New Report: U.S. students falling behind in math literacy | 11alive.com

The PISA test is held every three years, and evaluates thousands of 15-year-olds from across the globe, including nearly 6,000 U.S. students. The latest test showed U.S. students with an average score of 470. That compares to a score of 488 in 2009. The global average is 20 points above, at a score of 490.”Its kind of depressing…” said D.C. parent Michael Truscott.”If were going to do better than 40th, and we do want to do better than 40th, both individually and as a nation, then its got to become part of our culture.”

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VMI, Famed Military Academy, Giving Cadets Coloring Books for Stress

The school said “peer educators” will still provide “Stress Busters” programs for students, which includes an event that lets cadets color.“Stress Busters is held on Reading Day of each semester,” the school said. “This is an opportunity for cadets to unwind and relax before studying for finals. This event often includes stress reduction activities such as yoga, therapy dogs, coloring book stations, card/game stations, and grab-and-go snacks to take with you on your way to study!”

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Artists Free Speech Rights at Stake in Washington Florist Case

An African-American marketer should not be forced to create an advertising campaign for a white supremacist group. Nor should a Muslim graphic designer be required to develop a webpage promoting Jewish teachings, or a Democrat freelance writer be ordered to draft political speeches for Republicans.Most agree with this, but Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson apparently does not.Through his advocacy, he is trying to construct a real-life dystopia in which these and similar professionals will be forced to create expressive materials—like advertising campaigns and webpages—to promote, and even celebrate, ideas that violate their convictions.The most recent evidence of this came when the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments in Ferguson’s case against Barronelle Stutzman.Stutzman is a 72-year-old floral artist who serves everyone in her community, regardless of their race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation. But because of her deeply held religious beliefs about marriage, she cannot custom design floral arrangements to celebrate a same-sex wedding.

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California targets dairy cows to combat global warming – Story | WNYW

California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm.The nations leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills.

“If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming,” said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up rules to implement the new law.

Source: California targets dairy cows to combat global warming – Story | WNYW

5 Potential Trump Administration Supreme Court Picks-Diane S. Skyes

Diane Skyes is a favorite of conservative legal scholars. She is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit who was appointed by President Bush and had been mentioned has a potential Supreme Court nominee in his second term. President elect Trump has said that he would consider her for a Supreme Court appointment.

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NPR: After Pollak, No More Live Interviews for Conservatives

Pollak, who serves as Breitbart’s Senior Editor-at-Large and In-house Counsel, defended its Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon from false and defamatory claims of antisemitism and “white nationalism.” He also turned the tables, pointing out that NPR has “racist programming,” including a story that called the 2016 election results “nostalgia for a whiter America.”

Source: NPR: After Pollak, No More Live Interviews for Conservatives

Dakota Access Pipeline Facts Protesters Don’t Want You to Know

For more than three months, thousands of protesters, most of them from out of state, have illegally camped on federal land in Morton County, North Dakota, to oppose the construction of a legally permitted oil pipeline project that is 85 percent complete.

Though these protesters claim to be gathered for peaceful prayer and meditation, law enforcement has been forced to arrest more than 400 in response to several unlawful incidents, including trespassing on and damaging private land, chaining themselves to equipment, burning tires and fields, damaging cars and a bridge, harassing residents of nearby farms and ranches, and killing and butchering livestock. There was even at least one reported incident where gun shots were fired at police.The recent vandalization of graves in a Bismarck cemetery and the unconscionable graffiti marking on the North Dakota column at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., are examples of how the protesters’ actions do not match their claims of peaceful demonstration.

Source: Dakota Access Pipeline Facts Protesters Don’t Want You to Know

Springsteen, De Niro to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

The list loaded with entertainers and celebrities also includes comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, actors Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, stage performer Cicely Tyson and cultural icon Diana Ross, known for her more than half-a-century career in music, film, television, theater and fashion.

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ITS NOT OVER! After Election, WikiLeaks Turns Their Attention to Obama and Breaks Huge Story…

A leaked internal memo from Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign says that fencing at the US-Mexico border could help cut down on illegal immigration.The memo, which was made public by anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, is dated September 7, 2008 and contains a list of immigration promises and proposals. Ads by RevcontentOne of Obama’s “core goals,” according to the memo: “Preserve the integrity of our borders to reduce illegal immigration.”“Securing our borders will not solve the illegal immigration problem in isolation, but combined with an earned path to citizenship for the undocumented and new legal alternatives to unauthorized entry, some additional fencing could help get the border under control.”A section titled “Fencing,” says Obama “Supports physical fencing along border under very specific circumstances, where it makes sense as a matter of security and to act as a deterrent to unsafe undocumented entry.”“Additional fencing on the border is not a comprehensive solution, but it sometimes helps deter people from taking the risk of entering illegally,” the memo states.

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