POLITICS-US-OBAMA-ECONOMY-JOBSObama Speeds Projects to Create, Save 600,000 Jobs
President Barack Obama said on Monday accelerated stimulus spending would create or save 600,000 jobs over the next 100 days, pledging action to slow the growth of unemployment that has reached a 25-year high. “We’ve got a long way to go, but I feel like we’ve made great progress,” Obama said at a White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and cabinet officials aimed at highlighting gains made since Congress passed the massive stimulus package in February. (Continue Reading…)

Stevie, Alicia, Latifah Booked for ‘Mandela Day’
Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, TLC, Aretha Franklin and Wyclef Jean are among the artists scheduled to perform at the July 18th “Mandela Day” concert to honor former South African President Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday. The celebration will take place at New York’s Madison Square Garden and include more than two-dozen musicians who find the humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner an inspiration. (Continue Reading…)

Dropped Charges Protested in Texas Dragging Case
Protesters vowed Monday to get the U.S. Department of Justice to review the dismissal of state murder charges against two white men in the dragging death of a black friend. About 150 people attended a rally outside a Texas courthouse, including members of the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party. Some carried signs that read “Where is the Justice for Brandon?” and expressed anger over what they call a pattern of unequal justice for whites and blacks in Paris, about 90 miles northeast of Dallas. “A black man’s life is still not worth a white man’s life in Paris, Texas,” said activist Anthony Bond. Words flew between protesters and a self-described Ku Klux Klansman but there were no arrests. (Continue Reading…)

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