Andy Shallal glanced around the room full of D.C. voters, finally attentive, and then back at the two teenagers who wanted to first read poetry.
Washington DC’s Department of Human Services has a really big problem. The city’s population of homeless families has skyrocketed this winter, filling up every one of the 285 shelter rooms at the former DC General Hospital and forcing officials to place hundreds of families in hotels around the city and in Maryland.
Jennifer Pruitt can hardly remember a time when she felt safe. She says her father beat her until her eyes were blackened. He beat her mother and brothers. He drank and crashed their family cars, she says, and then he came home and beat them some more.
US President Barack Obama will host a summit with African leaders in August in a bid to strengthen trade and investment ties with the continent.
Negro Cocaine “Fiends” Are a New Southern Menace. That was the headline of an article I came across while doing research for my PhD in 1996.
Today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed bipartisan sentencing reform legislation that reduces the federal prison population, decreases racial disparities, saves taxpayer money, and reunites nonviolent drug law offenders with their families sooner.
Criticism is mounting over reported remarks last week of DEA chief Michele Leonhart in a speech to the Major Counties Sheriffs Association. Leonhart criticized her boss, President Obama, for acknowledging in a recent interviewthat marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol and that the experiments with marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington were “important.”
By Robert Borosage Guides to the president’s State of the Union address are a dime a dozen. The annual ritual has even spawned drinking games: a shot for every time the president gets a standing O from both parties if you want to stay sober, one for every partisan ovation if you want to overindulge. Bets are placed: Will the president say “middle class” more than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers…