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Meet Al Sharpton, Obama Booster, White House Insider

Formerly combative Rev. now key Obama ally on black issues

(Newser) - The Rev. Al Sharpton used to be one of the prime—and most belligerent—practitioners of the “protest politics” black activists used to get the ear of politicians, but times have changed, and he is now officially an Obama administration insider. The Rev. meets often at the White House,... More »

Hillary Clinton: I Can't Stay 8 Years

Says she can't see herself in job for a second term

(Newser) - If President Obama wins a second term, he's going to need a new secretary of state. In an interview with Tavis Smiley of PBS that aired last night, Clinton said she "really can't" see herself staying eight years. "The whole eight—that would be very challenging. It's a... More »

Prince Recalls Childhood Epilepsy, Seizures

Musician opens up about his past on Tavis Smiley

(Newser) - Prince suffered from epilepsy as a child, the musician told Tavis Smiley on his PBS show last night. "I've never spoken about this before, but I was born epileptic, and I used to have seizures when I was young," Prince told Smiley. "My mother and father didn't... More »

Smiley Quits Radio Show After Obama Remarks

'He can't take the hate,' host says

(Newser) - Tavis Smiley is quitting as political analyst for a national radio show after comments he made about Barack Obama, the Washington Post reports. Smiley says he’s leaving the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” for personal reasons, but Joyner says otherwise. “The real reason is that he can’t... More »

Why GOP No-Shows Are Dissing Minorities

Critics say that top contenders focused on core white base

(Newser) - The African-American audience watching tonight's GOP presidential debate will see four empty lecterns representing the front-runners who declined to participate. Since the top three also declined a Spanish-language forum, the Los Angeles Times wonders why they're snubbing minority voters. Scheduling-conflict excuses don't cut it; more plausible is fear of alienating... More »

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