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WASHINGTON | Minority candidates see both success and veiled racism

WASHINGTON — For all the many successes among candidates of color, the midterm elections also proved to some the enduring power of racism. Some minority politicians found their intelligence and integrity called into question by their opponents and President Donald Trump in what were widely seen as coded appeals to white voters. Several Democratic strategists … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Minority candidates see both success and veiled racism

Playing Trump’s game in culture war a losing Dems’ strategy

More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama’s citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric. After years of taunting from Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed her DNA results this week proving her Native American roots. If … Continue reading Playing Trump’s game in culture war a losing Dems’ strategy

PHILADELPHIA | Trump’s boasts ring hollow in some black communities

PHILADELPHIA — It’s one of President Donald Trump‘s favorite talking points in promoting his administration’s success: the record low rate of black unemployment. But on a recent sunny afternoon in Vernon Park in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, that victory seemed hollow. As children laughed on the playground, several black men — some out of work, others … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Trump’s boasts ring hollow in some black communities

PHILADELPHIA | In black neighborhoods, Trump’s economic boasts ring hollow

PHILADELPHIA — The record low rate of black unemployment is one of President Donald Trump’s favorite talking points in touting his administration’s success. But while black employment may have improved, that hasn’t translated into broader economic gains. That’s partly because African-Americans are still disproportionately toiling in lower-quality jobs. Black people make up roughly one-fifth of … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | In black neighborhoods, Trump’s economic boasts ring hollow

Chicago verdict raises hope of greater police accountability

A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager. It was the second such verdict nationally in two months. Jason Van Dyke’s guilty conviction for second-degree murder and multiple counts of aggravated battery … Continue reading Chicago verdict raises hope of greater police accountability

Chicago verdict raises hope of police being held accountable

A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager. It was the second such verdict nationally in two months. Jason Van Dyke’s guilty conviction for second-degree murder and multiple counts of aggravated battery … Continue reading Chicago verdict raises hope of police being held accountable

PHILADELPHIA | Some black Americans see racial comeuppance in Cosby saga

PHILADELPHIA — After spending years building his persona as a model husband and father, Bill Cosby took an abrupt turn nearly 15 years ago with a now-infamous speech to an NAACP convention. He used his celebrity status to condemn poor African-Americans, chiding them to pull up their sagging pants, deriding them for having children out … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Some black Americans see racial comeuppance in Cosby saga

Democratic House candidate slams GOP opponent on Kavanaugh

Democratic House candidate Lucy McBath of Georgia is calling for a full investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and slamming her opponent, Republican Rep. Karen Handel, who initially praised him. The race is among the more closely watched ahead of the November midterms. McBath tells The Associated Press, “The … Continue reading Democratic House candidate slams GOP opponent on Kavanaugh