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War in Gaza and US election factor into some of the many events planned for MLK holiday

As communities nationwide celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday this weekend with events ranging from parades to prayer services, some people are taking a cue from the slain civil rights icon's history of protest to demonstrate against the war in Gaza and draw attention to the looming U.S. presidential election. The Monday holiday also marks 100 days since Oct. 7, when Hamas launched an attack in southern Israel that killed some […]

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White House orders Cabinet secretaries to notify when they can’t perform duties after Austin illness

By SEUNG MIN KIM and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House chief of staff is ordering Cabinet heads to notify his office if they ever can't perform their duties. It comes as the Biden administration is reeling from learning of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's surprise illness last week. Chief of staff Jeff Zients on Tuesday directed that the Cabinet heads send the White House any existing […]

todayJanuary 9, 2024 3

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Activists who engage with voters of color are looking for messages that will resonate in 2024

WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s elections in Louisiana didn’t go the way that voting rights advocate Ashley Shelton had hoped, with the far-right conservative attorney general replacing a term-limited Democratic governor and consolidating Republican control in the state.   Turnout was just 37%, despite the efforts of activists like her.   “Even when you work hard and you do all the things you’re supposed to, you get an unfortunate outcome, […]

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