Leaders Seek Solutions, Next Steps for Civil Rights Momentum

The best way to channel “black lives matter” energy, many said, is by getting out to vote As the 2016 election draws near, leaders of civil rights organizations are thinking about how to move the conversation generated through the black lives matter movement into more intense civic engagement. “I say protest and push for policy change,” Melanie Campbell, president and […]

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Debt Ceiling Looming, Obama to Meet Hill Leaders

As the debt-ceiling deadline looms and sporadic talks to reopen the government continue, President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leadership Monday afternoon at the White House to try to plot a solution to the nation’s twin fiscal crises. A White House official said Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker […]

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Government Shutdown Looms, As House GOP Leaders Face Rebellion

Facing yet another conservative rebellion, House Republican leaders postponed a vote on the continuing resolution to fund the government Wednesday, setting up a dramatic showdown at the end of September to prevent a government shutdown. A preliminary vote had been expected Thursday. The Republican leadership hoped to fund the government with a bill that included a provision to defund the […]

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As Cliff Deal Takes Shape, Congressional Leaders Prepare for a Tough Sell

The pace has been plodding, but Washington reached an important checkpoint this week in its effort to avoid wrecking the U.S. economy with a crisis of its own creation. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have swapped fresh proposals marked by significant concessions. Differences remain and hurdles loom, but the outline of a pact to avoid the damaging […]

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