Following the devastating shooting in Orlando that left 49 victims dead, most people are still looking for someone to blame. Some choose to blame terrorism, some mental illness and some gun laws. U.S. Senator John McCain decided to point to one specific person as the blame for the incident – President Barack Obama. Well, his policies, to be more precise.
In what could possibly be the most ridiculous claim, Donald Trump implied that President Barack Obama could have been involved in the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando this weekend.
For 40 years, Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been serving time for the murder of two FBI agents he’s constantly insisted he didn’t kill. However, a consequence of maintaining his innocence is that he’s been unable to obtain parole, even though many holes have been revealed in the case brought against him – including the FBI’s questionable tactics during the 1970s.
“I’ve given the same answer for 40 years. I didn’t do it and I won’t say that I did. I won’t betray my people like that, I won’t betray my culture,” Peltier told the New York Daily News.
Jahana Hayes, a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn., didn’t even think she would become a teacher when she was growing up, better yet the National Teacher of the Year. But with the help of some teachers in her own life, she was able to set higher standards for herself than what was expected in her local community.
Now, Hayes not only excels in the classroom, but encourages students to play a role in their neighborhoods through community service and fundraising, according to the Root.
Tuesday marked the end of President Obama’s historic state visit to Cuba. His trip to the island nation was the first by a sitting U.S. president since 1928. But as the dissolution of the embargo between both nations becomes more and more probable, Black Americans stand to benefit considerably from restored diplomatic ties.
For the first time ever in its 30-year history, a sitting president spoke at South by Southwest.
President Obama walked on stage as a keynote speaker to open the Interactive section of the SXSW Festival on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Austin, Texas where he talked about 21st century civic engagement alongside the founder, editor, and CEO of Texas Tribune, Evan Smith. Not only was this awesome because of our amazing president, but also because he is the first president to ever deliver a keynote address at the South by Southwest Conference.
Tuesday night was President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 13, 2016
Appropriate for the moment, his speech was retrospective, examining the work he was able to accomplish, and some of his shortcomings, over the past eight years.
Today we begin to mark the end of President Barack Obama’s administration with his final State of the Union address to the nation.
At 9 p.m. EST, the president will call us together again, but with more freedom with what he can say than in times past. Here are a few things we’re thinking about leading up to tonight:
In his final year in the White House, President Barack Obama is showing that, when it comes to gun control, he is no longer willing to wait around and play politics.
President Obama sat down with The Wire creator, David Simon, to discuss the hidden costs of the war on drugs. Take a look below:
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