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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL:This Week in Politics

Let’s take another look at the political week that was… ●      Over 500 people have died during the most recent clashes in Egypt.  President Obama strongly condemned the violence and canceled joint military exercises, but stopped short of pulling U.S. aid the epicenter of the Arab world. ●      Russell Simmons media company posted a rape

Barack Obama

POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL:This Week In Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      San Diego Mayor Bob Filner may have specifically targeted military sexual assault survivors and the number of women who have come forward is up to 13. ●      Republican SuperPac launches a “Slap Hillary” game online where the purpose is to slap former Secretary of State Hillary

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL: This Week In Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      This week, the Supreme Court gutted the most important civil rights law in American history.  Six states are already taking advantage of the weakened Voting Rights Act and are going forward with laws that will likely suppress black and brown votes just in time for the

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL – This Week in Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      Virginia’s Republican candidate for lieutenant governor says government programs have been more harmful to Blacks than slavery. Wait, what? ●      It’s official, the IRS “scandal” is not a scandal. ●      All eyes were on the Supreme Court this week, with 4 major decisions still outstanding on

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL: This Week In Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) fight for survivors inspires a New York Times op-ed about Congress’ epic failure to pass meaningful legislation to tackle the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. ●      Meaningful legislation—where the reporting procedures are outside the chain of command— was blocked by

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL:This Week In Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      The nominee for Attorney General in Virginia supported women being jailed for failing to report miscarriages to the police. ●      E.W. Jackson the nominee for Lieutenant Governor in Virginia says the 3/5th compromise is really an “anti-slavery amendment” which is just plain wrong. ●      Another week,

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL: This Week In Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      Three women, including Amanda Berry, were rescued from captivity in Cleveland this week after disappearing nearly a decade ago.  Charles Ramsey is a hero and an internet sensation despite his rocky history and colorful personality. ●      Mark Sanford won a special election for a congressional seat

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL: This Week in Politics

Another look at the political week that was: The George W. Bush Presidential Library opened this week but did it whitewash his record and failure with the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina? It certainly tried to make us forget what kind of president he was. Why did this Michigan high school protect their star basketball player instead of the young

Barack Obama

POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL: This Week in Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a passionate speech about gun violence in Chicago this week, invoking the name of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old Chicago girl who was murdered just a week after performing at President Obama’s inauguration in January. Meanwhile, a gun control bill moved past a

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL: THE WEEK IN POLITICS

Another look at the political week that was… It's begun:  Due to the sequester budget cuts to Medicare that took effect on April 1st, cancer clinics have started turning away Medicare patients.  The sequester cuts will also lead to furloughs for thousands of federal employees, including those at the Environmental Protection Agency whose furloughs will begin on April

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Barack Obama

POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL:This Week In Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      The fate of marriage equality is officially in the hands of the Supreme Court.  The Court will rule on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act in June. ●      Almost everyone in the Congressional Black Caucus supports marriage equality.  Only 3

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL: This Week In Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      Only time will tell whether President Obama’s charm offensive with House Republicans will work.  This week, the president visited the hill and even got a standing ovation from House Republicans. ●      While the media is focused on the sequestration cuts that caused a temporary halt of White

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POLITICS AS [UN]USUAL: This Week In Politics

Another look at the political week that was… ●      Kentucky Senator Rand Paul does a real talking filibuster to block the confirmation of the new CIA Director John Brennan.  While interesting to watch this nearly 12 hour filibuster failed. ●      The talking filibuster is news because it’s very rare.  Normally, Republicans simply block President Obama’s

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