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Discarded mattresses in front of the abandoned Fisher Body Plant 21 building in Detroit.

Photograph by Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg

Discarded mattresses in front of the abandoned Fisher Body Plant 21 building in Detroit.

Detroit: Going to School on Bankruptcy

Add bankruptcy to the list of Detroit brands that inspire intellectual pursuits, along with making cars, the growth of unions, strained race relations and Motown Music. A new, 13-week course at Wayne State University in Detroit will explore why the...

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President Barack Obama looks over a student's work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. on April 7, 2014.

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President Barack Obama looks over a student's work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. on April 7, 2014.

Obama Goes to School in Biology

The president went to school in biology today. At Bladensburg High School, in Maryland just outside the District of Columbia, President Barack Obama was announcing the winners of Youth Career Grants. The project of the Departments of Education and Labor...

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First Lady Michelle Obama with Sasha, left, as Malia during a visit to Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland, on June 18, 2013.

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First Lady Michelle Obama with Sasha, left, as Malia during a visit to Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland, on June 18, 2013.

Michelle Obama China-Blogging

Updated at 1:40 pm EDT, with Angela Greiling Keane First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters and mother are booking a weeklong trip to China, checking off another country where she is talking about the importance of education. She’s promising to...

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Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, right, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, right, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Jeb Bush: On Running ‘Joyfully’

Sometimes a great notion: Running for president ”joyfully.” Amid all the political tumult of the past few weeks — with one of the Republican Party’s best prospects for president mired in a political traffic jam, and the Democrats’ top candidate...

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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

Obama: ‘Pen and Phone’

President Barack Obama has “a pen and a phone.” He said so today. What he doesn’t have is either a majority of the Republican-run House or a filibuster-proof majority of the Democratic-led Senate — except on that question of  some...

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Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada."

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Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada."

Nonpartisanship Springs From Labor’s Book List

Only in Washington could Milton Friedman share props with the devil and Prada. The capital is serving up a new crop of strange bedfellows courtesy of the Department of Labor and Library of Congress. As part of a campaign to...

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