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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 adv

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  • Written by Freddie Allen
  • Category: News

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

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

In 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.

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  • Written by Khalil Abdullah
  • Category: News

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.

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Will young ‘people of color’ vote?

Will young ‘people of color’ vote?

A 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.

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

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

CHARLOTTE, 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.

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‘Right choice’ Clinton says of President Obama

‘Right choice’ Clinton says of President Obama

by 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.

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  • Written by New America Media
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Democrats seek ‘Blue Magic’

Democrats seek ‘Blue Magic’

CHARLOTTE, 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.

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DNC Vignettes – 2012

DNC Vignettes – 2012

The 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.

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