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7:21 AM / Friday February 21, 2020

Week In Review

Census counting of prisoners becomes partisan battleground

November 22, 2019

By Ivan Moreno ASSOCIATED PRESS  MADISON, Wis. — When the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods next year, a significant portion of their population will be missing: prisoners. For these predominantly Black areas, with incarceration rates among the highest in the nation, the government’s longstanding policy to count inmates as residents of…

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Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

November 22, 2019

By Bill Barrow, Will Weissert And Jill Colvin Associated Press  ATLANTA  — Democratic presidential candidates clashed in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The Wednesday night faceoff came after hours of testimony in…

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Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act signed into law

November 15, 2019

(Washington, DC) –  The White House has announced that President Donald Trump signed H.R. 1396, the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act. Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced the legislation in the House of Representatives. Sen. Chris Coons was the lead sponsor in the Senate. “I am thrilled to hear that the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold…

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Impeachment witness says Trump asked about Ukraine probes

November 15, 2019

By Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — A top American diplomat revealed new evidence Wednesday of President Donald Trump’s efforts to press Ukraine to investigate political rivals as House investigators launched public impeachment hearings for just the fourth time in the nation’s history. William Taylor, the highest-ranking U.S. official in Ukraine,…

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Official statement from the NAACP regarding the impeachment inquiry hearings

November 15, 2019

“With impeachment hearings officially underway, the evidence presented today is incontrovertible proof that Donald Trump abused the office of the presidency to sacrifice our country’s interests for his personal and political gain. The American people have the right to know the truth about the litany of unlawful actions committed by Trump. NAACP fully supports Congress…

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Affirmative action referendum losing in Washington state

November 15, 2019

By Rachel La Corte ASSOCIATED PRESS  OLYMPIA, Wash. — More than two decades after Washington voters banned affirmative action in the state, a ballot measure seeking to amend that law was losing in early returns. As of last Wednesday night, Referendum 88 was being rejected by nearly 52 percent of the state’s voters. It was…

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Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines dies at 86

November 15, 2019

By Chevel Johnson and Rebecca Santana ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW ORLEANS — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which sponsors a literary award in Gaines’ honor,…

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Kansas City votes to remove King’s name from historic street

November 15, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Public works employee Jerry Brooks changes a street sign from The Paseo to Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP) By Margaret Stafford ASSOCIATED PRESS  KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Last Tuesday, Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King’s name from one of the city’s most…

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People of color make gains in mayoral races across the US

November 8, 2019

By Russel Contreras ASSOCIATED PRESS  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — People of color made history this week by winning municipal races in places their families were once ignored or prevented from voting, including a New Mexico mayor whose father was forced into a Japanese internment camp during World War II. From Arizona to Massachusetts, the gains highlight…

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Dates set for special election to fill Rep. Cummings’ seat

November 8, 2019

By Regina Garcia Cano ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE — Voters in the congressional district that U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings represented until his death earlier this month will elect his replacement in a special election announced Monday. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan set the special primary election for Feb. 4 and the special general election for April 28….

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