Congressional Black Caucus

Since 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus has considered itself to be the “conscience of the Congress.” Thirteen Black lawmakers who represented large cities founded the group to work collectively on African-American issues. It has since grown to include 43 members from rural and urban districts. Despite losses in the 2010 midterm election cycle that returned Democrats to the minority party, several CBC members have maintained key leadership positions, including Rep. James Clyburn, who serves as Assistant Democratic Leader.

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BET Wire: Obama Defies GOP on Immigration Reform

President Obama defies Republicans to issue executive orders on immigration; Sen. Ted Cruz says the White House must be smoking marijuana; North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield will be the Congressional Black Caucus's new leader; and more.

BET Wire: The Elephants in the Room

Congressional Democrats reach their lowest point in the polls while Republicans are counting the days until they're in complete control; Rep. Jim Clyburn fears that attempts to impeach President Obama will soon follow; immigration could complicate...

Obama Names Loretta Lynch to Become Next U.S. Attorney General

The prosecutor will face a tough confirmation process.

BET Wire: Midterms Shock and Awe

The Democratic Party got beat on Election Day; Republican Leadership promises to repeal the health care law; President Obama pledges to take executive action on immigration; both sides say they want to find common ground – and more.

The Party's Over: Black Voters Must Turn Out for Themselves

The time has come for African-Americans to vote for their own interests.

BET Wire: An Ally Calls Out Obama's Leadership Skills

President Obama's "allies" accuse him of weak leadership and respondents in a national poll concur; a Republican congressional candidate uses footage from the beheading of an American journalist in a campaign ad; a second Black congressional distr...
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