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Daughter of NYC mayor-elect discloses substance abuse

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:00  |  Published in POLITICS

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of New York's mayor-elect, revealed Tuesday she has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.

She spoke candidly about her drinking and drug use in a 5-minute video distributed by her father's staff, the New York Times reported.

The revelation came eight days before the inauguration of Bill de Blasio, whose campaign portrayed him with a happy and tight-knit family, the newspaper noted.

Obama Black/white wealth gap has grown since 1963

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 15:17  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said some blacks have had "unimaginable" success, but the wealth gap between blacks and whites has grown since the Civil Rights era.

Speaking Wednesday at the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony in Washington -- commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the Rev. Martin Luther King's landmark "I have a dream" speech -- the president said the march led to passage of civil rights and voting rights laws.

Obama said Americans "would do well" to remember not only King's speech but also "those ordinary people, whose names never appeared in the history books, never got on TV."

"They lived in towns where they couldn't vote and cities where their votes didn't matter," he said. "They were couples in love who couldn't marry, soldiers who fought for freedom abroad that they found denied to them at home. They had seen loved ones beaten and children fire-hosed. And they had every reason to lash out in anger or resign themselves to a bitter fate.

"And yet they chose a different path. In the face of hatred, they prayed for their tormentors," Obama told a crowd that stood in intermittent rainfall in front of the Lincoln Memorial. "In the face of violence, they stood up and sat in with the moral force of non-violence."

The president said because people marched, "city councils changed, and state legislatures changed, and Congress changed, and yes, eventually the White House changed."

"Because they marched America became more free and fair."

Boehner Obama should explain how strike on Syria might help

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 16:54  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Wednesday called on President Barack Obama to explain how a military strike on Syria "will secure U.S. objectives."

In a letter to the president, the speaker said he has supported Obama's policy since March 2011 of calling for an end to violence and a transition to democracy in Syria, calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign and preventing "the use or transfer of chemical weapons."

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