(CNN) - Nearly a hundred veterans from several dozen military coalitions converged at the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Tuesday to protest the partial shutdown of the government that they say could put more than 5.5 million service members at risk of not receiving their monthly benefits by November 1.
Flanked by veterans from various wars, Garry Augustine, executive director of Disabled American Veterans, said from the podium: "Our message to the President and Congress (is), defaulting on not paying veteran's benefits is not an option. We are here to tell them it's time for the country to fulfill our promises to the men and women who served."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Less than two weeks after Barack Obama won his re-election campaign, protesters gathered Sunday to call on the president and his administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and to act on climate change.
While Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would support construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline, for the jobs he said the pipeline would create, Obama in the past has rejected rapid approval, citing what he called the "arbitrary nature" of the deadline Republicans proposed for passage and the need for sufficient time for the State Department to gather information necessary for a project that crosses into the American border.FULL STORY
New Orleans (CNN) - Fresh from rallying public employees and union workers in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden mixed a dose of humor with blunt seriousness at the National Association of Black Journalist convention on Wednesday.
“I believe the differences in this election are stark,” he said. “I believe Romney and this new Republican Party - because this ain’t your father’s Republican Party — (and) their social policy… is a throwback to the ’50’s.”
Washington (CNN) - Headlining Black Entertainment Television's Sunday morning line-up was first lady Michelle Obama on the network's popular program, "Lift Every Voice."
Replete with high-energy inspirational sermons and gospel music, BET programming crescendoed into a half-hour special, catching up with the first lady while she's on tour promoting the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" health campaign.FULL STORY