Jeff Stein, The Washington Post Published 8:36 am PST, Friday, February 1, 2019 Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., during a hearing at the Hart Senate Office Building on Sept. 5, 2018. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., during a hearing at the Hart Senate Office Building on Sept. 5, 2018. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Matt McClain Photo: Washington Post Photo By Matt McClain Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., during a hearing at the Hart Senate Office Building on Sept. 5, 2018. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., during a hearing at the Hart Senate Office Building on Sept. 5, 2018. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Matt McClain Booker's policy agenda: 'Baby bonds,' criminal justice reform, action on … [Read more...] about Booker’s policy agenda: ‘Baby bonds,’ criminal justice reform, action on climate change
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It’s easy to see the contradictions in Jared Polis.The wildly successful entrepreneur — he launched three companies before he turned 30 that collectively sold for more than $1 billion — routinely faces derision from Republican opponents as an enemy of capitalism and a threat to the state’s economy. The 43-year-old power broker with an 18-year unbroken string of wins at the ballot box is often treated as a party-crasher by fellow Democrats, while his libertarian leanings — he once proposed privatizing the U.S. Postal Service — make for unexpected alliances that irk the progressive wing of his party and belie Republican attacks branding him the squishiest of Boulder liberals.Scratch his public record, and the incongruities multiply: A leading national advocate for marijuana legalization, Polis says he has never smoked pot, for instance. The one-time backer of tough oil and gas drilling restrictions got jeered last month by environmentalists. And the … [Read more...] about Profile: Entrepreneur Jared Polis sees governor’s race as a chance to turn good ideas into reality
Welcome to our annual list of high school students who ranked at the top of their graduating class. We got responses this year from 84 schools, public and private, in St. Paul, nearby suburbs and western Wisconsin. Schools were asked to send us the names of their high achievers — however they define them. Some schools use the “valedictorian” and “salutatorian” distinctions. Others designate “highest honors” or degrees of “cum laude” or a percentage of the senior class. Schools submitting 10 names or fewer are invited to ask their students for an inspirational quote, and as ever, students cited words from a range of historic and contemporary writers, musicians and artists, political figures, scientists and celebrities. One pulled inspiration from the 1800s, with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice to “Finish each day and be done with it, you have done what you could. …Tomorrow is a new day, begin it well and with too high … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2018: High achievers and words that inspired them
PHILADELPHIA — Michelle Obama has a lot in common with many of the 8,000 Philadelphia students who packed the Liacouras Center on Wednesday.Once, she was a kid of modest means, a first-generation college student with a college counselor who told her that her dreams of an Ivy League education were perhaps a little out of reach.“There are all these people out there telling you what you can’t do,” the former first lady said. “I am so proud of you all. You did just what I did. You ignored the haters.”A massive shout of appreciation from the crowd at National College Signing Day went up from an audience full of students with firm plans to enter college, trade school or the military.The annual event, started by Obama in 2014, is designed to celebrate students headed to college, and this year, Philadelphia was chosen to host the main event. Nationwide, 600,000 students were registered to participate, with events happening in 2,000 separate … [Read more...] about ‘Ignore the haters,’ Michelle Obama tells 8,000 students in Philadelphia
Terry L. Meyers began planting the seeds of discovery about a dozen years ago at the College of William & Mary, after learning that the Williamsburg campus housed a school for free and enslaved blacks — including two students enslaved by the college.“Slavery to me had always been somewhat abstract,” Meyers, professor emeritus of English at W&M, recalled Monday. “When I came across the names of Adam and Fanny, it was almost like an electric shock: I worked for an institution that had owned people.”Today, slavery is far less abstract at William & Mary.Its board of visitors — at the behest of President Taylor Reveley — acknowledged Friday that W&M “enslaved people, exploited them and their labor, and perpetuated the legacies of racial discrimination,” and issued an apology.The board also extended “The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation,” established by the board in April 2009 to deepen the … [Read more...] about Williams: William & Mary has apologized for its history of slavery and discrimination. Here’s why that matters.