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Jeb Bush Endorses Common Core Education
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 10:04 PM

Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, a Republican, is touting Common Core as the solution to upgrade American educational standards.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them. Bush said at an education forum with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., that the standards are key to improving educational achievement around the country."

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Texas Democrat Powerbroker Bob Strauss Dies at 95
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 09:15 PM

Ex-Democratic Party Chairman Robert Strauss, a native Texan, died at the age of 95. At the height of his powers, he was the premier powerbroker behind the secenes in American politics.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Bob Strauss could work with anybody — Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Soviets, Israelis and Arabs. Playing the game and making the deal made his day. Of Strauss' many accomplishments — earning a fortune in postwar investments, co-founding an international law firm, leading the Democratic Party, running one successful presidential campaign and surviving the loss of another — being welcome on either side of the political street might have been the achievement he most treasured.

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Beijing Diary: Boycotting Smog Masks
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 07:51 PM

BEIJING: The HORROR!!! China has pollution problems, while the country continues to enjoy high economic growth rates. Of course, everyone love to have their cake and eat it too. That means they want high-paying jobs while breathing in carbon-free air. However, life really is not like a box of chocolates. You have to accept the good with the bad wherever you live.

When it comes to better job opporunities for Westerners, which country is better: China or Estonia. Perhaps, Vice President Joe Biden would answer, Estonia, but few would consider him the foremost scholar on global economics or any other subject matter. Accordingly, China is enjoying prosperity, but the Western media loves talking about smog masks instead.

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Singapore GDP Growth Rate Sliding Downhill
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 12:14 AM

Singapore's economy is hitting the doldrums. Economists are lowering their expectations for higher GDP growth rates in the City-State.

According to Channel NewsAsia, "Private sector economists have become slightly less optimistic about Singapore's growth prospects, according to the latest survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)."

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Russia Still G8 Member, Merkel Says
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 10:12 PM

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Russia remains a member of the G8. Although, the White House and France tried to expel the country from its membership, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Japan refused to agree on that deal.

The Voice of Russia reports that, "Amid the signing of an agreement upon accession of Crimea to Russia, the Russian Federation still remains a member of the G8, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday."

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Despite EU Sanctions, Cirque Du Soleil Performs in Moscow
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 09:43 PM

President Barack Obama's Red Lines have gotten so ludicrous that even Canucks are calling his bluffs. The Quebec-based Cirque Du Soleil defied EU sanctions against Russia by performing in a sold out tour in Moscow.

According to the Moscow Times, "Cirque Du Soleil is famous for its stunning performances, inspiring its audiences with a magical feeling that anything is possible. Dralion, their latest program to tour in Moscow, is no exception. Dralion is the Cirque du Soleil's 12th touring production. It started as a tour show under the grand chapiteau in 1999, but in 2010 it was converted to be suitable for arenas and began a tour of Eastern Europe in 2014. This region is somewhat appropriate for the themes of the show, as Dralion attempts to combine traditions and symbols of ancient cultures of the East and West, as the title of the show suggests, combining an Eastern dragon with a Western lion."

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Tony Blair Helps Islamists Drill for Oil in West Bank
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 08:40 PM

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain is not slowing down after stepping down as the British leader. He's embarked on a new career as a multi-million dollar consultant to help radical Muslim militants drill for oil in the West Bank of Israel to help fund jihad.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday announced plans to explore for oil in the West Bank, throwing a new element of uncertainty and confusion into troubled U.S.-backed peace efforts. The Palestinians proclaimed the project, close to a small oil field in Israel, a key step toward their dream of developing the local economy and gaining independence in the West Bank. But Israel, which wields overall control of the area, gave no indication it has agreed to the plan, and far less ambitious attempts at economic development have repeatedly sputtered in large part because of Israeli restrictions."

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Bill Kristol: Warmonger Devoid of Military Credentials
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 07:59 PM

Neo-conservative commentator Bill Kristol deems himself an expert on all things warmongering. In the cozy confines of his Manhattan office while sipping pina coladas, he loves to write articles calling for Americans to wage wars against Mexico, Canada, France, Armenia, China and Russia. In his mind, he's declared war against all coutries with the exception of Japan, Israel and Uzbekistan.

Nevertheless, Mr. Kristol never enlisted in the US Armed Forces and spent his youth studying at Harvard University. One could safely assume that he's never owned a gun or even wandered in the woods to go hunting. President Barack Obama, a self-proclaimed skeet shooter addict, has more experience handling a gun than Mr. Kristol does.

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