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Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government's intrusion into the classroom.
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Gubernatorial candidates outline education plans

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 13th - 9:00am
The five major gubernatorial candidates agree Rhode Island needs a strong school system for its economy to thrive, but their plans to transform it differ.
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2016 SPIN METER: 5 things to know not to believe

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 13th - 7:02am
It's considered bad form for politicians to say things that are not true.
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His agenda in gridlock, Obama relishes roadshow

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 12th - 12:43pm
Welcome to Barack Obama's split-screen presidency. On one side: a confident Obama making campaign-style stops around the country and ridiculing his political opponents to the delight of cheering supporters. On the other side: an increasingly unpopular president hobbled by gridlock on Capitol Hill and a steady stream of vexing foreign policy crises.
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Sandra Fluke seeks wider influence in California

Judy Lin, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 12th - 10:01am
The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage — and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh — is hoping to make public policy of her own.
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Republican David Perdue's life at a glance

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 12th - 7:31am
David A. Perdue Jr.
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GOP keeps House edge in Democratic-leaning states

Charles Babington, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 12th - 1:40am
Democrats have long claimed that Republicans abused their legislative powers to elect a disproportionate number of U.S. House members. Now a Florida court is lending credence to their complaint.
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Michelle Nunn to return cash linked to ex-con

Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 11th - 3:41pm
Georgia's Democratic Senate candidate, Michelle Nunn, will return contributions linked to a political operative convicted in a 1995 bribery case who recently co-hosted a fundraiser for her, a campaign spokesman said Friday.
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Florida's political landscape upended with ruling

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 11th - 3:22pm
Florida's political landscape is being upended by a landmark legal ruling that one legal expert says could influence the way other states draw their congressional districts.
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Biden calls on governors to lead nation

Steve Peoples, Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 11th - 3:03pm
Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country's aging infrastructure.
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