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Photo ID Laws Could Disenfranchise Black Youth

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly half a million young Blacks face a tough choice as the November 6 presidential election approaches: either get a new, government-issued photo identification or don’t vote. In “Turning Back the Clock on Voting Rights,” the Black Youth Project, a group that fosters political and civil engagement among young African Americans, outlined h ...

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Beware of Mortage Scams-Before It’s Too Late

By Marie Day Residential Mortgage Default Servicing and Community Outreach Executive Wells Fargo The economy has had a detrimental effect on homeownership. Unemployment andunderemployment have made it tough for many homeowners to maintain current mortgagepayments. In attempts to get assistance and avoid foreclosure, vulnerable homeowners becomeprime targets for scam artists who are taking advantage of peopl ...

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15 Memorable Quotes from the Democratic Convention

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist #15 – Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.): “Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation.  This must change, because just as bees cannot sting and make honey at the same time, members of Congress cannot simultaneously make passionate enemies and expect political progress.” #14 – Rep. Barney Frank (Ma ...

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Student Loan Reforms To Benefit 1.6 million Borrowers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist As many as 1.6 million responsible student loan borrowers could benefit from a new order that ties loan repayment to income and family size. Beginning September 30, an expanded option called Income Based Repayment (IBR) can reduce monthly loan payments. Coordinated with the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and the Secretary of Education, an online application e ...

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Now! The Real Work Begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments, and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago.  Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, and an impassioned charge by former President Bill Clinton, the delegates were roused and the pressure wa ...

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Parting of the Red sea – The Epic Saga of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union

By Shavon Bailey There is a war waging in Chicago between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), led by Karen Lewis and the Chicago Board of Education (Board), led by Mayor Rahm Emaunel of epic proportion.  Not in 25 years have we seen such a contentious battle between CTU and the Board.  Karen Lewis is the proverbial “Moses”, trying to lead her teachers (the Israelites) to the Promised Land; and Mayor Rahm Eman ...

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Rep. Clyburn Says GOP Took ‘Blood Oath’ to Block President Obama

By Cash Michaels Special to the NNPA from The Wilmington Journal WILMINGTON, N.C. (NNPA) – Rep. James Clyburn, the third most powerful member of Congress, charges that from the moment President Obama assumed office, Republicans in Congress placed party politics ahead of the interests of the nation. In an interview last week on the WAUG-AM radio program “Make It Happen,” Clyburn said, “They met on the night ...

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SHOW ME THE MONEY: The Black Vote Again Being Taken For Granted

By Cloves Campbell NNPA Chairman There are less 100 days until voters throughout the country cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as candidates for U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, state legislatures and city councils. The campaign war chests for President Obama and Mitt Romney total almost $3 billion! However, as of this writing, not one dollar has been ...

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“Executing Justice-Praise God For Justice”

FIRST WORDS… As we explore this new unit for the month of August, we are fortunate to see how God promised justice to his people.  We move to one of the most noted books of the Bible – Psalm.  It is evident that God supports and maintains His people so that all of our lives can be dedicated to offering and rendering Him the praise He is due. A PRAISE FOR JUSTICE (v. 1-2) As the lesson opens, between verses ...

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The Decline of Civil Liberties

By Wilmer J. Leon III NNPA Columnist Some of the most sweeping decisions pertaining to civil liberties for Americans came during the Warren Court (1953-1969). The Warren Court ended school segregation with the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision.  In Mapp v. Ohio (1961) the Warren Court established the exclusionary rule which banned courts from using evidence obtained in violation of the Fourteenth ...

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