Technology and teachers change inner-city school
President Barack Obama tours a science class during a visit to Parkvyille Middle School and Center of Technology on Feburary 14, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.
March 8th, 2011
07:55 AM ET
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Technology and teachers change inner-city school

(CNN) - Like many schools in heavily urban areas, there are metal detectors, the neighborhood is poorer than many and 90% of the students qualify for free or subsidized lunches.

But there's a real difference at TechBoston Academy in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. At this school, 95% of the students are routinely accepted into college.

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Cindy McCain and Ben Affleck join forces to help Congo
March 8th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Cindy McCain and Ben Affleck join forces to help Congo

Washington (CNN) - Hollywood celebrity Ben Affleck is bringing his star power to Capitol Hill Tuesday, and teaming up with an unlikely partner –Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain– to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo.

ABC News reports that Affleck and McCain will appear on Tuesday before the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee at a panel held by Republican Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey. Affleck said last week that he will speak alongside representatives from the State Department, USAID, and other human rights groups to "bring increased investment and attention from both the public and private sectors to the devastating humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo."
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
March 8th, 2011
04:31 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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CNN: Wisconsin gov: Democratic senator's border meeting idea 'ridiculous'
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday dismissed as "ridiculous" a letter from a Democratic state Senate leader who suggested a meeting "near the Wisconsin-Illinois border" to discuss the state's budget impasse. Sen. Mark Miller sent the letter to Walker on Monday, offering a border summit as a way to resume stalled negotiations on the state's budget. Miller and 13 other Democratic senators left Wisconsin for Illinois on February 17 to prevent a vote on a budget plan that includes limits on public bargaining. But Walker said top Republican lawmakers and even members of his own staff have already met repeatedly with some of senators, including one meeting over hot chocolate at a McDonald's restaurant. Walker said the talks seemed to be making progress and the Democrats' return seemed imminent.

Indianapolis Star: Democrats may be out for the long haul
One House Democrat says his party will continue its standoff for "as long as it takes" to win concessions from Republicans on bills involving labor unions and public schools - even if it means a government shutdown this summer. Legislative leaders in both parties said they hope Indiana is not facing that sort of doomsday scenario. But no one seemed to have a plan yet on how to avoid it. Shrugging off the $250 per day fines being levied against them, Democrats began their third week at an Urbana, Ill., hotel Monday. Their goal: deny House Republicans the quorum of 67 lawmakers to do business in order to stop bills that would weaken collective bargaining and shift funds from public to private schools.

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GOP contenders make early pitch to Iowa evangelicals
March 8th, 2011
12:06 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP contenders make early pitch to Iowa evangelicals

Waukee, Iowa (CNN) - There was no "truce" in Iowa on Monday night.

While the national political debate continues to swirl around the state of the economic recovery, five Republicans with their eyes on the White House spent the evening in a Des Moines suburb pitching themselves to the evangelical Christians who dominate the Hawkeye State's crucial first-in-the-nation caucuses.

The potential candidates made their appeals at a forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, the first major Iowa gathering of the 2012 election cycle. The organization seeks to promote "high moral values" and "Christian principles" in public life.
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