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WATCH LIVE: Trayvon Martin’s father addresses the Congressional Black Caucus

Watch Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, appear at the Congressional Black Caucus’ hearing on “Black Men on Boys.” He joined Georgetown University sociology professor and radio host Michael Eric Dyson, former Congressional Black Caucus Chair and former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume, and David Johns, the Executive Director of…

Cleaver: ‘Wrong’ for Dems to accuse GOP of ‘war on women’

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), the chairman of the congressional Black Caucus, condemned some in his party’s claim Sunday morning that the GOP is waging a “war on women.” Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Cleaver originally criticized conservative evangelical activist Ralph Reed’s claim that President Barack Obama was waging…

Maxine Waters: Super ‘secret’ committee is ‘a bad deal’

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) appeared on MSNBC Monday morning to express her major concerns over the “super committee” deficit reduction talks. The Congressional Black Caucus member, who has introduced a bill to strip power from the 12 person panel, called the entire committee “a bad deal.” “This super committee, this…

Donna Edwards: The rich ‘have a responsibility’

Kicking off the “Take Back The American Dream” summit in Washington, D.C., Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) told the crowd that “We must have in this country, once again, an FDR moment,” in which the haves take more responsibility for the have-nots because, she said, “They have gained their wealth on…

Herman Cain: Black voters are ‘over’ Obama

Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said he is confident that he can capture at least a third of the country’s African-American votes, drastically cutting into a demographic President Barack Obama swept during the 2008 presidential election. In 2008, 96 percent of black voters (13 percent…

Obama to CBC awards crowd: ‘Stop complaining’

President Barack Obama held a speech Saturday evening at the Congressional Black Caucus annual awards banquet, asking the audience to urge Capital Hill to pass his jobs bill. “We have to do more to put people to work right now,” Obama said. “We’ve got to make sure that everyone in…

Obama to CBC awards crowd: ‘Stop complaining’

President Barack Obama held a speech Saturday evening at the Congressional Black Caucus annual awards banquet, asking the audience to urge Capital Hill to pass his jobs bill. “We have to do more to put people to work right now,” Obama said. “We’ve got to make sure that everyone in…

Black caucus chair: We’d ‘be marching on the White House’ if not for Obama

The Congressional Black Caucus is growing increasingly frustrated with a black unemployment rate of nearly 17% — almost twice the national average. Even the group’s chairman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), believes they’d already be leading a march on Washington if not for a desire to avoid weakening President Obama. “If…

Rep. West considers leaving Black Caucus after anti-tea party remarks

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is considering leaving the Congressional Black Caucus after a Democratic member said that the tea party — whose caucus West also belongs to — wants to see African-Americans “hanging on a tree.” West is the first Republican member of the Black Caucus in more than a…

African American support waning for Obama

African American support for Barack Obama is softening amid a sense that the president has ignored the economic travails faced by this once rock-solid pillar of his political base. A Gallup poll last week found Obama’s poll numbers in the African American community down from its once stratospheric 95 percent…

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