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Saving amazing young Grace, her Medicaid

“At a 20-week ultrasound, we learned that our baby would be born with spina bifida and face a lifetime of enormous health challenges.” At the time, Chris Glaros was a public servant in the Ohio Treasurer’s office. In his recent ...

The lie about voter fraud is the real fraud

After President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because of, as Trump admitted, the “Russian thing,” he struck a new blow to American democracy: He created a commission on “election integrity,” stemming from his fantastical claims of voter fraud ...

The agenda behind pots calling kettles black

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is working to bring back the “War on Drugs,” pushing for the harshest sentences for low-level drug offenses. This from a man who some have suggested lied at his confirmation hearing and who may have ...

Know better, do better – or no better for us

The National Urban League’s 2017 State of Black America report was released May 2; it is titled, Protect our Progress and again contains the “Inequality Index.” Since 1963, the NUL has used the mantra “To be Equal” as part of ...

CFPB lawsuit seeks consumer restitution from high-cost online installment lenders

Four online lenders offering high-cost, small-dollar installment loans face a federal lawsuit alleging that the lenders collected on debts that consumers did not legally owe. Filed in late April by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the lawsuit charges online lenders ...

Flipping the Switch

What if boosting a toddler’s brainpower was as easy as turning on a light switch? In fact, “Flip the Switch” is one of the simple activities suggested by Vroom, an initiative that provides creative tools and materials to help families ...

President Donald Trump succeeds in trashing civil rights

The reviews of Donald Trump’s first 100 days have generally focused on his failures, flip-flops and follies. We’ve heard a lot about what he’s failed to achieve, but far too little about what he is intent on doing.

State of Black America: Protect our progress

“Unprecedented. It’s a word that has been used to describe the 2016 presidential campaign and election season, not to mention the nascent Trump administration. With unfinished business in the areas of racial justice, race relations and economic inequality, many anticipate ...

America’s underside: Lack of compassion, concern

The GOP is pleased; it managed to jam through a health care bill that is bound for the Senate.

Rights? What rights? The time to take a stand is now

“They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order and altogether unfit to associate with the White race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior that they had ‘no rights ...

National mortgage servicer sued for errors on 1.4 million mortgages

Families who have assembled the necessary financial resources to apply, qualify and purchase a home understandably value that key investment and its accompanying opportunity to build wealth. But buying the home is just the first step of securing the American ...

A ban on ‘lunch shaming’

“In 2017, we’re taking hot lunches out of a child’s hands and throwing it away ... We’re one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations in the world and we’re not feeding our children lunch. They are experiencing real hunger ...

Jeff Sessions is rolling back basic rights

As Donald Trump neared the end of his first 100 days, media commentary focused primarily on how little he has achieved in comparison to other presidents. It was a mistake, however, to discount the threat that the Trump administration poses ...

Congress tries to ban regulation of payday, car title loans

Since its inception, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has faced an unrelenting onslaught of attacks. From lawmakers to lobbyists and business organizations, many still maintain that the marketplace should regulate itself, and government should just get out of the way.

What do Blacks control? The need for economic empowerment

The Vietnamese control the nail industry; the Koreans control the major distribution channel for Black hair care products; Jewish people control the music industry; the Indians/Pakistanis control a major portion of the hotel/motel industry; and the Chinese control economic enclaves, ...

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