Politics

5:34pm

Sat July 20, 2013
Politics

Obama's Remarks On Trayvon Reflect Everyday Struggle

Since the acquittal of George Zimmerman on July 13 for the murder of Trayvon Martin, protesters around the country have been chanting, "No justice no peace," and carrying signs that say, "I am Trayvon Martin." On Friday, the president made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room and said Trayvon could have been him 35 years ago.

12:08pm

Sat July 20, 2013
Remembrances

Veteran Journalist Helen Thomas Leaves An Outspoken Legacy

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 3:09 pm

Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas broke barriers and became a White House fixture, but her famous bluntness caused her downfall in the end.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

7:03am

Sat July 20, 2013
Politics

Detroit's Comeback Story Proved Too Good To Be True

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 7:16 pm

Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, right, and former Gov. John Engler shake hands with Marian and Mike Ilitch during groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the new Tigers stadium in Oct. 1997. At the time, Archer and Detroit were basking in favorable news coverage.
CARLOS OSORIO AP

Detroit was supposed to be a showplace of the urban renaissance.

A little more than a decade ago, Detroit was widely touted as one of the great comeback stories in the country. It was a common theme in the mid-to-late-1990s, with a generation of successful mayors leading their cities back from the brink — which, in cases such as New York, Philadelphia and Cleveland, included near-collapses into bankruptcy.

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6:03am

Sat July 20, 2013
It's All Politics

5 Memorable Nicknames And The Politicians They Stuck To

Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States.
AP

The race for governor in Virginia is attracting national attention for several reasons. It pits a former Democratic National Committee chairman against a conservative attorney general who helped lead the charge against President Obama's health care law. It's also one of the few high-profile statewide races happening this year, which means it will be closely watched for insights into the national mood ahead of the congressional midterm elections of 2014.

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4:56am

Sat July 20, 2013
News

Obama Breaks His Silence On Trayvon Martin Verdict

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 4:48 pm

"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," President Obama told the press Friday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

President Obama broke his silence on the Trayvon Martin shooting case Friday, speaking publicly for the first time since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman.

Obama didn't question the jury's not-guilty verdict, but he spoke in unusually personal terms about the history and experiences that shape the way African-Americans in particular see the case.

He spoke frankly about the pain the Trayvon Martin case has left, especially in the African-American community. He said that's a product of a common history that doesn't go away.

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4:56am

Sat July 20, 2013
Politics

After The Senate Filibuster Deal: Still 'Room For Bad Behavior'

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks Tuesday on Capitol Hill. After a compromise, Reid stepped back from a threat to strip the Senate GOP minority of its right to filibuster executive branch nominees.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

It was the eve of a series of votes to end GOP filibusters of seven presidential appointees, and Democrats had vowed they would resort to the "nuclear option" and get rid of such filibusters altogether should any of those stalled nominees remain blocked.

All but two of the Senate's 100 members squeezed into the camera-free old chamber that the Senate used until just before the Civil War. Behind closed doors, they talked for more than three hours.

I buttonholed West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller as he stepped out of that Monday night meeting.

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6:42pm

Fri July 19, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Explains Black America To White America

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:08 pm

President Obama tackled race head-on in his first on-camera response to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Carolyn Kaster AP

The days are few and far between when President Obama has intentionally reminded us that he is the first African-American president.

Friday was one.

The president did something no other holder of his office has ever had the life experience to do: He used the bully pulpit to, as an African-American, explain black America to white America in the wake of last week's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

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4:17pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Race

Obama Shares Thoughts On African-American Experience

President Obama gave an unexpected news conference Friday. He spoke for nearly 17 minutes about law enforcement, race and the African-American experience in the U.S. Audie Cornish speaks with Angelo Henderson, who speaks about things like that ever day as host of Your Voice with Angelo Henderson, a daily program on Radio One Detroit.

4:14pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Obama On Race And Trayvon Martin

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:12 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And it's with the president's comments that we begin our conversation with our Friday political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times. Good to see you both again.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to see you.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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3:45pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Race

Transcript: President Obama's Remarks On Trayvon Martin Ruling

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 5:34 pm

President Obama's statement in the White House briefing room on July 19, as released by the White House:

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