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McCollum legislation fights child marriage

McCollum legislation fights child marriage

Pictured: Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Ambassador Melanne Verveer visit Grameen and BRAC projects at Shingair village, Manikganj earlier this year.

Washington, DC –Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) have once again introduced legislation to stem the devastating impact of child marriage on young girls in developing countries. An estimated 10 million girls are married before the age of 18 each year, some as young as 7. The McCollum-Schock International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act, H.R. 6087, promotes and protects the rights of girls in the developing world.

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Obama for America: SNAPSHOT: Coverage of Romney's big Bain lie

CHICAGO, IL – While running for both Governor and President, Mitt Romney has consistently claimed that he couldn't be held accountable for bankruptcies and layoffs resulting from Bain investments after February 1999 since he departed for the Olympics. But this morning's Boston Globe report exposes Romney's big Bain lie.

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Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs: Obama Tax Proposal is the Right Policy at the Right Time

Washington, D.C. — The Congressional Progressive Caucus is in support of President Obama's plan to extend middle-class tax cuts, while raising taxes on the wealthy.

Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released a statement following the President's call on Congress to cut taxes for Americans making under $250,000.

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Nigeria and Russia clash over rights to aluminum plant

Nigeria and Russia clash over rights to aluminum plant

Jul. 10 (GIN) – Nigeria's Supreme Court has ruled against one of the most powerful industries in Russia, promising what could be a very nasty fight.

Moscow-based Rusal, the world's biggest aluminum producer, claims to have bought the former state-owned Alscon aluminum processing plant, fair and square. It was sold by Nigeria's privatizing agency that now faces scrutiny for selling off Nigeria's state assets for less than their worth.

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Mandela's birthday clouded by leaked email from Winnie to ANC

Mandela's birthday clouded by leaked email from Winnie to ANC

Jul. 10 (GIN) – As preparations get underway for the July 18th, 94th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela, hurt and angry feelings were expressed by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who claimed ‘shabby treatment’ by the ruling ANC party.

The Mail & Guardian newspaper reported that Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela accused the ANC of disrespecting the Mandela family and of “never having any interest in celebrating Tata’s (Mandela’s) birthday except to gate crash on the family’s arrangements.”

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Profiling Blacks: From Rodney King to Trayvon Martin

Profiling Blacks: From Rodney King to Trayvon Martin

LOS ANGELES (NNPA) —Rodney Glen King’s apparent accidental death at age 47 has prompted a flood of media punditry about the legacy of a life rife with misfortune. It was young Glen, as he was called, who had discovered his father’s body in the family bathtub. Rodney Sr. reportedly drank himself to death when Rodney Jr. was in high school.

Pictured: Tracy Martin (left) and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, address the media during the National Action Network Convention (April 11, 2012).

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Ask an expert about refinancing

WASHINGTON (whitehouse.gov)
As we've been talking about President Obama's plan to make it easier for responsible homeowners to refinance, we've heard many different questions about the process.

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Ellison hails agreement to Support America’s Roads, Bridges and Students

WASHINGTON--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) Co-Chair of Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement after voting for H.R. 4348, Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012:

“After more than 100 days of inaction, John Boehner and Republicans in the House of Representatives have finally agreed to support America’s roads, bridges, and students. This will be good news for hundreds of 5th District residents and local leaders who have contacted me about stalled transportation projects.

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Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs: Obama Tax Proposal is the Right Policy at the Right Time

Washington, D.C. — Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement today after President Obama called on Congress to cut taxes for Americans making under $250,000:

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The face of hope

The face of hope

I am fired up.

Just a few minutes ago, I delivered the opening keynote address before thousands of local and national NAACP leaders who have come to our 103rd Annual Convention in Houston. I talked about the face of hope.

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Republican Chris Fields looks to unseat Congressman Ellison from the U.S. House

Republican Chris Fields looks to unseat Congressman Ellison from the U.S. House

Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District has been a Democratic stronghold for years, so it would seem its current seat holder, Rep. Keith Ellison, has an easy path to re-election this November.

His Republican challenger, Chris Fields sees things a bit differently.

“I’m no dummy,” said Fields during a recent interview at his condo in the Warehouse District. “In 2006, 60 percent of democrats didn’t vote for [Ellison] in the primary. 44 percent of voters didn’t vote for him in the general. We [Republicans] haven’t put a credible candidate up against him.”

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