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Obama Keeps Promise to Use ‘Power of the Pen’

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist During his State of the Union address, President Obama promised to use the power of his pen to achieve the policy objectives that Congress continues to block. After advocating fairness and being rebuffed by Congress, the president chose to use the power of his pen to require federal contractors to pay workers at least $10.10 per hour, or $21.800 per year. That puts a sing ...

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My Brothers Keeper: Obama Tries to Add Substance to Black Male Initiative

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – No one had seen President Obama more emotional than last week when announced “My Brother’s Keeper,” a new initiative aimed at helping young Black men. He spoke from the heart, recounting the pain of not having his father in the home and not always putting his best foot forward. Attention now shifts from an emotional announcement to follow-up ...

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Is America Becoming a Nation of Bullies?

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort.  Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.”  American Psychological Association When 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete plant tower on September 9 because of bullying f ...

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‘Entitlement Programs’ Serve Elderly and Poor

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor in Chief Republicans have made it clear that their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs. Democrats have failed to explain to the public that the misnamed programs are valuable and prevent millions of Americans, many of them elderly or children, from living in poverty. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a report last week that found: ...

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‘12 Years a Slave’ Movie Hits Home

By Alveda King Recently I joined members of my family to view the new movie “12 Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen and starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyongo’o, and an overall stunningly talented cast. Warning: film contains visually graphic images, violence, and some nudity. While I actually wasn’t emotionally prepared to see the movie, I am convinced that it should be considered an esse ...

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What’s in our Shopping Carts?

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist With a current buying power of $1 trillion, manufacturers and marketers should be paying careful attention to the shopping patterns of African-American consumers. The latest report on Black consumers, Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report, illustrates how much of that spending breaks down:  Our annual retail spending makes up 87 ...

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An Open Letter to House Speaker Boehner

By Stephanie J. Jones NNPA Columnist Dear Speaker Boehner: It’s hard to know whether to feel pity or disgust for you as we watch you whine, bellow, threaten and renege your way through a government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that you easily could end by behaving like the Speaker of the House, not the spokesman for the Tea Party Caucus.  Your inability and/or unwillingness to put the well-being of the ...

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The Federal Shutdown is Very Personal

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector:  the American Federation of Government Employees.  But I am not writing on their behalf or because I was told to do so. This is personal. Federal employees are largely invisible. Actually, we take them for granted.  With certain exceptions such as TSA and the VA, most of us thin ...

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Affordable Health Care is Here to Stay

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage for $100 or less.” - President Barack Obama We fought and won a battle three years ago to improve access to affordable health care for every American and finally it’s here. Last Tuesday,  a key component of the Affordable Care Act took effect when the new Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, allowi ...

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Jobs and Freedom Still Needed

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist On Saturday August 24 and Wednesday, August 28, tens of thousands of Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 1963 March on Washington and the Movement that brought America into the modern age. Speaker after speaker — including three American presidents who declared they owed their presidencies to the societal changes the Movement made possible – urged America ...

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