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Desperately Seeking South Carolina: Sanders and Clinton Go After Black Vote

Both Democratic candidates seeking the presidential nomination were desperately fighting for the black vote on Wednesday, ahead of the upcoming South Carolina primary. Bernie Sanders is attempting to continue the momentum from his massive victory in New Hampshire, while Hillary Clinton is hoping that the South Carolina primary on February 27th becomes a firewall that helps shut down Bernie Sanders.

In this July 16, 2012, photo, Laura Fritz, 27, left, with her daughter Adalade Goudeseune fills out a form at the Jefferson Action Center, an assistance center in the Denver suburb of Lakewood. Both Fritz grew up in the Denver suburbs a solidly middle class family, but she and her boyfriend, who has struggled to find work, and are now relying on government assistance to cover food and $650 rent for their family. The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net. Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections. (AP Photo/Kristen Wyatt)

North Carolina Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

Starting late last year, North Carolina began issuing drug tests to new applicants for certain state welfare benefits. Now the state is reporting that 24 percent of the first batch of applicants tested came up positive for illegal drugs.

Barack Obama Illinois Speech (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

Obama Votes ‘Present’ on Unity in Illinois

It was a beautiful, moving speech, stuffed with quotes from Abraham Lincoln, loaded with lessons of reconciliations past, and laden with ideas for bridging the divide. And yet it bore no resemblance whatsoever to Obama’s own presidency, which has been one of the most divisive since the Civil War.