Corey Dade en Sharpton 2.0: From Outsider To Insider Although he's been a public figure for three decades, the Rev. Al Sharpton is more visible these days than ever, often in ways even he wouldn't have dreamed when he was leading protests on the streets of New York in the 1980s.<p>If you watched the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama, you probably saw the dais behind him filled with the usual lot of past presidents, members of Congress and so on. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:25:00 +0000 Corey Dade 31099 at Critics Question Witness List Ahead Of Immigration Hearing The new Congress will hold its first hearing on overhauling immigration laws on Tuesday, and some pro-immigrant groups and Democrats already are grumbling that the makeup of witnesses scheduled to testify before a House panel is weighted toward conservatives who oppose citizenship for illegal immigrants and support a limited flow of newcomers.<p>Critics are concerned that the witness list signals that Republican lawmakers' post-election embrace of immigration reform may not materialize. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:27:06 +0000 Corey Dade 28725 at For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up Years of criticism and even a U.S. Supreme Court challenge couldn't force the Boy Scouts of America to admit openly gay members and leaders. But money talks, and after the defections of major donors, the 103-year-old organization is poised to lift its national ban.<p>Just last summer, the Boy Scouts reaffirmed the ban after a lengthy internal review. Several incidents since then have tarnished the organization's image and fueled an aggressive nationwide protest led by an Eagle Scout.<p>Boys Scouts of America hasn't disclosed its reasons for considering the policy change. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:47:00 +0000 Corey Dade 28419 at Obama Lays Out Immigration Plan But Avoids Thorny Issues President Obama's highly anticipated <a href="" target="_blank">speech</a> Tuesday outlining his blueprint for an overhaul of the nation's immigration system was perhaps most notable for the big issues left unaddressed.<p>Rather than wade into thorny territory, and potentially derail the bipartisan <a href="" target="_blank">momentum in the Senate</a>, Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:25:54 +0000 Corey Dade 28139 at Bipartisan Senate Group Kick-Starts Immigration Battle A bipartisan Senate plan unveiled Monday to overhaul the U.S. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Corey Dade 27973 at The Rev. Al Sharpton, In Six True-False Statements <em> Editor's note: NPR's Corey Dade recently traveled to New York to interview the Rev. Al Sharpton about the unusual arc of his checkered career, from pugnacious street fighter for racial justice to savvy insider with ties to CEOs, a successful television show and the the ear of a soon-to-be second-term president. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Corey Dade 27433 at House Gears Up For Immigration Battle With immigration expected to be a top issue in the new Congress, lawmakers in both parties continue to call for a bipartisan approach — while also preparing for battle.<p>The messaging from many House Democrats and Republicans about the chances of passing an immigration overhaul remains optimistic. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:09:00 +0000 Corey Dade 26599 at New Immigration Battle: Driver's Licenses In a sign of growing opposition to President Obama's immigration policy, Iowa has become the latest state to deny driver's licenses to young illegal immigrants who receive deferments from deportation.<p>Iowa joins Michigan, Nebraska and Arizona in denying licenses or non-operator identification cards because, officials say, Obama's <a href="" target="_self">deferred action program</a> doesn't grant legal status in the United States. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:50:00 +0000 Corey Dade 25936 at Election Study: Black Turnout May Have Surpassed That Of Whites African-Americans voted this year at a higher rate than other minorities and may have topped the rate for whites for the first time, <a href="" target="_blank">according to a new study</a> by the Pew Research Center.<p>Blacks make up 12 percent of all eligible voters but contributed 13 percent of the votes in the presidential election — duplicating their record turnout in 2008, according to exit polls analyzed in the study. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:28:28 +0000 Corey Dade 25888 at Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race Possible revisions to how the decennial census asks questions about race and ethnicity have raised concerns among some groups that any changes could reduce their population count and thus weaken their electoral clout.<p>The Census Bureau is considering numerous changes to the 2020 survey in an effort to improve the responses of minorities and more accurately classify Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and multiracial populations.<p>Potential options include eliminating the "Hispanic origin" question and combining it with the race question, new queries for people of Middle Eastern or North African h Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:42:00 +0000 Corey Dade 25825 at