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Romney’s education agenda based on standardized tests, school choice

Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate who edged out an eight-vote victory over Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses, has a long track record on education that includes standardized testing and accountability, charter schools and school vouchers.

PAC supportive of Bachmann says Perry soft on unauthorized immigration

By | 09.12.11 | 10:17 am | More from The Minnesota Independent

A conservative PAC aligned with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential bid is targeting Texas Gov. Rick Perry on immigration in a spate of radio ads starting Tuesday in South Carolina.

Rove-Tied Outside Groups Say They’re Here to Stay

By | 11.01.10 | 10:05 am

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the announcement made by American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS — the sister groups that Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie helped conceive — that they will continue advertising against Democrats after the elections when Congress returns and debates over extending the Bush-era More…

Soros Speaks About Sitting Out in 2010

By | 10.12.10 | 9:58 am

While the Tea Party-backing Americans for Prosperity and the group’s secretive billionaire founder, David Koch, have regularly made headlines this election cycle for their big outlays, the quintessential boogeyman among right-wing folks, George Soros, who donated heavily to Democrats during the last few election cycles, has been largely sitting More…

Ten Donors Funnel 19 Million to Conservative Groups for Midterms

By | 09.24.10 | 3:33 pm

Politico has a story that notes today’s conservative movement is essentially getting bankrolled by ten wealthy donors. Having shied away during the end of the George W. Bush presidency and the failed presidential bid of Sen. John McCain, many of the same Bush-era donors — like Bob Perry and More…

Fears Aside, Gun Rights Thrive Under Obama

By | 07.12.10 | 6:00 am

Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill allowing gun owners in his state to carry firearms into houses of worship. Just days earlier, the Supreme Court extended federal gun rights provisions to city and state governments. And last summer, Arizona legislators voted to allow More…

GOP: Creating a New Health Entitlement in 2003 Has Nothing to Do With Creating a New Health Entitlement in 2010

By | 02.24.10 | 11:42 am

The Republicans blasting the Democrats’ health reform proposal as an unaffordable new entitlement are continually running smack into the tiny inconvenience that, just seven years ago, GOP leaders enacted the Medicare prescription drug benefit — a new federal program projected to cost taxpayers $550 billion dollars through 2016 alone. And More…

‘State Secrets’ Strikes Again

By | 12.16.09 | 11:14 am

The government’s “state secrets” argument was back in full force yesterday, this time being made by the Justice Department before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in the ongoing case against Jeppesen Dataplan, a Boeing subsidiary. Jeppesen is accused by five alleged victims More…

CIA Interrogation Tapes Destroyed Shortly After News Reports on CIA Black Sites and Interrogation Methods

By | 11.25.09 | 1:45 pm

Marcy Wheeler at Firedoglake has an interesting take today on the most recent summary of classified documents that the government turned over to the American Civil Liberties Union Friday, as part of its response to the organization’s Freedom of Information Act requests about the More…

New Military Commissions Act Still Allows Coerced Testimony and Hearsay

By | 10.23.09 | 12:49 pm

A few more points worth noting about the new Military Commissions Act amendments passed by Congress yesterday: Just as the House bill circulating earlier did, the amendments passed would still allow some coerced testimony to be used in court if the military judge decides it’s reliable and More…