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Jul 23rd

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President Obama and Rep Karen Bass go to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in LA

While in LA, President Obama and CBC member Rep. Karen Bass, make an unscheduled stop at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.

After arriving in LA at about 4:30 Pacific Time, helo’g to a landing zone in Brentwood and driving the empty freeway for a time, motorcade exited into what looked to be a predominately Latino neighborhood of West Los Angeles for an off-the-record visit to Roscoe’s. Pool had to enter from the rear, to see booths full of early-dining families stretching and craning their necks excitedly to watch POTUS, who already was at the counter ordering for himself and nearby aides, including Valerie Jarrett, Jay Carney, David Plouffe and Marvin Nicholson. With him was Representative Karen Bass, the Democrat who represents the area in the House. Our camera colleagues say POTUS ordered the No. 9, “Country Boy” – 3 wings with choice of waffle, potato salad or French fries ($8.90, according to the menu) – among other things we couldn’t hear. He quickly moved to the cashier.
              
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Reports outline implications of demographic change

Washington, D.C—The Center for American Progress officially launched Progress 2050, a project that seeks to explore and analyze the policy implications of demographic change and work toward a more inclusive progressive agenda. To mark the launch, CAP released two new reports that will help guide the project’s work going forward.

The first report, “Progress 2050: New Ideas for a Diverse America,” analyzes the policy impacts of the dramatic demographic changes the country will experience over the next four decades and argues that a progressive vision is urgently needed to ensure we take advantage of diversity as one of our greatest assets. The report also outlines the work that Progress 2050 has already undertaken—both in collaboration with CAP’s policy teams and other organizations inside and outside the beltway—and draws a map of the project’s future activities.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication

We honor Dr. King today in stone. Let us honor him tomorrow and every day—for as long as it takes—with powerful, persistent voices and unrelenting nonviolent action to rescue his dream - America's dream - from the clutches of materialism, militarism, racism and poverty he warned would be America's undoing.

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Two reports outline the implications of demographic change, propose a more inclusive progressive agenda

Washington, D.C—The Center for American Progress today officially launched Progress 2050, a project that seeks to explore and analyze the policy implications of demographic change and work toward a more inclusive progressive agenda. To mark the launch, CAP released two new reports that will help guide the project’s work going forward.

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Rep. Bobby Joe Champion introduced measure on alleged felony voter fraud; vetoed by Pawlenty

State Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL – Minneapolis), issued the following statement in response to a report alleging widespread voter fraud among felons:

“A report issued this week by Minnesota Majority claims that many ineligible felons cast ballots in the 2008 election.  While I’m skeptical about the data, I am certainly concerned about anyone voting who is not eligible to vote in Minnesota.  There has been confusion about when and if felons are allowed to vote.  I authored a bill in 2010 that would address these concerns and lay out guidelines.  The bill requires the Secretary of State to develop a comprehensive publication on the voting rights of individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a felony.  This measure was passed on to Governor Pawlenty, who vetoed the bill. 
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New treaty brings hope to domestic workers

NEW YORK -- A newly minted international treaty, the Domestic Workers Convention, gives advocates an immediate opportunity to push for local legislation, even though it may take a long time for domestic workers worldwide to enjoy the treaty's full protection, explained four experts on a panel held by the Open Society Foundation in New York on September 21.
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Occupy Wall Street at People's Plaza

After 10 month since the Arab Revolution  revolt again Arab dictators, Americans waking up and revolting against Wall Street Dictators, here is a report on Occupy Minnesota rally... from Tahrir Square to People Plaza. Click to watch   

New treaty brings hope to domestic workers

NEW YORK -- A newly minted international treaty, the Domestic Workers Convention, gives advocates an immediate opportunity to push for local legislation, even though it may take a long time for domestic workers worldwide to enjoy the treaty's full protection, explained four experts on a panel held by the Open Society Foundation in New York on September 21.
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ACF announces over $119 million in Grant Awards for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) announced $119,393,729 in grant awards to 120 grantees to promote healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood. Authorized by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA), the grant awards will help fathers and families build strong relationships to support the well-being of their children.
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Attack of the attack ads: Citizens United and the 2012 elections

In 2012, two tidal waves will reconfigure the American electoral system and the news media that cover it. A tsunami made of money will buoy up the structure of entrenched political power, while a huge wave of personal technology will disrupt it.
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Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai dies of cancer

Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai dies of cancerSep. 27 (GIN) – With the death this week of celebrated Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai from ovarian cancer, the country’s dismal record on cancer care stands out in harsh relief.

Despite rising numbers of cancer cases over the past 10 years, the country has no program or budget line for addressing the disease, according to a policy brief prepared this year. New cures and other improvements in the developed world are “yet to be realized” in Kenya, wrote Dr. Alice Musibi, medical oncology research officer of Kenya’s famed medical research institute KEMRI in a report.
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