• Top Line

    There was a time when President Obama was an underdog in the sport of presidential politics. But there were only hints of the Cinderella mentality when the president made his annual NCAA March Madness predictions with ESPN’s Andy Katz.

    “He has North Dakota State over Oklahoma, which is a trendy pick by many people, and he does have Harvard over Cincinnati,” Katz told “Top Line” following his annual “Barack-etology” with the president.

    Having covered the president and his interest in college hoops since he was a presidential candidate in 2008, Katz said Obama has an impressive grasp of the sport.

    “Every year, I am less surprised because he continues to be highly knowledgeable on the sport,” he said. “Dan Pfeiffer, the White House adviser, was telling me earlier that essentially, when he can, on Air Force One late at night … he's watching ESPN, and he's paying attention.”

    That’s in addition to making in-person appearances at a number of college games this year, Katz noted.


    Read More »from Audacity of Hoops: ESPN's Andy Katz on President Obama’s Cinderella picks
  • Power Players

    Computer genius, billionaire, philanthropist and—education visionary?

    Stepping out of the world of computers and into the classroom, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is wielding his capital and celebrity to support his latest passion project: national standards for more rigorous math and English language arts and literacy programs in schools through the Common Core Standards Initiative.

    “I'm thrilled this is moving forward and disappointed that, through confusion and various groups, its implementation is actually at risk in some states,” Gates told “Power Players.” “There are states looking at delays or looking at staying with the status quo.”

    The status quo, Gates said, would mean sticking with the continuation of current math curricula that leave many students discouraged from pursuing careers in fields that involve math-related skills.

    Critics of the Common Core, which includes the tea party and some teacher groups, argue that the new standards advocated by the Common

    Read More »from Reinventing education: Bill Gates takes a controversial stance for school reform
  • Politics Confidential

    Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris was just 27 when his actions during the Vietnam War earned him the Medal of Honor, but it wasn’t until now, at age 72, that Morris will be properly acknowledged.

    President Obama will recognize Morris Tuesday, along with 23 other overdue Medal of Honor recipients who served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, to which Morris said “better late than never.”

    The extraordinary presentation of 24 Medals of Honor – the largest such ceremony since World War II – is the culmination of a 12-year review by the Pentagon to uncover cases where the nation’s highest honor for combat valor was deserved but overlooked because of racial and ethnic discrimination. But Morris, an African-American who served as one of the first Green Berets, told “Politics Confidential” that he didn’t believe he was discriminated against because of his race.

    “I was with a bunch of professional men,” he said. “The teams were designed so that you get along

    Read More »from 'Better late than never': Awarding 24 belated Medals of Honor


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