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Why Homeschoolers Don’t Want School Vouchers

The sobering reality that further entanglement with the Common Core standards and tests could come along with school vouchers is underscored by the fact that Common Core champions Bill Gates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Jeb Bush are all major supporters as well of school voucher programs and charter schools.

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Baltimore Residents Fearful amid Rash of Homicides

BALTIMORE (AP) — Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.

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White House Declares Michelle Obama ‘Hugger-In-Chief’

The White House hug feature includes 28 photos of Michelle Obama hugging people, including TV celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. Hugs, she explains, allow her to connect with people at the same level, without letting them be intimidated by her position in the White House.

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives in Portland, Ore., Thursday, May 7, 2015. On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be the last major legislative push of his presidency.

Obama: Dwindling Years As President ‘Concentrates The Mind’

“We can get a lot done, but part of what we’re also doing is laying the foundation so that we then pass that baton to the next administration and we institutionalize some of the progress that we’ve been making,” President Obama says. He didn’t mention a potential successor, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Rick Santorum Launches Populist Presidential Campaign Outside Pittsburgh: ‘I Stand with You, the American Worker’

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who finished second place in the 2012 GOP presidential nominating contest, nailed his announcement speech here early on Wednesday evening—hammering ISIS, open borders advocates, the permanent political class in Washington, and the failures of both parties—all while real American workers stood by his side.

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FBI Officials Warn Against Disabling NSA Bulk Data Collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.

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