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Economic inequity has become a touchstone of our times. This week, NPR and the University of Rhode Island both kickoff dialogues on income inequality.

Last week brought a glimmer of good economic news to a state and nation that have grown all too used to doom and doldrums. 

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  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is backing Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Garland met with Whitehouse Wednesday. Garland is making his customary rounds, meeting with members of Congress as he seeks the judgeship.

Garland faces opposition from Republican lawmakers who say they will not allow his confirmation to proceed.

Whitehouse said he’s working to ensure that Republican members of Congress will properly vet Garland.

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Rhode Island’s 1st District Congressman David Cicilline returned earlier this week from a visit to Cuba. 

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The presidential primary campaign is in high gear, but Rhode Island gets scant attention from White House hopefuls. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some ideas about how we can change this.

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As we celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why we still haven’t made the progress that King envisioned.

Today is the day we honor King, the preacher and activist who pricked the conscience of a nation. 

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Governor Gina Raimondo now says she will welcome Syrian refugees, if the Obama administration asks her to. The statement came after competing rallies at the Statehouse as public debate over the issue continues.

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he supports President Barack Obama’s decision to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan. The policy reversal will leave one of the President’s promises unfulfilled.

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The young mayor of Rhode Island's smallest city, James Diossa, will travel to Washington D.C. this week as Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. Diossa was invited to the country's capital by President Barack Obama and the First Lady. Diossa will be part of the Pope's arrival ceremony Wednesday morning.

Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have asked President Obama to share details about his plans to designate areas off the New England coast as a marine national monument.

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President Obama wants to permanently protect underwater canyons and sea mountains off the coast of Cape Cod and a mountain chain in the Gulf of Maine. He would do so by using a law presidents have historically used to establish national monuments, such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. But his proposal got a mixed reception at a town hall meeting hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tuesday night.

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Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders has become the leading challenger to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay, a former Vermont reporter, spent a few days in the Green Mountain state parsing the Sanders campaign.

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements for Joe Caffey: Calling hours between 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday at Perry-McStay Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church in Providence.

Joseph A. ``Joe’’ Caffey, one of New England’s top minority housing advocates, and a longtime leader in Rhode Island’s African-American community, has died. He was 63.

Caffey was president of Providence-based Omni Development Corporation, which develops affordable housing, at the time of his death. He cared deeply about Providence and was active in many efforts to help those in need.

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Rhode Island’s two U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, were both on the winning side as President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats derailed one of the president’s top priorities, voting to hold up so-called fast track trade authority unless other provisions designed to protect American jobs are included in the legislation.

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Office of the Press Secretary

April 23, 2015

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
HONORING SUPER BOWL CHAMPION NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Welcome to the White House.  Please have a seat.  And, well, maybe before you have a seat, give it up for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots!  (Applause.)  All right, now you can have a seat.

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators are offering lukewarm support of President Barack Obama’s request to use military force against Islamic State militants. The President has asked for military action, unbounded by national borders that could last up to three years.

Senator Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat in the Senate Armed Services Committee said President Obama’s plan for military intervention is overdue.  In a statement he calls the plan, a thoughtful proposal, but said Congress must  “refine” the President’s request. 

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