There are less than three months until the midterm elections and local races are set to have a major impact on the national political landscape. So, today we're breaking down the most competitive races in our region for you to keep an eye on. Meanwhile, Princeton is making some important changes to campus life in an effort to be more welcoming to a diverse student body. The first step? Facing its very complex history head-on. Oh, and in case you haven't heard, the Eagles play tonight. Go Birds.
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Princeton, one of the nation's oldest elite universities, is embracing and revealing its complicated past in an effort to be more welcoming to its increasingly diverse student body.
It's made moves like naming an archway after a former slave who worked on campus and commissioning new portraits of distinguished alumni. But it's also had to grapple with the tainted legacy of one of Princeton's most iconic leaders: Woodrow Wilson.
Princeton isn't the only local school to struggle with its past. Bryn Mawr is reducing the visibility of its second president after reviewing her history of racism.
When the midterm elections arrive this November, the Philadelphia region will be a key national player. Democrats are looking to gain the House majority and they're targeting six local Republican-held districts. Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey host Senate races, too, as the GOP tries to keep its 51-49 advantage.
So, to break down the local landscape, my colleague Jonathan Tamari has ranked the most competitive contests in our region.
One opponent Pennsylvanians will face this November is an old foe: uncounted absentee ballots. Not all votes are counted because the deadlines are just too tight.
The region's top Justice Department official sharply criticized Philadelphia leaders for its "sanctuary city" policy Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain blamed the policy for giving an undocumented Honduran man who raped a child a "free pass." The man had been released by police in 2015 after an aggravated assault case against him was dropped. He was arrested for raping a family member a year and a half later.
The accusation prompted a pointed response from District Attorney Larry Krasner.
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