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Friday, April 17, 2015

US State Dept calls report on ISIS training camps in Mexico 'unfounded'

The U.S. State Department Friday shot down a recent report that Islamic State fighters-- aided by violent drug cartels-- are operating training bases near the U.S. southern border to smuggle terrorists into states like Texas.

Responding to Judicial Watch's report earlier this week of ISIS activity along the Mexican border, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supervisors called a "special" meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez.

FBI Holds "Special" Meeting in Juárez to Address ISIS

A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch's accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. read more

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I'm sure the reliability of an online poll is sketchy, but that's a pretty big number for people willing to spend time on MSNBC.COM.

Austin Bird sat for coffee on Tuesday morning in the town of LeClaire, Iowa, chatting with Hillary Clinton as photographers snapped pictures

News reports called him a 'student' and her campaign called it an unscripted event
But Clinton's Iowa political director Troy Price drove Bird and two other people to the coffee house

Bird is a hospital government relations official who interned with Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign

The Iowa Democratic Party, which Price ran until a month ago, tasked him to be Joe Biden's driver during an October Senate campaign trip in Davenport read more

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brian Beutler, New Republic: Because Hillary Clinton is white and no longer young, a strain of political thought holds that she might lack Barack Obama's inherent appeal to new and minority voters and thus that she won't be able to ride the Democratic party's demographic advantages to easy victory in 2016. The challenge, then, is to make sure Clinton's age and ethnicity don't discourage Obama's youthful, diverse supporters from turning out in November 2016. Fortunately, there's an easy way to make sure that doesn't happen. Clinton simply has to select Barack Obama as her running mate.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last year, the administration of Gov. Paul R. LePage, a Republican, decided to reimpose a three-month limit (out of every three-year period) on food stamps for a group often known as Abawds -- able-bodied adults without minor dependents -- unless they work 20 hours per week, take state job-training courses or volunteer for about six hours per week. Maine, like other states, makes some exceptions.

"You've got to incentivize employment, create goals and create time limits on these welfare programs," said Mary Mayhew, the commissioner of health and human services in Maine. She said the measure was in line with Mr. LePage's efforts to reform welfare.

The number of Abawds receiving food stamps in Maine has dropped nearly 80 percent since the rule kicked in, to 2,530 from about 12,000.


Here's what you have to do to be a sub in Maryland:

For the basic requirements to become a substitute teacher in St. Mary's County are:

Tier 1 - Applicants holding a valid Maryland certification for teaching.

Tier 2 - Applicants that have graduated from an accredited college/university with at least a Bachelor's degree.

Tier 3 - Applicants that have completed two years of a Bachelor's degree program leading to certification in education.

Tier 4 - Applicants that have graduated from an accredited college with at least an Associate's degree or have passed the ParaPro Assessment Test.

Applicants for substitute teaching will be reviewed and candidates will be selected based on four tiers of selection. Tier 1 applicants will be selected first, Tier 2 second, etc.

Candidates must also agree to:

Submit to a criminal history background check.
Successfully complete the substitute training course.
Commit to at least 10 days of substituting per school year.
All employees of a public school system in Maryland are required to submit their fingerprints and undergo a criminal history background check. The State of Maryland charges the public schools a $60.00 fee for each set of fingerprints submitted. This fee must be paid by the substitute at the time the fingerprinting takes place.

You want fries with that?

A substitute employee (paraeducator, secretary or teacher) without a bachelor's degree is paid $60 per day and a substitute employee (paraeducator, secretary or teacher) with a degree is paid $70 per day. A substitute teacher who is a retiree, holding current valid certification, from SMCPS or within the state of Maryland is paid $80 per day.

My wife gets $90 because she's on a long-term substitution and after a month or so, you get bumped to $90...from $70. Yep...less than $10/hr for the average degreed and certified substitute teacher.

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