In Rumor, Repression and Racial Politics, author George Derek Musgrove looks at the history of black elected officials being investigated for alleged wrongdoing. He examines the role of race in U.S. politics between 1965 and 1995. Musgrove shares his research with guest host Maria Hinojosa.
Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is under a criminal investigation into possible corruption during his 2010 bid for office. Three city council members recently called for his resignation. Guest host Maria Hinojosa gets the latest developments from Washington Post Reporter Nikita Stewart, who is covering the story.
The economic recovery is still tepid in most parts of the country, and there's a sense of trepidation that signs of improvement might not last. Among the swing states, some are doing comparatively well while others are struggling — but the political picture looks roughly the same in all.
One of the top concerns of delegates to the NAACP convention in Houston is the spread of voter ID laws, which proponents say reduces fraud. Opponents say requiring voters to present government-issued identification cards tends to suppress the minority vote. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the group Thursday.
President Obama begins a two-day campaign swing through Virginia on Friday. He won the state handily four years ago. Since then, Republicans have rebounded in a series of elections, and the state will be among the most hotly-contested in November.
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