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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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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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