Rep. Elijah Cummings: Stopping DHS Cuts

MD Rep. Elijah Cummings (AP Photo)

(AURN) -- The Obama adminsitration is working hard to prevent cuts to the Department of Homeland Security that could result is furloughs and a dent in anti terror protections as well as protections for the first family, embassies and diplomats.  More from White House Correspondent April Ryan:  … [Read more...]

Education Cuts to Minority Students


(AURN) -- The GOP is wielding the budget ax on Capitol Hill; threatening to slash monies in various agencies including education.  The Department of Education says the funding cuts would hurt black and brown students in the largest urban school districts.  More from White House Correspondent April … [Read more...]

Liberian President Sirleaf to Visit White House

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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2015 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On Friday, February 27, President Obama will welcome President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to the White House.  … [Read more...]

Black Chamber of Commerce Dinner


In New Jersey at the Black Chamber of Commerce awards dinner. Ms. Becki a stager in southet Jersey… — AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) February 19, 2015 … [Read more...]

Giuliani Back Steps on Negative Obama Remarks


(AURN) -- There is reaction to the negative statements about President Obama by former New York Mayor Giuliani. More from White House Correspondent April Ryan. Listen:  Giuliani is quoted as saying during a GOP fundraiser in NY: “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but … [Read more...]

A Chat With April D. Ryan

April Ryan

(AURN) -- A 28-year journalism veteran, April D. Ryan has covered the White House for American Urban Radio Networks for the last 18 of them. She documents her experience in a new book dubbed, "The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America."  AURN's Kim … [Read more...]

Holder Announces Reduction in Mandatory Minimum Sentences


Source: Department of Justice New Data Revealed by Justice Department Shows Rate at Which Feds Pursued Mandatory Minimum Penalties in Drug Trafficking Cases Has Hit Record Low In One of His Final Speeches Before Stepping Down, Holder Lauds Progress In Sentencing Reform Initiative He Launched … [Read more...]

Statement by the President on the Departure of Ron Klain

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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2015  Statement by the President on the Departure of Ron Klain When I asked Ron Klain last fall to become the Administration’s Ebola Response Coordinator, the apprehension and even fear of Ebola in the … [Read more...]

April’s Upcoming Book Appearances


Sat, Feb 14 Up with Steve Kornacki 8 a.m. Sun., Feb. 15 –Meet the Press, Sunday morning NBC Mon., Feb 16 –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor, Michigan District Library Reading, Autograph signing Thurs., Feb. 19 6:00 p.m. African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ – Politics Award Hyatt Regency … [Read more...]

Military Action Against ISIS

President Barack Obama speaks about the Islamic State group, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP/AURN) - President Barack Obama is urging Congress to authorize military action against Islamic State fighters. At the same time, he's ruling out large-scale U.S. ground combat operations reminiscent of Iraq and Afghanistan. The president says: "The United States should not get … [Read more...]