The Morning: April 13, 2011

A public school district is trying something new: L.A. Unified schools will begin evaluating students with a broader system.  They also want to incorporate this broader assessment into teacher reviews.  Everyone will hate it.  Which means they’re probably onto part of the solution. The “ethics” of biofuels: A report shows that we may need to … Continue reading

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The Morning: April 1, 2011

How many Republican members of Congress are on welfare for rich, white people? Farm subsidies abound. Awesome: Pastor burns a Koran in Florida, several people are killed during a protest about it in Afghanistan. The Elecrtrascore: How to watch a baseball game when you’re not at the stadium – in 1912. Congress gets into the … Continue reading

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The Morning: March 21, 2011

Why would they want to write a budget? First working day of the new three-week Continuing Resolution and Congress is in recess. A Third War: The lack of Congressional approval is disturbing (and unconstitutional and illegitimate) but  if we’re going to use our military might for anything, stopping the slaughter in Libya is right.  That … Continue reading

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Social Security: It’s Not a Problem Now?

The President’s Budget Director, Jacob Lew, curiously declared on Monday that “Social Security isn’t the problem…”  It was strange because just last week the President was chiding the Republicans for not want to work together to “fix” Social Security.   Social Security one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs, but it’s facing a serious … Continue reading

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Blanket Forts and Congress: A Scandal?

At the risk of giving this story more air than it deserves, there is a “watchdog” group seeking an investigation of certain Members of Congress who sleep in their office.  The story is about a week old and had been relegated to blogs, but MSNBC is running a story on-air and online today.  CREW (Citizens … Continue reading

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