Pres. Obama Urges Senate to Renew NSA Power

President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP/AURN) - President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to renew the government's power to search Americans' telephone records, saying public safety demands it. The Republican-controlled House overwhelmingly passed the White House-backed USA Freedom Act that would end bulk collection … [Read more...]

New Harvard Study on Youth, Politics, and Race


(AURN) -- There is a new Harvard Study on the perceptions of young people in America. Some of the top findings on politics are not surprising. One area of the study details the impact on the Republican party, as there is no clear front runner in the GOP Presidential field.  The study also finds the … [Read more...]

Obama to Kenya Amid Terror Concerns


(AURN) -- President Obama is traveling to Kenya this summer, the birthplace of his father. But Kenya, has been dealing with issues of terror.  White House Correspondent April Ryan reports, no matter the recent terror attacks in Kenya, the President's trip is a go. LISTEN:  … [Read more...]

Former Baltimore Mayor Chimes in on Unrest

Kurt Schmoke, President University of Baltimore, and former mayor of Baltimore. (

(AURN) -- More federal visits are on tap for Baltimore after the riots which followed the funeral of 25 year-old Freddie Gray. Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan talked with former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who said he would focus on summer jobs and other opportunities for youth in reaction … [Read more...]

President Obama Grants Commutations


THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2015   President Obama Grants Commutations   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to the following 22 individuals:   Terry Andre Barnes – … [Read more...]

Statement by the President on the Retirement of Senator Harry Reid


THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2015   Statement by the President on the Retirement of Senator Harry Reid   Harry Reid is a fighter. In his five terms as a U.S. Senator, Harry has fought for good jobs, a safer environment for our kids, and … [Read more...]

Nigerian Elections and Missing Girls

Civil-rights groups staging a protest against any proposed postponement of the Nigerian elections. (AP Photo / Olamikan Gbemiga)

(AURN) -- Nigerian elections are later this month and White House Correspondent April Ryan tells us Vice President Joe Biden placed phone calls to the candidates. LISTEN:  More news and information at … [Read more...]

White House Clarifies Clinton Email

Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)

WASHINGTON (AP)/AURN - The White House is clarifying what President Barack Obama knew about the e-mail habits of his former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. A spokesman says Obama knew that Clinton conducted business on a non-government email account at State. But he says Obama just … [Read more...]

The Urban Component to President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget

Eric Chalmers, a staff assistant with the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, unboxes copies of President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposal to distribute to staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 2, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By: April Ryan, AURN | President Obama has proposed a 4 trillion dollar budget, it increases spending after caps were put in place four years ago by congress to fix the federal deficit.  Also, the budget has a particular focus on urban America that includes HBCU grants and efforts to … [Read more...]

U.S. Conference of Mayors in DC


(AURN) -- Jobs, crime and police-community relations are among issues top of mind for the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington.  The group met with Vice President Joe Biden Thurday on matters of community policing.  The city leaders pow-wow with President Obama today. AURN's April Ryan … [Read more...]