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NORTHWEST NEWS

Vote by May 19: Oregon’s Primary Election Continues as Planned

Oregon’s vote-by-mail system keeps May Primary on schedule

A Black Woman Is Leading The Charge To Create A Vaccine For The Coronavirus

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Make a Mask & Support a Whole Community

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Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Package Covers 7 Major Areas

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NEWS BRIEFS

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OHSU Hotline to Answer COVID-19 Questions

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Trump approves major disaster declaration for Oregon

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Inslee: Washington needs more coronavirus test supplies

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday that Washington state still has a shortage of coronavirus testing kits and again suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease.Inslee appeared on CNN's “State of...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

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Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Counties without coronavirus are mostly rural, poor

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Tech boom, MLB programs helping women find jobs in baseball

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ENTERTAINMENT

Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to perform requests on live special

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John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms

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Singer-songwriter Jan Howard dies at 91

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with...

Instacart workers seek strike as jobs get busier, riskier

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A missing boy and a freezing swamp test tracker's instincts

EDGERTON, Wis. (AP) — Austin Schumacher parked his unmarked squad truck and watched pheasant hunters work...

US-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month

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In Somalia, coronavirus goes from fairy tale to nightmare

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Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions

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By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

African American advocacy organizations the Urban League and the NAACP have teamed up in an attempt to bring attention to the devastating impact of unemployment on communities of color, and to argue that the last place to balance the budget is on the backs of America's poorest citizens.

Last week Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, and Marc Morial, president of the Urban League, had a meeting with President Obama to make their case. On July 26, both men talked to Michel Martin of NPR's 'Tell Me More' to bring their message to public radio listeners.

Republicans refusal to consider any increases in taxes, even for billionaires, is a "form of blackmail," Morial said.

"…if we're in a crisis and if we're talking about shared sacrifice in order to achieve shared prosperity or that there be meaningful shared sacrifice. The plan--the Tea Party plan is not about shared sacrifice. It's about placing burdens on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans and that is just a non starter for the National Urban League."

Jealous told Martin that fighting discrimination in employment is just as important as job creation for African Americans, and he urged Congress to learn from history.

"…the obstructionists in Congress really should be ashamed of themselves. I mean, we know how to get out of crises like this. We did it during the Great Depression. If we do the same thing now and we actually create jobs and get the economy going, we can back on our feet." Listen to the whole conversation here

Also on July 26, on the Comedy Channel Stephen Colbert poked fun at the conservative Heritage Center's recent poverty report that suggested American poverty isn't so bad because poor people own X-boxes, refrigerators and microwaves. Colbert interviewed Georgetown University Professor Peter Edelman, who explains that 6 million people in the United States have only food stamps for their total income while 44 million people currently need those benefits.

Why does the debate over the debt ceiling matter to anti-poverty advocates? Edelman points to the impasse over whether the ultra-rich should pay more taxes, saying, "I am worried about the fact that there are so many people in this country who are not paying their fair share." Watch the interview here


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