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Buttigieg’s rocky record on race gets a closer look

By MICHELLE R. SMITH | February 13, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing a more intense spotlight on his past leadership on issues of race and policing as he tries to translate his strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire into support in more diverse states.Buttigieg,...

Smollett case revives questions on Laquan McDonald, justice

By DON BABWIN | February 13, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — When a grand jury revived the criminal case against Jussie Smollett, the indictment for many people called to mind two nights on two different streets in the same big city.On one Chicago street was a wealthy, famous black man who claimed...

Bloomberg once blamed end of ‘redlining’ for 2008 collapse

By BRIAN SLODYSKO | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as “redlining” was responsible for instigating the meltdown.“It all started back...

Longest-serving federal judge, named by LBJ, retires at 98

February 13, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York City who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and who contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools is retiring at age 98.U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein was...

In South, Bloomberg aims to move past stop-and-frisk remarks


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg sought to move past newly resurfaced years-old comments in which he defended the controversial “stop-and-frisk" policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities.The billionaire...

Democrats seek path through diverse states after Iowa and NH


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates plotted their paths Wednesday into state primaries now expanding to include voters of color, while the party's establishment braced for a long and increasingly uncertain nomination fight ahead.Sen....

Inside Michael Bloomberg’s big play for black voters

By SARA BURNETT | February 12, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A meeting with nearly 80 black pastors in Detroit. A speech before a black Democratic organization in Montgomery. A rally at a historically black university. A tour of Martin Luther King Jr.'s church. An early voting kickoff...

Joe Biden looks to South Carolina to resurrect his campaign

By BILL BARROW | February 12, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden brought his wounded presidential campaign to South Carolina on Tuesday, staking his hopes for a comeback on the loyalty of black voters in the state after a dismal finish in the New Hampshire primary magnified his disappointing...

Deval Patrick, last black candidate in 2020 race, drops out

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the last remaining African American candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity, ended his 2020 campaign Wednesday after his late bid failed to catch fire or resonate...

Suit: District wrong to punish students over racist posts

February 12, 2020

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Four students in a southeastern Michigan town sued their school district over discipline they received in the wake of racist social media posts directed at black students.The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday against Saline Area Schools,...

Steyer hires longest-serving SC House lawmaker as adviser

By MEG KINNARD | February 12, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer has hired one of South Carolina's most influential black lawmakers as an adviser to his campaign as the billionaire businessman tries to make inroads in a state where black voters will...

Buttigieg lands black South Carolina lawmaker’s endorsement

By MEG KINNARD | February 12, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg is picking up his first endorsement among South Carolina’s black lawmakers as attention in the early voting contest turns toward more diverse states.Buttigieg‘s campaign announced...