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Waters cleared of House ethics charges

WASHINGTON– After three years of steadfastly declaring her innocence, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been exonerated of allegations that she violated ethics codes in connection with her role in advocating for the inclusion of minority-owned banks in the federal government's Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).


In Pennsylvania, photo-ID law routed back to lower court

J B DianisIn a relatively speedy finding, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court announced on Tuesday (Sept. 18) that it is sending the decision on the state's controversial photo-ID law back to the lower court for a decision.

The Supreme Court, which had only concluded its hearings on the law late last week, emphasized that the lower court must heavily weigh the likelihood of whether the law would prevent registered voters who lack a photo ID from being eligible to vote in the November 6th presidential election.


AFRICA BRIEFS: Jackson moves to save death-row prisoners in The Gambia

(GIN) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has asked for a face-to-face meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to discuss the fate of 37 death row prisoners scheduled to be executed one at a time for the next 37 months.

Nine prisoners were shot dead on Aug. 29. The rest were supposed to be dead by Sept. 15, but after receiving calls from the Rev. Jackson and several international humanitarian groups, President Jammeh backed off the execution schedule.


Will young ‘people of color’ vote?

kavoter-1A voting rights session at the Democratic National Convention had just ended when Khari Johnson, a high school student from Jackson, Miss., emerged from the room with a look of seriousness.

Johnson had heard a lot about threats to the right to vote and that's what drew him to the panel discussion that featured some voting-rights heavyweights. "I thought because I am 17 – I will be 18 next year – that it is important and that I need to hear these things," he said.


President’s re-election pitch viewed as a call to go to work

kaPrez1CHARLOTTE, N.Car. – Renee Drayton, 43, a volunteer for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, could not see him from her vantage point as he delivered the speech that conveyed his acceptance of the Democratic Party's nomination.

It's doubtful that she could have screamed any louder had she have been seated down front.

"I can't wait to get back to Maryland and pull up my bootstraps and get back to work on the campaign," said Drayton, who found herself with a soul-satisfying view when – moments after he completed his address – the President, his family and Vice President Joe Biden and his family – stepped onto the sliver of the stage that could be seen from her seat.


‘Right choice’ Clinton says of President Obama

Bill Clintonby Anthony Advincula

CHARLOTTE, N.Car. – Former President Bill Clinton appealed Wednesday night to millions of American voters, making a clear case that President Obama is the right choice to lead the country for four more years.

Before a roaring crowd at the Democratic National Convention here, Clinton touted Obama's efforts to shape up the economic doldrums left behind by the previous Republican administration.


Democrats seek ‘Blue Magic’

MrsObamaCHARLOTTE, N. Car. – Twelve hours after wowing supporters at the Democratic National Convention during her address at the Time Warner Cable Arena, First Lady Michelle Obama stepped from behind a curtain in a ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center and the room exploded.

A sea of African-American faces surged forward, with waves of people jostling for a view of Mrs. Obama that they could capture via camera. The setting was the African-American Caucus, filled with African-American delegates and about as many other African-American convention-goers that could be wedged into the room.


DNC Vignettes – 2012

turnerThe New Tri-State Defender's Executive Editor, Karanja A. Ajanaku, is directing the production of TSD's Sept. 6-12 edition from Charlotte, N.Car., where he also is covering the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Greetings from Charlotte, where I am inside the Charlotte Convention Center for TSD coverage of the Democratic National Convention. Immediately upon arrival I thought of the headline on the Aug. 30-Sept.5 TSD story on the RNC in Tampa. It reads: "Rare but real: African-American Republicans" ... The contrast here hits you right in the face.


Student loans trigger financial stress from students to retirees

by Charlene Crowell

When this year's student debt burden surpassed the $1 trillion mark, it became even larger than the amount of debt held on credit cards. New findings now conclude that heavy student loan debt delays the ability of young graduates to buy a home and in the worst scenarios, strips Social Security benefits and even disability income also known as Supplemental Security Income.

There has been a 46 percent increase in average debt held at graduation from 2000 to 2010.


Ex-Obama ally on switch to GOP

Artur-Davis-2In 2008, then-congressman and former Obama law-school classmate Artur Davis was one of a handful of black Democratic rising stars, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, California elected official Kamala Harris and others, credited with ushering in an Obama-era of post civil rights generation political leaders. Since then Davis had his rise up the political ladder abruptly halted by a bruising primary loss in the Alabama governor's race. Earlier this yea,r he officially left the party he had once represented in Congress and became a registered Republican. Davis addreseds the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. In a candid conversation with The Root, Davis addressed his critics and his political conversion.


Mia Love takes her stand

Mia-Love-300Let me tell you about the America I know. My parents immigrated to the U.S. with ten dollars in their pocket, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist. When times got tough they didn't look to Washington, they looked within.

So the America I came to know was centered in personal responsibility and filled with the American dream.


Obama’s race still has hearing on media coverage

by Nadra Kareem Nittle
NNPA News Service

Long before a little-known Illinois politician ran for president, the mainstream media focused on his race. When he flourished as a presidential candidate four years ago, everyone in America knew that Barack Obama was black.

Have his blackness and extensive coverage of that fact boosted his political career or made it more difficult for him to win re-election?


In Chicago, mixed reviews for Nation of Islam as crime-fighters

Nation-of-Islamby J. Coyden Palmer

CHICAGO – Three weeks after the Nation of Islam sent dozens of men into some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods to help quell violence, the reaction to their presence has been mixed from organizations that have been on the front lines of fighting crime in Chicago for years.

Organizations such as Ceasefire and longtime independent community activist Andrew Holmes welcome the NOI presence. But other organizations, such as the Willie Williams Youth Foundation, and dozens of residents were not impressed.