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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In The News:
Top Black News Stories

President Obama proposes aid to middle class families. (

President Obama announced a new economic initiatives to help struggling middle class families.  Obama's plans include almost doubling child care tax credits for families earning less than $85,000 annually, a $1.6 billion dollar increase for federally funded childcare, and capping student loan repayments at 10%.

President Obama to Freeze Some Federal Spending. (
In the face of a growing federal deficit, President Obama will announce plans to freeze federal spending through 2013.  His budget blueprints, which will be formally filed next week, are expected contain "hard freezes" on discretionary spending in an effort to mimic the "fiscal discipline" American families "impose on themselves every day."

Oklahoma Senator Cosigns Racial Profiling. (
Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma admitted that he believes there are benefits to racial profiling as he spoke at the Fort Hood hearings last Thursday, January 21, 2010.  Using inflammatory language that he described as "politically incorrect" Inhofe stated, "But when you hear that not all Middle Easterners or Muslims between the age of 20 and 35 are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims or Middle Easterners between the age of 20 and 35, that's by and large true."

The First Family Donates $15,000 to Haiti. (
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have made a personal donation in the amount of $15,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.  According to White House spokesperson Josh Earnest, the first couple was inspired by the generosity of the American people who have given millions of dollars in relief, even during these trying financial times. 

Cops Beat Teen After Mistaking His Soda Bottle for a Gun. (
Jordan Miles, an unarmed Black teen was beaten by three White undercover police officers as he walked to his grandmothers house in Pittsburgh on January 12, 2010.   His mother suspects that Jordan was a victim of racial profiling.  Jordan, a viola playing member of Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School's orchestra, was photographed bruised and swollen after the incident.  CNN reports that the cops have been removed from plainclothes duty and are back in uniform while the incident is being investigated.

The Colts’ Garcon Honors Haiti On The Way To The Superbowl. (
Colts' wide receiver Pierre Garcon honors his Haitian heritage by proudly displying the Haitian flag after beating the Jets and securing their Superbowl spot Sunday.

Kanye West Banned from Telethon to Help Haiti. (

Hip hop celebrity Kanye West was not invited to join the star studded Hope For Haiti Now telethon last Friday because organizers felt his presence could be damaging. A producer was quoted by stating, “After what he said on the Katrina telethon and the way he behaved at the MTV Video Music Awards, everyone agrees it's just best that he does not participate...
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