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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and former first lady Laura Bush during a panel discussion during 'Investing in Our Future' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and former first lady Laura Bush during a panel discussion during 'Investing in Our Future' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

First Ladies: Picking Their Causes

Updated at 10:53 am EDT As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington concludes today with diplomatic discussions among President Barack Obama and African heads of state, First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush were hosting a forum...

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Frank Sesno, left, interviews Colin Powell.

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Frank Sesno, left, interviews Colin Powell.

Powell: ‘Washington Needs Help’

Colin Powell has some straight talk for the next generation of leaders: “Stay away from stupid reality shows, and don’t spend all your time texting the person next to you.” The former secretary of state, chairman of the joint chiefs...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C.

Warren: ‘Billionaires or Students?’

A day after a group formed to draft Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, the Massachusetts senator riled up student activists with a speech at a Washington conference on her bill that would let them refinance loans...

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks at the Economic Club of Chicago in Illinois on Feb. 11, 2014.

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks at the Economic Club of Chicago in Illinois on Feb. 11, 2014.

Christie’s Stairway to Heaven: Mouth-Washing with Soap

Somewhere in the afterlife, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says, his mother’s mother probably wants to shake his hand — and then wash his mouth out with soap. In a commencement speech at Rowan University in Glassboro, the Garden State’s...

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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page receives an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page receives an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

First Lady, Led Zeppelin’s Page, Puff Daddy: Commencements

Among the commencement speakers at weekend college graduations: First Lady Michelle Obama, rapper Puff Daddy and rock guitarist Jimmy Page. “I think that’s the first selfie I’ve done at a commencement, ” Obama told the young woman who introduced her...

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

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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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