Politics (page 956)

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    NEA: NC is 42nd (not 49th) in per pupil spending

    I have spent months countering the “49th in the nation myth,” a talking point manufactured by public school advocacy groups to attack the budget approved by the NC General Assembly last year.  At long last, the National Education Association (NEA) has released Rankings of the States 2011 and…
    Terry Stoops, February 21, 2012
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    Fortune writer wonders why Romney has eschewed his private-sector expertise

    One of Mitt Romney’s key selling points as a presidential candidate in sluggish economic times is his expertise in private-sector wealth creation. Fortune columnist Dan Primack wonders why Romney seems to have forgotten key lessons learned from his days as a private equity bigwig.
    Mitch Kokai, February 21, 2012
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    Emulating his father, Kim Jong Un likes to look at stuff

    The print version of TIME‘s latest cover story features photos of North Korean dictator-designee Kim Jong Un looking at a guitar, a basketball court, food, and a map. He’s well on his way to getting his own highly entertaining website.
    Mitch Kokai, February 20, 2012
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    TIME lays out a potential winning strategy for Santorum

    Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are focusing on Michigan’s Republican presidential  primary, since a Santorum win in Romney’s home state could kill off any remaining thoughts of inevitability for a Romney nomination. The latest TIME explains how…
    Mitch Kokai, February 20, 2012
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    Barron’s Washington editor doesn’t have much nice to say about Obama’s budget plan

    Think the president has drafted a realistic budget plan? Don’t talk to Barron’s Washington editor Jim McTague. President Obama last week presented Congress with his fourth consecutive political-stunt budget. The president’s 2013 fiscal game plan, like virtually all of his utterances, is designed to…
    Mitch Kokai, February 20, 2012
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    Murdock explains we’re voting ‘like it’s 1899’

    Deroy Murdock‘s latest column exposes the problem of “dead voters.” While Democrats dismiss vote fraud as a collective Republican hallucination, a study released Tuesday by the Pew Center for the States confirms the GOP’s concerns. The ghosts in America’s voting machines may be the…
    Mitch Kokai, February 17, 2012
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    Goldberg probes Obama’s cynicism

    Jonah Goldberg‘s latest column at National Review Online explains that the man who once described cynicism as his rival in the race for president now has changed his tune. The man just isn’t very persuasive. Now Obama’s defenders, starting with the man…
    Mitch Kokai, February 17, 2012
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    Krauthammer digs deeper into the meaning of the Obama administration’s contraception ‘compromise’

    Charles Krauthammer‘s latest column gives President Obama kudos for the political victory associated with his administration’s recent compromise on contraception coverage. But Krauthammer says the plan has more disturbing long-term implications. [T]he accounting device worked politically. It took only a handful of compliant Catholic…
    Mitch Kokai, February 17, 2012