unemployment has been an ongoing concern among African American workers,
recent underemployment numbers are troubling, according to the National
Urban League. The statistics are noted in the League’s annual State of
Black America report.
We agree with most pundits about the most recent Quinnipiac poll on
Mayor de Blasio’s approval rating: it’s much too early. According to
the poll—more than 1200 New Yorkers were questioned—the mayor’s approval
rating has dipped precipitously to 47 percent since January when he
polled 53 percent. But even his most ardent critics appear willing to cut him slack given
the unusually bad weather, particularly the heavy accumulation of snow,
the charter school fiasco, and his imbroglio with Gov. Cuomo over the
financing of pre-K.
In the two weeks between recent revelations that hackers stole data on
students, alumni and faculty from the University of Maryland-College
Park and the Johns Hopkins University, nearly 360,000 records were
swiped in similar attacks at other schools. That threat is forcing academics to reassess the way they keep and
protect vast collections of information, often held in decentralized
computer networks accessible to thousands of students, professors and
As President Obama neared the end of his State of the Union address
Tuesday evening he cited the bravery and resilience of Sgt. 1st Class
Cory Remsburg who was wounded in Afghanistan. Remsburg, the president said “never gives up, and he does not quit.” Nor does Obama give up or quit. Clearly unfazed by negative polls, Obama was at his oratorical best
as he dwelled on health care, minimum wage, equal pay, the auto
industry’s recovery in Detroit, and, of course, Iran.