Senate Republicans on Monday blocked for the fourth time a bill that would strengthen federal equal pay laws for women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would ban employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other, impose harsher penalties for pay discrimination and require employers to be able to show that wage gaps between men and women are based on factors other than gender.
The bill needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster and...Read more
Charles Barkley defended embattled Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during a recent interview, saying that "every black parents in the South" hits their kids.
Barkley on Sunday sat down with Jim Rome for CBS Sports' "The NFL Today" to discuss the video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator and Peterson's child abuse indictment.
"I'm from the South. Whipping is ... we do that all the time," the former...Read more
The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military persoel to nnthe afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.
President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta...Read more
In Connecticut, African Americans are twice as likely to have their cars searched for contraband than white drivers during a police stop, even though the majority of contraband found in traffic stops were found in cars belonging to white drivers, a study conducted by Central Connecticut State University found.
The study looked at more than 360,000 traffic stops over an eight-month period in Connecticut, an found that while African Americans make up less than 8 percent...Read more
Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama's beleaguered nominee to lead to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, has withdrawn his nomination and returned to private practice.
The Senate blocked Adegbile's confirmation in March, not because of his credentials but because he was once an attorney for controversial death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted 30 years ago of murdering a Philadelphia police officer. As the former president and counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, he...Read more
Governor Rick Scott has appointed fewer African-Americans to judgeships in Florida in nearly four years of his tenure in comparison to his counterparts Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush for the same period of time.
The exposure has been made in the data released by his office.
The data said that in nearly four years of tenure, the Governor has appointed nine black attorneys to judgeships.
In an interview to Times/Herald, Scott said, “What I am focused on is...Read more
When most people talk about the fall of the color barrier in professional sports they point to Jackie Robinson, who became the first Black man to play in baseball’s major league when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers back in 1947. What many people don’t know is the untold story of four football players - Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis who became the first Black players in the NFL one year before...Read more
A few miles from the street where Michael Brown died is the grave of Dred Scott, a slave who went to the Supreme Court and tried, unsuccessfully, to be recognized as a free American citizen.
One hundred and fifty-seven years later,…
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, to respond to the proposals from President Barack Obama about confronting the new wave of terrorism. On the anniversary of…
Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy.
For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic…
The current public debate and wave of articles about how colleges can do a better job of providing access to students from low-income families -- including my own article, "Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic" (with Richard Kahlenberg)…