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Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

What Is The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)? CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to cover “literacy” in other subjects such as science, history/social studies, and technical subjects). Currently, two consortia of states have accepted hundreds of millions in federal money to create national tests to align with the Standards. The Common Core State Standards are a set of K-12 school standards being implemented in most states in English language arts and math. Proponents of the Common Core claim that the initiative was state-led; that the states adopted the standards voluntarily; and that the standards are “rigorous” and will prepare our children for college and careers. This video shows why these claims do not ring true – and why parents, teachers, and legislators must demand that their states reconsider their hasty decisions to adopt the Common Core and again reassert
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Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

Stop the Common Core – Reclaiming Local Control In Education

What Is The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)? CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to
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Tell Lawmakers What You Think — With One Click

Tell Lawmakers What You Think — With One Click

They heard your complaints. Now, writing Congress is now easier than ever. During the relaunch of Congress.org, they removed the requirement that you register and log in every time you want to write your lawmakers. Now, all you need to do is click on the words “Join the Conversation, Write Your Lawmakers” in the upper-right corner of their site. You can click on the links below to be taken to a form to write all
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Johanns Supports Measure to Revoke Bonuses of VA Employees Involved in Secret Waitlists

Johanns Supports Measure to Revoke Bonuses of VA Employees Involved in Secret Waitlists WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would take back bonuses paid to employees involved in the manipulation of electronic waitlists at the Department of Veterans Affairs (… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Sponsors Resolution against Administrations’ Proposal to Increase Electricity Costs

Johanns Sponsors Resolution against Administrations’ Proposal to Increase Electricity Costs WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) today cosponsored a resolution expressing disapproval for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that would increase electricity prices. “We all understand and appreciate the need for a clean environment, but th… Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Questions Officials about School Lunch Program

Johanns Questions Officials about School Lunch Program WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb), a former Ag Secretary and member of Senate Agriculture Committee, today questioned school nutrition witnesses about the implementation of recent changes to school lunch standards. Johanns has heard from an increasing number of Nebraskans … Read the Full Story: Source

Ethan Nelson Wins Student App Challenge

Ethan Nelson Wins Student App Challenge Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today announced Ethan Nelson of Dalton as the winner of the first annual House Student App Challenge for Nebraska’s Third District.  The nationwide competition promotes innovation and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among high school students who compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Nelson’s app, titled
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NATIONAL REPUBLICAN COMMITTEES LAUNCH REGISTER.GOP AHEAD OF 2014 ELECTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Visit: www.register.gop Phone: 202-448-7988 Email: press@join.gop Washington, D.C. (July 23, 2014) – Jointly, the Republican National Committee (RNC), Republican Governors Association (RGA), National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announce a powerful collaboration to register more people to vote in advance of the 2014 midterm elections. As a stated goal, register.gop increases accessibility to enable more people to register to vote – one
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An Ethically-Challenged Leader

Harry Reid Has A History Of “Breaking Rules” And Engaging In “Unseemly Behavior” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “Has Walked A Fine Line Over The Years, Occasionally Breaking Rules Or Engaging In Brazenly Unseemly Behavior During His Pursuit Of Wealth.” “Reid has walked a fine line over the years, occasionally breaking rules or engaging in brazenly unseemly behavior during his pursuit of wealth. Further, he has also used his position to save money in ways
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Johanns Reinforces Need for Changes at VA

Johanns Reinforces Need for Changes at VA WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today reinforced the need for the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reform the organization to combat ongoing problems that deprive some of our veterans … Read the Full Story: Source

Johanns Statement on Latest Obamacare Subsidy Rulings

Johanns Statement on Latest Obamacare Subsidy Rulings WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) today issued the following statement after two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on the taxpayer subsidies given to nearly five million people receiving health insurance through the glitch-ridden HealthCare.gov exchange we… Read the Full Story: Source

RNC Launches Fire Reid Campaign

RNC Launches Fire Reid Campaign Nationwide Campaign Includes Robocalls, Social Media WASHINGTON – Today the RNC officially launched its #FireReid campaign, a nationwide effort to spotlight the failures of Harry Reid’s leadership, the dysfunction of Harry Reid’s Senate, and the disaster of the Obama-Reid agenda. The Republican-led House of Representatives has passed over 290 bills, including 40 jobs bills, that are stuck Harry Reid’s Senate. But Harry Reid won’t put them to a vote, even though
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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus To Speak At National Urban League Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus will speak at the 2014 National Urban League (NUL) Conference in Cincinnati on July 24th. Priebus will address the National Urban League’s membership and discuss the RNC’s ongoing efforts to engage black voters. Details are as follows: What: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to speak at the National Urban League Conference “One Nation Underemployed”     Who: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus     When: 7:30 a.m., Thursday, July
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MEMO: #FireReid

MEMORANDUM  FROM: RNC National Press Secretary Kirsten Kukowski @kakukowskiTO: Interested PartiesRE: #FireReid   Today the RNC launches our #FireReid campaign.   Under the control of Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate has failed to listen to the American people and do what’s in their best interest. In fact, the U.S. Senate has failed to do much of anything that doesn’t serve Harry Reid’s quest to remain in power.   For example, the Republican-led House of Representatives
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Harry Reid’s Senate Standstill

Democrats And Republicans Agree: Reid Is A Terrible Leader HARRY REID HAS SINGLEHANDEDLY BROUGHT THE SENATE TO A HALT Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Leadership In The Senate Has Been Described As “Brutish” As He Wields “Uncompromising Control” Over The Senate. “Mr. Reid’s brutish style matters beyond the marbled chamber of the Senate. Senate legislation has increasingly turned into a battle over amendments and Mr. Reid’s uncompromising control over the process. The six Republicans who
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RNC Launches Fire Reid Campaign

Nationwide Campaign Includes Robocalls, Social Media WASHINGTON – Today the RNC officially launched its #FireReid campaign, a nationwide effort to spotlight the failures of Harry Reid’s leadership, the dysfunction of Harry Reid’s Senate, and the disaster of the Obama-Reid agenda. The Republican-led House of Representatives has passed over 290 bills, including 40 jobs bills, that are stuck Harry Reid’s Senate. But Harry Reid won’t put them to a vote, even though they could put Americans back
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No Appetite for Politics on the Dinner Plate

No Appetite for Politics on the Dinner Plate Federal diet recommendations are at risk of becoming the latest battleground for the Administration’s creeping environmental regulatory scheme. Every five years, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) come together to revise federal dietar… Read the Full Story: Source

Office of the Vice President Announces Staff Changes

Washington, DC – The Office of the Vice President announced today that Melanie Kaye, Director of Communications to Dr. Jill Biden departed the White House.  Kaye is succeeded by James M. Gleeson, who most recently worked in the U.S. House of Representatives.  “It has been a pleasure to have Melanie serve as my Director of Communications,” said Dr. Jill Biden.  “Her incredible dedication and remarkable skills have helped us bolster our Joining Forces initiative for
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FACT SHEET: The Vice President’s Address to the 115th National Conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars

“We have a lot of obligations as the government— obligations to the poor, the disadvantaged, the elderly, our children. But we only have one sacred obligation, only one truly sacred obligation, and that’s to equip and support those who we send to war and care for and protect them and their families when they return from war.  That’s the only truly sacred obligation. “ -VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDENAUGUST 27, 2013 Our government’s sacred obligation is
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Remarks by the President at Signing of Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination

East Room 10:39 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Welcome to the White House, everybody.  I know I’m a little late.  But that’s okay because we’ve got some big business to do here.  Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming.  You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters — I know because I got a lot of them.  (Laughter.) And now, thanks to your passionate advocacy and
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Executive Order — Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 11478, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND EXECUTIVE ORDER 11246, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including 40 U.S.C. 121, and in order to provide for a uniform policy for the Federal Government to prohibit discrimination and take further steps to promote
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FACT SHEET: President Obama Applauds New Commitments in Support of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

“That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.” – President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014   In February, as part of his plan to make 2014 a year of action focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans, the President unveiled the
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Statement by the President on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza

South Lawn 11:16 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  I want to make a brief statement about the tragedy in Ukraine.  Before I do, though, I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the Middle East.  As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas.  And as a result of its operations, Israel has already done significant damage to Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure
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FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business

America is built on the fundamental promise that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can get ahead. But today, millions of Americans in most states in the country go to work every day fearing that they could lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. No current federal law adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. This is completely contrary to
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Abbott of Australia

This evening, President Obama spoke again with Australian Prime Minister Abbott to discuss Malaysia Airlines flight 17.  The President and Prime Minister reiterated their agreement that there must be a prompt, full, unimpeded and transparent international investigation. The two leaders also agreed that Russia has a responsibility to use its extraordinary influence with the pro-Russian separatists who control the crash site to compel them to cooperate with international monitors and investigators.  As strong allies, the President
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