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More cohabitating couples having children
A recent study said one-fourth of women aged 15 to 44 between 2006 and 2010 had a baby before their first marriage.
April 12th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

More cohabitating couples having children

By Jacque Wilson, CNN

(CNN) – After publishing a report Tuesday on the record low teen birth rate, the National Center for Health Statistics is releasing more numbers on babies in America.

Gladys Martinez and her colleagues at the NCHS have written a report on the fertility of men and women aged 15 to 44 in the U.S. based on numbers from the National Survey of Family Growth that was taken between 2006 and 2010. The survey collected data from more than 22,000 face-to-face interviews.

A few interesting tidbits emerged from the report. The NCHS survey found that a greater proportion of births to unmarried couples are happening in households with cohabitating partners than in years past.

Read the full post on CNN's The Chart blog 

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Engage: Federal government to pay $1 billion settlement to American Indian tribes
Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the settlement with 41 tribes today.
April 12th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Engage: Federal government to pay $1 billion settlement to American Indian tribes

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported stories from undercovered communities.

U.S. government and tribes settled on mismanagement lawsuit  - NPR

Texas A&M to get first African-American Corps of Cadets commander - The Washington Post

Michelle Obama discusses veterans on 'The Colbert Report' - Los Angeles Times

Muslim businesses see success thanks to growing number of American Muslim consumers - The Huffington Post

Moms discuss 'My 12-year-old son knows he could be Trayvon'
The mothers of these boys talked to CNN about how they discuss race in their homes.
April 12th, 2012
11:41 AM ET

Moms discuss 'My 12-year-old son knows he could be Trayvon'


By Gavin Godfrey and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN Radio

(CNN) - Christy Oglesby’s column, “My 12 year-old-son knows he could be Trayvon Martin,” stirred a lot of conversation when it published last month. It drew more than 8,000 recommendations on Facebook and 1,400 comments on the In America blog.

While her son is fearless the way only 12-year-old boys can be, she wrote that she warns him not to run, not to speak too loudly, not to fight back. Because he is black, she worries he will always be a victim and a target.

“His race gives me much more to fear than his fearlessness,” she said.

But we felt like there needed to be even more dialogue about it. We invited Oglesby and her friend, Sandra Bemis, to our studio. Oglesby’s son, Drew, and Bemis’ son, Slater, are best friends; their photo was atop Oglesby's column. We wanted to have a conversation about how their mothers were raised and how they’ve talked to their kids about race since Trayvon Martin’s death.

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Analysis: Women pivotal in campaign 2012
Jessica Yellin says to women, "Expect to hear a lot more of the my-policy-is-better-than-yours."
April 12th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

Analysis: Women pivotal in campaign 2012

By Jessica Yellin, CNN Chief White House Correspondent

(CNN) – Ladies have seen their share of political attention this season, and they may have men – specifically white men – to thank.

Recent polling shows President Barack Obama with a double-digit lead over Romney among women voters, an edge which some Democrats attribute to a GOP "war on women."

Obama and expected Republican nominee Mitt Romney have each been appealing to women voters, with the president's re-election campaign looking at a ceiling of support among white males.

Read the full post on CNN's Political Ticker blog 

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Opinion: Recommitting to Dr. King’s nonviolent teaching
Jared Loggins refers to MLK's nonviolent approach to change saying it is more than marching, " Nonviolence is an attitude."
April 12th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Opinion: Recommitting to Dr. King’s nonviolent teaching

Editor’s Note: Jared Loggins is a Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Scholar and political science major at Morehouse College.

By Jared Loggins, Special to CNN

(CNN) – As an entire nation marked the anniversary of the slaying of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last week, members of the Morehouse College community came together not just to celebrate the life of a man, but to mark the continuance of the nonviolent revolution Dr. King helped to promulgate .

As we all continue to further develop our understanding of what it means to live in a truly peaceful and nonviolent world, we must do so even amidst a culture of racism, militarism and materialism. As costly wars rage around us; as weaponless young black men are killed for appearing “suspicious,” and even as society continues to drown in material wealth, we must still find a way to move toward living in what Dr. King called “the beloved community.”

This community must be one that embodies multiculturalism; it must look beyond the hue of one’s skin; and it must cease accepting laws that directly conflict with the foundation of America.

Read the full post on CNN's Schools of Thought blog

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