No Extortion for Debt Ceiling Vote

Rarely have the divisions in American politics been clearer - or more onerous. In less than a month, on Aug. 2, if Congress refuses to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, the United...

A Challenge to Our National Values

If House Republicans were to remake the shipwreck film, Titanic, we would be appalled by the portrayal (on one side of the split screen) of women and children from steerage being tossed into the...

To Break the NFL Lockout, Fans Need To Get Mobilized

(NNPA) — After constant attention on negotiations in the National Football League and the subsequent lockout—where the employers refuse to let the employees work—by the owners, there has been something close to silence.  Recent...

Michele Bachmann: The John Wayne of Political Lies

Whether making the round of Sunday morning talk shows, giving the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, or announcing her own presidential candidacy, Michele Bachmann does one thing consistently...

Welcoming Home Our Newly-Returned Vets

Once again, we celebrate July 4th as the anniversary of the day 235 years ago that we declared independence, founding a nation based on the beliefs that all people are created equal and that...

Long Before…

Long before I knew your face, I had often heard your name. You were the one who could get it done, No matter what stage the game. He must be myth, this "Man for all Seasons," a...

Looking for Better Home Rulers

The dark cloud casting shadows of mistrust over elected officials in the District could not have been what Walter Washington, Sterling Tucker and countless others foresaw when they secured passage of the Home Rule...

Time to Bring the Troops Home from Afghanistan

As he was announcing his second increase in troops for Afghanistan in December 2009, President Obama promised that by July 2011 those troops would begin coming home. As relayed by Bob Woodward’s book, Obama’s...

A Courageous Woman That is On Our Side

Even before the financial system’s “meltdown,” the national mortgage crisis and credit crunch, Americans were calling their congressional offices for help with predatory and deceptive financial practices. All too often, these families were being...

BEEP Prepares African American College Students for Jobs in Corporate America

Last week, June 8-11, more than 450 attendees, including 132 HBCU students, came together in Orlando, Fla., for the National Urban League’s 42nd annual Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) Leadership Conference. BEEP, the National...

Bringing Broadband to Every County: Wiring Maryland for the Innovation Economy

No one should be left out or left behind in this new innovation economy. A digital divide separates those who have access to technology from those who don’t – and that’s why I’m fighting...

Notes on Getting out of the Partisan Trap

A pitched debate in Black political and academic circles about President Barack Obama’s commitment to fighting for a Black Agenda has broken into the mainstream media with a bang. The Washington Post, MSNBC, 60...
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