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Boehner: Washington's most powerful Catholic?

Date: 11/03/2010

He might have some competition from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but the man who will soon be the Speaker of the House could claim that title. Some details about John Boehner's upbringing: He was reared in a two-bedroom Sears catalog house in suburban Cincinnati with 11 brothers and sisters, and parents who slept on a pullout couch until they built an additio ...

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Muslim Families Proving Vital in War Against Terror

Date: 06/17/2010

(RNS) Wiretaps. Informants. Financial records. They all play vital roles in U.S. government investigations to prevent terrorist attacks. But in the last six months, another investigative tool has received increased attention: cooperation from suspects' families. Three times since December -- most recently on June 5, when two New Jersey men were apprehended at New York's John F. Kennedy Internati ...

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Diane Ravitch on what's right with being wrong

Date: 05/17/2010

The educational reformer talks to Slate about what she now sees as her big mistakes on school reform. Whatever you think of Ravitch, who was for many years a key thought leader among conservatives, and a big backer of No Child Left Behind (which she now repudiates), it's so rare to see someone of her stature admit forthrightly that she was wrong. Excerpt: [Ravitch:] You know, I've always had a ...

Related Topics: Diane Ravitch, Education Reform, Mistakes, No Child Left Behind, Wrong

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Transparency Remains Elusive

Date: 01/26/2010

Barry,   I agree with you on the fact that most Americans don't like government 'secrecy' and in many respects the vote in Massachusetts clearly reflected a total disgust with the way Washington is operating - especially with health care reform.   As you correctly pointed out, this whole health care process has been a nightmare - made worse because of decisions by the Pres ...

Related Topics: Transparency, Massachusetts Senate Election, Diane Sawyer, Politics, President Obama, Scott Brown, Harry Reid, Health Care Reform, News, Congress, Blog 93

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The Massachusetts Election in Perspective

Date: 01/20/2010

Even though polls were pointing in this direction, I still feel stunned today by Republican Scott Brown's defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley in yesterday's special election here in Massachusetts.  Stunned because I had deep personal respect for Ted Kennedy .  Stunned because people bought the "I'll rise above politics" line Brown toted.  And stunned because  the symbolic tenor ...

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Brown wins!!!

Date: 01/20/2010

Whoa ! I didn't think he'd be able to pull it off! So far it's 52 to 47 in the one of the most liberal states of the union. Ted Kennedy's Senate seat is now in the hands of a Republican because of health care "reform." Don't you just love the irony? The Associated Press called the race for Brown as the Republican held a 53 percent to 46 percent edge over Coakley with more than 70 percent of p ...

Related Topics: Health Care Rationing, Irony, Massachusetts, Politics, Republicans, Scott Brown, Senate, Senator, Ted Kennedy

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Massachusetts Senate Race post-mortem: a progressive failure

Date: 01/20/2010

Congratulations to Senator-elect Brown - in the end, he was a better candidate and ran a better campaign against the hapless Martha Coakley, who thought she could coast on Kennedy-Obama coat-tails into office. A single statistic explains all - @marcambinder notes that "Coakley had 19 events after the primary through Sunday; Scott Brown had 66." And more than anything else, the election outcom ...

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