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President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 federal inmates Wednesday as a part of his ongoing effort to grant clemency to those harshly sentenced during the war on drugs era. Obama wrote a letter to the inmates, one-third of whom were serving life sentences, according to The Washington Post. “The power to grant pardons…

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President Obama made history this week when he became the first American president in 88 years to visit Cuba in his continuing diplomatic outreach to the island nation. It was no surprise that Obama discussed the half-century old embargo on Cuba, but a surprising part of a speech he gave in Cuba yesterday involved his talk of…

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On Friday, Jan. 22, President Barack Obama will award National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 17 scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators. Awarded annually, the Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, engineering, and mathematics. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation recognizes those who…

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This week, the White House highlighted several “major moments” from its Instagram account. “2015 was a year of firsts,” the White House wrote in its “2015 in Review” post, “including new ways of engaging with our 1.5 million Instagram followers: We joined the Worldwide InstaMeet for the first time, where Americans from across the country traveled…

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It’s typical that foreign dignitaries shower sitting U.S. presidents and other federal employees with lavish and thoughtful presents. Last year was no different, as the State Department’s annual record for gifts from 2014 listed items that included pricey jewelry and national transportation passes. The list was released to the public on Nov. 24 — one day before…

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Taye Diggs and ex-wife, actress and singer Idina Menzel have a beautiful 6-year-old son, Walker. Although his son is half-Black, Diggs wants Walker to embrace his White background inherited from his mother. The “Murder in the First” star also wants others to recognize all parts of biracial people’s heritage, not just the Black side. In…

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The U.S. Bureau of Prisons announced that pork is no longer welcome in 122 federal penitentiaries. The reason for the ban is said to simply be a result of pork’s lack of popularity among inmates. “Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat? Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years,”…

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The Obama Administration’s Education Department has implemented the Second Chance Pell Pilot, which will allow prisoners in both state and federal facilities to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree with Pell Grants while imprisoned. Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), a House Judiciary Committee member, released a statement expressing her support of the effort. The Education Department…

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President Barack Obama visited Nairobi, Kenya, to co-host the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Saturday. He became the first U.S. president to ever visit Kenya and emphasized the significance of being welcomed in the country where his paternal family resides. “It is wonderful to be back in Kenya. I am proud to be the first…

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A conservative news anchor dedicated time on her show to speak against the way President Barack Obama is dealing with Muslims and Muslim terrorists. Her video has now gone viral, with over two million views. Tomi Lahren, 22, is the anchor of “On Point with Tomi Lahren” on the One America News Network. On Friday’s…

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Undocumented trans Latina leader Jennicet Gutierrez gained national attention this week when she interrupted President Obama while he spoke at a White House event honoring LGBT Pride Month on Wednesday. Now, after facing a mountain of criticism and scrutiny, Gutierrez is speaking out and explaining why she so passionately interrupted the president. As most know,…

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When Jay Z and Beyoncé celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013 in Havana, Cuba, millennials were singing their praises. It didn’t matter that the hip-hop power couple could have faced a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison for violating the United States’ trade embargo against Cuba, known among natives of the northern Caribbean…

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President Obama has been adamant over the last few years about his support of LGBT rights, and when he was recently asked to weigh in on a petition calling on him to create a law to ban LGBT conversion therapies, Obama responded by calling for an end to such conversion therapies. The petition was created…

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Earlier this week, President Obama predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would eventually do away with the patchwork marriage equality happening in the U.S. and just legalize same-sex marriage across the nation. And in a recent interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained that it won’t be “a large adjustment” for America if the…

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President Obama has taken a powerful stance on LGBT inclusive legislative for the past few years, and this week he pushed for another major win in LGBT equality with a new federal budget that will allow for same-sex married couples across the board to receive new Social Security benefits. According to the Huffington Post, married…

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(Banks at a 2008 statue dedication ceremony) Hall of Fame baseball legend Ernie Banks died Friday, Jan 23, according to family attorney Mark Bogen. He was 83. Though a cause of death has not been released Bogen told reporters “his death was not expected.” Banks became the first Black player on the Chicago Cubs upon breaking…

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