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Republican-Backed No Child Left Behind Vote Collapses In The House

Conservative opposition likely derailed the education bill.<p>A Republican-led effort to repair No Child Left Behind collapsed unexpectedly Friday after House Republicans could not generate enough support from their own party.<p>The House was expected to vote today on the Student Success Act, a …

Kansas could put teachers in prison for assigning books prosecutors don’t like

State Senate passes measure allowing prosecution of teachers who distribute “harmful” literature<p>A bill approved by the Kansas Senate on Wednesday would enable prosecutors to bring charges against teachers and school administrators for assigning or distributing materials judged harmful to students, …

Kansas City

PETA Will Be Fined All of $500 For Killing a Little Girl's Dog

It seems PETA is going to be punished for taking and killing Maya, a little girl's pet chihuahua. The putative "animal rights" organization -- which hauled in $50,000,000 in donations last year -- will be forced to pay a $500 fine. We discovered this today in an article in the Virginia Pilot, where …

PETA

Study: Poor women have 5 times more unplanned births than more affluent women

New report finds low-income women have the highest rates of unintended pregnancy — and the lowest abortion rates<p>The Brookings Institute released a devastating report this week that highlights the disparity in rich and poor women's ability to control their own fertility. The findings show that …

Demographics

New Perry ad: I'm the only veteran in the 2016 field

Rick Perry’s team cut a new ad Friday that emphasizes a trait unique to the former Texas governor among the crowded 2016 early presidential field: military service.<p>“At this particular point in time looking at the field,” Perry says in the ad, released by RICKPAC, his political action committee. …

Military

Too Important to Be Left to Politicians

"Politics is too important to be left to the politicians," John F. Kennedy, Jr.<p>This week, President Obama participated in an <i>MSNBC/Telemundo</i> town hall on immigration hosted by José Díaz-Balart at Florida International University. The President made news for slamming the Republicans and their …

As Arkansas Moves To Abolish Death Penalty, Lawmaker Shoots Back With Firing Squad Proposal

Just days after an Arkansas Senate committee moved to abandon the death penalty, a Republican lawmaker has called for a return of firing squads as an execution method.<p>Acting between the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of a bill to abolish the death penalty and the General Assembly's …

Schock spends another $15k on private planes

The Republican spent $14,661 in government money for private plane flights between October and December.<p>Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock’s big spending using his official government account continued all the way through 2014.<p>The fourth-term Republican spent $14,661 in government money for private plane …

Corruption

Who Should Make the Rules?

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question. Darren Hodges, a Tea Party councilman in the West Texas city of Fort Stockton, fiercely defends his town's recent decision to ban plastic bags. …

South Dakota Legislator Suggests Common Core Contributed To Kids' Deaths

A South Dakota lawmaker thinks that the Common Core State Standards may have contributed to the deaths of Native American kids.<p>The Common Core, a set of education standards that have been adopted in a majority of states, is designed to make sure students around the country are being held to the …

Education

Education Department Cuts Ties With Student Loan Debt Collection Agencies

The department has been sharply criticized in the past for what some allege is a troubling partnership with the private companies it pays to collect student loans .<p>The Education Department announced late Friday that it had cut ties with five debt collection agencies that it says have been providing …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

The DC Marijuana Battle: It's About More Than Weed

The battle between Congress and the District of Columbia over its new voter approved marijuana legalization initiative may seem esoteric at first blush. That is because the current debate centers on when the District law was deemed enacted in order to determine whether it has violated a …

Cannabis

Women's rights activist urges female anatomy lesson for Idaho lawmaker | Reuters

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A National Organization for Women executive urged an Idaho state lawmaker on Wednesday to consult with his female relatives about anatomy after he appeared to suggest during a legislative hearing that pills swallowed by women traveled to the uterus.<p>The question of where …

Rights & Freedoms

Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press.<p>Schock paid $35,000 earlier this month to the …

Corruption

Wisconsin's Walker adjusts to rigor of presidential politics

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Scott Walker may have won three elections in the past four years, but he's still finding his way in presidential politics.<p>The Wisconsin governor made a splash last month in first-to-vote Iowa, wowing Republicans and vaulting to the top of several still-way-too-early polls.<p>Then …

Government

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps.<p>"I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps …

Income Inequality

GOP’s bizarre, lethal solution to the campus rape crisis

Republican lawmakers are trying to loosen gun regulations in schools across the country. It’s a recipe for disaster<p>Two years ago, Republican leaders released a post-mortem analysis of the 2012 election in an effort to better understand how they lost the single woman’s vote by 36 percent. The …

Guns

This SCOTUS destroyed America: How Citizens United is ruining more than our elections

Thanks to Anthony Kennedy, the decision responsible for our new oligarchy has made Washington even more grotesque<p>In the years since conservative Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s landmark Citizens United v. FEC decision gave wealthy interests the political power they’d apparently lacked, the …

Mitch McConnell

The 'War on Women' is the latest war that Republicans at CPAC want to win

Their game plan involves more (opposite-sex) marriage to undo the harm caused by the sexual revolution<p>All political movements, to some extent, sound nonsensical to outsiders because groupthink elides the needs for certain connective thoughts to be voiced aloud. CPAC, a celebration of orthodoxy …

Lesbian