Archives for October 16, 2009

McCain urges Obama: Pardon ex-champ Johnson (Sports Illustrated)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain on Friday pressed President Barack Obama to give a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight boxing champion who was imprisoned nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman.

McCain presses Obama to pardon black boxer (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Sen. John McCain on Friday pressed President Barack Obama to give a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight boxing champion who was imprisoned nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman. McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep.

Lawmaker vows to repost anti-Obama `RedNeck Rap’ (AP via Yahoo! News)

A Kansas legislator promised Friday that he’ll repost his “RedNeck Rap” video criticizing President Barack Obama on YouTube, while a national civil rights group assailed the video as racist.

Obama to honor Army troop for valor in Vietnam (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama is awarding the Presidential Unit Citation to an Army troop for heroism in Vietnam.

Long-term Obama loan modifications prove elusive (CNN Money)

Half a million people are now in trial modifications under the Obama administration’s mortgage rescue plan, but getting them permanent help is proving to be difficult.

White beauty queen at US black uni pens plea to Obama (AFP via Yahoo! News)

The “Homecoming Queen” at a traditionally black US university has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, complaining that her win had been questioned on campus because she is white.

Obama’s George H.W. Bush Visit: A Bipartisan Boost? (Time.com via Yahoo! News)

Obama may benefit most from conferring with a predecessor who charted a successful, centrist foreign policy course

Obama wins first financial reform victory in months (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

The Obama administration scored its first financial regulation reform victory in months on Thursday when a U.S. congressional committee approved new rules for over-the-counter derivatives.

Obama to promote community service on Friday (AP via Yahoo! News)

Fresh off a fundraiser in San Francisco, President Barack Obama heads to Houston to promote community service.

Obama and elder Bush team up on call to service (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama, who has called on Americans to perform more community service, is joining former President George H.W. Bush in urging citizens to volunteer.