A coordinated social media effort failed to take away Kamala Harris’ black identity

A birther-style attack against Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination failed to take hold after legions of her online supporters — including most of her political opponents — rushed to denounce social media postings challenging her legitimacy to speak as a black American. Harris spoke passionately about racial issues during last week’s […]

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Poverty, racism at the center of forum for 2020 Democratic candidates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Francine Jefferson of Tchula, Mississippi, prefaced her question to former Vice President Joe Biden, explaining that her hometown, in the poorest county in America, has experienced devastating flooding with little support from the federal government. “Poverty hurts,” said Jefferson, taking full advantage of the moment to speak up for the people in […]

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High school graduates not planning to go to college just got a hint of good news

Here’s a spot of good news: Thanks to an improved national economy, high school students graduating this year and directly entering the workforce have brighter job prospects than students who graduated in the years immediately following the Great Recession. “[L]ow-wage workers in general, of which high school graduates make up a disproportionate share, have been […]

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