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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says kids and the economy will benefit from the changes he's making in education policy and his plan to spend billions to upgrade schools and keep teachers on the job. Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to push his $447 billion jobs bill through the prism of education. He recapped steps he has authorized to let states opt out of unpopular proficiency standards because Congress has been slow to update the existing law. Obama Weekly Address: Education Agenda Helps Students, Jobless
Global Witness welcomes landmark U.S. effort to curb corruption and promote transparency The United States’ dual pledge to implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and to support legislation that would stop U.S. states from allowing secretive front companies to be set up represents an important step forward in the global fight against corruption and corporate secrecy, said campaign group Global Witness. Announced on Tuesday, September 20th by President Obama, these measures form key elements of the U.S. Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. “Transparency is the building block of any fair society and key to breaking the cycle of corruption that blights the lives of millions of people across the globe,” said Alexander Soros, member of Global Witness’s new Advisory Board. “Today’s announcement therefore represents an important step forward in this battle.
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The question of what Congress is doing has always been difficult to answer. Most of us refer to back to SchoolHouse Rock's classic "How A Bill Becomes a Law" as the definitive guide to the legislative process. When politicians bury backroom deals or draft duplicitous legislation, investigating the origins and significance of new legislation is that much harder. IBM has saved you the trouble with its new legislative visualizer called Many Bills. No more trolling through the Congressional Record to uncover our elected officials' tricky dealings! Now you can do it all from the safety of your own home with Many Bills' visual explorer. IBM's Many Bills: This Law Visualization Tool Can Help Unlock Legislative Dealings | Fast Company
Al Franken Calls For ‘Explicit Ban’ On Discrimination Against LGBT Students By Igor Volsky on September 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm "Al Franken Calls For ‘Explicit Ban’ On Discrimination Against LGBT Students" Sen.
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The Nation September 14, 2011 Elizabeth Warren: A Progressive Worth Fighting For Elizabeth Warren is running for the United States Senate for the right reason and with the right message. In fact, her reason and her message are the same—a bit of political calculus that ought not be lost on Democrats who seem so frequently to stumble when it comes to aligning their ambitions and themes. Elizabeth Warren: A Progressive Worth Fighting For | From the Wire
Howard Dean: Obama's Job Act is 'Brilliant' "I think the President's team has been rather brilliant in putting this one together," said former DNC Chair Howard Dean, speaking about the American Jobs Act with Lawrence O'Donnell last night, sounding confident and convinced that the bill puts sufficient pressure on Republicans to get passed. "It would be hard to devise a better bill than this to put these guys on the griddle," he said. "They're in big trouble" . . . "All they have done is obstruct for four years," he said, chiding who he calls "the do-nothing Republicans" planning to stop the bill. "People love a fighter, and they do not like what the Republicans stand for and who they stand for," he says, hoping that this might be Obama's Harry Truman moment.
The National Education Association (NEA) launched a multistate television ad campaign Wednesday in support of President Obama's American Jobs Act. The 30-second television ad urges lawmakers to vote for the legislation, with several children saying school programs are being cut and teachers are being laid off. The president's proposal includes $30 billion to pay for teachers and another $30 billion to modernize schools. NEA is the nation's largest union, with 3.2 million members made up of teachers and other education staff. Teachers union launches ad campaign supporting Obama jobs bill - The Hill's Video
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Most of the news tonight about Obama’s $3 trillion deficit reduction plan focuses on the increased taxes on millionaires it includes. This is the so called “Buffett rule” that would prevent the ultra-rich from paying lower average tax rates than the middle class. But what about his plan for health care programs? Here’s all I’ve seen so far, from the Wall Street Journal: Obama’s plan
U.S. keeps eight nations on religious freedom blacklist By Agence France-PresseTuesday, September 13, 2011 18:47 EDT WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged governments Tuesday to do more to defend religious freedom as Washington released a report citing eight countries with troubling records on the issue. “We reaffirm the role that religious freedom and tolerance play in building stable and harmonious societies.
Four Southern California counties given a 'golden opportunity' in this pilot program. Legislation that would allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in the Central Valley counties of Kern, Kings and San Joaquin plus Imperial County in Southern California was approved by the Assembly Wednesday on a 46-19 vote. Senate Bill 676, authored by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, allows California farmers to grow industrial hemp for the legal sale of seed, oil and fiber to manufacturers. “Hundreds of consumer products containing hemp are made in California, but the manufacturers of these goods are forced to import hemp seed, oil and fiber from growers in Canada, Europe and China,” says Mr. Leno. Industrial Hemp Farming Bill Passes Assembly
House Democrats push legislation to overturn Citizens United ruling - TheHill.com A pair of House Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that freed corporations to spend unlimited money on elections. Sponsored by Reps. John Conyers (Mich.), senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and Donna Edwards (D-Md.), the proposal would amend the Constitution to empower Congress and the states to limit corporate spending on political activities. “Last year, the Supreme Court overturned decades of law and declared open season on our democracy,” Conyers said in a news release. “It is individual voters who should determine the future of this nation, not corporate money.”
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Alan Grayson: My 10-Year-Old's Jobs Program I like to help my children with their homework, whenever I have time. (And since January, I've had more time.) It's great to help them -- I know all the answers, and I never have to take the exams. Last night, we tried something different. They helped me with my homework. A math problem:
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