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Presidential debate: winner ‘debatable’

Presidential debate: winner ‘debatable’

Pre-debate round-table projections, stomp speech talking points, party-driven dueling pundits – the first presidential debate of 2012 captivated millions in one of the most highly anticipated campaign events in decades.

President Barack Obama, the Democratic Party incumbent, and Republican Party challenger Mitt Romney traded verbal jabs on the economy, jobs and other domestic issues on Wednesday night (Oct. 3).

With big-time debates come debate-viewing parties. Much like a spirited sports-oriented gathering, debate-watching parties give Democrats and Republicans a place to gather and root for their teams. Memphis was no exception.

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
  • Category: News

Former Gambian freed through Jesse Jackson’s appeal

WASHINGTON – Amadou Scatred Janneh, one of two Gambians with dual American citizenship released from prison as a result of a mission by Jesse Jackson, has always had something to prove to the world.

After graduating from high school in The Gambia in West Africa, he left for the United States to prove that he had a first-rate mind that would allow him to fulfill his dreams – all he wanted was an opportunity to succeed.

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  • Written by George Curry
  • Category: News

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).

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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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