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Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that testing U.S. schoolchildren annually in math and reading is critical for measuring their educational progress, setting the stage for what is likely to be a contentious Capitol Hill debate on the federal role in education. His speech - on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's introduction of a landmark education equity bill - was the Obama administration's latest effort to make its case for federally mandated testing. Comment?
Army Pvt. Tyler W. Dumont has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Comment?
While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances for two causes that once seemed quixotic - the legalization of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana. Neither cause was embraced by Obama during his first term. Comment?
A dog's life used to be easier: Take a six-hour nap, terrify a squirrel, have a little can of something for dinner. Comment?
Olivia Telles, 11, and her grandmother, Dot Noseworthy, listen as Bill Littlefield guides a walking tour of downtown Portsmouth on Friday to show places visited by George Washington. Comment?
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