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NAACP Praises Obama Crackdown on For-Profit Colleges


The head of the NAACP lauded the Obama administration Tuesday for addressing concerns about student loan debt by requiring for-profit colleges to better prepare students for the workforce or risk losing federal aid.

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Coalition to Issue Report on State of Black Women in U.S.

A women-based initiative of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation will release a report reviewing the overall status of black women in the nation during its third annual conference later this month in the District.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Will Fight Any Charges: Attorney

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will fight any charges that federal authorities may level against him for his role in his 2010 mayoral campaign, his attorney said Monday.

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Early Voting in D.C. Begins Monday

Early voting in the District for the April 1 primary election will begin on Monday.

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D.C. Chamber PAC Backs McDuffie, Bonds, Allen for Council

The D.C. Chamber of Commerce's PAC announced its endorsement Friday for three D.C. Council candidates running in the April 1 Democratic primary.

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CBC Takes Paul Ryan to Task for Poverty Remarks

The leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus criticized Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, for remarks he made during a recent television appearance belittling Americans who live in poverty.

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New Hampshire House Passes Pro-D.C. Resolution

Full citizenship for Washington residents took a step forward Thursday when the New Hampshire House of Representatives supported a resolution mandating that District residents be fully represented in the U.S. Congress.

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D.C. Mayor Gray, Officials Break Ground for Skyland

The prospect of high-end retail shopping in D.C.'s Ward 7 took a step closer to reality Wednesday when Mayor Vincent Gray, along with Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins and other community leaders, broke ground on the Skyland Town Center in Southeast.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Grosso Wants to Shake Up District Elections

When D.C. Council member David Grosso took office in 2013, he promised not to just sit back and wait for his turn.

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Charlene Drew Jarvis Speaks About Women in Civil Rights

Former D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis spoke Wednesday at a church in Southwest about the important yet unsung role that black women played in the civil rights movement.

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Darrel Thompson Wants Education Reform in Ward 6

Ward 6 D.C. Council candidate Darrel Thompson (D) released his plan Monday for educating the ward's young people.

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Pannell Will Run for D.C. Board of Education


Philip Pannell, one of the District's best-known political activists and civic leaders, plans to run for the soon-to-be-vacant Ward 8 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education.


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D.C. Businessman Thompson Charged for Financing 'Shadow Campaigns'

Jeffrey Thompson, a well-connected D.C. businessman, was charged in federal court Monday with conspiring to violate federal and local campaign finance laws by illegally funding campaign activity for local and national candidates such as former New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray — a development that threatens to drastically alter the landscape of District politics.

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Bennett-Fleming Garners Sierra Club Endorsement for D.C. Council Seat

The strongest challenger to the re-election bid of D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) has gotten some key endorsements that could make the incumbent nervous as the April 1 primary election nears.

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GOP Quashes CBC Attempt to Oust Issa

The Congressional Black Caucus, upset by the recent treatment of Rep. Elijah Cummings as the ranking Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee by its chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), sent a letter on Thursday to House Speaker John Boehner calling for Issa be stripped of his chairmanship.

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Trayon White Leaves Board of Education

Trayon White unexpectedly announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the Ward 8 representative on the D.C. State Board of Education to take a full-time position with the District government.

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Harris Tapped to Lead Executive Leadership Council

Carla Harris, vice chairman of the Wealth Management and senior client adviser at Morgan Stanley, has become chair of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization comprised of current and former black chief executive officers, senior executives and board members of Fortune 500 and similarly sized corporations.

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Adegbile's Rejection Outrages Civil Rights Leaders

Civil rights leaders are disappointed by the U.S. Senate's failure to confirm Debo Adegbile, President Obama's pick for assistant attorney general for civil rights.

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Andy Shallal Won't Quit D.C. Mayor's Race

District entrepreneur Andy Shallal, owner of the highly successful Busboys and Poets restaurant chain in the Washington area, said Thursday that he is not quitting the mayor's race despite low numbers in several polls.

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D.C. Council Passes Senior Property Tax Relief Bill

D.C. Council member Anita Bonds achieved a milestone in her short legislative career by pushing the passage of the "Senior Citizen Real Property Tax Relief Act of 2013" on Tuesday at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest.

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Marion Barry Leaves Hospital, But Not D.C. Council

D.C. Council member Marion Barry left the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in Northwest on Wednesday after being treated for an illness but made it clear that he is still the Ward 8 representative.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Talk of Post-Barry Era Begins in Ward 8

While D.C. Council member Marion Barry recuperates from a recent hospitalization, some political activists in Ward 8 are quietly talking about who will be the person to succeed him.

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Gray Endorsed by D.C. Chamber of Commerce

The DC Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that it will support the re-election bit of Mayor Vincent Gray in the Democratic primary on April 1.

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Oprah Makes Forbes' Billionaires List

Television mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey is one of the world's nine wealthiest people of African descent, according to the March 4 edition of Forbes magazine.

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Eleanor Holmes Norton Commends Obama's Budget

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) championed President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget released Tuesday because it would grant the District budget and legislative autonomy for the first time, as well as fund programs that she supports.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Signs Underground Power Line Law

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into law infrastructure legislation to creating a public-private partnership to bury overhead primary power lines, in an attempt to improve electric service reliability.

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RNC Creates Councils to Reach Minorities

The Republican National Committee, in an effort to boost its numbers among people of color, announced on Monday three national advisory councils encompassing African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian- and Pacific-Americans.

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Obama Appoints Urban League's Morial to Financial Advisory Council

President Obama appointed Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, to a panel that will counsel the administration on helping young people make wise financial decisions.

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NAACP Mourns Passing of Jackson, Miss., Mayor

NAACP interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller joined civil and political leaders across the country in mourning the death of Jackson, Miss., Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

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Gray Wins Latino, Asian Endorsement

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray scored a major victory Saturday when he received the endorsement of the D.C. Latino Democratic Caucus and the D.C. Asian American & Pacific Islanders Democratic Caucus.

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Obama Motivates Dems, Blasts GOP at DNC Event

President Obama told fellow Democrats at the opening session of the party's winter meeting Friday that they should continue to fight for its beliefs and refute Republican ideals to the American people.

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Obama Announces 'My Brother’s Keeper' Initiative to Help Minority Boys

President Obama, in front of a distinguished group of mostly black boys and young men at the White House on Thursday, launched "My Brother's Keeper," a multi-agency effort initiative to secure economic, political, social and cultural opportunities for young men of color.


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Eleanor Holmes Norton Fights for D.C. Seal in Library of Congress

tD.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has won battles to put Frederick Douglass in Statutory Hall in the U.S. Capitol and the right have the District flag flown with the 50 states on armed services property, is sponsoring a bill that would have the city's seal located in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building.

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Brazile, DNC Launches Voter Expansion Project

Donna Brazile, a District resident and the vice chairwoman of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee, has started a new project to educate voters about their rights and to get people to cast their ballot.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Shallal Explains Voting Record

District entrepreneur and mayoral candidate Andy Shallal has come under fire recently for his inconsistent record of voting in elections.

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Gray Leads in D.C. Mayoral Poll; Bowser Not Far Behind

A new mayoral poll co-sponsored by The Washington Informer, along with NCB4 News and WAMU Radio, shows incumbent Vincent Gray leading in the April 1 race for the Democratic nomination, with D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser not far behind.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Launches forWARD 8 Initiative

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Victor L. Hoskins, the deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Rosalynn Hughey, the interim director of the Office of Planning, announced Wednesday a plan to support District-led career training and business development projects for Ward 8.

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Tommy Wells: Fire Ellerbe, Quander for Mills Death

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, the chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety and mayoral hopeful, sent a letter to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Tuesday demanding that Paul Quander, the deputy mayor for public safety and justice, and Kenneth Ellerbe, the city's fire and emergency management services chief, be relieved of their duties.

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Bowser Wins Support of Emily's List

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, in her quest to become the city's second female chief executive, got the support of the nationally-renowned female political organization Emily's List, the group announced Tuesday.


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D.C. Mayoral Hopeful Orange Nabs Union Endorsement

D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Vincent Orange (D) received his first major endorsement on Monday, courtesy of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400.

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Rep. Edwards Praises John Dingell's Long Service in House

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) commended the work of fellow Congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.), a longtime member of Congress who has been involved in every major issue facing the country since the Eisenhower administration.

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Evans Wants Broader D.C. Education System

D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans wants children in the city to have access to resources that would allow them to best utilize their talents.

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D.C. Mayoral Candidates Make Cases at Returning Citizens' Forum

While there are 60,000 returning citizens in D.C. who have pressing concerns and are politically motivated, only three of the eight mayoral candidates showed up at a recent candidates' forum to hear and address those concerns.

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D.C. Mayor Gray's Labor Backing Grows

Several District labor unions are pushing for the re-election of Mayor Vincent Gray, saying that he is best person to lead the city for another four years.

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The Links to Donate $1M to Smithsonian African-American Museum

The Links Foundation Inc., an international nonprofit, has agreed to give the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall a $1 million gift.

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Jackson Worried About Comcast-Time Warner Merger

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow Push Coalition, voiced his concern about the proposed blockbuster merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

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Barry Recovers at Home, Set for Kidney Drive, Book Tour

Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry is recovering at his Southeast home after returning from the hospital battling a urinary tract infection.

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Capitol Hill Employees Learn About D.C.

People who work for U.S. senators, representatives, committees and the support staff on Capitol Hill generally do not have time to go out into the District because they are working long hours helping to conduct the nation's business. A few years ago, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton noticed this and decided to do something about it.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Attorney General Drama Continues

No one can ever say Paul Zukerberg runs from a fight.

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DC Vote Supports AG Election in November

Kimberly Perry, the executive director of DC Vote, said during a meeting of the Committee of the Whole of the D.C. Council on Monday that her organization supports the November election of the attorney general.