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Paul Ryan says his comments on poverty were 'inarticulate'

March 13, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he was "inarticulate" in his comments on poverty on Bill Bennett's radio show this week. During a radio interview Wednesday, Ryan blamed a "tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work" in discussing the roots of poverty. But Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) accused the Republican of "offensive and racially c… Continue Reading

Paul Ryan Says His ‘Inner City’ Comments Were ‘Inarticulate’

March 13, 2014

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan responded Thursday to criticism that he engaged in racial rhetoric when talking about his philosophy on poverty, saying that he was "inarticulate" in the point he was trying to make. "I was not implicating the culture of one community - but of society as a whole. We have allowed our society to isolate or quarantine the poor rather than integrate people into our communities," the Wisconsin Republican said in a statement. The GOP's 2014 vice presidential ca… Continue Reading

BuzzChatter Friday: Ryan tries to dig out from “offensive” remarks

March 13, 2014

Lots of stuff going on this weekend in KC. Here's the right way to begin it: • "Inarticulate." - Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a Republican, describing remarks he made this week about the culture of "inner cities." In those remarks, Ryan talked about "generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." California Rep. Barbara Lee, a co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, called those remarks "offensive" and a "thinly veiled ra… Continue Reading

Paul Ryan Backpedals, But Doesn’t Apologize, For Comments About Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men

March 13, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has backtracked from comments he made on Wednesday, suggesting that young "inner city" men are "not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work" because they rely on government assistance. The remarks, first reported by ThinkProgress, sparked outrage from a growing number of Democratic lawmakers, one of whom called the comments "a thinly veiled racial attack." In a statement issued to ThinkProgress, Ryan said he re… Continue Reading

Ryan: Comments about Inner City Poverty ‘Inarticulate’

March 13, 2014

Representative Paul Ryan, who was assailed from the left for comments he made yesterday expressing concern about a "tailspin of culture in our inner cities," has said that he wasn't trying to implicate "the culture of one community." "It is clear that I was inarticulate," he said. Liberals accused Ryan of making essentially racist comments, and Representative Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) called the line a "thinly veiled racial attack." Ryan's statement today reads in full: … Continue Reading

Paul Ryan's Racist Comments Are a Slap in the Face to 10.5 Million Americans

March 13, 2014

The news: The art of blaming poor people for their poverty is certainly nothing new. It has a long history that's often rooted in racism and the convenient denial of facts. This is especially true in the United States, where politicians have used this method to avoid responsibility for the problems they've helped create. In the latest example, here's House Budget Chairman - and frequent "hey girl" meme fixture - Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.): In case you missed that, here's th… Continue Reading

Ryan's anti-poverty push has produced more problems than solutions

March 13, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- Rep. Paul Ryan is trying to talk about the issue of poverty, but the talk so far has produced more problems than solutions. Trying to address the latest political snafu, the Wisconsin Republican said he was "inarticulate" when he talked on a conservative radio program Wednesday about a "tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture o… Continue Reading

Paul Ryan clarifies 'inarticulate' remarks on inner cities

March 13, 2014

Senior US Republican Paul Ryan has said that remarks he made on a radio talk show that were labelled as coded racism were "inarticulate". Mr Ryan, a 2012 vice-presidential nominee, said on the show there was "a real culture problem" of men in inner cities who did not want to work. Critics said it was a thinly veiled reference to African-Americans. The House budget committee chairman from Wisconsin said he had not meant to single out any community. 'Veiled raci… Continue Reading

Ryan: Poverty remarks 'inarticulate'

March 12, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday he made an "inarticulate" statement about inner city poverty during an interview this week. "After reading the transcript of yesterday morning's interview, it is clear that I was inarticulate about the point I was trying to make," Ryan said in a statement. "I was not implicating the culture of one community - but of society as a whole." Democrats accused Ryan of making racially charged remarks when describing what he called a culture of people not wo… Continue Reading

War on Poverty: Progress, But More to Do

March 11, 2014

This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty. It was a multifaceted effort to tackle poverty in America and gave us initiatives that are still helping people today, such as Head Start, Food Stamps, Job Corps, and Medicaid. Last week, my colleague on the Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan, put out a report: "The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later." Let's be clear, this report is nothing more than an ideologically bankrupt battle plan to attack the poor. … Continue Reading

Activists mark 55 years since Tibetan uprising in San Francisco

March 09, 2014

Opponents of the Chinese occupation of Tibet gathered on the steps of San Francisco City Hall Monday to mark the 55th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising and subsequent exile of the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Today's anniversary comes on the heels of the Dalai Lama's visit to the Bay Area last month during which he made stops in Santa Clara, Berkeley, San Francisco and Richmond. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin spoke during Monday's San Francisco event and sai… Continue Reading

My Brother's Keeper Is a Program Whose Time Has Come

March 07, 2014

As the mother of two phenomenal black men, whom I raised as a single mother, I know personally why we need President Barack Obama's new initiative called My Brother's Keeper. Young men of color in America have been left behind, the economic gains of our recovery aren't reaching them, and time and again, they are marginalized and forgotten. They are stopped and frisked at will and incarcerated more than any other demographic. They are gunned down outside their homes. Their schools are likel… Continue Reading

Nation's African-American Doctors to Convene in DC; Will Discuss Affordable

March 06, 2014

Silver Spring, MD - The nation's oldest and largest organization representing African American physicians, the National Medical Association (NMA), will host it's 16th National Colloquium on African American Health, March 8-11, at the Marriott Metro Center Hotel in Washington, DC. Among the critical issues to be addressed by physicians and experts from around the nation will be the many challenges and opportunities posed by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the possible … Continue Reading

Hot Ticket: Newsom's 'Winter of Love' Shindig at State Demo Confab

March 04, 2014

It should be THE party of the state Democratic convention Saturday, when Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joins with Equality California in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the "Winter of Love" when gay and lesbian couples were first allowed to marry at San Francisco City Hall. Wilson Phillips and other "surprise guests" will be on hand with Newsom at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles for the shingdig, being held during this weekend's Democratic event there. It's part of a packed schedule as Ca… Continue Reading

Hot Ticket: Newsom's 'Winter of Love' Shindig at State Demo Confab

March 04, 2014

It should be THE party of the state Democratic convention Saturday, when Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joins with Equality California in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the "Winter of Love" when gay and lesbian couples were first allowed to marry at San Francisco City Hall. Wilson Phillips and other "surprise guests" will be on hand with Newsom at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles for the shingdig, being held during this weekend's Democratic event there. It's part of a packed schedule as C… Continue Reading

Obama's Second Term: Midterm Elections, Agendas and Enemies

March 03, 2014

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - Still more or less "going it alone," President Barack Obama walks through the fifth year of his second term in office with accomplishments and absolutely no personal, moral scandals to shame him or members of his inner circle, yet despite his achievements, despite his clean record, his image is still being shaped by his enemies. Not his foreign enemies, his enemies right at home, Republicans in the U.S. Congress, who have sworn since day one to make his pre… Continue Reading

Congressman Asks President for Funding, Support for National Ignition Facility at Livermore Lab

February 26, 2014

U.S. Representatives Eric Swalwell (CA-15) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) led a letter to President Barack Obama urging strong and sustained funding for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as he prepares his FY 2015 budget. The NIF is the world's most powerful laser and the preeminent research tool in the world for inertial confinement fusion research. NIF is conducting research key for stockpile stewardship and developing clean, safe, and plentiful… Continue Reading

Dalai Lama Meets Tibetans in Exile in California

February 25, 2014

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama told Tibetans living here that the issue of Tibet must be resolved through dialogue with China and not by seeking any outside support. The 78 year old Nobel Laureate recalled a conversation he had with the late Indian PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956 and 1959. "I remember him (Nehru) telling me that the only way to resolve the issue was to talk with China and not by seeking support from outside including the UN," His Holiness said. … Continue Reading

Amid Protests, the Dalai Lama Visits Berkeley

February 24, 2014

About 3,000 people crammed into the Berkeley Community Theater on the Berkeley High campus Sunday morning to hear a talk on "How to Achieve Happiness," by the Dalai Lama. It was Dalai Lama's second stop on a three-day local speaking tour. He spoke in San Francisco on Saturday and he will speak at Santa Clara University today. Before coming to the Bay Area, he met with President Barack Obama. [Protestors who believe the Dali Lama discriminated against Buddhists who belong to the Shegden sec… Continue Reading

Dalai Lama Blesses Richmond's Tibetan Center

February 24, 2014

Hundreds of Tibetans and more than a few curious Richmond residents gathered along Huntington Ave. early Sunday morning to see the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, as he began a day of speeches and blessings in the East Bay. Incense smoke wafted through the air, and many congregants held out white scarves called khatak. "It symbolizes purity of your heart, offering to Dalai Lama," an onlooker explained. Men and women, young and old were dressed in beautiful silks and trad… Continue Reading

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