Obama Salutes Medal of Honor Recipients

President Barack Obama and the White House paid tribute to U.S. soldiers by bestowing them with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, March 18. Here is an excerpt of the President’s speech. The presentation of our nation’s highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor — is always a special occasion.  But today, it is […]

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in more pleasant  times.
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The ‘House’ of No Government Return

Man, we’ve got some real haters up in the United States Congress. The bozos we call our representatives are showing off their real colors about how they really think of the American people. It’s apparent that the House of Stupidity doesn’t give a hoot about the crisis you and the rest of the 800,000 men […]

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Obama: “They Dared to Dream Differently”

Calling back on the days of true grit and undeniable courage, President Barack Obama echoed the chambers of the hundreds of thousands of people who marched to Washington, D.C.  50 years ago, looking for redemption in the form of education, employment and fair housing. The March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs in 1963 was […]

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The Power of Fear

 How the Right Wing Makes Money by Interjecting Fear and Paranoia in Their Followers A few months back, I remember reading a few stories about how “think tanks” were paying radio talk show host millions of dollars to advertise for them.  Think tanks like “FreedomWorks” and “The Heritage Foundation” pay popular radio host like Rush […]

President Barack Obama revved up the pressure on Mitt Romney during the second 2012 presidential debate.

A Presidential Rebuke

In case he had forgotten, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was reminded quickly and often who exactly is the commander-in-chief. And it is not him. President Barack Obama showed up at the second of three presidential debates looking like a prize fighter coiled to land some haymakers against his arrogantly postured opponent. The President landed […]

President Barack Obama talks with Kavli Prize winners in the Oval Office, June 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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The Real President Showed Up Tonight

If President Barack Obama had performed two weeks ago like he did tonight the race would be over. Tonight the President defended his record and cited the accomplishments of his administration that he has been loath to do until now.  He did not waste any time or opportunity to reminding people where we were when […]



My first impression of the debate tonight between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was that the Republicans will be very happy that their man “took it to Obama.” They will be relieved that finally their candidate stood up to the President and challenged his policies. Never mind that the challenge was […]

Did I say that? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, here speaking at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, had an oops moment with his "47 percent" comments. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman
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Mitt Romney’s “47 Percent” Remarks Not Very Presidential

Mitt Romney makes Sarah Palin look like the smart one. That makes it two presidential elections in a row for the Republican Party. First, it was Palin and her off-the-chart incapability of locating her geographic intellect when it came to knowing where Russia is located. Now we have the blundering, stumbling mess that used to […]

In charge: U.S. Attorney Eric Holder at the European Parliament in 2011. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Justice Department
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Are We Still Cowards on Race?

It’s time to call a spade a spade. Thanks to lapdog congressional leaders sucking up oxygen from the lack of common sense, racism has now wedged a deep spot on Capitol Hill. Racism didn’t cease to exist just because President Barack Obama was elected as our commander-in-chief four years ago. Bigotry didn’t all of a […]

President Obama's brother-in-law Craig Robinson, who head coach of Oregon State's men's basketball team, is anxious to see how his plays this season./Photo/Dennis J. Freeman
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Robinson Ready to Lead Beavers

By Dennis J. Freeman  Oregon State men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson doesn’t lack for confidence. In his fourth season as the Beavers’ coach, Robinson, who is the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, is expecting big things from his Oregon State team this season. Despite the fact that Oregon State hasn’t had a winning record since […]

President Barack Obama talk jobs at the House of Blues in Hollywood./Photo: Dennis J. Freeman

Obama Heckler Raises Questions

As President Barack Obama entered the stage of House of Blues venue in Hollywood for one of his many 2012 presidential fundraising campaign stops amid the backdrop of chants, “Fired up! … Ready to go!” and “Four more years!” excitement gushed openly from his supporters. Then a hushed tone of worry immediately crawled over the […]

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser at the House of Blues in Hollywood./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Obama Stumps L.A. for Support

The haters can hate, but President Barack Obama still has the same swag that got him elected into the White House in 2008. Heading into the 2012 presidential election year, President Obama is reminding folks these days that he hasn’t lost his mojo. Stumping for votes from Southern California supporters and putting the public bulls […]

Deven D. Anderson, senior program associate for Black Youth Vote!, said young black Americans are being hit hard by the downturn of the economy./Photo Courtesy of Deven D. Anderson

Black Youth + Poverty – Jobs = Screwed

Op-Ed written by Deven D. Anderson, Black Youth Vote!-Source: PRNewswire It’s a critical time in America. The recession has been tough, especially for young Black Americans. With an unemployment rate for young Black males over 18 percent, young Black men are still hemorrhaging and the people we put in office to represent us are just […]

President Barack Obama and 2011 Kavli Foundation winners./PRNewswire

Obama Accused of Propaganda Push

President Barack Obama’s much touted and highly criticized healthcare reform bill has taken a lot of heat since it was announced publicly. That measure, signed into law by President Obama, is on the hot seat again. Instead of the usual suspects within the GOP and Tea Party ranks blasting the president’s plan and setting up […]

Actor and Howard University graduate Lance Gross (House of Payne) come out and show love for the United Negro College Fund's annual Evening of Stars fundraiser./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Stars Fundraise for Black Colleges

By Dennis J. Freeman United Negro College Fund (UNCF) President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax wants to raise $78 million to help financially-strapped students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities accomplish their goals of receiving an education.  Considering the country’s current economic climate and the continued erosion of funding raised to support HBCUs, this […]

President Barack Obama confers with U. S. Congresswoman Laura Richardson on the airport tarmac at LAX last year./Dennis J. Freeman/news4usonline.com
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President Obama Continues Reign of Failure with Voters

By Dennis J. Freeman President Barack Obama began his disconnect with the people as soon as he reached the Oval Office and started talking about working together with the Republican Party. The issue magnified when he and Vice President Joe Biden sat around in the White House Courtyard for a wacked out photo-op while drinking […]

Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, speaks during a panel discussion on redistricting and the black vote. Seated next to her is Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Civic Participation./Dennis J. Freeman

Efforts to Suppress Black Vote in 2012 is Underway

By Dennis J. Freeman Suppression of voting rights is nothing new for black folks. The black community has had to battle their way to equal rights under the law, including the right to vote, for centuries. Three years after the first black man in this country’s history was elected president, efforts to silence the black […]

Black men represent a high number of those incarcerated under sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine offenders.
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Offenders See Justice In New Cocaine Sentencing Law

  Dennis J. Freeman    Last week justice finally claimed victory over injustice. Equality eventually trumped structural racism. While the world seemed riveted by finality of the Casey Anthony trial in which the young white mother of a murdered little girl was awarded her freedom after a jury found her not guilty of killing her baby, […]

President Barack Obama confers with Congresswoman Laura Richardson on a trip he made to Los Angeles last year./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/news4usonline.com

President Obama’s Take Out Order on bin Laden is Justice

By Dennis J. Freeman President Barack Obama cemented his legacy as the nation’s commander-in-chief when he accomplished what George W. Bush failed to do: he took out Osama bin Laden. And he did it his way. Much like the man himself, the military operation that President Obama authorized to kill bin Laden was covert and […]