Tag: obama

Obama tries to add substance to male initiative

| March 4, 2014

  By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—No one had seen President Obama more emotional than last week when announced “My Brother’s Keeper,” a new initiative aimed at helping young black men. He spoke from the heart, recounting the pain of not having his father in the home and not always putting his best […]

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Civil rights leaders submit agenda to president

| February 26, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—A group of civil rights leaders met with President Obama and several members of his cabinet recently to discuss the “1963-2013: 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom,” a formal document with more than 90 legislative policy and priority recommendations. In a statement released after the meeting, Al […]

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Gates memoir conceals real story of ‘gaming’ Obama on Afghan War

Gates memoir conceals real story of ‘gaming’ Obama on Afghan War

| February 24, 2014

Criticism in the memoirs of Robert M. Gates of the president’s lack of commitment to the administration’s Afghan War strategy has generated a debate…

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Obama vows to help young black men

Obama vows to help young black men

| February 20, 2014

Young black men in the U.S. are the most disproportionately incarcerated and the largest percentage of the unemployed and of high school dropouts.

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The one thing I wish Obama had said

The one thing I wish Obama had said

| February 13, 2014

I was pleased that the president spent so much time on the matter of economic inequality and raising the minimum wage in his State of the Union address.

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How Obama can ‘get his groove back’

How Obama can ‘get his groove back’

| February 7, 2014

President Barack Obama’s legacy is in trouble. Will his State of the Union message make a difference? Will Obama get his groove back?

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Obama hopes to sidestep Congress to have ‘a year of action’

Obama hopes to sidestep Congress to have ‘a year of action’

| February 6, 2014

President Obama declared in his State of the Union speech that he will have “a year of action” by expanding economic opportunity through executive orders.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s greatest legacy: Seeing polarization as progress

Martin Luther King Jr.’s greatest legacy: Seeing polarization as progress

| January 18, 2014

Too many King ceremonies indulge too much in the simplistic, feel-good rhetoric and ponder too little why he was so widely criticized in the last years of his life.

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Opinions shift over gay marriage

Opinions shift over gay marriage

| January 15, 2014

By Brenda Robinson—There are some controversies that are more resolvable than others. Gay marriage is not one of them.

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Obama’s crack cocaine pardons

Obama’s crack cocaine pardons

| January 6, 2014

Hopefully, the president’s pardons came because crack cocaine sentencing policies are racist and protect the rich while further disenfranchising the most vulnerable.

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