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Michelle Rhee: ‘Charter schools are public schools’

Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, continuing her steadfast support for charter schools. Rhee had a conversation with guest co-host Alisyn Camerota about Steven Brill’s book Class Warfare, which pits school reformers like Rhee against the teachers’ unions. And the controversial Rhee, who…

Former Bush official promises to testify if someone will ‘Pinochet’ Cheney

The former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged Tuesday to testify against former Vice President Dick Cheney if he is ever tried for war crimes. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman that he would participate in a trial even if it meant personal repercussions.…

Obama admin. crackdown on health care fraud leads to 85% more prosecutions

Under the newly reformed health care laws championed by President Barack Obama, it’s not only what people pay for insurance that will change, but also the way people pay for insurance crime. The number of prosecutions for health insurance fraud is already 85 percent higher in 2011 than it was…

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks at American Legion conference

President Barack Obama was scheduled Tuesday to speak to the annual American Legion conference in Minnesota. Watch this live video from The White House, broadcast Aug. 30, 2011. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

Woman tells Iowa Senator: Raise payroll tax cap for Social Security

It was the town hall event that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) probably wanted to avoid having. According to Think Progress, a number of residents at the Iowa Senator’s town hall Monday evening expressed their support for Social Security, including one individual who urged that Congress raise the payroll tax cap.…

Woman tells Iowa Senator: Raise payroll tax cap for Social Security

It was the town hall event that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) probably wanted to avoid having. According to Think Progress, a number of residents at the Iowa Senator’s town hall Monday evening expressed their support for Social Security, including one individual who urged that Congress raise the payroll tax cap.…

Never-fail prediction system shows 2012 win for Obama

American University professor Allan Lichtman is on a winning streak spanning nearly three decades — one that President Barack Obama might have an interest in seeing Lichtman extend. Lichtman created a formula that has correctly predicted the winner of each election since 1984, beginning with the reelection of President Ronald…

Bank of America to sell China bank stake for $8.3 billion

CHARLOTTE, N.C./HONG KONG (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp is selling about half its stake in China Construction Bank for $8.3 billion, in its latest effort to shed assets and boost capital. A group of investors is buying 13.1 billion CCB shares from Bank of America, with the deal expected to close…

Consumer spending data lifts US stocks more than 2%

US stock markets rallied on Monday as upbeat data on consumer spending lifted hopes that economic growth would pick up speed, while Hurricane Irene caused less damage than feared. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 254.71 points (2.26 percent) to close at 11,539.25. The broader S&P 500 surged 33.28 points (2.83…

Cheney: We only waterboarded two or three people

Former Vice President Dick Cheney continued his media book tour on Tuesday morning, appearing on The Today Show to still support the decisions made in the Bush White House. Cheney, promoting his book In My Time, was asked by co-host Matt Lauer about the possible scenario of Iran waterboarding a…

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