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Melvin Morris, an African-American army veteran, recently received a surprise phone call from President Obama. “I fell to my knees. I was shocked,” Morris told…

You may not know Chaka Fattah but you should. Fattah has helped more than 25 million individuals through programs and initiatives he has created since…

The Senate voted 68-32 on Tuesday to slash food stamps for 850,000 households across the nation, resulting in an average $90 per month loss in…

When the Great Recession hit, food stamps were one of the ways the federal government tried to help struggling families keep their heads above water.…

A recent poll taken by the group Public Policy Polling found that folks across the country actually like cockroaches — among other disturbing things — more…

Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will reportedly resign from Congress. The Democrat and son of civil rights icon Jesse Jackson was first elected in 1995. He was recently reelected despite being on medical leave from Congress as he was reportedly dealing with mental health issues. He twice sought treatment at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar […]

Congressman Bobby Rush was kicked off of the House floor this morning for wearing a hoodie in support of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman last month. Referring to the Trayvon Martin murder case as an “American tragedy,” Rush took a few minutes to give his take on […]

HBCUs could lose as much as $85 million a year in federal support as Congress looks to make deficit-reducing budget cuts, the Root reports. But now, just when the country needs HBCUs the most, many in Congress want to slash the federal support HBCUs receive by more than a third — $85 million — even […]

The Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread from New York City to other cities has finally hit Atlanta. An Occupy Atlanta event was held on Friday evening in Woodruff Park, where many protesters remain today camped out in tents. U.S. Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis may have had something profound to say […]

A mere 12 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Congress’ disapproval ratings match its all-time low, recorded in October 2008 at the height of the economic crisis. Only 6 percent of registered voters say that most members of Congress have […]

From HuffingtonPost.com: By Sam Stein One of Robert Byrd’s last notable acts in a career that spanned longer than any other in Congress was his decision to endorse then Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic primary. The West Virginia Democrat was already in bad health though it would be a full two years before he […]

VIA: CNN.com The yearlong fight over health care reached a fever pitch Monday as President Obama took his call for change to the political swing state of Ohio, slamming insurance companies and repeating his call for a final congressional vote on his sweeping reform plan. The president’s push came as the House of Representatives prepared […]