US Education Sec pats New York Ed Head on the back on Common Core….

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued ringing defenses Thursday of New York’s implementation of the Common Core academic standards and the state’s education commissioner, urging perseverance despite “drama and noise” about high-stakes standardized tests.

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Dance…Dance…Dance….Dance….

HOW do you start a dance craze? The members of the Dance Cartel think the next Nae Nae or Dougie could be the Space Bounce or maybe theFlickitty Poppitty.

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How about a United States of Canada?

Put together, the United States and Canada would be a colossus, with an economy larger than the European Union’s—larger, in fact, than those of China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea combined. We would control more oil, water, arable land and resources than any jurisdiction on Earth, all protected by the world’s most powerful military……..

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About those Ford Taurus Police Cruiser’s you’re seeing on the roads…..

I’m sorry. I can’t finish the rest of this review using the phrase “Ford Police Interceptor Sedan.” I’ve never heard another cop call his car a “Police Interceptor.” The CVPI was always a “Crown Vic,” even after Ford dropped the homage to Her Majesty from the trunklid. The new car is a Taurus.

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Pope Francis asks for ‘forgiveness’ from sexual abuse victims…

“I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests, quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests, to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” the Pope said during a speech at the Vatican, according to Vatican Radio.

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Election*Projection…Vermont, Texas, Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania…Governor’s Races Review’s…

Review of 2014 upcoming Governors races…..

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 4/11/14… Angus King threatens to reduce the GOP’s magic number by one

• ME-Sen: Well, well, well. After a surprisingly quiet 15 months, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine has decided to make a stink. First came his vote Wednesday against cloture for the Paycheck Fairness Act, claiming it would hurt businesses and making him the only non-Republican to oppose the legislation. (Yes, even Joe Manchin voted in favor.) The bill failed.

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Political Roundup for April 11, 2014…Red Racing Horses

MT-Sen: A new poll by Magellan Strategies shows Rep. Steve Daines (R) with a comfortable lead over appointed Sen. John Walsh (D). Daines takes 49% to 36% for Walsh in the poll. Although the poll is by a Republican firm, it matches up with previous polling results in the race.

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Conservative Pac Money is shaping the early GOP effort to capture the Senate from Democrats…

Democrats in races that will help determine control of the Senate are rapidly burning through their campaign cash and seeing their advantage over Republican opponents whittled away as they fend off attacks from conservative groups, according to figures released through this week.

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As expected Republicans cheer Sebelius stepping down…

Sebelius’s departure removes a favorite GOP target from a prominent role and disrupts opponents’ attempts to use her as a political bogeyman during the 2014 midterm campaign. And in the midst of noticeable silence from Democrats, the Republicans piled on.

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Shaheen, Tillis, Pryor and Walker are ahead in their poll numbers 4/11/14….

Shaheen, Tillis, Pryor and Walker are ahead in their poll numbers 4/11/14….

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11 Democratic Senators want a Obama ‘go ahead’ on the Keystone Pipeline….

The pipeline is near the end of its final review. In addition to evaluating public comments that were submitted in the 30 days ending March 7, several federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency are looking over the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to assess whether building the pipeline is in the national interest, a requirement for approval by the administration. Although approving or rejecting the pipeline is, by executive order, the prerogative of the Secretary of State, Obama has made clear that the decision will be his……

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White House will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head HHS….

A senior administration official said Ms. Burwell, 48 years old, was the only person Mr. Obama considered, saying he placed a premium on her management skills, which was one thing he wanted in Mrs. Sebelius’ replacement……

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Ho…Hum….The Ryan Budget passes the House and will Never pass the Senate or the President’s Desk…

The measure passed the House by 219 to 205, with 12 Republicans and every Democrat voting no.

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Sabato’s Crystal Ball…Is the White Vote in the wrong place for Republican Presidential Hopes?

Overall, I think these data suggest that there has been something of a biasing of the swing states away from Republicans, but that it hasn’t been particularly substantial. Of course, it may well be the case that it will become more substantial in the future…..

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is thinking about a Presidential Run…

Blackburn has in the past served as a campaign surrogate for national Republican candidates and frequently makes appearances on cable news shows. In February, she engaged in a memorable debate over climate change with Bill Nye on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in which she argued that there is not a consensus on the issue in the scientific community.

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