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National Urban League says democracy for Black Americans is undermined by extremist political leaders

Extreme views adopted by some local, state and federal political leaders who try to limit what history can be taught in schools and seek to undermine how Black officials perform their jobs are among the top threats to democracy for Black Americans, the National Urban League said. Marc Morial, the former New Orleans mayor who leads the civil rights and urban advocacy organization, cited the most recent example: the vote this month by the Republican-controlled Tennessee House to oust two Black representatives for violating a legislative rule. The pair had participated in a gun control protest inside the chamber...

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Fort Bragg drops Confederate namesake for Fort Liberty in overdue effort to remove vestiges of slavery

Fort Bragg shed its Confederate namesake on June 2 to become Fort Liberty in a ceremony some veterans said was a small but important step in making the U.S. Army more welcoming to current and prospective Black service members. The change was part of a broad Department of Defense initiative, motivated by the 2020 George Floyd protests, to rename military installations that had been named after Confederate soldiers. The Black Lives Matter demonstrations that erupted nationwide after Floyd’s killing by a white police officer, coupled with ongoing efforts to remove Confederate monuments, turned the spotlight on the Army installations....

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Why social media is seen as the best platform to reach a younger generation with news content

If young people are spending so much time on social media, it stands to reason that is a good place to reach them with news. Operators of the News Movement are betting their business on that hunch. The company, which has been operating for more than a year, hopes to succeed despite journalism being littered with years of unsuccessful attempts to entice people in their 20s to become news consumers. The brainchild of former Dow Jones executives, the News Movement is using a staff of reporters with an average age of 25 to make tailored news content for sites...

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Census data shows home-based workers became younger and more diverse during pandemic years

People working from home became younger, more diverse, better educated and more likely to move during the worst part of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In many respects, the demographic makeup of people working from home from 2019 to 2021 became more like workers who were commuting, while the share of the U.S. labor force working from home went from 5.7% in 2019 to 17.9% in 2021, as restrictions were implemented to help slow the spread of the virus, according to a report released last week based on American Community Survey data....

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Public health study highlights massive surge of terrible gun injuries during COVID isolation

For every American killed by gunfire, an estimated two or more more survive, often with terrible injuries. It is a fact that public health experts say is crucial to understanding the full impact of guns on society. A new government study highlights just how violent America’s recent past has been by showing a surge in gunfire injuries during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the number of people fatally shooting each other, and themselves, also increased. The number of people injured by gunfire was nearly 40% higher in 2020 and 2021, compared with 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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Crisis averted: President Biden signs bipartisan debt ceiling bill preventing unprecedented default

With just two days to spare, President Joe Biden signed legislation on Jnue 3 that lifts the nation’s debt ceiling, averting an unprecedented default on the federal government’s debt. President Biden celebrated a “crisis averted” in his first speech to the nation from the Oval Office on June 2. Treasury Department had warned the U.S. would not be able to meet its obligations. The budget agreement eliminated the potential for an unprecedented government default that would have been catastrophic for the domestic and global economies. “Passing this budget agreement was critical. The stakes could not have been higher,” Biden...

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