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Here's how to know if you'd qualify for refinancing

President Obama's plan to give mortgage relief to responsible homeowners boils down to one important principle. He wants to simplify the refinancing process. 
And the very first step is to let people know if they would benefit from the President's proposal -- so we've built a tool to help answer that question. 

Just enter a few basic facts about your mortgage, and this tool will help you figure out if you currently qualify for easy, low-cost refinancing -- or whether, like millions of families, you need Congress to act to help you lower your interest rate. 

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Black preachers back postal hunger strikers

"The actions this week in the nation's capital seek to defend the U.S. Postal Service and hundreds of thousands of unionized jobs. This is of critical importance not only for labor but for every community in this country. For the African-American community it is especially critical since the USPS is one of the largest employers of Black workers in the country. The unemployment rate for Black workers is officially over 16 percent. The real number is double that or more. These are depression numbers for Black America and the loss of more than 100,000 decent-paying unionized postal jobs will be devastating. The courageous hunger strikers protesting in Washington, D.C., June 25-28 are helping shine a bright light on what is happening in the boardrooms of Wall Street and in the back rooms in the Capitol Building.

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Postal hunger strike gains support

Postal hunger strike gains support

Image: Nannette Corley, president of the Montgomery County, Maryland area local of the American Postal Workers Union, will be one of the hunger strikers June 25-28

Ten protesters are staging a hunger strike at postal headquarters and in the halls of Congress beginning June 25. The ten are denouncing massive job and service cuts threatened by the US Postal Service.

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Obama for America: In the News

6/25/12:

DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY: 134

What You May Have Missed…

Los Angeles Times: McManus: Romney's arithmetic problem
“Here's an issue that hasn't been debated much in the presidential campaign but ought to be: How much should we spend on defense? President Obama has proposed keeping the Pentagon budget essentially flat for the next 10 years. Mitt Romney, by contrast, wants to increase defense spending massively — by more than 50% over current levels, according to one estimate. That could mean almost $2 trillion in additional military spending over 10 years. Romney hasn't actually proposed a defense budget or offered any specific numbers for his military strategy. But he says he wants core defense spending to reach at least 4% of the nation's gross domestic product — a big increase over the current level of about 3.2%. And he says the country needs about 100,000 more active-duty military personnel than the current 1.4 million, even though U.S. forces have left Iraq and have begun to withdraw from Afghanistan.”

 

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Mitt Romney to Address 103rd NAACP Annual Convention in Houston this July

Mitt Romney to Address 103rd NAACP Annual Convention in Houston this July

(Washington, DC) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will address the upcoming 103rd NAACP Annual Convention in Houston, TX. The convention will run from July 7 – July 12 at the George R. Brown Convention Center under the theme “Your Power, Your Decision – VOTE”.

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Nia Long joins Obama 2012 GOTV efforts

Nia Long joins Obama 2012 GOTV efforts

With most national polls showing a tight race between Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign wants to make sure there is heavy voter turnout within his base.

A strong part of Pres. Obama’s base is within the African-American community. In 2008, 96 percent of African-Americans cast their votes for Pres. Obama in the historic election. In that election, voter turnout among African-Americans was up four percent from 2004 and the Obama campaign is working to insure the same enthusiasm for the president’s re-election bid.

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Supreme Court update

The Supreme Court issued two decisions, holding that:

•    The Sixth Circuit improperly granted habeas relief by failing to apply the deferential standard of review required by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Parker v. Matthews, (No. 11-845). Read more.

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Prosecutorial Discretion: A Statistical Analysis

Washington D.C. - In August 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would review more than 300,000 pending removal proceedings to identify low-priority cases meriting favorable exercises of prosecutorial discretion. The initiative was officially launched in November 2011 and is expected to continue for much of 2012. To date, DHS has released statistics on three occasions measuring the progress of the initiative.

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Vice President Joe Biden to address NABJ at annual convention

Vice President Joe Biden to address NABJ at annual convention


Vice President Joe Biden will address members of the National Association of Black Journalists, (NABJ) at the 37th Annual NABJ Convention & Career Fair on Wednesday, June 20, the first day of the five-day gathering in New Orleans, La.

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National Conference of Black Mayors challenges local leaders in US and the diaspora to become agents of change

National Conference of Black Mayors challenges local leaders in US and the diaspora to become agents of change

The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) concluded its 38th Annual Convention on Sunday, June 3, wrapping up four days of dialogue and planning around policy and social issues of relevance to municipalities of color throughout the U.S. and the Diaspora. The convention served as a renewed call to action for participants, as mayors actively seek ways to advance their communities during this time of economic recovery.

Dr. Cornel West, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, television personality Tavis Smiley

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IRAQI KURDISTAN: A visit to the Iranian Consulate

IRAQI KURDISTAN: A visit to the Iranian Consulate

CPTnet
14 June 2012

House in Pshdar district destroyed in 2009 bombing raid

Christian Peacemaker Teams-Iraqi Kurdistan accepted an invitation to the Iranian Consulate in Sulaimani on 22 May. They brought with them the team’s latest report, Disrupted Lives: the effects of cross-border attacks by Turkey and Iran on Kurdish villages.

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