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Latinos in California seeks council seat in ongoing tension with Anaheim policeupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 06:09:00

As tensions roil between Latinos and city officials over accusations of police brutality, Hispanic activists will press the Anaheim City Council for a way to have at least one elected Latino to represent them, leaders said Thursday.

As two politicians ascend, new sway for Latinos?updated: Fri Aug 03 2012 08:15:00

This week, Latinos experienced their own version of "Super Tuesday."

Latino vote may decide 2012 electionupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 10:00:00

Political parties are closely looking at Latino voting trends in swing states. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Obama, Romney make same mistake on Hispanicsupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 10:00:00

This week, the National Council of La Raza is hosting its annual conference in Las Vegas. The group is the biggest kid on the Hispanic block. Starting with George H.W. Bush, every Democrat and Republican president and nominee has addressed the conference. This year, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney is doing so.

Opinion: Immigration ruling will affect Latino voteupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 22:42:00

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday on Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-immigration law that some observers are calling a "split decision" or even a victory for the federal government over Arizona.

Booming Latino growth could be 2012 tipping pointupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 04:52:00

President Obama and Mitt Romney are set to make appearances beginning Thursday at a major gathering of Latino officials and activists in Florida, a moment that campaign-weary Democrats have awaited for weeks.

By the numbers: Latino votersupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:25:00

Because of their growing numbers and presence in some of the key battleground states, Latinos are expected to play a prominent role in this year's battle for the White House between President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Will Romney pick a Latino for VP?updated: Sat Jun 02 2012 14:13:00

As Romney thinks about his Vice Presidential running mate, will he turn to a Latino? CNN's Dana Bash reports.

'Sleeping giant' Latino vote yet to awakenupdated: Wed May 30 2012 08:58:00

The first Latino president of the United States already has been born.

GOP's problem with Latinos -- as big as Texasupdated: Tue May 29 2012 07:28:00

In Texas, where voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, politics can be brutal.

New majority: Minority babiesupdated: Mon May 21 2012 08:02:00

CNN's Tom Foreman tackles the increasing trend of the number of minority babies surpassing white babies in the U.S.

GOP problem: 'Their voters are white, aging and dying off'updated: Mon May 21 2012 08:02:00

When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears before Latino small-business owners in Washington on Tuesday, he'll address a group whose explosive birth rates foreshadow a seismic political shift in GOP strongholds in the Deep South and Southwest.

Most U.S. children under 1 are minorities, Census saysupdated: Thu May 17 2012 12:32:00

U.S. minorities now represent more than half of America's population under the age of 1, the Census Bureau said, a historic demographic milestone with profound political, economic and social implications.

Connecticut priest helps Latinosupdated: Tue May 08 2012 05:38:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti profiles an East Haven, Connecticut, priest who fights discrimination against Latinos.

Cinco de Mayo a Mexican import? No, it's as American as July 4, prof saysupdated: Sat May 05 2012 12:39:00

Cinco de Mayo -- the unofficial U.S. holiday long believed to have been imported, with celebratory beer, from Mexico -- isn't a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one created by Latinos in the West during the Civil War, according to new research by a California professor.

Romney running mate rumorsupdated: Wed May 02 2012 09:10:00

CNN's Candy Crowley reports on who's in and who's not as possible running mates for Mitt Romney.

Bobby Jindal for vice presidentupdated: Wed May 02 2012 09:10:00

Republicans have a Latino problem. Only about 6% of Latino voters agree that the GOP is the party most concerned for their interests. Nearly half choose the Democrats as the party most concerned for them.

How Romney can win over Latino votersupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 22:29:00

Modern technology has made campaigning much easier in some ways. It's now possible to raise millions in small donations through the Internet, host Facebook town halls and galvanize millions of supporters through Twitter. An ad can be released on YouTube and attract enough media coverage to make it worthwhile without spending a dime on TV time.

Why Marco Rubio can't save the GOPupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 15:34:00

Is Marco Rubio auditioning for vice president -- or secretary of State?

Sen. Rubio: 'World is our business'updated: Thu Apr 26 2012 15:34:00

Sen. Marco Rubio takes an internationalist view in a foreign policy speech he makes for the direction of America.

A Texas mayor, a mural and a Mexican stereotypeupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 13:48:00

Julian Castro is not cooperating. The mayor of San Antonio knows full well what I want to talk about, and yet he is determined to change the subject to what he believes is a much more pressing story. Where I want to drag him, my friend refuses to go.

Charles Garcia: Latinos hold swing voteupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 01:34:00

Charles Garcia talks about why President Barack Obama can win the 2012 election by a landslide.

How Obama could win in a landslideupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 01:34:00

TIME magazine's cover story, which hit the newsstand Thursday, argues that Latino voters will cast the deciding vote in the upcoming election.

Why the environment is a Latino issueupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 11:41:00

Amid all the jockeying of the primary debates, President Barack Obama's 2013 budget was a breath of fresh air that underscored the priorities we should have as a nation. Sure, politicos may call it a campaign document, but even if you view it as only that, it is a much needed reminder of just what we should be focusing on.

Obama campaign's 'chimichanga' tweetupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 07:38:00

A Latino organization demands an apology for Obama campaign manager's tweet. CNN's Maria Cardona and Mary Matalin discuss.

'Chimichanga' slam on GOP is tough to swallowupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 07:38:00

Condescension is never appetizing. Not even when it's wrapped around a chimichanga.

Will Hispanic voters swing the 2012 race?updated: Sun Feb 12 2012 00:29:00

Former Gov. Jeb Bush recently argued in an op-ed that Hispanic voters will represent the margin of victory in the 15 swing states that will decide who will win the race for the White House. Is his political intuition right? And if it is, how do both parties significantly increase their chances of winning the Hispanic vote?

Hispanic vote could swing electionupdated: Sun Feb 12 2012 00:29:00

Charles Garcia says issues and candidates get Hispanic votes, not party lines.

Romney is vulnerable with Hispanicsupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 11:09:00

On the eve of the Nevada caucus, here's some advice to Newt Gingrich: If you still want to draw contrasts with Mitt Romney over immigration, don't toss in your cards. Double down.

Latinos won't forget Romney's 'anti-immigrant' talkupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 08:29:00

Responding angrily to a campaign ad from Newt Gingrich accusing him of being anti-immigrant, Mitt Romney insisted during last week's Republican debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville that he has no problem with immigrants.

VP Marco Rubio? The man in demandupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 09:33:00

Will he or won't he? And would it matter?

Rubio a popular potential cabinet pickupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 09:33:00

The four GOP contenders name several Hispanic leaders who could potentially serve in their administrations.

Going after Florida's Latino voteupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 12:18:00

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney fight for the key constituency in Florida. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

GOP, don't blow it with Florida's Latinos updated: Thu Jan 26 2012 12:18:00

On behalf of all those Latino voters who have figured out that the Obama administration is the most hostile to Latino immigrants of any administration in the last half century and who are looking for an alternative, let me say this to the Republican presidential candidates: "Bienvenidos to Florida! Now, behave yourselves."

Conn. cops accused of racial profilingupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 12:17:00

Dermot Lynch, Yale Law student, and Father James Manship, arrested by the New Haven police, discuss the officer's behavior.

Connecticut mayor apologizes for 'taco' commentupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 12:17:00

The mayor of East Haven, Connecticut, apologized Wednesday for saying he would help Latinos in his town by eating tacos, a remark that sparked anger from state officials and immigrant advocates already fuming over allegations of police mistreatment of Latinos in his city.

Florida's Latino voters will be a factor in the primaryupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 15:27:00

As the attention of the nation turns toward Florida ahead of its primary election, the Latino vote has emerged as an important factor.

Hispanic GOP group endorses Gingrichupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 12:20:00

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has received the endorsement of the nation's largest Hispanic Republican group.

Why is Arizona threatened by Mexican-American studies?updated: Sat Jan 07 2012 10:12:00

Who's afraid of a harmless course in Mexican-American studies?

Why Rubio won't help GOP get Latino voteupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 13:01:00

Repeat after me, GOP: "Marco Rubio will not be our savior with Latinos in the 2012 election."

CNN Student News Learning Activity and Resources: Hispanic Heritage Monthupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 11:31:00

Students will investigate the contributions of Hispanic Americans to U.S. culture, and what it means to be an Hispanic in America today.

Hispanic Heritage - Independence Day Tourupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 11:31:00

Take an Independence Day tour through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Why Nevada's Latino vote could make the difference in the 2012 electionupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 18:22:00

A tour outside the casino zone in Las Vegas reveals the Latino influence in Nevada.

Cain leaps to the top of the packupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 18:22:00

CNN's John King and a panel discuss GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's surge in the polls.

Latinos tweeting their issues, ideas to topupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 18:09:00

As a musician and social justice activist, online social media has helped Maria Isa sell more CDs and mobilize the growing number of Latinos in her home city of Minneapolis.

The Face of Povertyupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 05:33:00

The Face of Poverty

Study: Largest U.S. group of poor kids is now Hispanicupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 05:33:00

For the first time in U.S. history, the largest single group of poor children in any racial or ethnic category is Hispanic, according to a new survey.

Can Obama fortify African-American support?updated: Wed Sep 28 2011 13:25:00

Robert Traynham and James Peterson on the challenges facing the President oin the African American community.

GOP stifling efforts for immigration reform, Obama saysupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 13:25:00

Republicans lack the leadership to put comprehensive immigration reform back to the table, President Barack Obama said Wednesday during an online roundtable about issues in the Hispanic community.

Mexico's 1930 census revealed, a mine of data for 32 million Americansupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 22:06:00

Actor Edward James Olmos wishes he could trace his family's Mexican history back 100,000 years, but he'll have to settle for 1930 for now.

Will Hispanics be the swing voting bloc of 2012?updated: Thu Sep 15 2011 20:28:00

In the middle of the massive effort to protect New Yorkers from the effects of Hurricane Irene last month, a colorful moment gave people an amusing opportunity to laugh and joke. It was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to communicate with Spanish-speaking New Yorkers in their own language.

Politicians court the Latino voteupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 18:11:00

Leaders say the dramatic growth in Latino voting power will be decisive in 2012's elections. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Don't stereotype Hispanic Americaupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 18:11:00

When you refuse to acknowledge a group of people in all their nuances and complexities, or depict them as predictable and one-dimensional, or dictate for them a code of acceptable behavior, it is a blatant sign of disrespect.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: Hispanic Heritage Monthupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 16:07:00

Students will investigate the contributions of Hispanic Americans to U.S. culture, and what it means to be an Hispanic in America today.

Tampa GOP debate: No talking pointsupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 05:46:00

CNN's Don Lemon interviews members of the Tampa Tea Party prior to Monday's candidate forum.

In Florida, Cuban coffee meets tea party politicsupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 05:46:00

For politicians seeking public office, a stop at the iconic Cafe Versailles is a must.

Studios try to 'crack the code' on Latino moviegoersupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 07:22:00

In the same way Hispanics have become an important political voice, so it goes with Hollywood and moviegoing.

Facing a cultural divide in my mixed marriageupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 16:58:00

I'm in a mixed marriage. My wife is Mexican and I'm Mexican-American.

Texas prepares for redistricting battleupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 10:38:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the redistricting battle that is brewing in Texas.

Latinos push for political influenceupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 10:38:00

Armed with fresh census data, Latinos around the country are flexing their political muscle. From state legislatures to Congress, the Hispanic vote is getting a voice.

Hispanic conservatives keep close eye on Republican debateupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 00:29:00

As Republicans gear up for Monday's presidential debate in New Hampshire, some conservative Hispanics say they'll be watching closely -- and they're hoping to see more than the current field of candidates has offered so far.

Latino officials see big Hispanic vote in 2012updated: Thu Jun 23 2011 18:36:00

The largest gathering of Latino elected officials in the United States projects a record number of Hispanic voters in next year's election.

'Tequila Party' aims to increase Latino voting blocupdated: Tue May 31 2011 18:20:00

By now, people in the United States and elsewhere in the world are familiar with the Tea Party, but there's a new social movement on the political block -- it's called the "Tequila Party," and its leaders say the group is serving as a wake-up call to the Latino voting bloc.

Hispanics lead U.S. embrace of mobile technologyupdated: Fri May 20 2011 09:44:00

As the run-up to the 2012 U.S. elections gains momentum, Hispanic Americans may prove to be an especially influential political force. According to a new report, the political mobilization of U.S. Hispanics is an increasingly mobile (as in cell phones) phenomenon.

Is Obama ready to mess with Texas? 'Not a chance'updated: Tue Apr 19 2011 16:49:00

When President Obama sat down at the White House with a Texas television station Monday, one of the four interviews he did with local TV reporters, he may have also raised speculation that Democrats think solidly red Texas might be in play in 2012.

Cultures clash as Oklahoma's Hispanic population surgesupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 14:08:00

Marcelino Garcia's three-decade journey from illegal immigrant to successful businessman has unfolded against an unlikely backdrop -- the deeply conservative state of Oklahoma.

Latinos are Oklahoma's new nativesupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 14:08:00

New census figures show Hispanics have surpassed American Indians as the largest minority group in Oklahoma.

2010: Rubio: GOP wins a second chanceupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 11:11:00

Florida's Senator-elect Marco Rubio says it would be a "mistake" to assume the U.S. is entering a Republican era.

Can Rubio help GOP with Latinos in 2012?updated: Thu Mar 31 2011 11:11:00

We don't know who will be the Republican nominee for president next year. But we do know who stands a good chance of being the Republican nominee for vice president: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

President focuses on needs of Latino students in town hall meetingupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 22:19:00

President Barack Obama took to the Spanish-language network airwaves Monday to discuss challenges in educating Hispanics students.

Hispanic population exceeds 50 million, firmly nation's No. 2 groupupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 05:38:00

The growing Hispanic population in the United States has reached a new milestone, topping 50 million, or 16.3% of the nation, officially solidifying its position as the country's second-largest group, U.S. Census Bureau officials said Thursday.

Is America becoming a Hispanic country?updated: Fri Mar 18 2011 10:15:00

The United States is becoming an Hispanic country. And it's happening much faster than anyone expected.

Hispanics lag behind in internet usage, study saysupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 09:59:00

Hispanics in the United States are less likely than whites to access the internet, have a home broadband connection or own a cell phone, according to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center released Wednesday.

Paging Jeb Bush -- for 2012updated: Mon Nov 15 2010 11:25:00

Americans are horribly divided over the legacy of our 43rd president: George W. Bush. These factions locked horns when Bush was in office, and they're at it again this month now that Bush has released "Decision Points," a memoir of his personal and political life.

Stigma haunts mentally ill Latinosupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 08:36:00

Gabriela Martinez always spent a lot of time in bed, and she rarely laughed, or even spoke. For decades, her family shrugged off this unusual behavior as nervios, or "nerve problems."

Pew report: Latinos divided over illegal immigrants, other issuesupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 12:00:00

Latinos in the United States are divided over a host of issues, including what to do about unauthorized immigrants, a reflection of the national political controversy over illegal immigration, a national study released Thursday finds.

Obama signs executive order enhancing Hispanic education initiativeupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 15:43:00

President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order that updates and enhances a 1990 presidential initiative intended to boost education for Hispanic students.

Don't pigeonhole Hispanic votersupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 13:34:00

There have been a number of stories recently about California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, her former housekeeper (an illegal immigrant) and the possible electoral fallout.

Study: Latinos support Democrats but not enthusiastic about electionupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:30:00

Latino support for Democratic candidates remains strong, with 65 percent of registered Hispanic voters saying they plan to vote for the Democrat in their congressional district in next month's midterm elections, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a report Tuesday.

Economic impact of immigration lawupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 12:11:00

Barry Broome of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council talks about the economic impact of Arizona's immigration law.

Specter of Arizona immigration law slowly drains economyupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 12:11:00

Jairo Tellez's seafood distribution business is a family affair. In the industrial warehouse that houses J and V Mariscos on the west side of Phoenix, his wife, Vicki, and four of his seven children load trucks, take phone calls, enter data and help care for his infant grandson, who has a playpen in Tellez's office.

Obama calls for immigration overhaulupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 15:41:00

President Obama explains why he believes the immigration system needs to be overhauled and lays out his plan to do it.

Latinos not flexing political muscle -- yetupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 15:41:00

Each election cycle is dubbed "the year" -- a time when Latinos will show up at the polls in droves and transform the political landscape.

Frum offensive on Mexican immigrantsupdated: Fri May 14 2010 10:25:00

It's wrong to mischaracterize an entire group of Americans in an effort to prevent members of a culturally related group from ever having a chance at sharing in the American dream.

An uphill battle to combat Latino childhood obesityupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 15:19:00

When she was about 8, Frida Sepulveda developed dark folds of skin around her neck. It's a well-known warning sign of type 2 diabetes.

Voices from the Latino communityupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 16:45:00

Watch some of the countless stories unfolding among the fastest growing population in the U.S.

Commentary: Latinos are assimilating in the USAupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 20:52:00

Have you ever seen 47 million people hold their breath and hope for the best?

Businesswoman cooks up successupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 14:23:00

Lorena Garcia is a successful businesswoman driven by a passion to cook and communicate.

Browning of the Catholic Churchupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 11:19:00

Chile rellenos have replaced fish as the main draw for one Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri.

Latinos may be 'future' of U.S. Catholic Churchupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 11:19:00

"I'll take two chili, uh..." a hungry customer stammers at the front of a two-hour-long line. "Chile rellenos," the money-handler trills back in perfect Spanish. This is not a trendy Tex-Mex restaurant; and it's more than 1,000 miles from the Mexican border.

Outreach to Hispanicsupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 08:42:00

Both parties make concerted efforts to reach out to the growing Latino population. CNN's Jessica Yellin reports.

Commentary: Latinos have made it, but there's still work to be doneupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 13:10:00

Across America, the Latino population is growing, and it is now the largest minority group in the country. Latino voices are being heard, and their economic impact is being felt in the marketplace, which is good for the whole of the nation.

Commentary: Mexican-Americans have deep U.S. tiesupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 21:24:00

Just about any celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) will highlight the diversity among Hispanics.

Gay Latino Americans are 'coming of age'updated: Wed Sep 23 2009 17:16:00

Perez Hilton is a celebrity blogger who dishes out the latest Hollywood gossip, but there's something about his personal life you may not know.

Commentary: GOP's problem with Hispanicsupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 16:19:00

David Iglesias, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico, is a cautionary tale for young Hispanics who think the road to political power leads through the Republican Party. John P. Lopez: Sanchez may be NFL's key to opening Hispanic marketupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 15:11:00

The NFL has spent a lot of time and money taking mighty swings at the multi-billion dollar Hispanic market. The result? It's been as if the league has been blindfolded, spun around in circles, and told to hit a piñata with one-hand tied behind its collective back.

Republicans walk a fine line on Sotomayorupdated: Wed May 27 2009 13:33:00

The Republican Party risks further alienating Hispanic voters if it challenges the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, who would become the first Hispanic, and the third woman, on the Supreme Court, political analysts say.

Latinos rejoice in Sotomayor nominationupdated: Wed May 27 2009 09:48:00

Cecilia Lopez, a student who is the first person from her family to go to college, sees something of herself in the first Hispanic woman to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Survey delves into high birth rate for young Latinasupdated: Tue May 19 2009 21:10:00

She had many plans for the future: to go to college, start a career, meet the man of her dreams, raise a family -- when the time was right.

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