Alysa Stanton stands in the synagogue at Hebrew Union College on May 21, 2009, in Cincinnati. Stanton was later ordained as mainstream Judaism's first black female rabbi. She serves at Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, N.C.
President Barack Obama discusses the debt limit and federal deficit during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 29, 2011.
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