School Privatizers Buy State-Level Elections

Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaking to atten...
‘Billing itself as “the nation’s voice for educational choice,” the American Federation for Children pushes forward students of color as the beneficiaries of its lobbying work, but the politicians they support are not exactly heroes of the civil-rights movement.

‘Dark money for TV and radio ads further obscures the school-choice issue. Often, these are ads about taxes or crime, and have nothing to do with their sponsors’ actual agenda.

‘Rules requiring disclosure for spending on issue ads “aren’t worth the paper they’re written on,” McCabe says, because they aren’t enforced.

‘”So this group can tell its members it spent all this money to support candidates and influence elections, and turn around and tell the elections board that it wasn’t political spending at all.”…’
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The Cleveland Kidnapping
Police Negligence, Castro’s Unpunished Domestic Abuse, or Conspiracy?

‘Ariel Castro was arraigned in a Cleveland court today on charges of kidnapping three young women and holding them captive in his house for 10 years. All three women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight — had vanished in seemingly separate cases when they were between the ages of 14 and 21. Berry’s six-year-old daughter, who was born in captivity, was also rescued. Officials said the three women were at times bound in chains or rope, and endured starvation, beatings and sexual assaults. Eric Sandy, a reporter at the weekly newspaper Cleveland Scene, joins us to discuss Castro’s background, including the brutal abuse of his ex-wife for which he was never jailed…’
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

The Comical Sandwiching of Aussie PM
‘Aussie Mystery: Who Threw a Sandwich at the PM?’
So why is it still a mystery to Newser? Because apparently, there is still no hard evidence of who did it. And if that’s the case,
we can assume that the security personnel at the room are either dumb or not telling. Not one witness!?

‘Matt & Jo spoke to the alleged sandwich thrower this morning, who actually claimed he hit the offending food item out of the hand of another student, but has still copped a three week suspension….and apparent legendary status on Facebook.

‘Listen to the entertaining chat with 16-year-old Kyle Thompson and Julia Gillard below…’

NSA’s how-to guide for Internet espionage
‘On May 7, the nation’s top spy agency released a guide to “Internet Research,” essentially a how-to book for its agents looking to get the most out of Google, Yahoo and other Web search tools.

‘The guidebook, which was stamped “For Official Use Only” until it was declassified on Tuesday following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, offers a wealth of tips for the spy in training, noted Wired, which first discovered the newly posted document…’


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