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On 50th Anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid Still Vital

As Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 this week, the nation takes a look at the impact of two of the most significant government programs ever launched.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Faces Federal Hate Crime Charges

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who fatally shot nine people last month at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been federally indicted on 33 counts including hate crime charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday.

Ferguson Names Black Officer as Interim Police Chief

Ferguson, Missouri, will reportedly name Wednesday a black police commander from Arizona as the interim police chief, nearly a year after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen drew national coverage.

Symbols are Important to Black America

From the significance of Black church burnings, to Serena Williams' dominance, Black people often attach larger-than-life meaning to people, objects, and events.

Obama Hosts Emma Didlake, 110-year-old WWII Vet, at White House

President Obama hosted at the White House on Friday a 110-year-old Detroit woman who is believed to be the nation's oldest known veteran.

Bill Clinton Accepts Blame for Excessive Prison Sentences

Former President Bill Clinton said he supported President Barack Obama's plan to reform the nation's criminal justice system, and assumed blame for crafting a bill that made matters worse.

Obama: Prison Reform Needed

Even before his keynote address in front of a cheering crowd at the annual NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, President Barack Obama was busy practicing what he had already prepared to preach.

D.C. Residents Join Petition for Bree Newsome

The online petitions are as direct as Bree Newsome proved to be strong.

Ben's Chili Bowl, Smithsonian Keeping Cosby

Now that a deposition has been released in which Bill Cosby has admitted to plying women with drugs before having sex with them, many have turned their attention to the nation's capital — specifically to the famed Ben's Chili Bowl, ...

Obama Rouses NAACP Convention with Criminal-Justice Address

President Obama delivered a groundbreaking speech Tuesday on juvenile and criminal justice reform at the 106th annual NAACP convention, articulating the challenges faced by black and brown communities in the criminal justice system.

Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson Get Varying Treatment from Disney

Before their falls from grace, Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson had something else in common: a known affinity for and connection to Walt Disney World. But while one of them has apparently been forgiven by the famed theme park, the ...

Denise Rolark Barnes, New NNPA Chair: 'We're Going to Flex Our Muscles'

Denise Rolark Barnes, the new chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, says the federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers will continue to not only thrive but grow as it begins its 75th year.

Court Battle Over Voter Law Begins in N.C.

On the first day of a federal trial challenging North Carolina's voter suppression law, the state's branch of the NAACP — one of the lead plaintiffs in the case — presented evidence Monday that the law is unconstitutional and violates ...

NYC, Family Reach $5.9M Settlement for Garner Death

New York City announced Monday it has reached a $5.9 million settlement with the family of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was choked to death during an altercation with city police last summer.

Obama Commutes Sentences for 46 Nonviolent Drug Offenders

President Obama commuted Monday the prison sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders, saying they were not "hardened criminals" and their punishments were too harsh for the crimes they were convicted of.

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