Obama on the "clash of wills" at Selma

Sunday, 08 March 2015 11:02

On March 7, 1965, Alabama State Troopers attacked hundreds of peaceful civil rights protesters marching to the State Capitol in Montgomery.

On the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," President Barack Obama spoke at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the violent clashes that helped galvanize support for passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In one afternoon fifty years ago, so much of our turbulent history -- the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher -- all that history met on this bridge.

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    President Barack Obama, fourth from left, walks holding hands with Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was beaten during "Bloody Sunday," as they and the first family and others including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, left of Obama, walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala,. for the 50th anniversary of the landmark event of the civil rights movement, Saturday, March 7, 2015. At far left is Sasha Obama and at far right is former first lady Laura Bush.

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    The sun sets over the Edmund Pettus Bridge where preparations for the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march with a visit Saturday with President Barack Obama and the first family, Friday, March. 6, 2015, in Selma, Ala. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a civil rights march in which protesters were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.

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While the state Legislature mulls ending Common Core standards, let’s get a few things straight.

The standards did not come from the federal government. President Barack Obama didn’t secretly write these English and math standards during his free time. They came from the states, specifically from state governors, more specifically from the National Governors Association.

That group, along with a nonprofit called Achieve and other groups, began creating those standards in 2007, and they were first implemented in 2010.

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. – The family of an American woman killed while being held captive by Islamic State militants is holding a final memorial service Saturday in her hometown.

Kayla Mueller, 26, was an international aid worker who was captured in August 2013 after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria, and held for 18 months.



She was honored last month at her alma mater, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and at a candlelight memorial held by churches, schools and community groups in Prescott, a mountain community of 40,000 where Mueller grew up.

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Jindal and Obama: Parallel Universes
Monday, 22 December 2014 12:15


by Lamar White Jr., Publisher of Cenlamar.com

(Initially published on Cenlamar under title Barry and Bobby)


From two different worlds away, their fathers had always believed in the promise of America, and when they finally got the opportunity to study and work at an American university, they didn’t think twice. They packed up everything they had, and they flew across oceans to be here. They were both idealistic, young, brilliant, and full of ideas and ambition.

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capitol-dcIraq is imploding as Republicans and Democrats alike are scratching the heads as to what went wrong. Meanwhile, party gridlock in Washington has brought any sense of responsible governing to a standstill. The President faces what may well turn out to be his single biggest crisis during his time in office, and he spent most of last week vacationing on California golf courses. Are we observing a freak show or what?

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king-obamaOn November 6, President Barack Obama won re-election by a relatively slim margin in the popular vote.  He was re-elected despite his stewardship of a horrible economy and with the help of a clueless opponent who played political prevent defense during the last few weeks of the campaign.


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clinton-convention Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward has a new book out this week, (The Price of Politics) where he focuses on the first term missteps of the current president. He concludes that to be successful, presidents need to “work their will -- or should work their will -- on the important matters of national business.” Woodward concludes that one of the best examples of a president who can “work his will” is the guy who overshadowed all the other speakers at both recent political conventions. Bill Clinton.


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laurel-hardyIn this troubled economy, Americans are hurting, especially the middle class. A new Pew Research Center report indicated that the middle class is shrinking and becoming poorer.

Median household income and net worth are down sharply as 85% report that it is more difficult than a decade ago to maintain their standard of living. These statistics just confirm how tough of an economic climate America faces today.


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