First lady to visit families of Sikh temple shooting victims
August 19th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

First lady to visit families of Sikh temple shooting victims

Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama will travel to Wisconsin Thursday to meet with family members of those killed and injured in a Sikh temple shooting earlier this month, White House officials confirmed Sunday.

The shooting – which left six people dead and four others injured – occurred August 5 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The shooter, identified by police as 40-year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page, was shot to death by police responding to the Sunday morning attack.

At a memorial service for the shooting victims, Attorney General Eric Holder labeled the attack on the temple "an act of terrorism, an act of hatred, a hate crime" – the strongest denunciation of the rampage by a federal law enforcement official.

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CBC members react to Obama's speech
President Obama touted his jobs bill at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday, September 24, 2011. (Getty Photo)
September 25th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

CBC members react to Obama's speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) –President Obama's fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner Saturday night, in which he challenged Republicans in Congress to show they care about job creation and explained how his jobs bill would help the black community, was well-received by the CBC audience.

As  he has done frequently in the weeks since he introduced the American Jobs Act, the president repeatedly called on Congress to pass the bill.

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Topics: CBC • jobs • President Obama
President Obama to speak to black congressional leaders
President Obama spoke at the CBC Foundation Phoenix Awards dinner in September of last year. He speaks there again Saturday night. (pool photo)
September 24th, 2011
05:13 PM ET

President Obama to speak to black congressional leaders

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The economic slowdown has hit the black community particularly hard, pushing the unemployment rate among blacks up to 16.7% in August, nearly double the national average. The problem is the Congressional Black Caucus' chief concern and one many members have pushed the White House to do a better job of addressing.

As President Barack Obama prepares to speak at Saturday night's 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner, he is likely to tout some of the proposals in the American Jobs Act he introduced this month. Several are aimed at tackling the problem of long-term unemployment, steps that could provide much-needed aid to the community where the jobless rate is highest.

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Topics: CBC • Economy • President Obama
August 12th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

'Glimmer of hope' in Michigan as Obama pushes jobs

Holland, Michigan (CNN)  - Hope McCoy needs something to go right for a change.

The 41-year-old single mother of two has been out of work off and on since she lost her job as an engineer at a firm in 2005, a position she had held for nearly ten years.

McCoy is one of the 13.9 million people in America who were unemployed last month, more than two years after the worst recession since the Great Depression was supposed to have ended. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the recession ended in June 2009, but economists and administration officials have acknowledged that the economy remains weak.

For McCoy, that means scratching and saving to get by.
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Topics: Economy