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Let's Talk About Teacher Retention, Not Tenure

To hear some folks talk about tenure, you would think that one of the biggest issues facing education is a glut of teachers, a veritable mountain of wrinkled old classroom geezers blocking the career paths of a million Bright Young Things who are itching to get into the classroom. Show More Summary

WHAT DESPERATION LOOKS LIKE: FBI Announces Investigation of GOP Senate Candidate Days Before Electi…

WHAT DESPERATION LOOKS LIKE: FBI Announces Investigation of GOP Senate Candidate Days Before Election. Acknowledgement of investigation is contrary to decades-long FBI practice.

Overnight Open Thread (10-30-2014)

Quote of the Day "Why would anyone send a kid - especially a son - to institutions that would do this? Would you send a black kid to institutions with disciplinary manuals written by the KKK?" -- Glenn Reynolds on...

Cruz’s Demagoguery on Israel and Iran

No one should ever take anything Cruz says on foreign policy (or on anything else) seriously.

Economics Daily Digest: Sister cities, the health care industry, and minimum wage

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. Sister City Relationships Boost Business in Chicago, Phoenix and S.F. (Next City) Roosevelt...Show More Summary

Pakistani Students Face Expulsion and Worse For Pro-Israel Display

After a firestorm of criticism, authorities at the prestigious International Islamic University of Pakistan empaneled a special disciplinary committee to “investigate” and punish the students behind a booth that promoted Israeli culture at a recent international student fair held at the university’s Faisal Mosque. Show More Summary

Southern Shockwave: Mary Landrieu Blames Obama's Unpopularity on Racism

In comments sure to cascade into regional races across the South, embattled Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) told NBC's Chuck Todd on Thursday that Southern racism is to blame for President Barack Obama's unpopularity. "Why does President Obama have a hard time in Louisiana?" asked Todd. Show More Summary

'Stop the Violence' Activists Attack Ex-Roommate

Two "Stop the Violence" organizers in Washington, Pennsylvania, allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused...Show More Summary

Leading Hispanic Civil Rights Group To Fox News: Encouraging Americans To Vote Is Not "Voter Fraud"

National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a leading Hispanic civil rights group, issued a statement responding to Fox News' baseless claim that the organization had encouraged voter fraud. After NCLR retweeted a link to an October 27 article...Show More Summary

DESPITE DEMOCRATS’ FONDEST HOPES, Texas Isn’t Turning Purple. “There’s a perception that Wendy …

DESPITE DEMOCRATS’ FONDEST HOPES, Texas Isn’t Turning Purple. “There’s a perception that Wendy Davis is pro-abortion, and that’s hard to overcome with us Latinos.”

3.5 percent third-quarter growth in GDP exceeds economists' consensus

Growth of real (inflation-adjusted) U.S. gross domestic product for the third quarter outpaced the consensus of analysts. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis announced Thursday that, on a seasonally adjusted, annualized...Show More Summary

YEAH, BIG DEAL — IN NEW YORK CITY, WOMEN ARE BEING SPOKEN TO WITHOUT PERMISSION! ‘Treated like cat…

YEAH, BIG DEAL — IN NEW YORK CITY, WOMEN ARE BEING SPOKEN TO WITHOUT PERMISSION! ‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS.

Jeb Bush Tests Campaign Theme By Blasting Clinton

As Jeb Bush hits the campaign trail for Republican candidates, it appears as though he’s trying some language that would resonate in a presidential campaign. Attacking Hillary Clinton seems like a clue as to his 2016 intentions. Speaking in Colorado on Wednesday, Bush took a jab at Clinton for her remarks last week – which she [...]

Landrieu: South Not Always ‘Friendliest Place for African-Americans'

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) blamed the president’s lack of popularity in the South in part on the fact that “the South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans” during an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd. “I'll be very, very honest with you. Show More Summary

Conservative Group: IRS, Jeanne Shaheen Hiding Communications They Had About Targeting Us

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — A conservative group targeted by the IRS here is filing a lawsuit in federal court to force the tax agency, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) to comply with open records laws requests regarding communications the Democrats had with the IRS about targeting them. Show More Summary

CNN Is Now Just Like the National Inquirer

Earlier today I was idly flipping channels on the TV and came upon a CNN chryon informing me breathlessly that Chuck Hagel had just "blasted" President Obama's Syria policy. Unfortunately, I came in at the end of the segment, so I didn't get to find out just what kind of blasting Hagel had done. Show More Summary

Survivors of ISIS Massacres Tell Harrowing Stories of Terrorism

Iraqis fortunate enough to have survived the wrath of the Islamic State in northern Iraq as the terrorist group took control of Mosul and its surrounding areas have begun to tell their stories. Children, mothers, husbands, and clergy lost all in their flight to freedom. Show More Summary

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