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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Hardly a National Election When Six States Decide Who Wins the White House

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Let’s crunch some numbers in the 2016 presidential election. Trump and rival Hillary Clinton made a combined 250 plus official campaign vote trips to Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. This was exactly 250 plus more visits than they made to California and New York, the nation’s most populist states. Eighteen states got no visits from either of them. There was no need….

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Presidential hopeful Cory Booker speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire.

Why Cory Booker Is Focusing on Affordable Housing

By | News & Current Affairs

A monthly tax credit for low-income renters and a “baby bond” program to help first-time homebuyers are part of the presidential hopeful’s list of proposals. By Kriston Capps, City Lab — Pledging to make housing a priority in his 2020 presidential candidacy, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker unveiled a plan on Wednesday with features that would ease affordability, homelessness, and first-time homeownership pressure for millions of families. At the core…

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Kamala Harris

What Do 2020 Candidates Mean When They Say ‘Reparations’?

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Even highly informed commentators lack a shared understanding of what the word means. By Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic — Earlier this year, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, and other Democratic presidential aspirants began speaking positively about reparations, in contrast to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who opposed the policy. Just 26 percent of voters favor reparations in polls. In the telling of The New York Times, this shift is due to the fact…

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A man takes a call as he stands between two billboards showing Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and other party officials, in Kano, northern Nigeria, February 26, 2019

Facebook Busts Israeli Campaign to Disrupt Elections in African, Asian and Latin American Nations

By | News & Current Affairs

Dozens of accounts, pages and groups operated by private firm peddling fake news were deleted, tech giant says. The Associated Press — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant…

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Campaign poster of 1856 Republican Candidates for President and Vice President John C. Frémont and William D. Dayton. US Senate

Antislavery Wasn’t Mainstream, Until It Was

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

After Republicans lost their first election in 1856, the nineteenth-century Nate Silvers were happy to declare the antislavery movement a radical, fringe idea. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln won on a radical program of change. By Matt Karp, Jacobin — In 1856, the new Republican Party ran its first candidate for President, the western explorer John C. Fremont. He was an unusual leader for an unusual party. The Republicans’ aggressive…

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Mueller Report Reveals Black Activists Targeted by Russians

By | News & Current Affairs

Mueller Report Reveals How Black Activists, White Tears and Racism Helped Trump Become President. By Michael Harriot, The Root — Hidden in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-public but heavily-redacted “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” is a trove of information concerning the plot to use black grassroots organizations to help Donald Trump become America’s 45th president. The report opens by recounting Russia’s initial intent, which was…

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Georgetown students vote overwhelming in favor of $27 fee for slavery reparations

Georgetown students vote overwhelming in favor of $27 fee for slavery reparations

By | News & Current Affairs

The school still needs to approve the referendum before it could take effect. By Beatrice Peterson, Rachel Scott, Erica Y King and Christen Hill, ABC News — Georgetown University could become the first college in the nation to mandate a fee to benefit descendants of slaves sold by the university nearly 200 years ago — a debate that takes place against the backdrop of a broader political conversation unfolding on the 2020 presidential campaign…

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Sen. Cory Booker

Booker to introduce bill to form study commission on reparations

By | News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jordain Carney, The Hill — Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said on Monday that he will introduce legislation creating a commission to study the issue of granting reparations to African-Americans. “This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to…

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Hurricane Katrina evacuees outside the New Orleans Superdome in 2015.

The Green New Deal Should Include Reparations

By | Commentaries/Opinions

The Democratic Party is talking about both issues separately. They make more sense in tandem. By Emily Atkin, The New Republic — Environmental justice activist Anthony Rogers-Wright lives full-time in Seattle, Washington, but just happened to be in Massachusetts last weekend when he heard that Senator Ed Markey was holding a town hall about the Green New Deal in Northampton, a crunchy college town in the heart of the state.…

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The 2020 Democratic primary debate over reparations, explained

The 2020 Democratic primary debate over reparations, explained

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Openly talking about reparations for the descendants of enslaved men and women is a notable shift for Democrats. But the conversation still lacks substance. By P.R. Lockhart, VOX — A new 2020 litmus test has arrived for Democrats running for president: Do they support reparations? It marks a turn in a primary contest in which black voters are expected to play a significant role. That the attention to reparations has become so prominent speaks…

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