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REAL SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATION

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Wait, you didn't really want to see this clip about the McDonnell trial witness list, did you? Sorry, it was on the WaPo "McDonnell Trial" live-blog page, and I don't even have a living link for you. But consider, that's 32 seconds of your life you would never get back.by KenHey, you'd be peeved too if the phone in the cubicle opposite yours had been ringing all frigging day -- and that cubicle has been unoccupied now for almost a year! Not to mention all that stuff going on in, you know, Washington and, well, the world!So I vowed that I was by God going to find a subject for my post this evening that for once wouldn't have me raging, goddammit! Naturally my pile of Stuff to Maybe Write About didn't include anything that fit that description, so I went fishing.• On some webpage -- don't as...
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With right-wing congressman Bill Cassidy running for Mary Landrieu's Senate seat, his Baton Rouge-based House district looks very attractive to an awful lot of candidates. It's a grotesquely gerrymandered (i.e., ethnically-cleansed) deep red district with a PVI of R+21. Obama won 31% there against McCain and 32% against Romney. In 2012 the Democrats didn't even bother putting up a candidate against Cassidy. There are 18 Republicans in the open primary but an inordinate amount of coverage has been about the campaign of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. The video above, though, is from one of the leading Republicans in the race, Lenar Whitney, a crackpot who isn't given much of a chance to break through the clutter. Still, she is one of the 7 candidates to have raised six figures. Thi...
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Missing NC teen's adoptive parents indicted [WSOC-TV]
By Arturo GarciaWednesday, July 30, 2014 21:43 EDT   TweetA North Carolina teenage girl’s adoptive parents were indicted on Wednesday on charges of collecting federal benefits following her disappearance, which went unreported for nearly two years, the Charlotte Observer reported. Federal prosecutors accused Casey and Sandy Parsons of taking Medicaid, Social Security, food benefits and adoption assistance for their adopted daughter, Erica Parsons, despite her going missing in November 2011. They ar...
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A small drone hovers in the sky on Feb. 1, 2014 in Washington [AFP]
By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 20:48 EDT   TweetBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON Fla. (Reuters) – A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie ...
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Video of bison fleeing Yellowstone National Park [YouTube]
By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 20:44 EDT   TweetBy Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials have begun seeking public comment, is almost sure to draw staunch opposition from ranchers concerned about disease, competiti...
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson [Facebook]
By Arturo GarciaWednesday, July 30, 2014 20:35 EDT   TweetAstrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson blasted critics of genetically modified foods — often referred to as GMOs — in a video recently posted online, saying they are part of a longstanding process of humans altering the planet’s biology to serve our needs, Mother Jones reported. “I’m amazed how much rejection genetically modified foods are receiving from the public,” deGrasse Tyson tells a French interviewer. “It smacks of the fe...
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The All of Me Tour
CREDIT: AP John Podhoretz, a former speech writer for Ronald Reagan with a regular column in the New York Post, told musician John Legend to “shut up and play the piano” in a tweet sent on Wednesday afternoon. Podhoretz was prompted by a tweet that Legend sent criticizing Israel’s treatment of Secretary of State John Kerry. Podhoretz’s tweet was widely criticized for playing into racist stereotypes of African American entertainers. Rather than apologize or address the controversy, Podhoretz apparently deleted his Twitter account. He was an extremely active user of the Twitter, sending almost 70,000 tweets and attracting over 34,000 followers. Podhoretz is also the editor of Commentary, a conservative magazine, and a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard. The ...
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'Angry teacher in a classroom' [Shutterstock] http://tinyurl.com/kfo2wdw
By Arturo GarciaWednesday, July 30, 2014 19:48 EDT   TweetA “social media strategist” for a Utah school serving foreign students said he was fired after his school’s owner reprimanded him for the allegedly gay connotations of a blog post concerning homophones, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported. “People at this level of English may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex.” the owner, Clarke Woodger, allegedly told Tim Torkildson while firing him last week. Torkildson repo...
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Boehner and Obama via AFP
By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 18:44 EDT   TweetWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law. The 225-201 vote, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday. The planned lawsuit is expected to generate months of...
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CREDIT: White House/Pete Souza The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 201 on Wednesday to authorize Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to sue President Barack Obama and others in his administration for failure to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Ironically, all of those Republicans voting for a lawsuit to force faster implementation of the healthcare reform law have repeatedly backed its full repeal. Five Republicans joined every Democrat present in opposing the measure. The resolution gives Boehner the authority to file or intervene federal court cases “to seek any appropriate relief regarding the failure of the President, the head of any department or agency, or any other officer or employee of the executiv...
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Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Republicans in the House voted to spend taxpayer dollars to sue President Obama:“Today's vote in the House of Representatives was a shameful display of political pandering and misplaced priorities. Rather than focus on economic policies that will create opportunity and ensure economic security for middle-class Americans, Republicans have chosen to sue the President for doing his job. “There are pressing issues we should be acting on - including comprehensive immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, and renewing emergency unemployment insurance - which would be a far better use of taxpayers' time and money. “Speaker Boehner is gravely mistaken if he thinks this will placate the swell of impea...
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Rep. Dennis Bonnen
Rep. Dennis Bonnen CREDIT: AP Photo/Harry Cabluck A leader of the Texas House of Representatives referred to children who moved to Texas after Hurricane Katrina using a term viewed by many as a deeply offensive ethic slur. In an exchange first publicized by Progress Texas, Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R) referred to the children as “coonass” at a hearing on the fiscal impact of migrants crossing the border into Texas. During a discussion on what resources would be needed in schools to accommodate migrant children, Bonnen, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, recalled Texas’ experience educating children who moved from Louisiana. “I want to be clear,” he said. “A Katrina child is far different. We can make jokes and pick on Louisiana and it’s fun and all that...
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Michele Bachmann on CNN
By Arturo GarciaWednesday, July 30, 2014 17:20 EDT   TweetOutgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) accused President Barack Obama’s administration during a radio interview of encouraging more Central American immigrant minors to come to the U.S. for the purposes of procuring subjects for medical experiments, Right Wing Watch reported on Wednesday. “We can’t imagine doing this,” she said. “But if you have a hospital, and they are gonna get millions of dollars in government grants so that they can condu...
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An electron micrograph image of an Ebola virus virion (AFP)
By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 16:51 EDT   TweetThe U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February. It is the worst outbreak on record of the deadly virus, according to the World Health Organization. “The Peace Corps today announced that it is temporarily removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the increasing s...
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State Sen. Joni Ernst waves to supporters after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
State Sen. Joni Ernst waves to supporters after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. CREDIT: AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall Storm clouds are beginning to gather for Joni Ernst, the Republicans’ contender for Iowa’s Senate seat this November. Within the last month, several liberal and environmental groups have targeted her with campaigns aimed at highlighting her climate positions and the money she’s received from the Koch Brothers and other fossil fuel groups. The latest — a rather slick production from NextGen Climate — promises to be the first in a series taking Ernst to task for valuing moneyed interests like Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform over the needs of everyday Iowans. The ad buy will run for five weeks starting Wednesday ...
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VALetter
The Virginia State Board of Elections sent about 125,000 registered voters a notification last week telling them they appeared to be registered in another state. But the Board confirmed Wednesday that the letters accidentally went to voters who had merely moved within Virginia — not voters with registrations in multiple states. The letter, signed by Virginia State Board of Elections Secretary Donald Palmer, was sent out on June 23, 2014 in a mailer marked “Official Voter Information Request” and “Your Response Requested.” The letter stated: According to our records, as of May 9, 2014, you are registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on a comparison of voter registration data with other states, it has come to our attention that you may also be...
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Three Central American children Dulce Medina, Mayeli Hernandez, and Saúl Ortíz ask Congressional members to focus on the best interests of unaccompanied children.
Three Central American children Dulce Medina, Mayeli Hernandez, and Saúl Ortíz ask Congressional members to focus on the best interests of unaccompanied children. CREDIT: Screenshot Dulce Medina, Mayeli Hernandez, and Saúl Martinez all now live in New York, but just months ago, they were on a treacherous 1,500-mile northbound journey to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, running from violence, poverty, and death. “I am afraid to go back to Guatemala because I am afraid that there is no one to protect me,” 15-year-old Dulce said during a packed ad hoc press conference organized by the House Progressive Caucus on the influx of unaccompanied migrants from Central America. Dulce fled Guatemala because she was scared of being attacked. “I ask that you put yourself in my shoes and ask how you would...
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 In this file photo from Feb. 12, 2009, trash piles up on the Anacostia River in Washington.
In this file photo from Feb. 12, 2009, trash piles up on the Anacostia River in Washington. CREDIT: Associated Press At first glance, some stretches of the Anacostia river in Washington, D.C. look like those of any other urban waterway — muddy-brown, crossed-over by bridges, flanked by a few grassy trails and dotted with docks here and there. The river made a scenic backdrop for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to sign the city’s Sustainability Act on a sunny, breezy Tuesday this week. But the location of the signing wasn’t chosen for its beauty. One of the bill’s main goals is to start cleaning up the heavily polluted Anacostia by implementing a ban of Styrofoam containers, a policy that will go in place in 2017 and which supporters hope will be as successful at reducing S...
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CREDIT: John Shearer/Invision/AP Katy Perry, renowned wig-wearer and metaphor-mixer, is on the cover of the new Rolling Stone. A teaser for the Brian Hiatt-penned feature went up on the RS site today, and in it is an excerpt of, as Hiatt describes, Perry’s “passionate defense of her intentions” regarding her oft-criticized “cultural insensitivity,” like the time she dressed up like a geisha and her use of “big-bootied mummies” in her tour: “As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery,” she says. “Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T’s wife, Coco. Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that’s why there’s ba...
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Robert Griffin III, Allen Bailey
CREDIT: AP The same day that Hillary Clinton became the latest prominent politician to call for a change to the name of Washington’s professional football team, news broke of a new web site that seeks to make the case for keeping it. RedskinsFacts.com presents itself as a grassroots effort from “Redskins Alumni” to defend the name from critics by presenting facts that support the case the team has made for maintaining the name the franchise has used since 1933. Slate was quick to note that the web site appears not to be an organic, grassroots project but an astroturfed public relations campaign backed by D.C. crisis communications firm Burson-Marsteller. Any preliminary idea that the franchise isn’t playing a role in the site seemed quickly dispelled Wednesday when...
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Mother baby
CREDIT: Shutterstock In the United States, new parents aren’t guaranteed any paid time off. Instead, if they have worked for a certain amount of time at a company with 50 or more employees, they are guaranteed the ability to take 12 unpaid weeks off for the arrival of a new child. That leaves us in lonely company. Out of 185 countries, the United States is one of just three that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave, the others being Oman and Papua New Guinea. Over half of the countries that provide leave give at least 14 weeks off. Here’s how that stacks up to other countries around the globe: Fathers are similarly not guaranteed paid time off for a new child in the United States, but 70 countries also offer paid paternity leave. Here’s how the U.S. compares to...
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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague in London on March 14, 2014 [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 30, 2014 15:35 EDT   TweetIsraeli attacks against US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing him being of a supporter of Islamic militants are “offensive and absurd,” a senior US diplomat said Wednesday. In a sharp exchange with reporters, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf hit out against a torrent of abuse from “respected voices in Israel talking about the secretary of state, claiming that he supports Hamas, which is offensive and absurd.” The Uni...
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Israeli soldiers fire artillery shells towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseWednesday, July 30, 2014 15:33 EDT   TweetBolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state. President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba. It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said. The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972. Morales said the ...
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A separatist fighter stands near the site of the MH17 crash.
A separatist fighter stands near the site of the MH17 crash. CREDIT: AP Images Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Wednesday that he plans to propose a resolution to the U.N. Security Council to send Russian “peacekeeping” forces to the site of the flight MH17 crash. While the resolution would never pass, the proposal illustrates a Moscow determined to simultaneously deride western nations and copy their methods of managing conflicts. Lavrov told a group of foreign diplomats gathered in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, that the presence a Russian peacekeeping force would allow a team of international experts to access the crash site. On July 17, Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board. Evidence o...
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Six month-old lion is seen on the rooftop of a residential building in central Kabul, on June 5, 2013 via AFP
By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 15:21 EDT   TweetBy Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – An Oregon hunting guide accused of injuring or caging mountain lions and bobcats to make it easier for his clients to shoot and kill pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a U.S. Court in Denver to violating a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said. Nicholaus Rodgers of Shady Cove, Oregon, could face up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the felony count of conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, which b...
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Michelle Obama via AFP
By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 15:17 EDT   TweetBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Mo...
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A picture taken on April 12, 2013 shows plants of marijuana at the plantation on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain [AFP]
By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 15:13 EDT   TweetBy Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) – One person has been arrested and more than 100,000 marijuana plants were being eradicated from a sprawling operation in one of the largest pot farming cases in Texas history, police said on Wednesday. The farm, which covered 29 fields, was discovered by a deer hunter in Goodrich, about 65 miles northeast of Houston, during the weekend. The marijuana plants have an estimated value of about $175 million, police said...
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Surgeon with scalpel via Shutterstock
By ReutersWednesday, July 30, 2014 15:11 EDT   Tweet(Reuters) – An Alabama man’s claim that his penis was amputated recently in a circumcision gone wrong is entirely without merit, an attorney representing the doctors being sued said on Wednesday. Attorney Michael Florie said the plaintiff, 56-year-old Johnny Lee Banks Jr., has had both legs amputated due to severe diabetes, suffers from end-stage kidney failure and the hospital named in the lawsuit has labored to keep him alive. “Every allegation ...
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Rick Santorum speaks to CNN
By David EdwardsWednesday, July 30, 2014 15:09 EDT   TweetFormer Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned over the weekend that support for same-sex marriage was to blame for the increase in single mothers, and could lead to polygamy. “What we need to do is reclaim what marriage is,” Santorum told Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly during a radio interview. “If marriage is simply a romantic relationship between two people — and by the way, that’s what it’s devolved to in the minds o...
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UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness unable to speak during an interview about the shelling of a school in Gaza
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness unable to speak during an interview about the shelling of a school in Gaza CREDIT: Al Jazeera Cameras on Wednesday captured a spokesman for the United Nations mission devoted to assisting Palestinian refugees breaking down in tears over the latest artillery fire against a U.N.-run school killed at least twenty civilians. United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness has been a go-to source for information on what’s happening on the ground in the Gaza Strip for the past three weeks, as first airstrikes, then Israeli ground forces, have waged a war. The Israeli government has defended its actions as protecting Israeli citizens, focusing its assault on Hamas — which the United States and many other governments rank as a terroris...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

O’Reilly is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoini...