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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

Paul: Crack Sentencing Part of Needed Justice Reforms

Sen. Rand Paul says he plans to introduce legislation today that would eliminate any disparity between crack and powdered cocaine in criminal prison sentencing. Paul, a Kentucky Republican and potential presidential candidate, made the announcement today during a speech at...

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Supporters of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) celebrate during his 'Victory Party' after Cochran held on to his seat after a narrow victory over Chris McDaniel on June 24, 2014.

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Supporters of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) celebrate during his 'Victory Party' after Cochran held on to his seat after a narrow victory over Chris McDaniel on June 24, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 18%

The Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate runoff won by Thad Cochran yesterday drew at least 374,893 voters, compared with 318,902 in the first-round primary on June 3, an increase of about 18 percent. The total in yesterday’s runoff probably will be revised...

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American opera singer Marian Anderson performs on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on April 9, 1939.

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American opera singer Marian Anderson performs on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on April 9, 1939.

Marian Anderson Tribute Unites Opera and M.C. Hammer

Rapper M.C. Hammer, actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and singer Dionne Warwick were among those who paid tribute to the late civil rights icon Marian Anderson Saturday night. This month marks the 75th anniversary of Anderson’s concert on the steps of the...

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

Obama’s Dream, 50 Years Hence

Updated at 1:41 and 1:46 pm EDT with the president’s remarks today “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” – Barack Obama,...

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A delegate holds a sign at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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A delegate holds a sign at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Republican Pollster: ‘Stop Doing Stupid Things With Latinos’

Republican pollster Glen Bolger has some advice for how his party can begin the “road to recovery” with the growing bloc of Hispanic voters. “We’ve got to stop saying and doing stupid things with Latinos,” Bolger said at a panel...

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Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Barbara Lee: Anti-Poverty Agenda Ripe

Rep. Barbara Lee, the California Democrat whose home town of Oakland has “blocks and blocks of vacant homes,” says it’s high time to revive that “war on poverty” that Lyndon Johnson declared 50 years ago. And in the pursuit of...

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A majority of U.S. citizens support legalizing marijuana, as per Gallup

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A majority of U.S. citizens support legalizing marijuana, as per Gallup

2013 By the Numbers

The folks at Gallup have a way of looking at the world through numbers. Some of their numbers noted today have a lot to say about the year passing: – 69 percent of Americans remain unaffected by President Barack Obama’s health...

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Participants wait to be screened at the security checkpoint on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 2013.

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Participants wait to be screened at the security checkpoint on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 2013.

By the Numbers: 5

As the U.S. marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, five states, all controlled by Republicans, enacted had new voter-identification laws that could make it harder for blacks and other minorities to cast ballots. The Brennan Center for...

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Benjamin "Ben" Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in Washington, D.C.

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Benjamin "Ben" Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in Washington, D.C.

NAACP’s Jealous: Story in the States

The next generation of civil rights leaders is working in the states rather than on the federal level. So says Ben Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaking at the National Press Club a...

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Patricipants hold a sign while walking in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Aug. 28, 2013. The march is part of the Let Freedom Ring ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "I have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Patricipants hold a sign while walking in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Aug. 28, 2013. The march is part of the Let Freedom Ring ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "I have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By the Numbers: 41.6 Percent

Before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the unemployment rate among black teenagers, those aged 16-19, was 41.6 percent,  according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was double the unemployment rate among white teenagers, 20.3...

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