Monday, December 13, 2010


Sound familiar?
Lucas watched angrily. Before the election she had worked hard trying to persuade friends to back the Liberal Democrats. At 26, still paying off student debt, unable to get onto the housing ladder, she had thought the Lib Dems offered hope.  (U.K. Guardian, "Riots, fire, anger at tuition fees protest – and a defining political moment")
"Parent Trigger" triggers parent revolt
"They told me the petition was to beautify the school," said Karla Garcia, whose two children attend McKinley. "They are misinforming the parents, so I revoked my signature."  (L.A. Times)
Boehner says no deal
While expressing an interest in "common ground," Boehner refused to entertain the idea of compromise. "I reject the word," he said. (60 Minutes)
Duncan likes T-bagger Kline but Kline won't play nice

T-Party fave and new House Ed Committee Chairman John Kline, finds lots of areas of agreement with Arne Duncan. No surprise there. But John still won't play ball with Arne. He says Duncan's "Blueprint" for the rewrite of NCLB has been dumped in the circular file. He also threatens to hold hearings on how Mr. Duncan decided to give chunks of the $4 billion in Race To The Top $$$ to some states and not to others. 

“I’d like to have somebody come explain to me how that worked, because there are a lot of questions out there.” (NYT)

Nixon's genetic theories
“Bill Rogers has got — to his credit it’s a decent feeling — but somewhat sort of a blind spot on the black thing because he’s been in New York,” Nixon said. “He says well, ‘They are coming along, and that after all they are going to strengthen our country in the end because they are strong physically and some of them are smart.’ So forth and so on.

“My own view is I think he’s right if you’re talking in terms of 500 years,” he said. “I think it’s wrong if you’re talking in terms of 50 years. What has to happen is they have to be, frankly, inbred. And, you just, that’s the only thing that’s going to do it, Rose.” (Nixon Tapes, NYT)

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