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Education Secretary Arne Duncan had harsh words for Congress on Monday, calling it "dysfunctional" as he announced plans to bypass lawmakers and implement sweeping education reform through a waiver system for states.
Many in the establishment media and, in particular, some of the commentators on MSNBC have referred to members of the tea party and their supporters in Congress who did not vote for the debt ceiling compromise as delusional or worse.
Thousands of striking workers in Verizon Communication Inc.'s land-line division joined picket lines and rallies Monday at company offices from Massachusetts to Virginia, a union official said.
Pummeled by ghastly economic news, President Obama called Monday for more spending and extended tax cuts that he said would help stimulate the economy — but these also could deepen the deficit problems that helped the federal government earn its first-ever debt downgrade last week.
Liberal stalwart and failed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, said last week that the media has a responsibility not to give equal time to Tea Party views because he finds them "absurd" and "not factual" ("Sen. Kerry to media - Stop giving 'equal time' and 'balance' to conservative ideas, called for fairness doctrine in '07," Web, Friday).
The failure of Congress to deal with Federal Aviation Authority funding before going into recess showed the callous disregard of these elected officials for the American people ("FAA partial shutdown continues," Web, Wednesday).
Ollanta Humala, the leftist military man who won Peru's presidency after abandoning a radical platform, promised in his inaugural address last month to make his priority the one in three Peruvians still mired in poverty.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan had harsh words for Congress on Monday, calling it "dysfunctional" and announcing plans to bypass lawmakers and institute sweeping education reform through a waiver system for states.