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This Week in Poverty: The Unfinished March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom | The Nation

“[African-Americans] must march from the rat-infested, overcrowded ghettos to decent, wholesome, unrestricted residential areas disbursed throughout our cities…. They must march from the play areas in crowded and unsafe streets to the newly opened areas in the parks and recreational centers,” said Whitney Young Jr., executive director of the National Urban League.

When I read those words this week, I thought it sounded like a good recommendation for residents of my hometown, Washington, DC, which has in essence been two separate and unequal cities since my great grandparents came here in the 1920s—and it remains so today.

via This Week in Poverty: The Unfinished March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom | The Nation.

 

White House Cancels Tours To Save Money, And Boy Are Republicans Ticked Off (VIDEOS) | Addicting Info

Tourists visiting Washington D.C. this spring to enjoy the profusion of pink, fragrant, cherry blossoms and tour the White House are in for an unpleasant surprise. NBC News reports that due to budget cuts required by the sequester, all White House tours are cancelled until further notice, starting Saturday, March 9th. The cuts will save the U.S. government $74,000 per week — or $3,488,000 per year. Just a drop in the $4 trillion deficit reduction bucket, but what the hey, every little bit helps. You’d think those fanatical budget-balancing Republicans would be cackling with glee while twisting their cold, gnarled, blue-veined hands together in excitement over this latest misery inflicted upon the American people. After all, they’re the ones who’ve forced this highly unpopular sequestration upon us in the first place: 45% of Americans want their elected representatives to vote against it, and only 11% feel positive about it.

via White House Cancels Tours To Save Money, And Boy Are Republicans Ticked Off (VIDEOS) | Addicting Info.

Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision? | Black America Web

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court by pointing reformed state, county and local governments to an escape hatch from the law’s strictest provision.

The Voting Rights Act effectively attacked persistent discrimination at the polls by keeping close watch, when it comes to holding elections, on those places with a history of preventing minorities from voting. Any changes, from moving a polling place to redrawing electoral districts, can’t take effect without approval from the Justice Department or federal judges in Washington.

via Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision? | Black America Web.

 

CNN Puts Marijuana Smokers “Motor-Skills” to the Test :

Now that Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for recreational use, the issue of smoking [marijuana] and driving is becoming an increasingly relevant issue for American society today.

via CNN Puts Marijuana Smokers “Motor-Skills” to the Test :.

 

Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul – Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON (AP)Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.

via Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul – Yahoo! News.

 

IMF Chief: Failure to raise U.S. debt ceiling would be “catastrophic” – Fast Forward

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, says the global economy risks “catastrophic” consequences if the U.S. fails to raise its debt ceiling. Lagarde tells Thomson Reuters Consumer News Editor Chrystia Freeland she’s certain “serious people” in Washington would never let the U.S. fail to make payments that the country owes. (January 17, 2013)

POTUS Honors MLK on National Day of Service | Essence.com

National Day of  Service | Obama

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Yesterday the First Family kicked off inauguration weekend with a National Day of Service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by pitching in on improvements at Burrville Elementary school in Washington, DC. As part of their service, the President and First Lady stained a bookcase for students at the school just miles away from the White House.”

via POTUS Honors MLK on National Day of Service | Essence.com.

Mariachi Aztlán to wow fans locally and at D.C. inaugural festivities – UTPA News

Mariachi Aztlán to wow fans locally and at D.C. inaugural festivities – UTPA News.

UT Mariachi Band

How does The University of Texas-Pan American’s award-winning Mariachi Aztlán top their 2010 performance in Washington, D.C., for a U.S. President?