The enormity and complexity of the federal stimulus program are weighing heavily on cash-strapped states that are required to keep track of numerous deadlines and reports for the $49 billion of recovery dollars already starting to flow into states for this year.
President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick - the first by a Democratic president in 15 years - is likely to face a smooth path to confirmation, although it also gives liberals and conservatives alike a fresh reason to mobilize.
The NAACP has fought for a century to bring equal and civil rights to blacks, but the Rev. Jesse Jackson believes the organization's current battle is to help the troubled U.S. economy and struggling domestic auto industry.
Justice David Souter, a New Hampshire Republican who became a key liberal vote on the Supreme Court, plans to retire this summer, according to media reports late Thursday. The retirement will clear the way for President Barack Obama to make his first nominee to the high court.
First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday reflected on her own family's rise from slavery to the White House as she helped to unveil a statue of abolitionist Sojourner Truth — the first black woman to be so honored at the Capitol.
Nearly one-fourth of voters in last November's election were minorities, the most diverse election ever, fueled by high turnout from black women and a growing Hispanic population, an independent research group found.