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A Must Read Piece on the Impact of Inadequate School Funding

A Bridgeport high school teacher spoke of scrambling to find chalk, and of not having enough paper to give students during their final exams.
In another school in Bridgeport, there are not enough books, so teachers must copy as much as they can before they reach their quota of paper.
In Norwalk, librarians in a school ran an after-school program to help children whose parents do not speak English with homework. Facing a huge budget gap, those librarians' jobs were eliminated.
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Chewing: Gov. Bentley Tries To Eat His Words About Romney's Taxes

Once the words are spoken, it's very hard to take them back -- especially when they're so obviously true.
“If you have things to hide, then maybe you’re doing things wrong,” Bentley said. “I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people.”
Dr. Gov. Bentley's comments about Mitt Romney's tax returns are featured in a new highlights reel (below the fold) of Republicans saying Romney ought to release those returns ... at the same time Bentley is desperately backpedaling via press release.
"I believe my comments were taken out of context, they were not reported in their entirety, and I want to make sure the record is set straight," Governor Bentley said in a statement. "I believe in trasparency, and that was the basis for my answer. I personally choose to release my own returns each year, and there was no effort to imply that Mr. Romney has anything to hide."
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Senate Vote on DISCLOSE Act Could Cast Light on Donors Hidden Since Citizens United

Today, the Senate will hold a cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act- 60 Senators must vote to proceed or the bill will die on the floor. The bill, requires that any organization spending $10,000 or more on elections disclose their donors who gave $10,000 or more. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the bill’s sponsor, warns that “the flood of secret money unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision threatens to drown out the voices of middle class families in our democracy.”
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Romney's Foreign Policy: Don't Agree With Obama on Anything

Over the course of his presidential run, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has made some outlandish comment on foreign policy, including that he would "do the opposite" of President Barack Obama on Israel, and that Russia is the United States' "number one geopolitical foe." Romney has earned condemnations from multiple public officials for his statements, including from Vice President Joe Biden and former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell. In addition, the Los Angeles Times found last month that despite his heated rhetoric, Romney has yet to offer any specifics of what he would do differently than Obama-especially on Iran.
Now, Romney's policies have been examined by Fred Kaplan, a noted foreign policy expert and writer for Slate. Kaplan's judgment? That "Romney doesn't seem to understand - nor do some of his advisers - the extent to which the world has changed since the end of the Cold War," and that his "statements on foreign policy range from vague to ill-informed to downright dangerous."
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Writing History ... Retroactively

Newt Gingrich's Campaign manager to Newt: Whatever you do, don't say "moon colony". #retroactively.
Kate Gosselin's publicist: Come on Kate, you and I both know you can't dance. #retroactively
Miss North Carolina 2007 prepares for the interview portion of the beauty pageant. #retroactively
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Objections Pile Up As NJ Moves Closer to Approving First Online Charter School

The state constitution guarantees a "thorough and efficient system of free public schools"; there is more than enough evidence to cast doubt on the thoroughness and efficiency of virtual charters. It would be the height of irresponsibility for the Legislature to allow these schools to drain millions of dollars from existing public schools without a through vetting of on-line schools and the contractors that provide them.
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Fundraising Gap Between Women and Men Gets Wider

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn 81 percent of what men do. Their wealth—assets like homes and savings minus debt—is half men’s, when neither are living with partners or over age 64. As the CBS article points out, women make up 17 percent of Congress and run only 18 of the Fortune 500 companies (that’s 3.6 percent). The higher you look on the ladder of financial well-being and power, the greater the inequality gets.
So as billionaires provide more of the money in politics, it stands to reason that the proportion of dollars with women behind them will shrink. The Center for Responsive Politics just provides evidence to support the logic. A similar breakdown of which donors are white, black, or Latino, would surely find the white/black and white/Latino wealth gaps likewise reflected in political giving.
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Health and Justice: The Deep Heart of Healthcare Reform

A few months ago, I got an email from Jeremy Helton asking if I was interested helping him get the word out about a project from the Recollective, telling real stories about patients abandoned by our profit-driven insurance system. The stories are intensely moving. Each vignette shows a still picture with voice-over—Jeremy spent hours with these folks to get the stories down to their essential meaning, and I think he did a marvelous job.
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Why I'm Going to Vote for Obama

The primary is over, the general is supposedly in full swing but I have not yet seen any coherent explanation from anyone why they intend to vote for Romney. "Anyone but Obama" doesn't really count. It's the intellectual equivalent of saying "I just don't like that guy." I get that there are voters who give it about that much thought. I can't engage them - well, I could, but I am not a dating service. (Unless, of course, Charlize Theron is looking for some dinner talk.)
Now if someone was able to factually or intellectually deconstruct Obama and demonstrate he is not American or he is a communist or that he hates America, that might count. I mean, first do no harm, would seem at least as reasonable a bar to set for the president as it is for a physician. But just saying, "He's a Socialist! Solyndra! Lying African!" are not intellectually stable arguments for "vote for Romney."
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Salazar, Udall: What ObamaCare Means For Colorado

Obama Administration Regional Director in Health and Human Services, Marguerite Salazar, was in Denver Monday to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or "Obamacare") and what it means for people living in Colorado.
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