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The Role of Common Core

I had the pleasure of sitting down recently with former education secretary Margaret Spellings and separately with Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.--two of the pillars of No Child Left Behind. I asked each of them how the Common Core State Standards changed the landscape for K-12 education policies. They were both blunt, saying the state-led effort to create college-aimed standards should not supplant the more basic academic requirements of No Child Left Behind. "The idea that we're going to be able to run a marathon without being able to run mile, I don't get that," Spellings said.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Battleground Michigan

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Hotline's first installment of monthly Senate race rankings is up, Romney rakes in big New Hampshire endorsements and leads Obama by five in Michigan, the super committee is on the brink of failure, and Kildee denounces abuse allegations. Here's today's rundown:

9) Rep. Michele Bachmann's, R-Minn, book, "Core of Conviction," comes out Monday.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Iran May Have Supplied Qaddafi Shells for Chemical Weapons -- WaPo

The Obama administration is investigating a claim that Iran may have supplied Muammar el-Qaddafi’s regime with special artillery shells for chemical weapons, The Washington Post reports.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 9:40am

Poll: Stabenow Leads Hoekstra in Tight Race

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has a slight lead over former Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, according to a new poll released Saturday that shows a tightening race for a seat pivotal to Democrats' chances of maintaining control of the Senate.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 9:40am

Poll: Gingrich, Romney Tied for GOP Lead

A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now leads in the race to capture the Republican presidential nomination, with Gingrich running neck-and-neck with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Gingrich leads Romney among Republican and Republican-leaning voters, according to the poll, 22 percent to 21 percent. That is well within the poll's margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 9:40am

The Hotline's Senate Race Rankings: 20 Seats Up for Grabs

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the partisan breakdown of South Dakota's congressional delegation. It is made up of two Republicans and one Democrat.

What goes around comes around. After losing virtually every toss-up Senate race in 2006, Republicans find themselves in prime position to pick up the four seats they need to control the Senate. And Democrats' success five years ago means Republicans have plenty of targets from which to choose.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 9:40am

Is Clean Energy Headed for Crisis?

As Washington seeks to slash the federal deficit and Solyndra continues to dominate the headlines, is America's clean-energy industry facing a crisis moment?

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40am

How Should the U.S. Begin its 'Pivot' to Asia and the Pacific?

This week, U.S. officials announced new steps for a strategic "pivot" to Asia and the Pacific that included plans to deploy 2,500 troops to a base in Australia's northwest outback and "unprecedented" initiatives to build alliances and agreements across the region. How much of this has to do with China? Should the U.S. move even more troops to the Asia-Pacific region? Or, should there be an entirely new Pacific realignment? Beyond rhetoric, what else will be required for the U.S. to make this pivot?

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40am

Parties Gearing Up for Political Fights Following Failure

Already referring to failure as a fait accompli, super committee members and aides are turning their attention to the immediate and nasty fights expected to result.

"When failure's announced, it's going to be off to the races," a senior Democratic aide familiar with talks said Sunday.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:40am

FCC Finally Releases USF Order

The Federal Communications Commission released a measure Friday creating a $4.5 billion "Connect America Fund" to subsidize broadband in rural areas, transforming a previous fund devoted to the landline phone operations at rural phone companies.

The order was released Nov. 18, a full 23 days after the commissioners unanimously voted to pass it. GOP lawmakers want the agency to release orders before votes. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House's telecom subcommittee, has a bill that would make this standard practice.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 12:40am