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Since the election of Barack Obama, the economic plight of blacks has declined more than that of whites and other Americans. What's been the reaction of black leaders, and what are the consequences for turnout in next year's elections? Also, Chris Christie says he will not seek GOP presidential nomination, and frequent fliers who known and trusted will get special treatment today at four selected American airports. We hear what PreCheck could mean for air travelers.

Banner image: Job seekers take a break outside after speaking with recruiters during career fair sponsored by the Chicago Urban League and State Representative La Shawn K. Ford. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Making News Chris Christie Will Not Seek GOP Presidential Nomination 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Chris Christie said today he was grateful for recent support for a presidential candidacy, but that he had to decline. The Republican governor said that when he took office 20 months ago, he'd made a commitment "to fix a broken New Jersey and when I look at what I have accomplished so far, I am proud but I know we're not nearly done.” Jonathan Weisman reports on politics for the Wall Street Journal.

Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)

Main Topic Barack Obama and Black America 35 MIN, 56 SEC

Since the election of President Obama, black unemployment has risen to twice that of whites, and white families have 44 times more wealth than black families. The President's support has declined among black voters, and black leaders have been divided over how much to criticize America's first black president. When he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus a week and a half ago, he noted that black unemployment is at almost 17 percent, the highest in almost three decades, and called it "heartbreaking" and "frustrating" that 40 percent of African-American children live in poverty, with fewer than half believing they can achieve the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But he also chided the CBC for "complaining" and "crying." Will his most loyal constituents be discouraged from going back to the polls? Is he caught in a vice created by race and politics in America?


Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)
Cheryl Contee, Jack and Jill Politics (@ch3ryl)
Kai Wright, The Nation / Colorlines (@kai_wright)
Erin Aubry Kaplan, KCET / Los Angeles Times

Dark Days, Bright Nights

Peniel E. Joseph

Reporter's Notebook Pilot Program Aims to Speed Up Airport Security 7 MIN, 17 SEC

Starting today, a select group of air travelers may find getting through airport security quicker than it used to be. Some passengers have been chosen for the so-called PreCheck program at Miami, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta. It's the first major attempt by the Obama Administration to move away from a one-size-fits-all security program to one based on risk. Joe Brancatelli is editor of JoeSentMe.com, a non-commercial website for business travelers.

Joe Brancatelli, JoeSentMe.com

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