Daily Archive: July 6, 2012

Metro

Lopsided vote keeps student loans rate same

In a rare show of bipartisan support, Congress voted on June 29 to prevent the increase of student loan interest rates set for July 1. The measure, included in a package of other pieces of legislation, will keep student loan interest rates from doubling until at least next year. HERMAN REID

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Opinion

Clarence Thomas is worse than a member of the KKK

(NNPA)—As the nation eagerly awaited the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, all eyes were focused on Anthony M. Kennedy, a staunch conservative who occasionally supplies the lone swing vote that tilts the court’s narrow 5-4 rulings in one direction or the other.

Business

House bill seeks to undermine consumer financial protection

(NNPA)—In the aftermath of the successful effort to better protect consumer finances, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now facing a forceful effort to undermine its mission and operation. Even before CFPB reaches its first anniversary of operation, proposed federal legislation that would exempt a variety of non-bank lenders has attracted 19 co-sponsors representing portions of Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

National

Wife refuses questions about Rep. Jackson’s leave

by Don BabwinAssociated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP)—The wife of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. declined to answer questions Wednesday about the medical leave of absence her husband is taking, saying only that she loves him and is focused on providing for their children. Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson initially avoided camera crews and other reporters waiting outside the Chicago City Council chambers, though she later decided to make a brief statement before departing. Sandi Jackson

National

Lauryn Hill pleads guilty in NJ to tax charges

by David PorterAssociated Press Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007. She faces a maximum one-year sentence on each of the three counts. She was charged three weeks ago. ARRIVING AT COURT—Reclusive singer Lauryn Hill arrives at federal court June 29, in Newark, N.J. The eight-time Grammy Award winner and South Orange, N.J., resident was charged this week with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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Opinion

Mistreatment by Blacks most devastating

Over the years many other Blacks and I have made excuses for the negative and detrimental actions of other Blacks. Just think of the many times you have said and heard other Blacks justify the detrimental actions of other Blacks by saying, “after all they are our brothers and sisters.” I have heard allegedly responsible Blacks justify Black drug dealers selling poison to our children by describing them as businesspersons, who just can’t get a decent paying job. They attempt to defend their actions by claiming that no Blacks own ships or airplanes to bring drugs across the borders. They may be partially right but Blacks find ways to bring drugs into our communities. If you take the blinders off you will be able to see open drug markets exist almost exclusively in the Black neighborhoods. That is the reason that you witness so many Whites coming into our neighborhoods in the middle of the day and night. They are not sightseeing!

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Opinion

Declaring our independence on Independence Day

(NNPA)—As we celebrated Independence Day here in the U.S., I wondered when the Black community is going to learn the true meaning of this day when it comes to politics. Independence Day, or Fourth of July, is about freedom to think, be, imagine and to live. In the U.S., July 4, 1776 was the day we celebrate our freedom from Great Britain. Even though the adoption of the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 2, 1776, it is celebrated on the 4th.