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    By Charlene Crowell For the second time this year, Congress’ inability to reach consensus on essential fiscal legislation has devolved into largely partisan bickering and literal, last-minute temporary financial band-aids. On September 30, the last day of the 2022-2023 federal fiscal year, a continuing resolution (CR) provided a 45-day reprieve, just in time to meet ...
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    By Charlene Crowell For much of Black America, having adequate cash to cover monthly bills or small business overhead has historically been an ongoing challenge. But over the coming days, the nation’s coffers could also lack adequate cash and credit to cover its bills. The debt limit is the total amount of money that the United ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Sr Natl Correspondent During his campaign, he often wore tracksuits. When he presented arguments for former President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Jefferies punctuated his remarks by quoting none other than the late hip-hop icon the Notorious B.I.G. New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is probably precisely what Democrats need in America’s ...
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    By Dianne Anderson With the Primary races in full charge toward the November runoffs in Long Beach, leaders and elected officials are talking about out-of-control inflation, lack of access to affordable housing and criminal justice reform. But not many are making the connection between crime and poverty. Rev. William Moses Summerville said some candidates are ...
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    By Charlene Crowell As of mid-September, at least 197,000 people died from COVID-19 according to Johns Hopkins University. Beyond these fatalities, the number of COVID-related cases diagnoses reached 6.5 million people and continues to rise. Beyond the health effects, according to the the U.S. Census Bureau, as of August 31, over 80% of adults with post-high school ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), an influential and forceful voice in Washington, D.C., and serving her thirteenth term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, will receive the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) 2020 National Leadership Award. Each year, the NNPA Board recognizes courageous ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent Somewhere it’s raining. Somewhere the heavens have opened up, reflecting the tears that are falling across the globe as news of the death of civil rights icon John Lewis spreads. The congressional genius and justice warrior, famously beaten and bloodied at Selma and across the Jim Crow ...
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    By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire “I am going to fight it,” read a statement from Rep. John Lewis on the evening of December 29. “I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon,” he added. Lewis announced on the last week ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent The Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and a titan of the U.S. Congress, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), died early Thursday morning on October 17. He was 68. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the congressman’s wife and chair of the Maryland Democratic Committee, said Cummings died at ...
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    By Charlene Crowell For more than 40 years, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has served as a mechanism for the federal government to hold banks and other depository institutions accountable for meeting the credit needs of low and moderate income (LMI) neighborhoods. Enacted in 1977, the CRA has the power to influence applications for bank mergers, charters, ...