Kaya Henderson and Michelle Rhee. Photo: Washington Post
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 leaving behind a “legacy of progress.”
Not everyone agrees.
Tonight’s debate stage, with candidate stand-ins. Photo: NY Times
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 line.
Here’s what you need to know.
Brian Hooker secretly recorded his phone calls with CDC whistleblower William Thompson. Screen shot: “Vaxxed” (youtube.com)
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 “Vaxxed” was screened, De Niro reluctantly withdrew the film, but not his support. “You must see it,” De Niro told the Today Show.
In the documentary, a top government scientist blows the whistle on his agency, exposing what appears to be shocking misconduct with potentially far-reaching effects on public health. But that’s difficult to discern from media headlines.
Today is Vincent Orange’s first official day heading up the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. It’s also his last as a member of the D.C. Council. The latter is not by choice.
Orange, who lost his reelection bid in June, was supposed to serve on the Council into January. But his plan to simultaneously serve as councilmember and D.C. Chamber president for the remaining five months of his Council term sparked a firestorm, leading to his early resignation.
Clinton & Sanders debate. Photo: npr.com
This is the fourth of a four-part series on the presidential debates. [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3]
Democrats and Republicans seized control of the televised presidential debates nearly thirty years ago. Since then, the general election debates have become increasingly dry, in contrast to the parties’ more frequent and freewheeling primary debates. But that began to change this time around.
“During this election, the Republican and Democratic parties have asserted unprecedented control over the primary debates,” explained George Farah, author of No Debate. “And the results have been disastrous.”
Jill Stein and Gary Johnson
This is the third in a four-part series on the presidential debates. [Part 1, Part 2]
Ever since Democrats and Republicans seized control of the televised presidential debates, third party candidates haven’t fared well. But in this ‘Year of the Outsider’ two candidates – the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson – have a chance to break into the debates.
To get in, Stein and Johnson must appear on enough state ballots to win (which isn’t easy), and register at least 15 percent in five national polls (which regularly don’t include them).
This is the second in a four-part series on the televised presidential debates. [Part 1]
When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off next month for their first debate, it’s unlikely a third candidate will join them. That’s by design, not because voters don’t want another option; nearly half say they’re open to voting for a third party.
This comes as the Democratic and Republican parties are experiencing a historic lack of support and have chosen, in Trump and Clinton, the most disliked major party presidential nominees in modern times.
But even as the two parties’ legitimacy wanes, they maintain control over the televised presidential debates.
This is the first in a four-part series on the televised presidential debates.
With the Democratic and Republican nominees selected, the presidential debates are just around the corner. The venues and dates for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s three bouts are set, but many important details are yet to be worked out, likely behind closed doors.
Facilitating negotiations between the campaigns will be the official sounding but private Commission on Presidential Debates.
Photo by Truthdig.com
Donald Trump’s improbable political rise has been fueled by the unprecedented free media he’s received, particularly from the cable news networks. “When you look at cable television, a lot of the programs are 100 percent Trump,” explained Trump.
Among cable networks, CNN has led the way. “Honestly, I think I get better press from CNN than I do Fox,” Trump told Fox. “I don’t know why.”
It doesn’t hurt that Trump and CNN president Jeff Zucker have been close, personally and professionally, for more than a decade.