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  • Ron Paul"I'm not calling for the violent overthrow of the federal reserve system," Rep. Ron Paul (pictured) has told Yahoo!.

    Well, that's a relief. Instead, Paul, the Texas Republican who now chairs the congressional panel overseeing the Federal Reserve, said he simply wants "a real discussion on monetary policy."

    But it's perhaps not surprising that Paul used an interview Wednesday with Dan Gross and Aaron Task of Yahoo! Finance's Tech Ticker (watch video below) to offer reassurance about his peaceful intentions. An outspoken libertarian opponent of efforts to regulate the money supply--the Fed's raison d'être--Paul is the author of the 2009 book End the Fed. And last month he took over as chair of the House Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy--a post which will give his unorthodox views more prominence than ever.

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    A new poll of registered Latino voters finds that 47 percent list immigration reform as the top issue Congress and the president should address. Thirty-seven percent listed the economy and jobs as the top issue. Education claimed the third spot on the roster, and health care was fourth.

    The poll suggests Republicans who do not support immigration reform may have a tough time gaining votes from at least half of the rapidly growing Latino voter base. The Latino Decisions poll was based on interviews with 500 people and has a 4 percent margin of error.

    (Newly minted U.S. citizens fill out voter registration forms in 2008: AP)

  • AP080512043110Teachers' colleges may offer instruction in grade-based evaluations--but the institutions are apparently none too fond of the grading system themselves.

    Administrators from teachers' schools are resisting an evaluation system to be published in U.S. News & World Report that will grade them from A to F on 17 standards.

    Two separate groups of education deans have written letters complaining that the grading system is flawed, and does not focus on how well graduates from the schools  perform in real-world classrooms once they've launched their teaching careers.

    The National Council of Teacher Quality, the group doing the grading, initially threatened to grade uncooperative schools with an F for failing to provide the data needed for an evaluation.The group has since withdrawn that threat, and posted all of its grading criteria(PDF, via EdWeek) online, which include how much time students enrolled in teachers' colleges spend training in classrooms.

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