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In an echo of the contentious Common Core debates of past years, the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have allowed local school districts to opt out of state standards and testing.

Senate Bill 128 was deferred over the objection of its author, Shreveport Democratic Sen. John Milkovich, most likely killing the measure for the session. Milkovich said it was the fourth time he had tried to allow districts to opt out of the state standards.

New Site Tracks $1.5 Billion in Public Union Political Spending Over Two Decades

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The Center for Union Facts has launched a new website, www.PublicUnionFacts.com, to track more than $1.5 billion in public sector union political spending over the past two decades. It found that these unions give 90 percent of political funding to Democrats.

Former Al Gore Chief of Staff: ‘Mueller Wimped Out’

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Former Al Gore chief of staff Ronald Klain tweeted on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “wimped out” in his investigation of President Donald Trump’s campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.

Democratic Candidate in Crucial Swing District Returns Donation From Ilhan Omar

Dan McCready (D., N.C.), the sole remaining Democratic candidate from the 2018 midterm cycle, has returned a $2,000 campaign donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), the controversial congresswoman whose anti-Semitic remarks have elicited condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

Cox Campaign Spent Over $12K on Catering During Shutdown

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The campaign committee for newly-elected Democrat representative T.J Cox of California spent over $12,000 dollars with a single catering entity in Washington D.C., just days after he was sworn in as a freshman legislator and while the federal government was still shut down, according to campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Tlaib Meets With Another Anti-Israel Radical

Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), who has faced allegations of being anti-Semitic, met with anti-Israel activist Joe Catron during American Muslims for Palestine Advocacy Day last week.

Democrat Rejects Contribution From Ilhan Omar

The reelection campaign for Rep. Lucy McBath (D., Ga.) said Wednesday it rejected a $2,000 contribution sent to it by her fellow Democratic freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Minn.), who has been criticized by colleagues on both sides of the aisle for anti-Semitism.

Bernie vs. The Democrats

Sen. Bernie Sanders Participates In A Fox News Town Hall In Pennsylvania

Hollywood is filled with remakes and reboots. Washington is about to get one of its own. The re-launched property: the 2016 campaign.

You know the plot. An outsider with grassroots support leads a crusade against the party establishment and the legitimating institutions that bestow credibility upon a candidate. He’s old, white, been around for a while, says some things that are outside the mainstream, and has a fickle relationship to his party. But he possesses a strange charisma, dominates the conversation, and is willing to speak to audiences outside the typical party coalition.

Florida Panel OKs Hurricane Recovery Bills, Including One Without a Price Tag

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A key Senate panel on Monday approved two bills that would commit the state to funneling emergency assistance money into the 13-county Panhandle area reeling from Hurricane Michael’s devastation.

One of the bills, however, comes without a price tag, a reflection of the state’s angst in putting together a recovery plan without any idea when – or if – Congress will approve a pending $13.5 billion package that includes assistance to Florida Michael victims.

Inside the Ring: China Militarizing Deep Sea

This undated picture shows a nuclear-powered submarine of the People's Liberation Army Navy's North Sea Fleet preparing to dive into the sea

Space and cyberspace are not the sole domains for China’s growing asymmetric warfare programs. The Chinese military has another development program only recently disclosed that is part of the decadeslong buildup of weapons and forces: deep sea.

Report: Liberal Dark Money Umbrella Facilitated $1.6 Billion in Recent Years

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An intricate web of liberal dark money groups saw $1.6 billion in contributions from deep-pocketed Democratic donors flow through a network of “fiscal sponsor” organizations to be used on causes and initiatives between 2013 and 2017, according to a new report from the Capital Research Center.

Congress Directs Trump Admin to Alter Federal Info to Recognize Israeli Control of Golan Heights

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Congress has instructed the Trump administration to alter all federal documents, communications, and maps to reflect its recent recognition of Israeli control over the Golan Heights region on the Jewish state’s northern border, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Bernie vs. The Democrats

Sen. Bernie Sanders Participates In A Fox News Town Hall In Pennsylvania

Hollywood is filled with remakes and reboots. Washington is about to get one of its own. The re-launched property: the 2016 campaign.

You know the plot. An outsider with grassroots support leads a crusade against the party establishment and the legitimating institutions that bestow credibility upon a candidate. He’s old, white, been around for a while, says some things that are outside the mainstream, and has a fickle relationship to his party. But he possesses a strange charisma, dominates the conversation, and is willing to speak to audiences outside the typical party coalition.

Florida Panel OKs Hurricane Recovery Bills, Including One Without a Price Tag

Hurricane Michael

A key Senate panel on Monday approved two bills that would commit the state to funneling emergency assistance money into the 13-county Panhandle area reeling from Hurricane Michael’s devastation.

One of the bills, however, comes without a price tag, a reflection of the state’s angst in putting together a recovery plan without any idea when – or if – Congress will approve a pending $13.5 billion package that includes assistance to Florida Michael victims.

Inside the Ring: China Militarizing Deep Sea

This undated picture shows a nuclear-powered submarine of the People's Liberation Army Navy's North Sea Fleet preparing to dive into the sea

Space and cyberspace are not the sole domains for China’s growing asymmetric warfare programs. The Chinese military has another development program only recently disclosed that is part of the decadeslong buildup of weapons and forces: deep sea.

Former Al Gore Chief of Staff: ‘Mueller Wimped Out’

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Former Al Gore chief of staff Ronald Klain tweeted on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “wimped out” in his investigation of President Donald Trump’s campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.