Category Archives: National

A Holocaust heroine who saved 2,500 kids: ‘I did so little’

For the steps she took in the face of Nazi hate and power, she’s been called the “female Schindler.” Most likely you’ve never heard of her, but this weekend you’ll have a remarkable opportunity to learn more. As a young woman, Irena Sendler took real risks to help and save Jews after the Nazis invaded […]

After Maine opened on-line charter schools, big national study found major problems

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On-line education has been growing in Maine. Two on-line charter schools (i.e., “virtual academies”) have opened and the University of Maine System has been promoting on-line education, too. However, new reports from CREDO, a well-respected research institute at Stanford University, and two other excellent educational research centers, raise serious questions about the quality of on-line charters. Because […]

It wasn’t just Hillary Clinton who won the Democratic debate

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At a time when the parties are polarized, the first Democratic debate gave them and and pundits something on which to agree. Hillary Clinton was the clear winner of the debate. Clinton was poised, showed policy chops and humor, while being warm and passionate. Bernie Sanders also did a good job, while the other candidates […]

Why conservatives shouldn’t want Paul Ryan to be House Speaker

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Official portrait.

After Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he wouldn’t run for Speaker of the House, some in his caucus cried. The upheaval and chaos was just too much. Now some conservatives say they want Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker, with Ryan reluctant to take on the position. That would be a huge mistake for […]

Will the Republicans who would be speaker choose to govern?

John Boehner may have cried publicly more often than most speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives, but he had no tears the day he revealed he would be stepping down from his lofty position and resigning from Congress. Republican dislike for governing got so bad it drove out the sitting speaker, who actually sang […]

With Trumpism, Republicans are reaping what they sowed

Republican pundits have been beside themselves about the rise of Donald Trump. Charles Krauthammer proclaimed that Trump’s candidacy “will damage the [Republican] party” because Trump isn’t a “serious” candidate. George Will said Trump was an “affront” to those focused on “making conservatism intellectually respectable and politically palatable.” Bill Kristol even said that he would support […]

Why Trump’s response to “Obama is a Muslim” sadly is not surprising

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)

Yesterday in New Hampshire, Donald Trump was asked a question by a man who directly said that President Obama is a Muslim and not an American. Per CNN: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” an unidentified man who spoke at a question-and-answer town hall event in Rochester, New Hampshire asked the […]

Will any GOP candidates dare to say what Reagan thought of immigrants?

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Tonight the Republican presidential candidates will debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and it goes without saying the former president will be invoked over and over again. Reagan’s the Great Man of modern American conservatism. Heck, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist even started an organization, the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project to get things named after […]

It’s been the summer of Jeb and Donald, Hillary and Bernie

When, a few years ago, Barbara Bush said, “We’ve had enough Bushes in the White House,” perhaps she was expressing a mother’s worry that what’s happening to Jeb Bush right now would happen. After being proclaimed the frontrunner for the Republican nomination and raising a stunning amount of money — $114 million in the first […]

Which presidential candidate is seen most unfavorably? Not Hillary Clinton

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Amidst all the different questions asked about presidential candidates, this last summer the media seemed drawn to the one that asks if a candidate is seen favorably or unfavorably. And there’s been a huge amount of press about Hillary Clinton’s favorables falling, even as she leads in nearly all nomination and general election polls. So […]