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National Journal: U.S. Prisons Are a Mess. Congress May Actually Do Something About It.

Prisons in the United States are something of a disaster—both in terms of justice and the budget. Some background: Roughly 1,000 California inmates may be released this year before they complete their sentences because of a court order based on severe overcrowding in the state's prisons. At the same time, in Louisiana, a federal judge is looking at whether […]

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New York Daily News: Harlem Week: The 30 most influential black New Yorkers in 2013

Thirty of some of the most influential black New Yorkers for 2013-2014 – as recommended by a committee consisting of representatives from the NAACP, 100 Black Men, the Delta’s, New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, New York City Council Black Latino and Asian Caucus, New York Urban League, Association of […]

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Survey reveals facts on Brooklyn’s population

Brooklyn has a fairly stable population, not too young, not too old – but varying greatly in ethnic background. One can reach these conclusions by reading reports from the Census Bureau’s recently releasedAmerican Community Survey, which is now online. The survey is organized by congressional district(C.D.), of which Brooklyn has six. Of these six, two are […]

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Jewish Daily Forward: Thirty Seven House Democrats To Head To Israel on AIPAC Trip

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the second-ranked Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, is leading fellow Democrats on a tour of Israel funded by AIPAC’s educational affiliate. Two freshmen, Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) announced they were joining this week’s tour, which will include meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well […]

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Canarsie Courier: Canarsie Hosts Congress At Your Corner

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MSNBC: CBC shines spotlight on racial disparity in the criminal justice system

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NY1 News: Anti-Hunger Advocates Call For Food Stamp Funding

  [[{“fid”:”482″,”view_mode”:”full”,”type”:”media”,”link_text”:null,”attributes”:{“height”:”308″,”width”:”551″,”title”:”NY1 Farm Bill”,”class”:”media-element file-full”}}]] The Road to City Hall's Errol Louis discussed the congressional farm bill that eliminates funding for food stamps with Joel Berg, the executive director of New York City's Coalition Against Hunger, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Click on the image above to watch the […]

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MSNBC: NY Congressman: Ray Kelly Should Not be Homeland Security Chief

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Washington Post: Would Obama consider Ray Kelly for Homeland Security?

It was no surprise that during interviews with Univision and other Spanish-language stations that aired this week, immigration reform was the most discussed issue for President Obama. With the U.S. Senate and House in disagreement over provisions of an overhaul, and Democrats and Republicans vying for the votes of a growing demographic, that was expected. But while […]