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WORLD
April 8, 2009 | Associated Press
Fidel Castro met with three members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday, the former Cuban president's first meeting with U.S. officials since he fell ill nearly three years ago. Coming after lawmakers met with his brother Raul, the current president, the session appeared to underscore the Cuban government's desire for improved relations with the United States under President Obama. Greg Adams, a spokesman at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, said Rep.
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WORLD
April 7, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
President Raul Castro met with seven members of the Congressional Black Caucus, his first face-to-face talks with U.S. leaders since he became Cuba's president last year. State television showed images of Castro, a four-star general, wearing a business suit instead of his fatigues and sitting down with Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, and other members of the American delegation behind closed doors.
NATIONAL
July 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The House of Representatives issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws. "Today represents a milestone in our nation's efforts to remedy the ills of our past," said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. The resolution passed by a voice vote.
OPINION
March 2, 2008 | Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom, Abigail Thernstrom is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Stephan Thernstrom is a professor of history at Harvard University. They are the coauthors of "America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible," published in 1997.
One of the most notable -- yet unremarked-on -- lessons of this year's Democratic presidential nominating contest is the demolition of the long-held belief that whites simply won't vote for black candidates for higher office. Before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, who could have predicted the remarkable outpouring of white support for Sen. Barack Obama?
NATIONAL
January 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Congressional Black Caucus has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) to form a new committee on Hurricane Katrina to focus more urgently on rebuilding the Gulf Coast, particularly New Orleans. "The Bush administration has turned its back on our fellow Americans, the victims of the greatest disaster on American soil in our generation," Caucus Chairwoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) wrote in a letter to Pelosi. A Pelosi spokesman said she would consider the request.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a White House hopeful, said Thursday that the existence of the Congressional Black Caucus and other race-based groups of lawmakers amounted to segregation and should be abolished. "It is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a colorblind society while officially sanctioning caucuses that are based on race," said Tancredo, who is most widely known as a vocal critic of illegal immigration.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Congressional Black Caucus chose Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick to be its chairwoman for the next two years, when black lawmakers will wield more power in Congress than ever. Kilpatrick (D-Mich., a former teacher and the mother of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, was chosen unanimously. She succeeds Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.). Because Democrats will be in control when Congress convenes a new session Jan.
WORLD
May 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Seven members of the Congressional Black Caucus were arrested at Sudan's Embassy on Tuesday while protesting violence in the nation's Darfur region. "We will not tolerate genocide," said Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), the caucus chairman. The seven were taken away in Secret Service cars after blocking an entrance. They were released after paying $50 fines. Sudan's government and the main Darfur rebel group signed an agreement May 5 to end a three-year civil war.
OPINION
April 3, 2006
Although there may be truth in Jonah Goldberg's view that the Congressional Black Caucus doesn't always take positions that square with the majority opinion of the black community (Opinion, March 30), I would remind Goldberg that being the "conscience of the Congress" means not always making the most popular choices but making the morally appropriate ones. If he examined the positions of white members of the House Republican Caucus, he would find that although a majority of their constituents oppose continuing the current course in Iraq, congressional Republicans continue to support it. Likewise, the Medicare drug benefit plan that they enacted.
OPINION
March 30, 2006 | JONAH GOLDBERG
I'M THINKING of a cabal of radical legislators who don't reflect the views of average Americans or even the interests of their own constituents. They use wedge issues, play the race card and push their party to the ideological extreme. They collude with outside activists, many of whom use religion as a Trojan horse for a radical political agenda. Sound like those perennial paladins of villainy, the congressional GOP? Guess again. This is the Congressional Black Caucus.
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