Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

President Obama continues to be a president of firsts. Yesterday he appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Univision network to talk about his health care proposals. The five interviews marked the most talk show appearances on a single Sunday by a president. Conspicuously absent from the lineup was Fox News. ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

The Prime Minister of the Italian Republic, Silvio Berlusconi is hosting the G8 Summit. This doodle goes out to my son Andrew, who is studying abroad and today is probably baffled by all the traffic and congestion being he's in Rome, Italy along with eight of the most powerful men on the planet. Enjoy Capri this weekend Andrew! ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

President Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan supports merit pay for teachers by linking raises and bonuses to student performance. The former professional basketball player said "To somehow suggest we should not link student achievement to teacher effectiveness, is like suggesting we judge sports teams without looking at the box score." That seems logical. So, why hasn't it been done before?...Well, in Washington, lobbies and interest groups have always trumped logic, and there is no lobby more powerful than the teachers union, who opposes merit pay...That's Chan ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

The Obama administration moved towards the inevitable this morning. One hundred year old company and number one auto maker in the world for 77 years in a row, will file for bankruptcy at 8:00 am this morning. All the bailout money in the world could not fix it's broken business model. Let's hope he's not the same as the old boss. ...

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