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Forecast Factor for April 2014
RZA Done Producing Wu-Tang Albums
Breakingviews: Investors get a ringside seat on China reform
'Made in Japan' no longer what it used to be?
Will Rain Ruin Your Weekend?
Will Japan pension fund ride to the market's rescue?
Express yourself: The new msnbc.com
Will this Lamb Survive the Harsh Temperatures as Winter Turns to Spring?
Asia Week Ahead: Japan automakers on the fast road to profit
Maps and More from the Hurricane Conference
Will You See the Lunar Eclipse?
Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station
Joy Reid ACA Chat
The art, and science, behind the world's largest election
Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass
Rainy System Headed for East Coast
Live Chat with Tamron Hall!
Murder Island!
Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings
Cold Snap Ahead
Positive China growth surprise smooths way for reforms -HSBC
AP Top Stories April 18 P
Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall
Chris Hayes
Get your #MorningJolt
Philanthropic investors proceed with caution in Asia
Explore: The new msnbc.com
Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria
Joy Reid answers your questions
Asia Day Ahead: Taking the temperature of hot spots
Matt Goss Proposes a Proposal Song: 'I Do'
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested
Reuters Today: Ukraine standoff keeps markets on edge
Is Old Man Winter FINALLY Moving On?
BLOOD MOON RECAP!
Take action: The new msnbc.com
What's Next for Chicago?
Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes
Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico
In the Boardroom: Women win in Renzi's corporate rejig
#Tamchat
Light a candle: The new msnbc.com
Asia Day Ahead: Can Japan's consumers cope with a tax hike?
Joy Reid Answers Your Questions!

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Press Releases

Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea (Reuters) - Relatives of some of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as a rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.

Current underwater search for Malaysia plane could end within a week

SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10 km (6.2 mile) circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week, Australian search officials said on Saturday.






Search resumes after Everest's worst climbing tragedy

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Saturday for four missing guides after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing at least 12 in the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain.

Reports of gunman at Los Angeles Times building: police

(Reuters) - Police swarmed the Los Angeles Times building late on Friday after receiving a report of a gunman inside and have arrested one person, police said, but no gun was recovered during the incident.






Security threat reported on Detroit-Denver Delta flight

DENVER (Reuters) - A Delta Airlines flight that landed at a Denver airport was directed to a remote taxiway after an unspecified "potential security threat" onboard and passengers were ushered off the plane, but authorities later saw the threat as unlikely to be credible.

UPDATE 4-Security threat reported on Detroit-Denver Delta flight

DENVER, April 18 (Reuters) - A Delta Airlines flight that landed at a Denver airport was directed to a remote taxiway after an unspecified "potential security threat" onboard and passengers were ushered off the plane, but authorities later saw the threat as unlikely to be credible.






New Russia sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths.

New Russia sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.






Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 274 missing alive.






Avalanche kills at least 12 guides in deadliest incident on Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An avalanche sweeping down Mount Everest killed at least 12 Nepali guides on Friday in what may be the deadliest single incident on the world's highest peak.


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#HBCUs Lose Millions: Bill Dropped Bill to Reverse Parent PLUS Loan Change

HBCU Loss: “The worst situation I’ve Seen in 35 Years.” After many colleges, but particularly historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), lost millions after the Obama Administration changed loan requirements for Parent PLUS loans in 2011, members of the Black Caucus had ...

Has Civil Rights Activism Been Replaced by Endless Panels?

Ask yourself: Have you ever seen a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sitting on a panel? On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act we should ask ourselves: Has activism been replaced by “paneling” and hot air? At every annual convention.  At every lunch...

Flashback: What Do So Many Democrats Have Against the CBC Budget?

Originally published on April 1, 2012. This week the House will vote on the CBC Budget proposal. …………………………… Out of the 190 Democrats in the House, 75 voted against the Congressional Black Caucus budget. During the annual budget debat...

Will These 10 Dems Vote NO on the Black Caucus Budget Again?

Will the world end if these members vote YES? For some odd reason no one can clearly explain, liberal Democrats keep voting against the CBC Budget every year.  The question is: WHY? Many of these Democrats agree with the principles in the Black Caucus Budget and/or have a substantial Black vote in t...

Jesse Jr Put in Solitary for Telling Prisoners Their Rights?

Inmate No. 32451-016. Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who was in prison in Butner, North Carolina, has been transferred to another federal prison in Montgomery, Ala. The Bureau of Prisons (which is due for yet another budget increase from the Obama Administration for FY2015) won’t say why he wa...

VA-8: Candidate Lavern Chatman + Oprah Winfrey = Sold Out Event

‘I came here tonight to support Lavern Chatman’ — Oprah Winfrey In late March, congressional candidate Lavern Chatman wowed members of the Black Caucus at their weekly meeting on Capitol Hill.  Last night, Chatman wowed an audience of well over 300 people in Arlington, Va., with the help...

Urban League Awards Ifill, Murphy, 5 in the Black Caucus… and a Republican

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE’S LEADERSHIP AWARDS.  Last night at a reception in Washington, D.C. to kickoff their annual State of Black America report, National Urban League President Marc Morial and Senior Vice President for Policy Chanelle Hardy presented seven awards to members of Congress and pol...

NUL’s State of Black America Report: Hispanics Doing Better Than Blacks

In its annual 2014 State of Black America report the National Urban League outlined, among other things, that Hispanics are doing better in the U.S. economically than African Americans.  Hispanics comprise the largest minority group in America with 16% of the population. For the first time in its hi...

Clyburn: Obama Could Help With Organization in 2014

During an interview on Morning Joe this morning, Rep. Jim Clyburn was asked if the White House and the President is doing all they can to help Democrats win the House in 2014 and keep the Senate.  Clyburn answered that it isn’t just about fund raising but grassroots organization. Below was his...

#ISupportShanesha: ,000 for Homeless Mom Arrested After Job Interview

On March 20, Shanesha Taylor, a homeless mother of two, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse after Scottsdale police discovered her two kids, aged 2 years old and 6 months old, in a locked Dodge Durango (with the windows open slightly) in the parking lot of an office complex.  A witness ...

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...

Podcast: The NRA Meets Its Match

Huge news: Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg announced that he'll spend million this year on political campaigning for gun reform. That's more than the NRA will spend on campaigning against it.

New HuffPo from Anna Galland: Time to End the Medicaid Blockade

Huge news: Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg announced that he'll spend million this year on political campaigning for gun reform. That's more than the NRA will spend on campaigning against it.

The Worst Part of the Immigration "System"

It's like political background noise: Every time politicians debate immigration reform, someone starts banging on the table, saying we have to "secure the border."

Is our tax system fair?

On Tax Day, Robert Reich asks whether our tax system is fair.

New Polling: GOP Medicaid Blockade Could Cost Republicans in November

New polls show that running on the Medicaid gap can be a potent strategy for Democrats in 2014.

Big Win in Jindal Billboard Lawsuit: Our Billboard Is Staying Up

MoveOn has just won a major victory in federal court. The state of Louisiana's attempt to take down our billboard criticizing Gov. Jindal has been rejected.

Robert Reich explains why we should raise the minimum wage to per hour

If we really want to grow our economy and lift workers out of poverty, then we should really be talking about raising the minimum wage to per hour, and not even debating anything lower than .10.

MoveOn Members Rally at Louisiana Court House to Call for Medicaid Expansion

MoveOn members joined Anna Galland outside the courthouse in Baton Rouge yesterday after the hearing on our billboard, which calls out Gov. Jindal for blocking Medicaid for 242,000 Louisianans, to send a clear signal that, whatever the outcome, we're not backing down.

MoveOn's Reaction to the McCutcheon Decision

Statement by Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC which struck down aggregate limits on campaign spending by an individual:

New PPP Poll Finds Voters in 13 Republican-held House Districts Support Raising the Minimum Wage; Less Likely to Vote for Incumbents Who Oppose the Increase

Today, Public Policy Polling (PPP) released a new set of polls, commissioned by MoveOn.org Political Action, that show a majority of voters in 13 Republican-held House districts support increasing the minimum wage.

MoveOn members endorse Jeff Merkley for Senate

MoveOn members in Oregon have voted decisively to endorse Jeff Merkley for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Here’s what a few members across the state had to share about Sen. Merkley: “Jeff led a successful effort to roll back a portion of the filibuster blockade, the first progress in changing this toxic Senate rule in […]

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Navy Midshipmen Receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the Ninth Time in 11 Seasons

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This afternoon, the President welcomed the U.S. Naval Academy’s football team to the White House to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy once again.

Since 1972, the trophy has been awarded each season to the winner of a triangular series between the Army Black Knights, the Navy Midshipmen, and the Air Force Falcons. Today marked Navy’s ninth time receiving the trophy in the past 11 years.

Talk about a hot streak.

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Weekly Wrap Up: A Moment of Silence for Boston, and More

This week, the President observed a moment of silence and announced that 8 million Americans have now signed up for private health insurance through the Marketplace; the Vice President joined the President to cheer on the Soldier Ride, and signed up for Instagram and took his first selfie; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

A Moment of Silence for Boston

On Tuesday, the President, along with some of his senior advisers, observed a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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The 10 Most Eggcellent Reasons You Should Tune in for the White House Easter Egg Roll

Get eggcited.

On Monday, April 21, more than 30,000 guests will hop on down to the South Lawn of the White House for the 136th Easter Egg Roll. To celebrate, we've compiled the 10 most eggcellent Easter Egg Roll GIFs, because that's how we roll.

This year's Easter Egg Roll will include more GIF-able moments and all the fun will be live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll — featuring appearances by Ariana Grande, Jim Carrey, Robert Griffin III, Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE, and Cookie Monster. Tune in and follow along using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll.

Without further ado, here are the 10 most eggcellent moments from past Easter Egg Rolls — all scrambled up in no particular order.

1. That time Bo wore bunny ears

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The President Stops for Some (Ba)Rock 'n Roll

Earlier this week, while traveling to Oakdale, Pennsylvania to talk about the importance of reforming America's job-training programs, the President was treated to a rock-and-roll surprise.

Local band Comfort Tech transformed their driveway into a stage, and as the President's motorcade drove by, he spotted the musicians and wanted to meet them.

"Secret Service wouldn't let me go down and hear you play, but I figured at least I could say thanks for offering to play," the President told the musicians.

The President and Vice President chatted with the band and took a few pictures, and we got it all on tape.

Join Us: 2014 White House Spring Garden Tours

This Spring, the White House will once again welcome guests from across the country to the South Lawn to view the White House Kitchen Garden and grounds. This special tour features the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and the South Lawn, including the White House Kitchen Garden, the first vegtable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.

These special tours are open and free to the public on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET.

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West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win”

This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.

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Wounded Warriors Ride for Recovery

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This morning, on the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcomed riders participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.

Today was the fifth time President Obama has welcomed Soldier Ride to the White House. The ride begins in Washington, D.C. and ends in Friendship, Maryland, spanning a total of 58 miles.

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President Obama: 8 Million People Have Signed Up for Private Health Coverage

Speaking from the White House Briefing Room, President Obama announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for private health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

He noted that 35 percent of those people are under 35 years old.

What's more, costs associated with expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act are lower than expected:

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Building on What Works With My Brother’s Keeper

When President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in February, the response from communities across the country was immediate and overwhelmingly positive. We quickly began hearing stories of creativity, collaboration, and triumphs from community leaders and organizations doing grassroots work to enhance opportunities for boys and young men of color. Some organizations, having done this work for a while, shared what types of programs and coordinated efforts they have seen work through the years, while others have responded to the President’s call to action with new initiatives and commitments of their own.

We heard from a financial services firm in Long Beach, California which has partnered with an 8th grade mentoring program to arrange field trips to their office. Students fill out applications, interview with managers, and go through mock hiring processes. They are then connected with mentors, and offered serious rewards (like laptops) when they reach GPA goals set by the company.

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Building on Our Progress in Solar Deployment

Since President Obama took office, we have made significant advances in clean energy. Last year alone was record-breaking for new installations, and the amount of solar power installed in the United States has increased around eleven fold. Just this past week, the U.S. Army announced plans to start development on a historic solar array at Fort Huachuca in Arizona – the biggest Defense Department solar array on a military installation to date, and HUD is increasing solar on multifamily housing.

And for good reason. Solar is a smart investment. The average cost of solar panels has dropped by more than 60%, and the cost for a solar photovoltaic electric system has declined by about 50%. The numbers tell an important story: There has never been a time when solar is more affordable and more available to so many Americans. Solar is not just a prospect; it’s a reality.

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Reforming America's Job-Driven Training Programs

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In this year's State of the Union address, President Obama announced that Vice President Biden would lead a reform of America's job training programs, making sure that these programs "train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now."

This afternoon, the President and Vice President visited the Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pennsylvania to announce progress on that reform.

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Local NAACP names new president, officers

The national chapter of the NAACP has officially replaced J. Whyatt Mondesire, former president of the local chapter, after an inquiry into alleged financial mismanagement.

The Rev. Carl Fitchett to lead Philly NAACP

The former South Philly pastor takes over for the embattled J. Whyatt Mondesire.

NAACP finances feud prompts suspensions

Local president J. Whyatt Mondesire and three board members suspended by national headquarters

NAACP becomes battleground for bitter 'family feud'

It's brother versus brother as funds go astray and names get called.

New leadership for Phila NAACP

PHILADELPHIA In ongoing changes at the local chapter of the NAACP, a new slate of officers has taken over leadership of the organization.

National NAACP suspends Mondesire and three local board members

The national office of the NAACP has stepped in to silence a public feud between Philadelphia chapter president J. Whyatt Mondesire and three board members by suspending all of them.

Phila. NAACP president says what happened to checks

PHILADELPHIA Addressing a lingering controversy within the Philadelphia NAACP, chapter president J. Whyatt Mondesire on Tuesday posted on a website what he said happened to two checks totaling ,500 given to the NAACP that were deposited in an account belonging to a nonprofit he oversees.

NAACP rallies for shorter jail time before trial

The NAACP rallied for changes in the Cabarrus County court system.   The president of the Cabarrus County chapter said there are 17 inmates who have been in jail for 300 days or more with no trial.   They said it's a waste of taxpayer money and they're asking the district attorney why these cases are taking so long.   "We'd like to know why folks are being housed so long without a trial date ...

NAACP requests meeting with City Council, mayor declines but later agrees

SALISBURY -- Mayor Paul Woodson said he did respond to a request from the NAACP president to meet with City Council, even though Scott Teamer accused him Tuesday night of not replying to a letter.

Phila. NAACP board members want answers from Mondesire

PHILADELPHIA What happened to two checks - one for ,000, the other for 0 - meant for the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP has pitted some board members against chapter president J. Whyatt Mondesire.

Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules

Recent updates to the Army's regulations on grooming and appearance forbids natural hairstyles that are popular with many black women. The women of the CBC have asked the Army to reconsider.

Congress Has a Caucus For Everything

If you have an interest, legislators have a group for it. Even bourbon and beer brewing.

Black female lawmakers challenge Army hairstyle ban

Members of Congressional Black Caucus urge defense secretary to rescind new rules against hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in military

Black lawmakers appeal to DoD over hairstyle ban

WASHINGTON Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. Sixteen female members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color."

Black Congresswomen: Military's Hair Rules Unfair to Black Servicewomen

The women of the Congressional Black Caucus want Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to rethink recently-revised Defense Department grooming standards that they say unfairly target hairstyles popular among female African-American soldiers.

Reconsider Army regulation barring natural hairstyles, Congressional Black Caucus women urge

The Congressional Black Caucusâ 16 women members Friday sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, urging him to reconsider the impact of a regulation that makes natural hairstyles traditionally… Click to Continue »

Black lawmakers urge Hagel, Defense Department to change 'discriminatory' grooming rules

Black female lawmakers have now weighed in on an Army controversy over what one soldier calls "racially biased" hairstyle regulations. Sixteen female members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of ...

Who Will Speak For The Black War Veterans? Several Have Not Been Deemed Worthy of a Congressional Medal of Honor

Washington, DC — President Obama at the recent White House Congressional Medal of Honor (CMOH) ceremony said, “no nation is perfect, but here in America, we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of those soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal…” The ceremony marked the culmination of a Pentagon review and ...

CBC Women Push to End Military Regulations on Black Hairstyles

The female members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote a strongly worded letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, railing against "offensive and biased" regulations that would discipline black women in the military for wearing differing, cultural hairstyles."We write to you...

Black lawmakers appeal to DOD to reconsider new Army hair regulations

Sixteen female members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color."

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GOD’S SOFTWARE FOR CHILDREN - Excerpt from the book "Its Mom" Sharon P. Carson - Amazon.com

Our children are given to us as gifts from God. They come to us like a newly manufactured computer with no installed software.

Parents are given the responsibility of installing the right programs in their children, and the most important program they need is not Microsoft Word but rather “The word of God”.

Parents should install this program in their children and pray that it will remain saved in the hard drives of their minds and spirits and that they will have enough memory to allow it to work throughout their lives because at some point parents will have to click RUN and let their children go.