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Rights lawyers await Obama’s appointment of new civil rights chief

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After a blistering report released early this month confirmed that a senior official in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department illegally hired and fired career attorneys based on their political alignment with President Bush, Civil Rights lawyers around the country say the new head of the Civil Rights Division – yet to be named by President Barack Obama – will likely be “pivotal” in his presidential administration.
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Special state emergency unemployment compensation made available

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Dan McElroy announced the availability of state emergency unemployment benefits beginning Feb. 1, 2009. Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the bill providing Special State Emergency Unemployment Compensation for unemployed Minnesotans who have exhausted regular state unemployment benefits but do not qualify for a federal extension.
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Mandela sends warm wishes to Obama

Jan 20 (GIN) – President Barack Obama received a personal letter of congratulations from former South African president Nelson Mandela shortly before his inauguration on Tuesday.

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Roland Burris sworn in as Illinois Senator

Roland Burris sworn in as Illinois Senator
(NNPA) - U. S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) has finally taken his place as Barack Obama’s successor in the U. S. Senate. His journey to the seat began with a standoff that embarrassed the president-elect and fellow Democrats who initially resisted the appointment by impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
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Bobby McFerrin with Cantus

Bobby McFerrin with Cantus

When one of the wonders of the music world shares the stage with one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles, the exceptional awaits. Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin is music's true Renaissance man—vocal innovator and improviser, renowned conductor, composer extraordinaire and music educator.

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INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.  I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

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They came from near and afar for 'History in the Making'

They came from near and afar for 'History in the Making'WASHINGTON (NNPA) - In high school George Bacon had to fight. He fought for equality and justice when his hometown school was desegregated. Decades later, Bacon this week prepared to witness the manifestation of what he fought for as Barack Obama is sworn-in as the first African- American president.
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Minneapolis Mayor Rybak meets with Obama transition team

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak recently met with President-elect Barack Obama and members of Obama’s economic team in Washington, DC about the urgent need for a national economic recovery package. The meeting was held in conjunction with a speech the President-elect Obama delivered about his proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.
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CBS News Correspondent Bryon Pitts named a contributor to 60 MINUTES

The veteran, award-winning CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts has been named a contributing correspondent to “60 MINUTES”, it was announced today by Jeff Fager, executive producer of the broadcast.
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McCollum honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

McCollum honors Martin Luther King, Jr. WASHINGTON, DC –US Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement into the Congressional Record in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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Black Caucus is the conscience of the Congress

Black Caucus is the conscience of the CongressWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 41-member Congressional Black Caucus, which often describes itself as the “conscience of the Congress,” is anticipating a power surge as one of its former members takes the oath of office as president of the United States.
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