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Heeding Mom, Tennessee Lawmaker Helped Women Gain the Vote

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of... Read More

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. Harry... Read More

2020-08-06 13:53:21
by Gracie Kreth
2020 Hutchins Forum Hosts Discussion on America’s Racial Reckoning

Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and PBS NewsHour co-hosted a discussion Wednesday afternoon about the coronavirus... Read More

Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and PBS NewsHour co-hosted a discussion Wednesday afternoon about the coronavirus pandemic and the racial reckoning occurring in America and the impact these two simultaneous events will have on the upcoming... Read More

2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were... Read More

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

Biden Lays Out Plan to Address Racial Injustice, Slams Trump

Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled plans for addressing systemic racism that has put Black people and other nonwhite communities at... Read More

Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled plans for addressing systemic racism that has put Black people and other nonwhite communities at an economic disadvantage, promising “bold, practical investments” to rebuild as the country struggles with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

Trump to Keep DACA Protections in Place to Review Court Decision, Reject New Applications

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will allow certain young, undocumented immigrants to renew deportation protections for one year as his... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will allow certain young, undocumented immigrants to renew deportation protections for one year as his administration reviews a Supreme Court decision that blocked his efforts to end a program designed to let them remain in... Read More

Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and his decision to intercede in criminal cases involving President Donald Trump’s close associates. The attorney... Read More

2020-07-28 21:57:19
by Reece Nations
Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America.... Read More

2020-07-28 16:20:00
by Dan McCue
Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities

WASHINGTON - The Democratic mayors of six U.S. cities have sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking Congress to take... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Democratic mayors of six U.S. cities have sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking Congress to take steps to bar the federal government from deploying federal agents to municipalities that don’t want them. The letter, sent Monday,... Read More

Rep. John Lewis Honored as ‘The Conscience of the Congress’ in Capitol Ceremony

  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis is now the first African American to lie in state in the U.S.... Read More

  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis is now the first African American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, an honor bestowed upon the man who colleagues regard as “the conscience of the Congress.” House Speaker Nancy... Read More

2020-07-24 17:14:12
by Dan McCue
John Lewis to Lie in State in the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol next week, with the public viewing extended over... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol next week, with the public viewing extended over two days and moved outdoors to allow for social distancing and public health precautions due to COVID-19. After an invitation-only... Read More

2020-07-23 14:10:06
by Gaspard Le Dem
NAACP Sues ED For ‘Robbing’ Public Schools of Coronavirus Funding

WASHINGTON - The NAACP is adding its voice to a broad legal challenge of a rule by the U.S. Department... Read More

WASHINGTON - The NAACP is adding its voice to a broad legal challenge of a rule by the U.S. Department of Education that diverts COVID-19 relief aid away from public schools to benefit private education.  The powerful civil rights organization... Read More

John Lewis, Lion of Civil Rights and Congress, Dies at 80

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, has... Read More

2020-07-15 15:38:38
by Reece Nations
Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities

Challenges faced by residents of rural and underserved communities regarding barriers to health care were analyzed in a report released... Read More

Challenges faced by residents of rural and underserved communities regarding barriers to health care were analyzed in a report released by the House Ways and Means Committee. The report, entitled “Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved... Read More

2020-07-08 17:07:44
by Dan McCue
Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The 7-2 decision could have a profound, immediate effect on... Read More

2020-07-02 19:07:55
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at his weekly pen and pad session that the House will... Read More

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at his weekly pen and pad session that the House will vote later this month to remove the bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney from the U.S. Capitol. Taney wrote the... Read More

2020-06-29 15:55:18
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberal wing... Read More

2020-06-26 20:07:08
by Jacob Pederson
Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of low birth weights, premature births, and stillbirths in minority communities, according to a... Read More

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of low birth weights, premature births, and stillbirths in minority communities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study’s authors said while they found detrimental impacts... Read More

2020-06-24 19:15:26
by Dan McCue
Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations

WASHINGTON - A policing reform bill proposed by the Senate's lone Black Republican failed to garner enough votes to pass... Read More

WASHINGTON - A policing reform bill proposed by the Senate's lone Black Republican failed to garner enough votes to pass on Wednesday after Senate Democrats said its proposed reforms didn't go far enough in the wake of the deaths of... Read More

2020-06-19 18:38:02
by Reece Nations
‘Juneteenth National Independence Day Act’ Would Make June 19 Federal Holiday

WASHINGTON - New legislation would commemorate June 19 as a federal holiday 155 years after Major Gen. Gordon Granger issued... Read More

WASHINGTON - New legislation would commemorate June 19 as a federal holiday 155 years after Major Gen. Gordon Granger issued the order signifying the end of slavery in the United States. In accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1865 Granger... Read More

2020-06-18 18:37:00
by Dan McCue
Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits in Capitol

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits in the Capitol of previous... Read More

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits in the Capitol of previous House Speakers who served in the Confederacy. The move is the latest in her effort to expunge honorifics for Confederate... Read More

2020-06-15 13:12:13
by Tom Ramstack
Pastor Sues Washington Mayor Over Political Street Lettering

A self-described street pastor is suing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over her decision to commission a street mural that... Read More

A self-described street pastor is suing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over her decision to commission a street mural that says “Black Lives Matter” in large letters on a street near the White House. The lawsuit filed by Rich Penkoski... Read More

2020-06-11 15:11:00
by Kate Michael
Supreme Court Cases Could Have Major Impact on ‘Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice’

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court heard a number of cases this term that could have major implications for reproductive... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court heard a number of cases this term that could have major implications for reproductive rights. While each case heard by the Supreme Court is significant, the collective decisions on multiple health care-related cases could... Read More

2020-06-10 18:14:32
by Tom Ramstack
Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform

African American civil rights leaders spoke out in support Wednesday of a bill pending in Congress that would set national... Read More

African American civil rights leaders spoke out in support Wednesday of a bill pending in Congress that would set national standards for police behavior. It also would ban chokeholds, reduce legal immunity for police misconduct and create a national database... Read More

2020-06-08 19:54:31
by Dan McCue
House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response... Read More

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response to mass protests that have gripped the nation in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man while... Read More

ACLU Sues Over Police Force on Protesters Near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration Thursday, alleging officials violated the civil rights of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration Thursday, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using chemical agents before President Donald... Read More

Emotions Run High as Anti-Lynching Bill Stalls in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled over on Thursday in an emotional debate cast against a backdrop of widespread protests over police treatment of African Americans.... Read More

Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing... Read More

2020-06-04 12:04:35
by Dan McCue
Senators Join Hoyer In Urging Replacement of Dred Scott Author's Statue

WASHINGTON - Maryland's Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday introduced legislation in their chamber to replace... Read More

WASHINGTON - Maryland's Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday introduced legislation in their chamber to replace the bust of Roger B. Taney, author of the Supreme Court's racist Dred Scott decision, currently on display in the... Read More

US Legislatures Slow to Pass Laws Limiting Use of Force

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring issue: police use of force.... Read More

2020-06-02 19:24:34
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody and the nationwide protest and violence that has followed. Last... Read More

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