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    9/11 Victims’ Family Tells Obama “No Thanks” to Ground Zero Invite

    Fifty families were carefully selected by President Obama to attend a special ceremony at Ground Zero this week marking the location and the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. However, one family decided...

    U.S. Rep. John Lewis Receives Joint Center’s Louis E. Martin Award

    On May 3, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies recognized U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) with the 2011 Louis E. Martin Great American Award. The Joint Center’s highest honor was given to...

    Obama got Osama But Gets Little Credit for Doing It

    On Sunday night, President Barack Obama made good on that promise, announcing that a team of elite Navy SEALs had taken out Osama bin Laden for good with two bullets, one to the chest...

    Newspapers Worldwide Report on the Death of Osama Bin Laden

    Newspapers from around the world shared the same story on May 3 and that was the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of the United States. In the United Kingdom, the Sun had...

    Ray Lewis, Reggie Howard Aiding Hudson River Survivor Kid

    Baltimore Ravens Pro-Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis and former NFL cornerback Reggie Howard are leading the humanitarian and emotional assistance to a 10-year-old New York boy who was the lone survivor after his mother drove...

    Sharpton-West Feud Highlights Black Frustration with Obama

    A war of words between the Rev. Al Sharpton, Black civil rights advocate, and Black scholar Cornel West has revved up recently after West made comments criticizing President Obama. In an MSNBC special news program,...

    Nationwide Ban Sought By 2020 for Indoor Public Smoking

    Half of all U.S. states currently mandate smoke-free worksites, restaurants and bars and, if more states adopt bans, smoking could be prohibited in indoor areas across the nation by 2020, the Centers for Disease...

    Federal Judge Bars Muslims From Seeing Surveillance Files

    A federal judge in California ruled April 27 that an alliance of Muslim organizations cannot review certain records of FBI investigations into their activities, but also admonished the government for lying about the existence...

    Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Illegal Immigration

    The Oklahoma Senate approved a bill April 27 which would create criminal penalties for undocumented residents who work in Oklahoma and for those who smuggle them into the state. According to reports, the bill passed...

    Obama Recognizes Living Participants in 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike

    President Obama recognized a handful of participants who were involved in a landmark event in American civil rights and labor rights history during a recent White House event. The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike, an iconic...

    Obama Takes Dramatic Move to Squelch ‘Birthers’ Accusations

    In efforts to quell rumors about the location of President Barack Obama’s birth, the White House on April 27 released the commander in chief’s long form birth certificate. Obama said he was troubled by...

    Obama to Push for Immigration Reform

    President Obama said during the week of April 18 that he hopes to make immigration reform a priority once again, and expects to see new legislation on the issue before the end of his...

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