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Senators, small business owners push for minimum wage increase

Senators, small business owners push for minimum wage increase

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Small business leaders joined Senate Democrats on the Hill Thursday to lend their support to a push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama joins Quora, answers healthcare questions to boost registrations

Obama joins Quora, answers healthcare questions to boost registrations

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- President Obama became the first verified account on Quora as he answered questions about healthcare, as he pushes to get people to register before March 31.
Ananth Baliga
The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

Could it be? An actual deal in the works to reinstitute the extended unemployment benefits that expired just after Christmas?
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats plan to take, after final votes Monday night, an all-night "talkathon" on climate change.
Gabrielle Levy

New Jersey's rock salt held up at Maine port because of maritime law

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- New Jersey officials say they've been unsuccessful getting a federal waiver to allow shipment of 40,000 tons of rock salt to the state before the next snowfall.
At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

From the get-go, 2013 was turbulent in Washington. Crises rolled over the nation's capital like thunderheads after President Obama took his second oath of office on a crisp January day.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
By United Press International
The Issue: Food stamp cuts -- 47 million Americans have less to eat

The Issue: Food stamp cuts -- 47 million Americans have less to eat

When he was mayor of Newark, N.J., newly installed Sen. Cory Booker lived on a food stamp diet for a week, eating mostly beans and yams -- even contemplating a meal of mayonnaise and salsa -- to draw attention to the plight of the nation's poorest, who just got poorer with Friday's $5 billion cut in the nation's food stamp program.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Senate Republicans block two Obama nominees

Senate Republicans block two Obama nominees

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans Thursday killed efforts to end filibusters blocking debate on President Barack Obama's nominees for a cabinet post and a federal judgeship.
Obama schedule for Thursday, Oct. 31

Obama schedule for Thursday, Oct. 31

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- President Obama hosts and speaks at SelectUSA Investment Summit on encouraging international investment in the United States Thursday, the schedule said.
McCain, Graham vow to delay Yellen, Johnson confirmations

McCain, Graham vow to delay Yellen, Johnson confirmations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham will try to block Janet Yellen's confirmation to lead the Federal Reserve in a dispute over the attack in Benghazi, Libya.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie drops fight against same-sex marriage

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie drops fight against same-sex marriage

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he would drop his fight against same-sex marriage in his state, withdrawing his appeal of a case before the state Supreme Court.
Cory Booker plans to marry gays in last days as Newark mayor

Cory Booker plans to marry gays in last days as Newark mayor

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- In his last days as Newark mayor, Sen.-elect Cory Booker, D-N.J., plans to officiate at weddings now that same-sex marriage is legal in his state.

Booker victory margin in New Jersey for Senate seat at 55%

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Democratic Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker has taken 55 percent percent of the vote in a special Senate election with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Democrat Cory Booker wins special N.J. election for U.S. Senate

Democrat Cory Booker wins special N.J. election for U.S. Senate

TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Democrat Cory Booker claimed victory Wednesday in the special election in New Jersey to fill the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Frank Lautenberg.
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Cory Anthony Booker (born April 27, 1969) is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Booker is a former Newark City Councilman. Booker was elected Mayor in 2006, becoming the 36th mayor of Newark and the third African-American mayor of that city.

The son of African-American parents (Cary and Carolyn Booker were among the first African-American executives at IBM), Booker was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in the predominantly white, affluent town of Harrington Park in Bergen County, New Jersey. He is an alumnus of Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, where he was a 1986 USA Today All-American football player. Following graduation, Booker traveled west to study at Stanford University and earned a B.A. in political science in 1991 as well as an M.A. in sociology the following year. He played varsity football — he made the All–Pacific Ten Academic team — and was elected to the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) council of (four) presidents. In addition, he ran The Bridge, a student-run crisis hotline and organized help for youth in East Palo Alto, from Stanford students. While at Stanford, Booker also became good friends with Rachel Maddow.

After Stanford, Booker earned a Rhodes Scholarship and studied at The Queen's College, Oxford, where he was awarded an honours degree in modern history in 1994. While at Oxford, he became friends with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and became President of the L'Chaim Society, the local chapter of Chabad, and brought together a diverse community there.

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