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Other Informative Stories That We are Following on October 16, 2015

Democratic National Committeewoman Says Her Party Is ‘Clearing a Path’ for Hillary Because ‘the Women in Charge’ Want It That Way [1] – Daily Mail  …  “The Democratic National Committee is ‘clearing a path’ for Hillary Clinton to be its presidential nominee because its upper power echelons are populated with women, according to a female committee member who was in Las Vegas for Tuesday’s primary debate. Speaking on the condition that she isn’t identified, she told Daily Mail Online that the party is in the tank for Clinton, and the women who run the organization decided it ‘early on.’ The committeewoman is supporting one of Hillary’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, and said she spoke freely because she believes the former Secretary of State is benefiting from unfair favoritism inside the party.”

“Clinton aims to be the first female to occupy the Oval Office, and ‘the party’s female leaders really want to make a woman the next president,’ the committeewoman said, rattling off a list of the women who she said are the ‘real power’ in the organization. ‘I haven’t heard anyone say we should make Hillary undergo a trial by fire,’ she added. ‘To the contrary, the women in charge seem eager, more and more, to have her skate into the general [election]. ‘I have nothing against women in politics,’ she underscored. ‘But it’s not healthy for the party if we get behind a woman because she’s a woman, and risk having her implode after she’s nominated because she isn’t tested enough now.'”

Common Core-Aligned Writing Lesson on Gun Debate Fuels Claims of Political Agenda [2] – Fox News  …   “‘Does a child get a job because they can read well, write well and have competent math skills, or do they get a job for supporting gay marriage and gun control?’ Common Core backers are sneaking a social and political agenda into nationalized curriculum, say critics, who now have new ammo in a writing lesson plan for teachers that they say gives a slanted perspective of the gun debate. A study guide dubbed, ‘The Battle Over Gun Control,’ authored by KQED, a northern Californian affiliate of National Public Radio, and the nonprofit, taxpayer-subsidized National Writing Project, states that ‘moderate gun control’ measures introduced following the Sandy Hook school massacre were deep-sixed by the ‘powerful political influence’ of the NRA. Second Amendment advocates say the wording, in supplemental material designed to help teachers plan instruction, frames the debate in a one-sided fashion aimed at influencing young minds.”

“Concerned parents and longtime critics of Common Core say that this is just another example of flaws associated with the federally-imposed standards. While Common Core itself is not technically a curriculum, it drives classroom lessons by imposing a standard, nationalized test. Both private and nonprofit curriculum providers tout their material for its alignment with the standards tested in the Common Core examinations. ‘This guide shows that the common core philosophy of education is coming to all schools.’ Alice Linahan, founder of Voices Empower, a grassroots organization that opposes Common Core, told FoxNews.com. ‘It’s a shift from teaching fact to teaching attitudes, belief and behavior.'”

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