

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Education Management Corporation (NASDAQ: EDMC), a leading provider of post-secondary education, announced a commitment of 0,000 in scholarships for at-need students in a partnership with the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., Int'l,...

La National Pork Board escoge a República como Agencia Nacional de Mercadeo Multicultural

MIAMI, 13 de febrero de 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- La National Pork Board ha seleccionado a Repblica, agencia de publicidad multicultural, digital, y de comunicaciones, como su agencia nacional de mercadeo multicultural. La organizacin financiada por porcicultores,...

National Pork Board Selects Republica as National Multicultural Marketing Agency of Record

MIAMI, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Pork Board has selected Republica, the cross-cultural advertising, digital, and communications agency, as its national multicultural marketing agency of record. The farmer-funded non-profit commodity organization based in Des Moines,...

New Research on Hispanic, Black, Asian, and Millennial Americans to Be Unveiled at March 20 NYC Multicultural Media Forum

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Executives from top media companies will gather on March 20 in New York City at the Multicultural Media Forum, a research and strategy-driven event attended by roughly 400 decision-makers from the TV, advertising, technology, and financial...

Cox Communications Celebrates Black History Month throughout Virginia

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications will celebrate African-American culture and contributions throughout February in recognition of Black History Month. Cox will be highlighting culturally relevant programming available...

Racial Discrimination: How Far Have We Come?

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnc/20100517/NY06256LOGONEW YORK, Feb.13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --In the midst of Black History Month, it is perhaps an appropriate time to examinesome of our nation's historical racial divides and reflect on changes that we as a country have seen over time. As far back as 1969 and 1972, The Harris...


Public Health in Jamaica Webinar Tomorrow: Register & Bring Skis

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnc/20140128/DC53800LOGOSALISBURY, N.C., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The North Carolina Study Abroad/Global Engagement Partnership, a collaborative among that state's 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and IES Abroad, leader in international customized programs on February 13 at...


New Study Shines Light On Illinois Infants And Toddlers

CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson's declaration of the "War on Poverty," a new report released by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in partnership with Child Trends, looks at the challenged state of Illinois' youngest...

Activists greet President Obama in Silicon Valley urging action to save the Internet

“Barack Obama, yes you can, Stop Tom Wheeler’s stupid plan!” More than 100 activists with netroots groups MoveOn.org, Free Press, CREDO, Color of Change, Demand Progress, and others gathered Wednesday morning outside President Obama’s visit to a wealthy neighborhood of Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech industry, with that chant—catching the attention of the […]

ADVISORY: Activists to Hold ‘Don’t Kill the Internet!’ Net Neutrality Rally Outside Obama Fundraiser in Silicon Valley

LOS ALTOS, CALIFORNIA — On Wednesday, July 23, progressive activists from more than a dozen grassroots organizations will gather outside a high-profile fundraiser with President Obama and tech industry leaders to call on President Obama to protect Net Neutrality. The rally, organized by MoveOn.org Political Action and Free Press, will pressure President Obama to live up to […]

Chicago MoveOn members want to see a progressive challenger to Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Here’s what a few MoveOn members shared: “[Emanuel] has been too soft on corporate interests, closed schools, [put] our children in danger, and passed too much legislation that punishes only the working class,” wrote Matthew M., a MoveOn member in Chicago as he responded to the survey. “We need progressive leadership in our city and a […]

Join Our Campaign to Fight Back Against the Kochs

Here’s what a few MoveOn members shared: “[Emanuel] has been too soft on corporate interests, closed schools, [put] our children in danger, and passed too much legislation that punishes only the working class,” wrote Matthew M., a MoveOn member in Chicago as he responded to the survey. “We need progressive leadership in our city and a […]

The Rush To War In Iraq...Again

What do Iraq war veteran Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a retired U.S. Army general, and scores of MoveOn members have in common? Watch: Join the movement to stop Iraq War III, starting by clicking here.

MoveOn Members Endorse 9 Senate Candidates

MoveOn members are fired up to save the Senate from a right wing Republican takeover this fall. They have overwhelmingly voted to endorse nine candidates who will fight for the middle class against the influence of the Koch brothers and other right wing billionaires. This fall MoveOn’s 8 million members will mobilize to turn out […]

MoveOn Members Endorse Al Franken for Senate

MoveOn members in Minnesota have voted decisively to endorse Al Franken for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Here’s what a few members across the state had to share about Sen. Franken: “Al Franken has been more than I could have wished. Maybe the best vote I ever cast. From day one he has fought diligently for the […]

MoveOn Members Endorse Gary Peters for Senate

MoveOn members in Minnesota have voted decisively to endorse Al Franken for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Here’s what a few members across the state had to share about Sen. Franken: “Al Franken has been more than I could have wished. Maybe the best vote I ever cast. From day one he has fought diligently for the […]

MoveOn Members Endorse Rick Weiland for Senate

MoveOn members in Minnesota have voted decisively to endorse Al Franken for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Here’s what a few members across the state had to share about Sen. Franken: “Al Franken has been more than I could have wished. Maybe the best vote I ever cast. From day one he has fought diligently for the […]

MoveOn Members Endorse Mark Udall

MoveOn members in Colorado have voted decisively to endorse Mark Udall for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Here’s what a few members across the state had to share about Sen. Udall: “Udall has been a steady, progressive force in Western politics. His key opponent, Cory Gardner, could not be more opposite. He’s taken millions from the […]

MoveOn members endorse Bruce Braley for Senate

MoveOn members in Iowa have voted decisively to endorse Bruce Braley for the U.S. Senate. Here’s what a few members across the state had to share about Bruce Braley: “Bruce Braley has served well the people of my district in the US House of Representatives. He is a progressive who fights for the interests of the […]

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Weekly Wrap Up: Astronauts, "Inversions," and the VP and a White Board

This week, some astronauts stopped by the White House (hint: think 1969), we talked about "inversions" (more on that later), the President awarded the Medal of Honor, and the Vice President got a marker and white board and gave us a little bit of history on our nation's infrastructure.

Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

"You Are Why I Ran for President in the First Place"

Yesterday, President Obama spoke under sunny skies at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He talked about the progress that we've made since he took office and training our workers for a 21st-century economy.

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The President called for a new sense of optimism and collective patriotism in this country: "Cynicism is a choice, and hope is a better choice. And if we can work together, I promise you there's no holding America back."

He also talked about something known as "inversions." What's an "inversion," you ask? Learn more here.

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West Wing Week 07/25/14 or, "The Irrefutable Rightness of Your Cause"

This week, the President introduced a historic Executive Action for LGBT rights, continued to address the ongoing conflicts in the Ukraine and Gaza, hosted a town hall in support of his My Brother's Keeper Initiative, and traveled to California to deliver his response to some very striking letters he'd received ... in person.

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What You Missed: A Tumblr Q&A with Valerie Jarrett on Expanding Opportunity for the LGBT Community

This afternoon, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, took to Tumblr to answer some of your questions on the President's newest Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. She also answered your questions on marriage equality, bullying prevention, Star Wars, and more.

If you missed the live event, you can check out a full recap right here:

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A Call Answered: Unlocking America's Cell Phones

Last year, over 114,000 of you made your voice heard and petitioned the Administration to restore a basic consumer freedom: to take your mobile service — and a phone or tablet you already own — to the carrier that best suits your needs.

It's common sense, good for competition and innovation, and essential to consumers. That's why the Administration declared last March that "It's time to legalize cell phone unlocking," and today the President commended Congress for doing just that:

I applaud Members of Congress for passing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Last year, in response to a "We the People" petition from consumers across our country, my Administration called for allowing Americans to use their phones or mobile devices on any network they choose. We laid out steps the FCC, industry, and Congress should take to ensure copyright law does not undermine wireless competition, and worked with wireless carriers to reach a voluntary agreement that helps restore this basic consumer freedom. The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget. I commend Chairmen Leahy and Goodlatte, and Ranking Members Grassley and Conyers for their leadership on this important consumer issue and look forward to signing this bill into law.

Everyone has done their part to get here -- from the FCC convening carriers, to the industry agreeing to voluntary steps to make their unlocking process transparent and reliable. And as he said today, the President looks forward to signing this bill into law. It's just one more way he is taking the lead in making life a little easier for the middle class, and ensuring our technology remains the envy of the world.

You called, the President answered, and together we made cell phone unlocking happen.

Celebrating 24 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Tomorrow marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -- a landmark law that transformed American society for people with disabilities. It provided for full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for those of us living with disabilities, and also provided Americans with disabilities with legal remedies to safeguard all of those rights.

Watch the President’s ADA anniversary message below:

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Read the President’s proclamation in support of the anniversary here.

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More than 3.81 Million Records Released

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in April 2014. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 3.81 million—all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

Making the Business Case for Rural America

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the USDA Blog, see the original post here.

These days, it seems like it’s easier than ever to turn a good idea into reality. This is the era of Kickstarter, where entrepreneurs can connect with potential investors at the click of a button.

Of course, it takes more than money to grow an idea. It takes an atmosphere that fosters creativity and rewards innovation. And at a deeper, less obvious level, it requires strong, secure infrastructure—roads and bridges, but also internet access and community facilities like hospitals and schools—that improves connectivity and access to information, moves products to market, and makes communities competitive and attractive to new businesses and investments.

Part of the challenge we face in rural America is that in too many places, infrastructure is outdated and cannot support the same kinds of opportunities that are easily found in cities and larger towns.

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A Day in the Life: Deric from Baltimore

Meet Deric.

Deric Richardson had been out of work for over a year. He had a GED and a Microsoft Office certificate, but needed an opportunity to improve his skills. That opportunity came in the form of tuition-free training in laboratory skills provided by the nonprofit BioTechnical Institute of Maryland. Shortly after successfully completing the training, Deric was hired by Baltimore-based Paragon Bioservices in July 2010.

Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is traveling to Baltimore to meet with him.

Deric’s story is just one great example of how job-driven training is working for Americans across the country. When we talk about "job-driven" training, we're talking about making sure we're providing people with the skills that employers are looking for right now to fill available jobs. Earlier this week, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will elevate more job-driven programs like BTI.

This is the second in a series of “day in the life” trips Secretary Perez -- in addition to other secretaries across the President's cabinet -- will be taking over the next few months. It's a chance to talk directly with the people the Labor Department works for every day.

We want to make sure you see what he sees, too. Follow along today to see live updates and highlights from Secretary Perez’s day.

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Connecting African Leaders to U.S. Industry Beyond the Beltway

The upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which is the largest single engagement by any U.S. President with our African partners, will help the United States play a driving role in the continent’s future development.

Many Americans are aware that sub-Saharan Africa is a fast-growing region with tremendous potential, but they may not know about significant plans to develop infrastructure across the continent. We believe that these plans represent enormous business opportunities for U.S. companies of all sizes, and that is why we have invited key African decision-makers to meet with private-sector leaders in Chicago and Houston prior to the Summit.

These African Leaders’ Visits, which the U.S. Trade and Development Agency is partnering with the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy to host from July 30 to August 1, will highlight the United States’ experience fostering economic growth through key infrastructure investments. These Visits are the only commercially focused events to take African leaders to major U.S. cities outside of Washington, D.C. on the occasion of the Summit.

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President Obama in L.A.: "You Are Why I Ran for President in the First Place"

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This afternoon, President Obama addressed an excited and energized crowd under sunny skies at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

In his remarks, the President said that he was excited to be back in L.A., where he spent a few "good years" in college -- and quickly explained what he was there to talk about.

"I’m here because I am listening to Kati’s story," the President said. Kati Koster wrote a letter to the President a couple years ago about the effect of student loans. Kati introduced the President -- and the President sat down with Kati and three other Americans earlier in the day at Canter's Deli, to chat about the issues that matter to them.

I’m listening to Americans all across the country, everybody who works their tail off, is doing the right thing, who believes in the American Dream, just wants a chance to build a decent life for themselves and their family. You are why I ran for President in the first place.

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The “80/20 Rule” Is Saving Americans a Lot of Money. But What Exactly Is It?

Chances are you’ve heard of the Affordable Care Act – President Obama’s landmark health reform law that’s holding insurance companies accountable, lowering health care costs, giving Americans more freedom and control in their health care choices, and improving the quality of care.

One part of the act that you may not be as familiar with, however, is the “80/20 rule” – also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule – which went into effect in 2011.

The rule generally requires health insurance companies in the individual and small group markets to spend at least 80% of the premium dollars they collect on medical care or activities to improve health care quality. And that increases to 85% for insurance companies in the large group market.

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services released some new numbers showing just how much this rule has saved consumers over the last few years.

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NAACP calls for resignation after racist Facebook comments

The Rowan County Housing Authority chairman is under fire after allegedly making racist comments on Facebook.   The local NAACP is now demanding his immediate termination.   “When you insult people, you don't deserve the right to decide policy that would benefit him," said Scott Teemer, the president of Rowan County NAACP Chapter.   The NAACP of Rowan County and other local organizations held a ...

NAACP, others file lawsuit to restore voting 'golden week' in Ohio

The Ohio Conference of the NAACP is asking a federal judge to expand early voting by restoring “ golden week” and allowing in-person ballots to be cast on more Sundays and during evening hours. Meanwhile, a coalition led by the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus said yesterday that it will continue its signature-gathering efforts to get an Ohio Voter Bill of Rights before voters, but it will not make ...

Salisbury NAACP Calls for Official's Resignation Following Offensive Comments

The Salisbury-Rowan Chapter of the NAACP is calling for an appointed official to step down, following a series of posts he made on his Facebook page.

NAACP seeks to extend deadline for eugenics claims

North Carolina's NAACP is sending an open letter to the governor, speaker of the House and state Senate leaders seeking a yearlong deadline extension for victims of the state's eugenics program.

NAACP seeks reform, following acquittal of murder suspect

DECATUR – The Decatur branch of the NAACP is seeking reform of jury selection procedures after a jury with no racial diversity acquitted Bryson Harden last month in the shooting death of 21-year-old Jarvas Thomas in 2012.

NAACP calls for reward in capture of man who murdered pregnant wife

While the manhunt continues for a man accused of murdering his pregnant wife this weekend, the victim's family is reaching out for help in finding him.

Local NAACP marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

WATERLOO | Cedar Valley civil rights activists marked the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a call for action.

NAACP holds second candidate forum

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Madison County Chapter of the NAACP holds a second of three Madison County candidate forums. Monday's forum focused on the races for sheriff, four county commissioner positions, one school board post and the county clerk election.

NAACP Challenges Tea Party to Staring Contest Over Mississippi Poll Watching

There are three odd additions to today's Republican primary in Mississippi: black Democrats, Tea Party poll watchers and NAACP monitors to watch the poll watchers. After incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran reached out to black voters ahead of his run off primary against Chris McDaniel, a coalition of conservative groups launched a "voter integrity project" to monitor the polls. For some this inspires ...

NAACP demands Butner apologize and step down as chairman of local housing authority board

Local NAACP officials are demanding Malcolm "Mac" Butner publicly apologize and step down as chairman of the county's housing authority board due to what they say are racist Facebook comments.

By the Numbers: Congress and civil rights

Congressional leaders on Tuesday will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or national origin.

Blacks to Thad Cochran: You owe us

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are already talking about what they want Cochran to do.

Love plans to join Congressional Black Caucus; Owens first to buy TV time

GOP candidate Mia Love said Tuesday she'd join the Congressional Black Caucus if elected in Utah's 4th District even though...

Mia Love Eyes Congressional Black Caucus (Video Interview)

Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, a safe bet to win her House race this fall, expressed interest in joining the Congressional Black Caucus in a recent CQ Roll Call interview.

CBCF Statement on 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (PRWeb July 02, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11993959.htm

Opinion: What GOP can learn from Cochran's strategy

Crystal Wright looks at how black voters in Mississippi were used to win the Senate primary.

Twenty-Two-Term Rep. Rangel Faces Primary Day of Reckoning

If Rep. Charlie Rangel loses to state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in today's primary election, people will blame three things: his waning influence in Washington after the House censured him in 2010, the changing demographics of his district, and the fact his 44 years in office was a good — and long — run.  Rangel, a Korean War veteran and founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has served ...

Republican congressional candidate John Katko: 'There's a very good vibe in the Auburn area'

Whether it's one of the major economic development projects or the city's tourism industry, Republican congressional candidate John Katko sees a lot of good things happening in Auburn. 

Black Caucus targets Goodlatte in push for voting rights fix

Dems want Judiciary Chairman to take up legislation to restore voting protections.

Obama and race: life on a high wire

President Obama, guarded on racial issues in his first term, is now speaking out more forcefully. But for the first black president – and the nation – there’s still no more difficult subject.

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YOU ARE NOT AT RISK - Excerpt from the book "Its Mom' Sharon Carson - Amazon.com

By examining a patient’s family medical history, physicians try to determine if there is an increased risk of the patient developing a particular disease or inherited condition. From a spiritual perspective, however, Christians are part of the family of God, their father God, his Son Jesus, and The Holy Spirit; and there is neither sickness nor disease in the history of this family, and there never will be. When Jesus died on the cross, He took upon Himself as a vaccination, all sickness and disease known and unknown to man and provided us with immunity from them. We as Christians are not, therefore, at risk for any sickness or disease.