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Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris was a first step in paying back the Black voters who did so much to revive his political fortunes in South Carolina.  But if Biden is elected, he will have an incredible opportunity to elevate an unprecedented number of new Black governors -- due to the high number of Black lieutenant governors poised to move up if a vacancy occurs – and perhaps a few United States senators as well.  (He could also “create” California’s first woman governor and several Hispanic and Native American governors.)   

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The man who found the Boston bombing suspect in his boat Friday night may be a hero, but he's an angry hero if the boat got shot up in the gunfire that preceded the fugitive's capture, one of his neighbors said.

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Called upon to console a grieving city and reassure a shaken nation, President Barack Obama on Thursday promised that Boston would "run again" after deadly twin bombings at its famous marathon. More than 2,000 people rose in a standing ovation in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and sang "America the Beautiful."

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The details on the apparently crude but deadly explosives emerged as investigators appealed to the public for amateur video and photos that might yield clues.

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday named his former chief of staff to temporarily fill the Senate seat being vacated by John Kerry and called a special election for June 25 for voters to choose a permanent replacement for the incoming secretary of state.

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Massachusetts voters weary from one of the nation's costliest and most divisive U.S. Senate races are all but certain to find themselves thrown back into another tumultuous election now that President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry for secretary of state.

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For the first time in a quarter century, Chicago teachers walked out of the classroom Monday, taking a bitter contract dispute over evaluations and job security to the streets of the nation's third-largest city - and to a national audience - less than a week after most schools opened for fall.

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With the congressional elections fast approaching, President Barack Obama acknowledged Saturday that the hope and energy he stirred during his presidential campaign may have faded in the face of an economic crisis.

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It's a don't-take-anything-for-granted message from President Barack Obama to his party: Even in the most reliably liberal states, no Democratic candidate is guaranteed victory in November.

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Nearly the entire population

of a small village of ceramic

artisans and descendants

of runaway slaves survived

massive flooding by clinging to

two jack fruit trees and praying

through a rainy night, officials

said Thursday.

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Crews made faster-than-expected progress Sunday repairing a broken pipe that cut the supply of clean water to 2 million Boston-area residents, prompting Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to urge schools, businesses and commuters to resume their routines as the workweek began.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after becoming ill in her office at the court following treatment for an iron deficiency.

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A Democratic aide says Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will name former party chairman Paul Kirk to temporarily fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.

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If Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wants the power to quickly name a temporary replacement for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, it's going to be up to him to do it.

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Massachusetts Republicans have temporarily blocked Senate debate on a bill allowing Gov. Deval Patrick to name an interim appointment to the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Edward Kennedy.

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Supporters say the white policeman who arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his home is a principled police officer and family man who is being unfairly described as racist.

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