BET Wire: Have You Heard About the 'War on Whites'?
Rep. Mo Brooks says white people are being victimized.
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In Case You Missed It - President Obama hosted 50 African leaders at an historic summit, Rep. Mo Brooks accused Democrats of waging a "war on whites," Rep. James Clyburn is pretty sure Republicans want to impeach the president — and more. — Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick) (Photo: BET)
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War on Whites? - In an Aug. 4 interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama) disagreed that his party's stance on immigration could hurt it at the polls. "This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else," he said. "It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true. Okay?" A couple of days later, he added that the GOP's efforts to reach out to Latinos is also part of that war. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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An Extraordinary Event - Obama on Aug. 7 wrapped an historic three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit attended by heads of state and other officials from nearly 50 African nations as well as American lawmakers and government and corporate leaders. "Africa must know that they will always have a strong and reliable partner in the United States of America," Obama said at a news conference marking the end of what he called "an extraordinary event." The summit generated $37 billion in public and private investment in the continent to create a “new peace-keeping rapid response project” to help Africa defuse conflicts and other initiatives. The president also said the summit will be a reoccuring event. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)
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No Cigar - Former Michigan Rep. Hansen Clarke, who lost his seat two years ago in large part because of redistricting, hoped to make a comeback in 2014. Unfortunately, he came in third place, losing to Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence. (Photo: Clark4Congress via Twitter)
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Victory! - Veteran Detroit Rep. John Conyers almost didn't make it onto the ballot because of questions about the validity of his petitions to qualify for the August primary. But as expected, he triumphed over challenger Horace Sheffield in his bid for a 26th term in Congress. (Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
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Booked It! - While in Iowa to stump for Rep. Steve King, Sen. Rand Paul found himself in an uncomfortable situation. Two people who identified themselves as "Dreamers" confronted King about his position on immigration. A man believed to be a staffer then motioned to Paul, who put down his burger and hightailed it away, which was captured on a widely publicized video. His staff claims he had to go to another event and wasn't avoiding the conversation. (Photo: Courtesy Matt Hildreth via Youtube)
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#BringBackOurGirls - Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson on Aug. 6 led a group of demonstrators all dressed in red at a protest outside of a Washington hotel where Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was staying to demand answers on his efforts to rescue girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Jonathan is not doing much talking on the issue, which is perhaps why he backed out of a scheduled date to speak at the National Press Club during the U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit. The House has passed two resolutions authored by Wilson that condemn the abductions. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Women Are Smarter Than Men - During the U.S.-Africa Leaders Spousal Summit, First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush discussed women's rights issues and ensuring that girls around the world receive good educations. When asked why it's important for women like her to speak out, Obama said, "We can’t waste the spotlight. Change is needed. Life is short. Women are smarter than men," Obama said to laughter. "And the men can't complain because you're outnumbered today." (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Still Going Strong - Tea party candidates have suffered several key losses this year, but according to former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, the movement is better than ever. “The tea party movement, in terms of its impact, is still very strong,” Cain said on Fox News. “The key thing is it’s called many of the incumbents to move more towards the right relative to what the tea party message is.” (Photo: Fox News)
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Hope He's Wrong - Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn is afraid that the House Republicans' lawsuit against Obama is a step toward impeaching the president and a reason to return control to Democrats. “If the Republicans maintain control of the House, Barack Obama will be impeached," he said. "I hope I’m wrong. But I don’t think so. They would just love to be able to open the history books years from now and say, yeah he may have been the first African-American president, but he was also an impeached president.” (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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