Roslyn Brock, youngest chair of NAACP
The NAACP welcomed in a new era Saturday with the appointment of the youngest-ever board chairperson in the civil rights organization’s 101-year history. Health care executive Roslyn Brock, 44, was elected by the 64-person board of directors to succeed Julian Bond, 70, who has been at the helm for the past 10 years. Brock has been vice chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People since 2001 and a member for more than 25 years. She announced her candidacy last August after Bond said he planned to retire. (Continue Reading…)

Michelle Obama thinks doubts about her have eased
Michelle Obama wears blinders, of sorts. That helps her to see the real America. As the first lady put it in an interview Saturday, the people she’s met and the causes she’s taken up have put her in touch with a side of the country far removed from the tempest of attack politics and nasty commentary, which she tries her best to shut out. “Most of America isn’t like that and they’re tired of that,” she said. “You know, they want folks to get stuff done. The beauty of my job is that I get to see more of that America. And that feeds me.” (Continue Reading…)

New Obama health proposal would limit rate hikes
Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Monday put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriated consumers. Posted Monday morning on the White House Web site, the plan would provide coverage to more than 31 million Americans now uninsured without adding to the federal deficit. It comes just four days before Obama’s one-of-a-kind, televised health care summit with Democrats and Republicans. (Continue Reading…)

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