Glenn Beck Tells Common Core Activists They Shouldn’t Mention His Name

On Tuesday, 40 minutes into Glenn Beck’s nationally broadcast “night of action” targeting the Common Core education standards being implemented in schools across the nation, a North Carolina activist named Andrea Dillon announced live that her state’s governor had just signed a law directing the board of education to rewrite its standards—a step shy of jettisoning North Carolina from the initiative outright. A murmur went through the audience of two dozen or so parents and kids at the cinema in Ballston, Virginia where I was watching, one of hundreds of theaters around the country that was broadcasting the interactive event, dubbed “I Will Not Conform” (a nod to Beck’s new book on the standards, Conform ). Beck offered a few words of congratulation, and Dillon patted her allies on the back: “North Carolina’s got a lot of gumption.” It wasn’t the biggest political story of the night—that would be either David Perdue’s victory in the Georgia Republican Senate primary, or President Barack Obama’s consumption of multiple cheeseburgers , depending on your point of view.

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Revealed: The ‘unhappiest’ cities in the United States

New research from the Vancouver-based University of British Columbia hones in on the unhappiest cities in the United States. The state of Virginia is in the enviable position of taking the top two slots in the roll call of the…

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White House To Propose New Rules For Crude Oil Rail Shipments

Crude oil train CREDIT: AP Photo Bloomberg reports the Obama Administration will propose new rules for transporting crude oil by rail Wednesday, aimed at reducing speeds and requiring sturdier tanker cars. The rules are a reaction to a spate of derailments and explosions that have plagued the rail transportation of crude oil in North America recently, as the drilling and tracking boom has driven the amount of crude oil hauled by train to new heights. While the specifics remain unknown, two unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the rules will include slower speed limits for trains to reduce accidents, and thicker hulls for the tanker cars to provide more protection should a derailment occur

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Democratic Senator Says U.S. Is “Not Leading” On The World Stage, No Clear View Of U.S Policy

“There’s not a clarity of who is the United States of America and what do we stand for,” West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin said. View Video › Democratic Sen.

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Richmond, Virginia is America’s happiest city; Charlottesville found to be happi…

Richmond, Virginia is America’s happiest city; Charlottesville found to be happiest region – Daily Mail JV #ows #ohb Richmond is America’s happiest city- and New York its unhappiest www.dailymail.co.uk Harvard researchers say that despite its low happiness score, areas such as New York still attract people because of its job prospect.

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Contradictory Rulings Proffer More Obamacare Headaches

Shutterstock Circuit courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia issued opposite rulings Tuesday, just hours and not so many miles apart from one another. The basic question is whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance offered through the federal exchange . The D.C.

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What stopping Fracked Gas Exports looks like
What stopping Fracked Gas Exports looks like What stopping Fracked Gas Exports looks like

Share this:  In the last 48 hours, our movement showed up BIG TIME to stop fracked gas exports at Cove Point, and everywhere else fracking threatens. We rallied by the thousands on Sunday with Tim DeChristopher and our friends at CCAN and Berks Gas Truth  to show the White House and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that we want to leave dirty gas in the ground. And then we came back to FERC on Monday Morning – refusing to leave until some of us were carted away in handcuffs .

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The Internet As A Public Commons

For cities that persevere the rewards can be very great. Muni broadband in tiny Kutztown, Pennsylvania saved the community an estimated $2 million in its first few years, a result of lower rates by the muni network and reduced prices charged by the incumbent cable company in response to competitive pressure.

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Is Obamacare Finished? Federal Court Says NO to Subsidies in 36 States

A federal appeals court dealt a major blow to Obamacare today, ruling against the legality of some subsidies issued to people through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. The ruling involves the states that did not set up their own marketplaces. The language in Obamacare actually restricts subsidies to state-run exchanges

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Virginia Wants More Done With Real-Time Mentally Ill Database

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent July 22, 2014   In Virginia, the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the 21st Century (JSSMHS) held a meeting regarding how their state is dealing with mental illness as compared to other states. Kathryn Cohen, policy expert, stated that “brain studies indicate the need for a different standard. Over 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder and over 40 percent of people with schizophrenia at times have anosognosia, which literally means ‘a lack of insight’ into their illness.

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