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Americans Distrusted US Democracy Long Before Russia Problem

I am part of a team of scholars from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County that studies American popular support for democracy over time. skepticism about U.S. democracy…

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‘The Pressure Is Working’: Watchdogs Welcome FCC’s ‘Serious Concerns’ With Sinclair-Tribune Merger

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s remarks on Monday that he has “serious concerns” about right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media.

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California Prosecutor Michael Selyem Says He’s Surprised “Ghetto” Maxine Waters Hasn’t Been Shot

Michael Selyem, a in San Bernardino County, California was suspended after some of his hate-filled, racist social media posts were made public. Some of the Selyem’s post targeted Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

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GAO Report Finds Federal Agencies Spend Very Little of their Advertising Budgets with Black-owned Firms

While non-minority-owned businesses continue to rake in billions of dollars in federal advertising money, Hispanic-owned businesses received just $192 million over five years—or about $38.4 million per year.

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Tuskegee University’s Dynamic Pitcher-Catcher Duo Participate in MLB’s All-Star Futures Game

Christian Marshall (left) and Elgin Woodside are baseball teammates at Tuskegee University. Marshall and Woodside participated in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson and Commissioner Rodney Ellis Address Major Social Justice Issues in Harris County and Across the Nation

Several community leaders, ministers, and community organizations, such as FIEL Houston, a group focused on the needs of families and education, the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League and others were part of the gathering.

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Supreme Court Polarization Is Not Inevitable — Just Look at Europe

A politically polarizing court is not inevitable. In some European countries, the judicial appointment process is actually designed to ensure the court’s ideological balance, and justices work together to render consensus-based decisions.

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OP-ED: We Must Support the Black Press and Roland Martin’s New Daily Digital Show

Martin has financing from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and is hoping for funding from the folks who say they miss unfiltered news.

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Black Publishers Come Together in Norfolk to Challenge Fake News

Examining the critical role of Black media, alongside the new age of technology, Deborah Gray-Young, placed emphasis on millennials… Our struggles and our truths have been at the forefront of battling fake news throughout history.

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NC NAACP Blasts GOP Legislature’s Rejection of Black Superior Court Pick

Former Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Bryan Beatty, an African-American, was the only one of three candidates put before state lawmakers for their consideration that they rejected.

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North Carolina Could Boost Voter Turnout by More than 225,000, The Problem of Low Voter Participation

In November, North Carolinians will decide via a ballot measure whether the state will require voter ID for future elections, only two years after the state’s old voter ID law was struck down by a federal court for targeting African Americans.

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‘Ready to Fight Back’: Progressives Gear Up to Reject Extremist SCOTUS Pick

All those on the list of possible choices, says Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have “shown their willingness to side with the wealthy and powerful over the rights of women, workers, voters, and minorities.”

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Fayetteville State University National Alumni President Supports “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive Part XIV

As the days and weeks go by, anticipation grows as to how voters will respond this November when the midterms

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We Must Reform School Discipline Policies for the Safety of Our Children

Teachers apparently agree. In anonymous surveys, they describe how badly school safety has deteriorated. As one stated, “We have fights here almost every day.

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NAACP Sees Continued Rise in Hate Crimes, Legacy of Trump’s Racism

According to new data “hate crime totals for the 10 largest cities rose for four straight years to the highest level in a decade.” The NAACP believes there is a direct relationship between the rise in hate crimes exemplified by the continual #LivingWhileBlack incidents…

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A Letter from America’s Children – Unrelenting Wickedness That We, Your Children, Live With Every Day

Ron Harris, an adjunct professor at Howard University, says that American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too.

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On Fourth of July, Statue of Liberty Protesters Declare: “Abolish ICE”

“ICE has proved to be a threat to our liberty and way of life, and should be abolished,” said Leon Kirschner, Rise and Resist member. They go after the most vulnerable among us, acting without due process to detain people.

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What the Pledge Means – Our Republic Rejects Autocratic Political Leadership and Authoritarianism

It sees them as a threat to our democracy, and depends upon a system of elections in which ballots are counted fairly and citizens have equal voting rights.

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