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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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The Advantage of Doing Business in Nebraska

The Advantage of Doing Business in Nebraska For the last decade, we’ve worked hard to create an environment in our state to grow jobs and today we are seeing the results. Nebraska is a leader in a diversity of industries, including the insurance, telecommunication, agriculture, food processing, transportation and manufacturing sectors of our economy. Read the Full Story: Source

Gov. Heineman Congratulates State Wellness Champions

Gov. Heineman Congratulates State Wellness Champions (Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Governor Dave Heineman recognized three Nebraska State employees and three Nebraska State agencies for wellness achievements and leadership during this year’s Wellness Award Luncheon for state employees. Read the Full Story: Source

NC Black Engagement To Host ‘Sweet Tea and Politics’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – TODAY, August 22, 2014, the North Carolina Black Engagement team will host “Sweet Tea and Politics,” a community forum to share the Republican Party’s ideals and principles with members of the public. This Republican Party effort is focused on engaging black voters and building trust well in advance of asking for a vote at election time. Details are as follows: FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014   WHO:                NC
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The Vacationer-In-Chief

After Two Weeks, Obama Wraps Up His “Utter Failure” Of A Vacation “AS THE WORLD BURNS,” OBAMA SET OFF ON HIS TONE DEAF VACATION IN MARTHA’S VINEYARD The Washington Post Headline: “President Obama Did Not Pick A Good Week To Go On Vacation” (Katie Zezima, “President Obama Did Not Pick A Good Week To Go On Vacation,” The Washington Post , 8/17/14) “There May Be No Good Week For The President Of The United States
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Grimes Still Not Ready For Prime Time

GRIMES AND HER CAMPAIGN HAVE STILL NOT EXPLAINED A DISCOUNTED CAMPAIGN BUS RATE FROM HER FATHER Earlier This Week, News Reports Revealed That Grimes Was Getting A Potentially Illegal “Sweetheart Deal” From Her Father A Federal Records Review Found That The Campaign Bus That Alison Lundergan Grimes Rents From Her Father “Suggest That The Bus Was Purchased Expressly For Use Of The Campaign.” “More problems for Grimes bus: It turns out the company owned by
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RNC Raises $8.4 Million in July

RNC Raises $8.4 Million in July $140.3 Million Raised This Cycle WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus today announced that the RNC raised $8.4 million in July. The RNC has raised $140.3 million for the 2014 cycle thus far and has $13.9 million cash on hand. “With 76 days until Election Day, the RNC is in a strong financial position to continue giving our candidates the support they need to win in November,”
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Statement by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco on Attempted Rescue Operation

As the Department of Defense has now announced, earlier this summer the President authorized an operation to attempt the rescue of American citizens who were kidnapped and held by ISIL against their will in Syria. The President authorized action at this time because it was the national security team’s assessment that these hostages were in danger with each passing day in ISIL custody. The U.S. Government had what we believed was sufficient intelligence, and when
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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Patricia Welbourn Lorsch – Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Rusty Rueff – Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Orlan Boston – Member, Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations, Incorporated John D. Goldman – General
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Statement by the President

The Edgartown School Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts 12:52 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL.   Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend.  He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away.  He was taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria, and he was courageously
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President Obama Signs North Dakota Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of North Dakota and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 25 to July 1, 2014. Federal funding also is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of
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Statement by the Principal Deputy Press Secretary on World Humanitarian Day

Eleven years ago today, 22 humanitarian aid workers were killed in a horrific attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.  Their lives were cut short as they worked selflessly to save others.  Each year on August 19 we pay homage to them, their colleagues worldwide who have been killed or injured in the line of duty, and the heroic efforts of those humanitarians currently in the field.  Today, there is an unprecedented need for humanitarians
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Statement by the President

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room **Please see below for a correction, marked with asterisks. 4:27 P.M. PDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Earlier today I received an update from my team on two separate issues that I’ve been following closely — our ongoing operation in Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. With respect to Iraq, we continue to see important progress across different parts of our strategy to support the Iraqi government and
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Statement by the President on the Completion by the M/V Cape Ray of the Destruction of Syria’s Declared Chemical Weapons

Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile. The most lethal declared chemical weapons possessed by the Syrian regime were destroyed by dedicated U.S. civilian and military professionals using a unique American capability aboard the M/V Cape Ray – and they did so aboard that U.S. vessel several weeks ahead of schedule.  This is a major milestone
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President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. “I am pleased to nominate Mr. Gilliam to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.” Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr.:  Nominee for the United States District
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Statement by the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden on the Passing of Former Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont

Jim Jeffords was a personal friend, a great senator, and a good man. He was not only beloved by the people of Vermont, but by anyone who ever worked with him. For the nearly four decades I served in the United States Senate, nearly half were spent with Jim as a colleague. Jim knew that with a country as diverse as ours, there is a need for consensus to move the country forward. He was
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President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Jeanne E. Davidson to Serve on the United States Court of International Trade

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Jeanne E. Davidson to serve on the United States Court of International Trade. “I am proud to nominate this outstanding candidate to serve on the Court of International Trade,” said President Obama.  “Ms. Davidson has a long and distinguished record of service, and I am confident she will serve on the federal bench with distinction.” Jeanne E. Davidson:  Nominee for the United States Court
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Statement by the President on the Passing of Senator Jim Jeffords

Michelle and I send our deepest sympathies to the family of Senator James M. Jeffords on his passing.  Jim devoted his life to service – as a Naval officer, a local leader in his hometown of Shrewsbury, and eventually as a U.S. Senator representing his beloved Vermont.  During his more than 30 years in Washington, Jim never lost the fiercely independent spirit that made Vermonters, and people across America, trust and respect him.  Whatever the
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Letter from the President — War Powers Resolution Regarding Iraq

TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE August 17, 2014 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) On August 14, 2014, I authorized the U.S. Armed Forces to conduct targeted air strikes to support operations by Iraqi forces to recapture the Mosul Dam. These military operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to support the Iraqi
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the President's Authorization of Operations in Iraq

Today, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (WPR), the President transmitted to the Congress a report notifying the Congress that he had authorized U.S. Armed Forces to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq to support Iraqi Security Force operations to retake and establish control over the Mosul Dam, a critical infrastructure site, as part of their ongoing campaign against ISIL. This mission is consistent with President Obama’s directive that the U.S. military protect U.S. personnel and
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Readout of the Vice President's Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in Ukraine. President Poroshenko noted that Ukrainian humanitarian assistance had already been delivered to the International Committee for the Red Cross, but that safe passage had still not been secured from the separatists for the delivery of Russian aid. The two leaders agreed that Russia’s sending military columns across the border into Ukraine and its continued provision of advanced weapons to
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Weekly Address: Everyone Should Be Able To Afford Higher Education

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, with schools getting ready to open their doors again over the next few weeks, the President talked directly to students and parents about the importance of preparing for an education beyond high school. In today’s economy, some higher education continues to be the surest ticket to the middle class, but for too many families across the country, paying for higher education is a constant struggle. The President and
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WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Everyone Should Be Able to Afford Higher Education

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary   EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00 AM ET, SATURDAY, August 16, 2014   WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Everyone Should Be Able to Afford Higher Education   WASHINGTON, DC —In this week’s address, with schools getting ready to open their doors again over the next few weeks, Maribel Duran, the Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics talked directly to students and parents about
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