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Each year, based on required financial statement and annual disclosure forms, the public has access to information about lawmakers’ assets and liabilities, including stock-market holdings, rental properties, checking accounts, credit card balances, student loans and other financial obligations. As a result, the political daily Roll Cal publishes a list of all the members of congress…

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Although the imaginary fiscal cliff was avoided, there are some big issues left for President Obama to deal with pertaining to the economy. The most pressing is the debt ceiling. It is possible that the U.S. will go through a technical default for a few days, although most anticipate that Congress will give in and…

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Born into slavery on March 3, 1836 in Alabama to a slave, Jefferson Long was the second African American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Long served less than three months—the shortest term of any African-American member. During the 1850s, his slave-holder family moved from Knoxville to Macon, taking Long with them. There, Long…

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Lillian Miles Lewis, the wife of legendary Georgia Congressman John Lewis who helped fuel her husband’s rise in politics, died this morning in Atlanta at the age of 73, his office confirmed to the media. The cause of Lillian Lewis’ death has not been released to the public as of press time, but Congressman Lewis…

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Congressional lawmakers are taking to their Capitol Hill podium to keep the federal government from taxing medal-winning U.S. Olympians, with the chairman of the GOP-led tax writing committee among the latest to join the bipartisan effort. The lawmakers are proposing legislation to stop the IRS from making the Olympians liable for the taxes, which would…

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The recent economic indicators released in December of 2011  for the month of November suggest that the economic outlook for Americans is getting brighter. However, that may not be the case for most people and blacks in particular. The same indicators and news showed that the black unemployment rate rose to 15.5 percent from 15.3…

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Freshman Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., unleashed a hailstorm on his colleagues recently with statistics that display the unpopularity of Congress. With its approval rating at 9 percent, Paris Hilton is more popular at 14 percent than the current sitting Congress. The Internal Revenue Service’s approval rating stands at 40 percent. In a resounding response of maintaining…

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The U.S. Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act in August 2010, reducing the 100-to-1 disparity between minimum sentences for crack and powder cocaine to 18 to 1. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted this summer to make the reduced crack penalties retroactive, which means that more than 12,000 current inmates are eligible for reduced sentences. Before…

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Republican Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was asked to explain to an audience at a transportation conference why it is so difficult to get any big infrastructure projects built in America right now, and he told them: “Some people don’t want Obama to be successful.” LaHood suggested that his GOP colleagues on the hill are sabotaging…

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Across the nation, African Americans have exhibited continued displeasure and outrage against the tea party movement in America.  From the Congressional Black Caucus to Jesse Jackson, and from talk radio to the average citizen, the tone is increasingly becoming more vitriolic. This rage is understandable, but the blame should be directed toward the African American…

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On a recent Fox News interview, Black Republican Allen West to guest host Laura Ingraham that his work a congressman in the Tea Party was helping African American voters escape the “21st-century plantation” that was being overseen by black liberals like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). “When you look at what is happening, the laughable hypocrisy…

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The so-called war on drugs has been a failure of colossal proportions — from both racial and preventive standpoints — and the NAACP passed a resolution demanding President Obama and Congress end the program altogether. The overall message of the resolution is captured by its title: A Call to End the War on Drugs, Allocate…

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