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FILE - In this April 16, 2007, file photo, state and local police wait for a building to be cleared by police on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., following a shooting incident. Gun control advocates sputter at their own impotence. The National Rifle Association is politically ascendant. And Barack Obama’s White House pledges to safeguard the Second Amendment in its first official response to the deaths of at least 12 innocents in a mass shooting at a new Batman movie screening in suburban Denver. Once, every highly publicized outbreak of gun violence produced strong calls from Democrats and a few Republicans for tougher controls on firearms. Now those pleas are muted, a political paradox that’s grown more pronounced in an era scarred by Columbine, Virginia Tech, the wounding of a congresswoman and now the shootings in a suburban movie theater where carnage is expected on-screen only. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)
FILE - In this March 30, 2011 file photo, a Houston gas station displays its prices with a refinery stack in the background. Quick: What do these things have in common? Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Wall Street volatility. A cranky, even angry American populace. Answer: They all have something to do with gasoline. No matter what happens in the world today, just about everything seems to point back to fuel and the tricky politics that emerge when prices spike. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
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Recent newspaper articles have undercut the credibility of a book and TV ad attacking Sen. John Kerry’s war record in Vietnam without, however, demonstrating Kerry’s contention that the Bush administration was behind the ad or wholly demolishing all of the allegations concerning the Democratic presidential nominee.
No one wants their school tagged with the embarrassing label of “underperforming.” Several schools are struggling with that very public rebuke after the state Department of Education issued its evaluations last year.
It’s amazing to see how much politicians really do agree on when it’s all boiled down to its simplest form.