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President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (R) visits with sixth grade students at the Graham Road Elementary School January 19, 2010 in Falls Church, Virginia. Following his meeting with students the President will deliver remarks on his 'Race to the Top' program and his request for an additional $1.35 billion in 2011 for the program. (Photo by

Obama: Arne Duncan Has ‘Delivered Some Incredible Results’

Obama’s comments appear to be a reference to the Common Core standards – though he does not call the reform by name, likely because the unpopular initiative is now often described as “toxic” and “poisonous.” The president nevertheless adopts the usual pro-Common Core position that the nationalized standards are higher or more rigorous than other standards – although there is no independent research that validates that claim.

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan Stepping Down

Arne Duncan, who has served as Education Secretary throughout Barack Obama’s tenure as president, will be replaced through the end of the president’s term by former New York State education commissioner and Common Core champion John King, Jr.

U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 15, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine 'S.1696, The Women's Health Protection Act: Removing Barriers to Constitutionally Protected Reproductive Rights.

Planned Parenthood Funding Led Rep. Diane Black to Vote Against CR

The author of the stand-alone Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 that the House approved, Rep. Diane Black was persistent in her message that a government shutdown would not be an effective strategy to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider in the wake of videos exposing its practices of selling the harvested body parts of aborted babies.

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House Votes Again to Defund Planned Parenthood

In what was ultimately a show-vote, the House once again passed a measure that supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood, as the abortion business is under congressional investigation for selling the body parts of aborted babies.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, September 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the use of taxpayer funding by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. (Photo by )

Cecile Richards: ‘Abortion is Healthcare’

Stating on numerous occasions that she was trying to be as cooperative as possible with the committee, Cecil Richards nevertheless evaded some questions about Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, often responding she “did not know” the answer to questions a CEO might be expected to know. At one point, as Live Action president Lila Rose tweeted, she was asked if babies who survive abortions should be given medical care, Richards replied, “I have never heard of such a circumstance happening.”

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