The National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR), in a move timed to coincide with the 49th anniversary of the signing of the Voting rights Act of 1965 (VRA) released a new report1 showing increased patterns of voting rights discrimination since the US Supreme Court gutted enforcement provisions in the Shelby County v. Holder decision in June 2013.
Former Newark, NJ Mayor, and current US Senator Cory Booker (D-Newark) has publicly hailed President Obama’s recent executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT individuals.
WASHINGTON — Sixty years ago, the highest court in the United States changed the face of education. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. By Deborah Block At the time of the ruling many school systems — especially in the southern states — had separate […]
A man vying against one-time American Idol star Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination for a seat in the US Congress has died suddenly. Keith Crisco, 71, was preparing to concede the party primary election to Mr Aiken when he fell at his home in North Carolina, local media reported. Mr Aiken led by fewer than 400 votes out of nearly 28,500 cast on 6 May.
NSA Invokes “National Defense” and the Espionage Act to Block MIT Student’s FOIA Request on Nelson Mandela Ryan Shapiro, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PhD candidate and animal rights activist filed a lawsuit in January 2014 against the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence […]
U.S. President Barack Obama is using a two-day, four-state tour to promote the goals he laid out Tuesday night in his State of the Union address, highlighted by a pledge to advance his economic agenda, even without Congressional support. Obama’s trip begins Wednesday in suburban Washington, 15 kilometers from the U.S. Capitol where he called […]
Presidential Poll-Watchers, Take Note: Commander-in-Chief Finishes Ahead of Donald Trump, Elon Musk, LeBron James and Beyonce Knowles LOS ANGELES – As President Obama calls for restoration of the American dream for the middle class in tonight’s State of the Union address, a new survey by Woodbury University (www.woodbury.edu) looks at the American dream from a […]
Jason Collins, the first active NBA player to publicly come out of the closet, will be among those seated with First Lady Michelle Obama during the President’s fifth State Of The Union (SOTU) address, the White House announced today. By Nathan James Collins, 35, made international headlines last May when he announced, in a Sports […]
WASHINGTON- Seventy-five economists, including seven Nobel Prize laureates, sent an open letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, urging them to raise the federal minimum wage. By Bryant Harris The same day, the president formally endorsed legislation that would incrementally raise the minimum wage to 10.10 dollars by 2016. “I think […]
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a nuclear accord with Iran will halt Tehran’s march to atomic weapons capacity and provide a window to negotiate a final agreement. The Obama administration is attempting to convince skeptics at home and abroad that the preliminary deal is good for America and its allies. By […]