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Obama Announces 46 Commutations: “America Is a Nation of 2nd Chances”

Washington, D.C.  As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and criminal defense attorney, I’m well acquainted with how federal sentencing practices can, in too many instances, lead nonviolent drug offenders to spend decades, if not life, in prison. Now, don’t get me wrong, many people are justly punished for causing harm and perpetuating violence in our […]

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Obama Asked to Revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom

Washington, D.C.  PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment, a national nonprofit dedicated to sexual assault prevention and survivor empowerment, today called on President Obama to take immediate steps to revoke Bill Cosby’s presidential Medal of Freedom – and announced that the group has initiated a petition on to encourage the administration to take action. […]

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Millions Expected for Masses as Pope Starts South American Tour

Washington, D.C.  More than a million people are expected for the papal mass Monday. The 78-year-old Jesuit pope landed Sunday in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, on the first leg of his visit. Government and Church dignitaries greeted him, along with colorfully dressed children and adults waving the papal flag and standing on either side of a […]

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Letter from Castro to Obama Re-establishing Relations with U.S.

Havana, June 2015 Mr. President: Consistent with the announcements made on December 17, 2014, and the high level discussions between our two governments, I am pleased to address this letter to you in order to confirm that the Republic of Cuba has agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States of America and open […]

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Black World War I Hero Finally Gets Full Recognition for His Valor

Washington, D.C.  President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Henry “Black Death” Johnson. His Tuskegee Airman son struggled to get his father the honor he deserved. Henry Johnson. Twitter Screenshot. Henry Johnson, just 5 feet 4 and weighing 130 pounds, is a towering figure in American’s military history. France awarded Johnson the Croix […]

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U.S. Approves Ferry Service to Havana, Cuba

Washington, D.C.  The Obama administration took another step forward in its efforts to normalize relations with Cuba by restoring commercial ferry services between the former Cold War rivals. The Malecon Harborside in Havana by Antonio Milena via Wikimedia Commons. The U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday issued licenses to at least four companies to ferry passengers and […]

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Remarks by Obama and Castro Before Meeting

Panama City, Panama.  From the ATLAPA Convention Center: PRESIDENT OBAMA:  This is obviously a historic meeting.  The history between the United States and Cuba is obviously complicated, and over the years a lot of mistrust has developed.  But during the course of the last several months, there have been contacts between the U.S. and the […]

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Venezuela Blasts U.S. in New York Times Ad

Washington, D.C. Venezuela has placed a full page ad in the New York Times to reject what it says are “tyrannical” attempts by the U.S. to undermine its socialist system. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela. Photo: Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency. The ad declaring that “Venezuela is not a threat” comes amid mounting tensions […]

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