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OpEd: President Obama Is Nobody's N-word, Despite Trump's Putin Dog Whistle

nbcnews.com — PHILADELPHIA - Since the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama's opponents have tried to make him something he is not: an angry black man and/or some foreign "other" not entitled to claim the American story as his own. President Obama, with his Democratic National Convention speech on Wednesday night, answered back.

Hollywood Celebrities Show Up in Support of DC Statehood

theroot.com — In a room sprinkled with celebrities-and there were quite a few, from Ashley Judd to David Schwimmer-one stood out for reasons other than a starring role on TV or in the movies.

Michelle Obama: Star of the RNC and, Perhaps, the DNC

rollcall.com — PHILADELPHIA - When you want to put on a memorable show, you cast a superstar to get it started. Is anyone surprised to see a Michelle Obama speech scheduled for Monday, Day One of the Democratic National Convention?

Hillary Clinton's 'Law and Order' Problem

rollcall.com — PHILADELPHIA - In politics, nuance is often a negative, particularly in the middle of a cutthroat presidential campaign. So while Hillary Clinton's position - supporting and sympathizing with both police officers and the mothers of African Americans killed in encounters with police - is a reasonable one, it doesn't quite fit on a bumper sticker.

OpEd: My White Husband Loves Guns, Our Black Son Does Not

nbcnews.com — My husband likes guns - a lot. He collects a variety of pistols, rifles and shotguns and likes to shoot targets at the range and, occasionally, skeet. When a clever squirrel figures out how to raid his fenced-in garden, he has been known to pick up the air rifle to scare it off.

The NBA moves forward as North Carolina drifts back

theundefeated.com — Not even its storied basketball history and inevitable disappointment for legend and Charlotte Hornets chairman Michael Jordan could stand in the way of North Carolina's rightward drift. The NBA has moved the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte, making it hardly the first but simply the latest and surely the highest-profile casualty of House Bill 2, the so-called "bathroom bill," which regulates the restrooms transgender folks use - and so much more.

Melania and Michelle: Sisters in the American Dream

rollcall.com — It is embarrassing that portions of Melania Trump's opening night speech repeated not only the themes but the very words spoken by Michelle Obama in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention - not, however, for the reason most would think. (Though you should expect at least one sloppy speechwriter's head to roll.)

Why Obama’s Vision of ‘One American Family’ Matters

rollcall.com — President Obama rose to the occasion. In a Dallas speech that started with a joke about the first lady's love of Stevie Wonder and quickly grew solemn, the president included everyone, and asked something of everyone, as well. He acknowledged his own humanity and imperfections and asked those on all sides to do the same.

Will 'Campaign Trail Obama' Energize Black Women for Hillary?

nbcnews.com — CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In his two successful presidential campaigns, President Barack Obama enjoyed the unequivocal support of black women -even those not named Michelle. African-American women had the highest voter turnout rate than any other group in 2008 and 2012, and thus an outsized say in the result-and not just by flexing their influence at the ballot box.

Hillary Clinton and Obama Together This Time in N.C.

rollcall.com — Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama greet supporters during a campaign rally on Tuesday in Charlotte. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Aug 26, 2016

RT @womensmediacntr: We must remind ourselves that the right to vote has always been contested in this country.  http://buff.ly/2bRfhyE  #WomensEqualityDay

Aug 25, 2016

Sonia Rykiel, Fashion Designer for the ‘Fragile, but Strong,’ Dies at 86  http://nyti.ms/2bIKfdJ 

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