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Black Meetings Making History in Greater Fort Lauderdale

By Kitty Oliver   Broward County turns 100 years old in 2015, marking a century of dramatic racial and economic change for African Americans.  In that time the area has evolved from a rustic, almost uninhabitable frontier into the most diverse multi-ethnic urban area in the country, rivaling Queens County, NY. Milestones of local progress include the planned transformation of the Sistrunk Corridor in F ...

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Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

By Kara Brandeisky ProPublica President Obama announced last week some limited reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs.  Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president’s claims have stood up to scrutiny. Here are some of the misleading assertions he has made. ...

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THE DEMOCRATIC BLACK CAUCUS OF FLOIRDA BRINGS THE “FLORIDA SPEAKS TOUR” TO MIAMI

In light of recent events in the state of Florida, The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, the office of State Senator Dwight Bullard, and Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials have come together to launch the “Florida Speaks Tour” scheduled to make its stop in Miami, Florida on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. Agnes Episcopal Church . The Florida Speaks tour is a series of town hall assemblies ...

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Hastings Introduces Resolution Recognizing People of African Descent and Black European Leaders

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after introducing a resolution in recognition of people of African descent and Black Europeans, and outlining concrete steps for the United States to take to help address racism and discrimination in Europe “An estimated seven to ten million individuals of African descent currently live in Europe, particularly in Franc ...

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CORRECTED: Hastings’ Remarks on H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013

Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Florida for yielding me the customary 30 minutes, and I yield myself such time as I may consume. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today and agree with everything that my good friend and colleague from Florida said--everything that he said--with the exception of the fact that I am opposed to the rule. While I may support the underlying legislation, the rule blocks over 70 amendmen ...

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What Is A Government Shutdown, How Does It Affect You?

D-Day!  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare is finally in motion and there are tons of Republicans who are up in arms about its passing. A partial shutdown of the U.S. government began shortly after midnight on Tuesday, when the two houses of Congress could not see eye-to-eye on a budget. The Republican-led House of Representatives only agreed to compromise on the budget if there was a delay to the s ...

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Obama To House GOP: ‘You Don’t Get To Exact A Ransom Just For Doing Your Job’

   STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Of all the responsibilities the Constitution endows to Congress, two should be fairly simple:  pass a budget, and pay America’s bills. But if the United States Congress does not fulfill its responsibility to pass a budget today, much of the United States government will be forced to s ...

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Hastings Receives 2013 Excellence in Policy Award from the Eating Disorders Coalition

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement at a briefing hosted by the Eating Disorders Coalition, where he received their 2013 Excellence in Policy Award: “This briefing is an important conversation about the critical issues of health, eating disorders, and the stigmas associated with obesity. Children and adults are constantly barraged with a societal need ...

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 43rd ALC meetings wrap up

Iyanla Vanzant Speaks at CBCF Networking Luncheon Iyanla Vanzant likes to think of herself as an ordinary person. She grapples with work and family issues, loves two-for-one sales - even labors over the best brand of detergent to ... > READ MORE President Obama Speaks at CBCF Phoenix Awards Dinner Knowing you can offer your family the security of health care -- that's priceless. And now you can do it for ...

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News Release: School Board Approves Contract Extension for Superintendent Runcie

Today, the School Board of Broward County, Florida approved Superintendent Robert W. Runcie’s contract extension through October 4, 2019. Next month, Superintendent Runcie will have reached the second year of the original three-year Employment Agreement that took effect October 5, 2011.Among Superintendent Runcie’s accomplishments over the past two years: Opened the first public military academy for south F ...

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