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Did the Kochs Bring Us President Trump?

Pundits have plenty of reasons for Republicans’ 2016 electoral success, but none may be as explanatory as a book published in January, before a single ballot was cast. In Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of … Continue reading

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Post Buries Scandals of Rhee and Henderson

When it comes to covering education the Washington Post is nothing if not consistent. For nearly a decade, as Michelle Rhee and then her close friend Kaya Henderson headed up D.C. Public Schools, the Post was their cheerleader. And now, … Continue reading

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How Obama’s DNC May Undermine His Legacy

When President Obama named the chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2011, he didn’t foresee that his selection could lead to the undoing of his signature achievements. For Obama, the DNC wasn’t a top priority. And his choice for … Continue reading

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Trump Won. CNN Won Bigger.

Donald Trump has been elected president, but the big winner this election was the media. It’s hard to see how Trump’s victory could’ve happened without the unprecedented free media he received – nearly $3 billion through April, according to one … Continue reading

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Last Minute Election Interference Isn’t New in D.C. – But This Time the Post Isn’t Celebrating

Imagine, on the eve of a contested election, a top law enforcement official accuses a candidate of potentially serious misconduct. But instead of putting the charges before a judge or jury, the top official levels them in the court of … Continue reading

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See Ya, Kaya: The IMPACT on Teachers

This is the third of a three–part series on Kaya Henderson.[Part 1, Part 2] Kaya Henderson stepped down Friday as head of D.C. Public Schools, after serving longer than all but one of her predecessors. Prior to her six years as … Continue reading

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See Ya, Kaya: The Achievement Gap

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on Kaya Henderson’s leadership of DCPS. [Part 1] After six years as head of D.C. Public Schools, Kaya Henderson steps down Friday, claiming she’s turned around a troubled school system. “DCPS has … Continue reading

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See Ya, Kaya: ‘Legacy of Progress’?

This is the first in a three-part series on Kaya Henderson’s time atop DCPS. After six years as head of D.C. Public Schools, Kaya Henderson is calling it quits Friday. According to the Washington Post, her biggest booster, Henderson is … Continue reading

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Your Guide to Tonight’s Debate

Tonight’s opening debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is expected to draw a record-breaking audience, possibly as many as 100 million viewers. With the election just six weeks away and polls showing a neck-and-neck race, much is on the … Continue reading

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Can We Talk About ‘Vaxxed’?

When actor Robert De Niro attempted to screen “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy” at his Tribeca Film Festival, the media lambasted him. The festival “sold out to anti-vaccine crackpots,” declared the L.A. Times. With filmmakers threatening to pull out of the festival if … Continue reading

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