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  • Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, who labeled Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "an Uncle Tom," has doubled down on his attacks. (Photo: Associated Press)

    Meet Bennito: Black America’s sentinel of racial conformity

  • Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, who labeled Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "an Uncle Tom," has doubled down on his attacks. (Photo: Associated Press)

    Media coverage of racial remarks varies

    Talk of race relations in America is never simple. Amplified on a public stage by an intense mix of news coverage, speculation and commentary and the topic becomes complicated. Such is the case with the recent racially charged remarks made by a sports team owner, a rancher and a Democratic congressman.

  • House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., speaks during a luncheon in Washington, Monday, Jan. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson blasts Clarence Thomas as 'Uncle Tom'

    Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson doubled down on racial remarks he made over the weekend, in which he called conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an "Uncle Tom" for standing against affirmative action, CNN reported.

  • Panola County gets $331K for airport work

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $ 331,596 through the Federal Aviation Administration to Panola County to construct a hangar at Panola County Airport.

  • Thompson announces $142K awarded to Hinds County

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $142,200 through the Federal Aviation Administration to Hinds County to rehabilitate the taxiway at the John Bell Williams Airport in Jackson.

  • Reaction to the death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

    "I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. I have known Mayor Lumumba since 1974. One of the reasons I was so public about my support for the mayor, was that I believed once people got to know the real Chokwe Lumumba they would find him to be an extremely bright, caring and humble individual. His election as mayor and very short term in office demonstrated exactly that. This evening the city of Jackson truly suffered a great loss. I would like to extend my condolences to the Lumumba family and the city of Jackson." - U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democrat, 2nd District.

  • All 4 Miss. representatives vote for Farm Bill

    All four of Mississippi's U.S. House members voted for a farm bill on Wednesday, saying it's not perfect but it's a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years.

  • ** FILE ** Transportation Security Administration chief John S. Pistole. (Associated Press)

    EEOC launches probe of TSA 'hostile work environment'

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating the Transportation Security Administration for creating a "hostile work environment," according to Tuesday media reports.

  • A fence separates Nogales, Ariz., from Nogales, Mexico. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano estimates it will cost $750 million to expand the existing 53-mile virtual fence in Arizona all along that state's remaining 323 miles of border. (The Washington Times)

    'Virtual fence' got late review of costs, benefits

    Last month, after four years of blown deadlines and cost overruns, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the Secure Border Initiative had been canceled in favor of a more region-specific approach, and now even supporters of the troubled project say it was not worth its $1 billion price tag.

  • Thompson caves, terror tipsters win

    This week's "John Doe" episode in the House's "9/11 bill" conference negotiations ended well, thanks to a drumbeat of pro-tipster sentiment and an eleventh-hour cave-in by House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat. That it took House Democrats so long to come to reason says much about both the pressure groups in opposition and the difficulty Democrats have in saying no to the far left.

  • Protecting terrorists and trial lawyers

    Something very September 10 is happening to the September 11 commission bill. Thanks to behind-the-scenes maneuvers by congressional Democrats, people who dial 1-800 "REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY" hotlines could soon be sued for racial and religious profiling. House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, has been flipping and flopping all over on this issue, no doubt dodging trial lawyers here and an angry Council on American-Islamic Relations there. It's time for Mr. Thompson and other Democratic leaders to pick a side. If they fail to get fully behind tipster immunity, they will richly deserve their "weak on security" label. Average citizens must be assured that their good-faith tips on suspicious activity will not land them in court. Anything less utterly undermines the efficacy of tip lines. We can't think of a bigger disincentive to do the right thing.

  • Protecting terrorists and trial lawyers

    Something very September 10 is happening to the September 11 commission bill. Thanks to behind-the-scenes maneuvers by congressional Democrats, people who dial 1-800 "REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY" hotlines could soon be sued for racial and religious profiling. House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, has been flipping and flopping all over on this issue, no doubt dodging trial lawyers here and an angry Council on American-Islamic Relations there. It's time for Mr. Thompson and other Democratic leaders to pick a side. If they fail to get fully behind tipster immunity, they will richly deserve their "weak on security" label. Average citizens must be assured that their good-faith tips on suspicious activity will not land them in court. Anything less utterly undermines the efficacy of tip lines. We can't think of a bigger disincentive to do the right thing.

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