Last week's presidential debate revealed one area of agreement between the candidates: We need more teachers. "Let's hire another hundred thousand math and science teachers," proposed President Obama, adding that "Governor Romney doesn't think we need more teachers." Mr. Romney quickly replied, "I reject the idea that I don't believe in great teachers or more teachers." He just opposes earmarking federal dollars for this purpose, believing instead that "every school district, every state should make that decision on their own." Let's hope state and local officials have that discretion—and choose to shrink the teacher labor force rather than expand it.
A book about presidential perks recently revealed that taxpayers spend about $1.4 billion paying for the staffing, housing, transportation and entertaining of President Barack Obama’s White House. Now another author, John F. Groom, explains in “The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House” exactly how researchers came up with that $1.4 billion estimate. “One of the most important things to note about the $1.4 billion figure is that it specifically does NOT include the cost of running the White House’s policy operations – the $1.4 billion is money that is directly related
Mitt Romney has done it now. He has attacked the Left where it lives -- on PBS and NPR. Mass-attending Catholics rightly perceive that President Obama launched a direct attack on their church. Their bishops have informed them. Evangelicals and other people of faith have mobilized to support Catholics against the Obamacare regulations that will oblige Catholic hospitals, schools and human welfare agencies to close rather than provide the morning-after pill, sterilization, and other drugs and procedures prohibited by Catholic doctrine. Catholics are angry, and they will vote that anger in key swing states
In one of the clearest signs yet that Jose Antonio Vargas won't be deported from the U.S., Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued a statement on why it didn't take action against the journalist, activist and undocumented immigrant after he was arrested on Friday in Minneapolis for driving without a license. “Mr. Vargas was not arrested by ICE, nor did the agency issue a detainer,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said in a statement to Politico. “ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of public safety threats, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators,
Credit President Barack Obama’s aides with discernment. Even before the first presidential debate was over, they knew they needed to come up with an excuse, and fast. They settled on one that they haven’t stopped repeating: Mitt Romney lied his way to victory. The president would have rebutted Romney’s gross deceptions, except he was too focused on answering questions about the country’s future and too taken aback by Romney’s brazenness to answer the former governor in real time. Although once he had a day or two and his witty rejoinders
While the six-hour visit is designed as a show of support for Greece by its largest financial backer, it has also revived calls for reparations for the damage done by Nazi Germany's occupation of the country in the Second World War. Greece's economy has shrunk by one quarter in five years and the government has lurched from one bankruptcy crisis to a next with tens of thousands regularly marching the streets to protests at EU demanded austerity cuts. Many in Greece see these cuts are seen as being driven by Berlin and fears for Mrs Merkel's safety has seen
DENVER — Students in the Denver Public Schools need to know reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, but what about the fourth “r” — revolution? District officials have scrambled to respond to a public outcry over language in the new teacher-assessment criteria that describes a “distinguished” teacher as one who “encourages students to challenge and question the dominant culture” and “take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice.” The district’s “Framework for Effective Teaching” also said teachers would be scored on whether “Spades tudents appear comfortable challenging the dominant
Mark it down on your calendars: Yesterday — Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 — may go down in the annals of history as the day political polling died. It was the most ridiculous polling day among many preposterous polling days in the course of this long campaign. The ludicrous comedy began early in the morning. Gallup reported that, when it combined the results of its three nightly surveys after Wednesday’s debate, the race between Mitt Romney and President Obama had become a tie, 47-47. Around the same time came news from the bipartisan Battleground poll
Mitt Romney traveled to the Virginia Military Institute yesterday — and took just 15 short minutes to shred the Obama-era first-term foreign-policy legacy. It’s “the responsibility of [the] president to use America’s great power to shape history, not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events,” he said. Russia, China and other powers have hastened to fill the vacuum created by Obama policies, whose guiding principle — if there is one — has been to diminish America’s global footprint. Obama apparently believes this makes for a peaceful world — but four years of growing chaos suggest otherwise.
In May 2009, President Obama released his updated budget estimates, which projected that the federal deficit for fiscal year 2012 would be $557 billion (see table S-1). The Congressional Budget Office now says that the deficit for fiscal year 2012 (which ended on September 30) was about $1.1 trillion — or about twice what Obama said it would be. In other words, Obama’s estimate was off by more than half a trillion dollars. To put this colossal error into perspective, at the time that Obama was elected, the United States had never once had a deficit
Here’s BuzzFeed’s headline on a little story that happened today: Paul Ryan Gets Testy And Ends Interview Here’s the video. BuzzFeed got a couple of things wrong. One – Ryan isn’t “testy.”Two – Ryan didn’t end the interview. Someone off camera did that. Other than that, BuzzFeed and Mediate’s reporting are OK, I guess.Bonus: The reporter’s question was strange, as Ryan said. The interview was about reducing crime, and Ryan offered up some solutions including bringing economic opportunity to inner city neighborhoods where crime is rampant. After a few questions about guns, the reporter tries a curve
The House Blue Dog Coalition, still reeling from 2010 elections that cut its ranks in half, looks likely to sustain additional losses this year that would cast doubt on the group’s influence in the 113th Congress. The number of Blue Dogs grew steadily beginning in 1997, peaking at 54 members in the 111th Congress, when the fiscally conservative Democrats reached the pinnacle of their influence during the health care debate. That may have also been the coalition’s undoing: The unforgiving tea party wave of 2010 and opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law decimated the ranks.
Poker star Phil Ivey's $11.5 million gambling win: Was it Banco--or bunko? That's the question being asked in London, as authorities try to determine if trickery or cheating played any role in the American poker pro's fabulous winning streak at a game called Punto Banco. Punto Banco--a variant of baccarat--is similar to Chemin de Fer (James Bond's preferred card game), according to London's Daily Mail, which describes it as a high-stakes game favored by high-rollers. Lance Bradley, editor in chief of poker magazine Bluff, calls Punto Banco a game in which skill plays no role whatsoever:
In case there was any lingering shred of doubt that Romney helped himself considerably last week, this ought to finish it off. Michigan: Obama’s 10 percentage point lead (47%-37%) in a poll conducted last month by EPIC-MRA of Lansing dropped to 3 points (48% to 45%), according to the poll of 600 likely voters conducted by EPIC-MRA of Lansing. The gap between Romney and Obama was within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points… “Romney has come back like gangbusters,” said EPIC-MRA President Bernie Porn.
Bioethics: British and Japanese researchers have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for showing how to create embryonic stem cells without using human embryos in a genuinely promising line of research For decades now, embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) has been trumpeted as the most promising avenue of research, and those who had moral qualms about using human embryos were dismissed as Bible-thumping troglodytes who stood in the way of making the lame walk ESCR supporters said their way led to finding "imminent" miracle cures to tragic and sometimes deadly conditions and diseases
“Mission Im-Boris-ible” screamed the logo on the screen above the stage. Footage unfolded of a blond-mopped cyclist wobbling across the streets of London. Cut to a similarly figure dangling from a stuck zipwire, kicking his legs helplessly like a baby in a harness. No other politician would choose to enter their party conference like this. The idea of tonight's so-called “Boris rally” at the Tory conference was to celebrate his victory in the mayoral election, although at times it felt curiously like a celebration of his victory in some future general election. But perhaps it’s best just to think of
In the 2012 campaign, Vice President Biden has become cheerleader in chief for the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, while claiming that Mitt Romney would not have ordered the mission — which, in Biden’s telling, disqualifies Romney for the presidency. One problem with that: Joe Biden opposed the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. During his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Biden lavished praise on President Obama for the bin Laden raid: “Barack understood that the search for bin Laden was about a lot more than taking a monstrous leader off the battlefield; it was about righting
Mitt Romney's much-briefed foreign policy speech yesterday was a brilliant piece of sleight of hand. As with his debate performance on domestic policy last week, its main purpose was to position him against the whackier fringes of his party as a classically guided centre-Right Republican--internationalist, pro-free trade, and pragmatic--rather than to take on President Obama's policies. To see this, you only really have to look at one phrase: "I will deepen our critical cooperation with our partners in the Gulf." Who are America's partners in the Gulf? Well, the ones he means are Saudi Arabia, provider of American oil, Qatar,
As you are aware, I have pointed out that Michael Fredrickson, the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, has some explaining to do: As detailed here before, within hours of my posting about Elizabeth Warren’s lack of a Massachusetts law license, Michael Fredrickson, the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, gave an interview to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in which he defended Warren. Fredrickson did not indicate in the interview as reported that he was speaking in any capacity other than on behalf of the BBO
In February 2001, Julieanna Richardson, as part of an oral history on black Americans called "History Makers," interviewed Barack Obama at length. Although the 10,000-plus-word interview offers no Eureka moments, it does help demystify Obama's debate failure and deepens the doubt that he uniquely authored his own memoir, Dreams from My Father. Kudos to attorney Barron Sawyer for bringing this interview to light. Richardson seems to capture the 39-year-old state senator as he was -- cautious, ambitious, and more than a little vain.
Debris from last year's Japanese tsunami has already started landing on the West coast of the United States, and people living in Oregon are bracing themselves for more in the next few weeks, when the winter storms begin. The early mist over Yaquina Bay in Oregon is beginning to burn off as 25 volunteers gather to clean up the beach. The wind shapes the sand into dunes and debris can often be found collected at the base of these.[Snip] "I've walked the beaches and see the trash that washes up anyway in the winter time so I have no idea
MEXICO CITY — Top Zetas drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano has apparently been killed in a firefight with marines in the northern border state of Coahuila, the Mexican navy said late Monday. The navy said there was strong evidence the body of one of two men killed in the shootout Sunday was Lazcano, known as “El Lazca.” But it added that more forensics tests would have to be carried out to confirm the identification. “Information was obtained after the first forensics tests were carried out that yielded indications
San Francisco - President Barack Obama encouraged supporters on Monday to be "obsessive" about working for his re-election in the final weeks of the campaign, declaring himself confident that he would win on November 6. Polls have narrowed in the race between the Democratic incumbent and Republican rival Mitt Romney since their debate last week, which most observers said the former Massachusetts governor won handily. During a fundraising trip in California, the president sought to reassure his supporters about his chances, despite his debate performance. "I am pretty competitive, and I very much intend to win this election," he said
For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, a new study shows. One reason is that the number of US citizens with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the US has reached a low of 48 per cent, the first time Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 per cent. (Snip) The Pew study, released on Tuesday, found about 20 per cent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15
In 1926 my father, aged 19, left an Aberdeenshire farm to be a rubber planter in Malaya. Apart from a year back home after enduring a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, he didn’t return to live in Scotland until he was almost 70. He was dismayed by what he found. It seemed to him that the Scots were no longer the hard-working, energetic and self-reliant people they had been in his youth. Instead they were given to self-pity and the belief that the world owed them a living and the state would provide. There were exceptions, of course. The oil-rich north-east was