Source: Lucy Madison / CBS News Lois Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt organizations division of the IRS, will invoke the Fifth Amendment in testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, CBS News has confirmed. Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor, wrote in a letter to House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that Lerner [...]
Source: Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post WASHINGTON — As frantic rescue missions continued Monday in Oklahoma following the catastrophic tornadoes that ripped through the state, it appeared increasingly likely that residents who lost homes and businesses would turn to the federal government for emergency disaster aid. That could put the state’s two Republican senators in an [...]
President Obama sought to ensure the people of Moore, Okla. on Tuesday that his administration is sending disaster relief aid “right away” to the tornado-devastated suburb of Oklahoma City.
President Obama speaks at the Morehouse College commencement ceremony.
Source: Tim Wise / TimWise.org Sometimes, white privilege isn’t about stuff. It’s not always about better opportunities, or more money, or even greater access to those things than people of color. Sometimes, white privilege is as simple as knowing that, generally speaking, if you’re white, you’ll be perceived as competent and hard-working until proven otherwise, [...]
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy At his commencement address at Morehouse College, President Barack Obama tied Dr. Martin Luther King’s journey to his own struggles, NBC’s Lester Holt reports.
Source: Krissah Thompson / The Washington Post Michelle Obama encouraged the graduates of Bowie State University on Friday morning to live up to the legacy of their university’s founders and the leaders of the civil rights movement by promoting the importance of education in the black community. “Just think about this for a moment — for [...]
Source: Nick Wing / The Huffington Post Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Thursday cast doubt on the criteria used to decide the 2000 Bush v. Gore case that ultimately delivered the presidency to George W. Bush. Speaking at a gala event for the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen, Stevens said the court’s decision to consider “hanging chads” and [...]
Source: Julie Gordon / Reuters / NBC News Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, his lawyer told the Toronto Sun on Friday. Reporters for the Toronto Star, a rival Canadian newspaper, and Gawker Media, a U.S. media outlet, said they had seen a video that appears to show Ford smoking [...]
Source: Shahien Nasiripour and Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post WASHINGTON — A top Federal Reserve policymaker has raised the possibility that rising inequality may restrain economic growth for several years in a sign the central bank may be worried about the increasing gap between the rich and poor. “In my view, the large and [...]