In announcing the Race to the Top winners, Education Secretary Arne Duncan noted that both states had strong buy-in from almost all districts and teachers unions.
Senate Democrats prevail, so far, in keeping the package of healthcare 'fixes' intact. But the House will need to vote on it again to address small adjustments in the part dealing with student loans.
Tamara Schirrmacher dresses up as The Statue of Liberty as she holds chains that she says represent the national debt during a tax day Tea Party event in Pleasanton, Calif., April 15, 2009. Protests took place around the country to demonstrate against recent bailouts and excessive government spending.
GOP senators who have been willing to work openly with Democrats say that the process for healthcare reform could end the prospects for bipartisanship elsewhere. Possibly at stake in the Senate: comprehensive immigration reform and financial regulation.
With costs soaring, some colleges offer students a way to graduate early with a three-year college degree. But critics say students lose out on gaining breadth of experience.
#12 California: Jobseeker Michael Williams flashes a 'hang loose' sign as he stands on an exit ramp in Irvine, Calif. to advertise himself to the job market. For the Golden State, the 2000s have been a bust. The last time, California had fewer workers on the job, people were gripped with millennial fervor and worried about the Y2K bug (December 1999).
To avoid gridlock and partisan politics look to your state government. The states increasingly hold the power and influence over Washington in shaping American law – from safety to energy to social justice.
For scores of lawmakers, approving the Senate healthcare reform bill and subsequent 'fixes' carries considerable political risk.