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Obama Takes Oath Again, Flubs It (a Little)

Trips over word 'States'

(Newser) - President Obama has been publicly sworn in for his second term—though he actually took the oath yesterday . Today the oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, went off a little more smoothly than it did during Obama's first inauguration, though the AtlanticWire points out it wasn't error-free.... More »

Cornel West Busted in Protest at Supreme Court

Professor had just come from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication

(Newser) - Activist Princeton University professor and well-known commentator Cornel West was one of 19 people arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon while protesting the influence of corporate money in politics, reports AP . The group was busted when they refused to leave the grounds, according to a spokeswoman... More »

We Need Much More Than a Memorial

We need a revolution: Cornel West

(Newser) - The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall may be a milestone "in the turbulent history of race and democracy in America," but let's not kid ourselves: "King weeps from his grave," writes Cornel West in a New York Times op-ed . Despite... More »

France Urged to Repay Haiti's $22B 'Independence Debt'

Payout would make up for quake aid shortfall

(Newser) - France should fork over almost $22 billion to Haiti to make up for the "independence debt" it extorted from its former colony 200 years ago, a group of prominent activists and authors has urged in a letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The money would give the impoverished Caribbean... More »

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