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Baltimore Mayor Talks Violence, Small Business in Annual Speech

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced her plans to cut property taxes for homeowners, focus on reducing violent crime among African American men and fight to support small businesses in her State of the City address.


U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Franken Skipping Netanyahu Speech

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken says he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday.


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Mayor Gray’s Speech Postponed By Winter Weather

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray’s annual speech on the state of the district is being postponed by wintry weather.


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Obama Economic Tour Buffeted By Low Expectations

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s hard to find anyone who thinks President Barack Obama’s series of heavily promoted economic speeches will be the flash point that unclogs the system in Washington — including the president. A […]


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Slain Boy’s Dad Adds Voice To Help Black Men, Boys

Trayvon Martin’s father told a crowded Capitol Hill forum on Wednesday that “a statute or amendment” safeguarding young people against the type of circumstances that resulted in his son’s death would be a fitting legacy for his son.


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Obama To Try To Focus Public Attention On Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to focus public attention on the problem he was sent to the White House to solve, President Barack Obama is making a renewed push for policies to expand the middle class, […]


One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama To Address Morehouse College Commencement

President Barack Obama is delivering the commencement address at Morehouse College, the historically black, all-male institution that counts Martin Luther King Jr. among its alumni.


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Obama: Boston Culprits To Feel ‘Weight Of Justice’

A stony-faced President Barack Obama declared that those responsible for the explosions at the Boston Marathon “will feel the full weight of justice,” but he urged a nervous nation not to jump to conclusions.


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Petraeus Making First Speech Since Leaving CIA

David Petraeus, who has remained largely in seclusion since being forced to resign as head of the CIA after the disclosure of an extramarital affair, returns to the public spotlight Tuesday with a speech and an apology before a group of military students and veterans.


U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a televised address last year, during which he announced he will order 10,000 troops to pull out of Afghanistan in 2011, and another 33,000 troops by the end of the summer of 2012. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama During Afghanistan Speech: Out By 2014, But “Difficult Days Ahead”

President Barack Obama spoke from Afghanistan on Tuesday, stating that the U.S. Armed Forces occupying the nation are on a “clear path to fulfill[ing their] mission … while [administering] justice to Al Qaeda.” He added that all troops are expected to have left the country by the end of 2014.