Jesse Jackson says Flint residents ‘betrayed’ by water crisis

Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Sunday that Flint, Michigan is a “disaster zone” and could be the next epicenter in the fight for economic and social equality as the city struggles through a crisis with lead-contaminated drinking water. Speaking at a church rally in Flint a day after President Obama declared a federal emergency, the […]

Outfitter Adidas offers money for high schools to drop Native American mascots

Adidas North America on Thursday announced it will offer creative and financial resources to any U.S. high schools that drop Native American mascots — an issue that has been highly controversial in sports for more than a decade. The sportswear company said its offer is a means to eliminate stereotypes and racial overtones in American […]

Bush 41 hits 43’s aides in new biography

“The reaction to (the 9/11 terrorist attacks), what to do about the Middle East,” Bush told his biographer. “Just iron-ass. His seeming under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East.” Bush attributed some of that hard-right turn to Cheney’s wife, Lynne […]

Democrats release Benghazi testimony of top Clinton aide

Democrats on the House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday released a full transcript of testimony by a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The release comes a day before Clinton — the Democratic front-runner for president — is set to testify at a public hearing. Democrats […]

Biden: I’m not running for president in 2016

Ending months of will-he-won’t-he speculation, Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is not running for president in 2016, saying the process of grieving for his son Beau had sidelined him for too long. “Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” Biden declared […]

Bernie Sanders’ black outreach: Is it working?

Despite a strong record on civil rights, Sen. Bernie Sanders has had trouble connecting with many African-American voters. The popular Democratic presidential contender and Vermont senator was widely panned for reacting angrily when Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted his speech at a Netroots Nation convention in July. Since then, Senator Sanders, who has acknowledged his […]

Trump and Carson’s attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening […]

American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia

Muslim Americans responded with a mix of frustration, exasperation and anger to what many see as a growing wave of Islamophobia fueled by two of the Republican Party’s most popular presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ben Carson. At the Islamic Institute of Orange County, which houses a mosque and a school in Anaheim, in southern […]

Serena outlasts Venus to move on to semifinals

With a powerful ace, Serena Williams capped her biggest win of the tournament. She’ll have to win two more in order to complete the calendar Grand Slam and tie Steffi Graf with 22 Grand Slam titles, but the atmosphere inside Arthur Ashe Stadium Tuesday night felt like a U.S. Open final. Playing in front of […]

Ben Carson calls for guest-worker status for immigrants

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson jabbed Tuesday at front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to deport everyone who is in the country illegally, calling the plan impractical. “People who say that have no idea what that would entail” legally and otherwise, Carson said, adding: “Where you going to send them?” The retired neurosurgeon spoke before The Commonwealth […]

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