The document proposes that DeVos “rename the Department of Education to President’s Advisory Council on Public Education Reform, a sub-Cabinet level department whose goal is to become a consulting service to state departments of education.”
Once the Department of Education has been all but eradicated, they then propose the following list of items for the state and local level:
Restore Ten Commandments posters to all K-12 public schools.
Clearly post America’s Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Encourage K-12 schools to recognize traditional holidays (e.g., Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas) as celebrations of our Judeo-Christian heritage.
Implement select Bible classes, such as Chuck Stetson’s Bible Literacy Project.
Encourage instruction on U.S. and World history from the Judeo-Christian perspective for middle school and high school history and civics classes.
Develop and recommend In-service training on philosophy of education for K-12 faculty based on historical Judeo-Christian philosophy of education.
Strongly push states to remove secular-based sex education materials from school facilities, and emphasize parental instruction.
To be sure, these realities do not mean any of the various candidates cannot become standout fundraisers, hire top-notch staff or oversee an expanded small-dollar program that makes up for lost ground. It does mean that despite the more progressive slant of the party since November, the practice of traditional party fundraising — something many Democratic activists reject — will need to continue. All those voting for the next head of the DNC should keep that in mind.
Money quote: "the left needs to settle on an overarching narrative to galvanize opposition and offer an alternative vision for the country, primarily geared toward addressing concerns about a rigged economic and political system."
It’s a fine romance. And we’re not just talking about La La Land taking US$12.5 million at the Chinese box office on that most commercialized of Western non-holidays: Valentine’s Day.
Hollywood’s bumpy love affair with China’s foreign film quota has received a double boost. Ahead of key Sino-American talks later this year, the state run Global Times newspaper recently predicted that the current limit of 34 foreign films granted access to the Chinese market per year could go up by a dozen and foreign producers’ take on ticket sales might jump from 25% now to 40%.
David Brock and some of the biggest donors from across the left are rallying behind an effort to stave off a Republican avalanche in state-level races that could bury Democrats for decades.
The effort, affiliated with a previously low-profile group called the State Innovation Exchange (or SiX for short), aims to offset Republican advantages in state-level campaigns, policy debates and looming redistricting fights.
"House Republicans and the Trump administration on Tuesday filed a joint motion seeking to delay lawsuit proceedings that threaten to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act"......Republicans: "classic Marxist strategy known as “heightening the contradictions,” in which you intentionally exacerbate the problems you’re criticizing the ruling powers for creating, in the hopes of bringing your revolution all the closer." Is going down in flames as they will own the disaster.
From what I can see, H.R. McMaster may be Trump's best appointment by far. If you've been following the news, you know about his acclaimed Ph.D. dissertation: "Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam." Here are some of takeaways from the dissertation:
The president was lying, and he expected the Chiefs to lie as well or, at least, to withhold the whole truth. Although the president should not have placed the Chiefs in that position, the flag officers should not have tolerated it when they had.
One of the overlooked takeaways from Thomas Piketty's groundbreaking Capital in the 21st Century was that the reduction of wealth inequality in the 20th century came about largely because of the World Wars and the Great Depression. This Atlantic article takes that bleak conclusion to the next level, arguing that only catastrophic violence, disease, or institutional collapse can produce substantial gains in income equality.
The president's personal lawyer, a Trump associate with Mafia ties, and a wealthy pro-Putin Ukrainian lawmaker reportedly joined together to concoct a secret peace plan to resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis—and lift U.S. sanctions.
Sounds like a real pro, but issue is whether it will make a difference. Byline with both Peter Baker and Michael Gordon. They write:
General McMaster, 54, made a name for himself as a young officer with a searing critique of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for their performance during the Vietnam War and later criticized the way President George W. Bush’s administration went to war in Iraq.
As a commander, he was credited with demonstrating how a counterinsurgency strategy could defeat militants in Iraq, demonstrating the promise of an approach that Gen. David H. Petraeus adopted to shift momentum in a war the United States was on the verge of losing.
Ignoring targeted voter suppression really is one of the scandals. Argument: "Why didn't you win? 97% of your voters were allowed to vote"
Other takeaways are the overreliance on TV ads still, and this:
When presidential candidate Donald Trump says, ” You know we are going to take back our country. Yes, we absolutely are going to take back our country, believe that,” he is having a racial conversation. Our response to that conversation can’t be, “We are going to raise your minimum wage.”
The gun was fired in the United States. The bullet stopped 60 feet away in Mexico — tragically, in the head of a 15-year-old boy named Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca.
Border patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. pulled the trigger that day six years ago in the wide concrete culvert that separates El Paso from Juarez, Mexico. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Constitution gives Hernández’s parents the right to sue Mesa in American courts for killing their son.