- - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hundreds of black veterans who helped to integrate the Marine Corps during World War II are now proud recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday to about 400 black Marines during a ceremony on Capitol Hill.

The Corps was the last branch of the U.S. military to allow blacks to serve. The 400 Marines honored Wednesday were among roughly 20,000 blacks who trained at the Montford Point base in North Carolina, which was racially segregated. The base operated from 1942 to 1949.

CAMPAIGN


Romney, Post at odds over article on Bain

The campaign of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has angrily demanded a retraction of a recent Washington Post story that said Mr. Romney’s former private equity firm invested in firms that sent U.S. jobs abroad while he was there.

Mr. Romney’s aides have angrily denied major portions of the article, which has already been cited specifically by President Obama and his aides to raise questions about Mr. Romney’s private-sector record. The Romney campaign contends that the companies in question actually added U.S. jobs while the former Massachusetts governor ran Bain Capital.

Romney representatives met privately with representatives from the newspaper Wednesday, but were not successful in getting the paper to retract the article.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama hosts lawmakers at congressional picnic

President Obama told lawmakers of both parties gathered on the White House’s South Lawn for an annual picnic Wednesday they should keep in mind they are first Americans working toward a better future for the country.

“We’re thrilled that you have at least one day where you got a chance to be together in Washington and nobody is arguing,” Mr. Obama said.

Under sunny skies, lawmakers, their spouses and children mingled with White House aides among tents and scores of picnic tables. A Marine Corp band played country and western tunes.

Mr. Obama, dressed in casual slacks and shirt, joined the crowd with first lady Michelle Obama at his side to a few cheers of “four more years.”

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