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Today Colorlines.com published an article titled “Black Voters Made History By Beating Whites to Polls Last November.”
The article’s author Brentin Mock writes:
Brookings Institution scholars are reporting that African Americans turned out to vote at a higher rate than white voters last November. Brookings demographer William H. Frey analyzed 2012 census election data, along with Pew Research Center numbers, and found that black voters turned out at a higher rate than any other race, which was consistent with similar findings by Pew in December. Back then it was also estimated that black voters turned out at a higher rate than white voters, but Frey’s analysis finally confirms that conclusion.
The Associated Press, for whom the analysis was commissioned, reports that the finding reflects “a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home.”
Today The Raw Story picked up an AFP article titled “CIA ‘gave millions in cash’ to Karzai over the years.”
The article reads:
The CIA has delivered tens of millions of dollars in cash packed in suitcases and backpacks to the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade, the New York Times reported Monday.
“We called it ‘ghost money’,” Khalil Roman, Karzai’s deputy chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, told the Times. “It came in secret, and it left in secret.”
The money was aimed at obtaining influence, but instead fueled rampant corruption, current and former officials told the newspaper.
“The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan,” an unnamed US official told the newspaper, “was the United States.”
IN OTHER NEWS
Queerty reports that NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay.
According to Queerty:
NBA player Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete from a major American team sport. The 34-year-old Washington Wizards center writes candidly about his sexual orientation in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated.
“I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different,’” he said. “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”
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