Let’s Celebrate Black Fatherhood by Reclaiming the Status of Black Fathers

He is often the most overlooked member of the family. And in American culture, though he is often misrepresented, his role is undeniable. Across the nation, black fathers are coming home from work or seeking work every day. Some are wearing neckties, some coveralls, a company uniform or whatever is required for their occupations. These men are involved in the lives of their children and families, who look up to them, who are inspired and protected by them, and who …

President Makes It Easier to Repay Student Loans

Just as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is raising concern about growing student loan debt and defaults, President Barack Obama is moving to expand a repayment program aimed at helping lower-income borrowers. The president today signed an executive order that the administration says will allow nearly 5 million more borrowers to qualify for a program that keeps monthly payments on federal loans to no more than 10 percent of discretionary income. This plan has been available only to more …

24 Veterans Get Long-Overdue Medals of Honor

Melvin Morris vividly remembers the day in September 1969 when he became a war hero in the eyes of others. Morris was a young Green Beret staff sergeant in South Vietnam. After his master sergeant was killed in a jungle ambush in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Morris, serving as the commander of a Special Forces strike force, went back into the line of fire three times to recover the body and a map case – and was wounded three …

President Pushes for New Pension Savings, Job Programs

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, President Barack Obama proposed a new retirement savings plan, called for more efforts to create jobs and outlined other measures that could benefit older Americans. Acknowledging that Social Security often isn’t sufficient and that many workers don’t have pensions, Obama described plans for a new type of IRA, called MyRA, to be created by the Treasury Department. “It’s a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg,” …

Obama on Health Care: Law Is Working, Website Will Be Fixed

President Obama conceded on Oct. 21 that the website at the center of the health care law has been a mess but insisted that the law continues to benefit many people. Obama said “nobody is madder than me” about the snafus that have left people unable to finish finding insurance on healthcare.gov since it opened on Oct. 1. “There’s no excuse for the problems,” he said, “and they are being fixed.” He said the government is “doing everything we can …

Is Congress Trying to Sneak Out of Obamacare? Don’t Bet on It

Few things rile some people as much as the new health care law and the benefits that Capitol Hill lawmakers give themselves. So it’s not at all surprising that the idea of Congress exempting itself from Obamacare would make political commentators’ tongues wag and an angry public Tweet like mad-real mad. But is it much ado about nothing? John Breshnahan and Jake Sherman of Politico touched off the venting with their report that lawmakers are worried that Obamacare could raise …