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Borepatch: “The Thought-Terminating Cliche”

I Like reading Borepatch. Not all of his essays are as pertinent and well thought out as this one but most are. In this one he discusses an effective weapon that is costantly used by people of the left. We would do well to understand the technique. Even if we don’t choose to use it we can at least recognize what they are doing and mount a resistance.

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The Thought-Terminating Cliche

Al Fin has a link-rich post about groupthink and the hive mind:

A large part of the dominant left’s ideological battle against all others, is keeping alternative thought as far away from “authoritative” public platforms as possible. So no commencement address at Brandeis for Ayaan Hirsi-Ali.”

A thought-terminating cliche is a canned response that drops a listener into a default protective mode where challenging propositions can be rejected out of hand. These cliches have (as all cliches must) a kernel of truth surrounded by vast shades of gray that are skipped over. The usefulness of the thought-terminating cliche is that the Faithful can resist sin.

When avoiding the group mind, one is not looking for things to believe. Rather, one is looking for provocative ideas capable of jarring the mind into alternative levels and avenues of thought. A mind looking for something to believe is a mind ripe and ready for recruitment into the hive.”

This explains the hypocrisy of the Academic Left: in the 1960s and 1970s they were all for free exploration of new ideas, because they were on the outside looking to get in. Free expression helped them. Since the 1980s they have become the dominant ideology and so new ideas are most definitely not welcome. Thus the focus on punishing thought crime (Campus speech codes) as being harmful to diversity.

Of course, “thought crime” and “diversity” are both cliches. However, only one stops the thought process.”

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Hobbs, New Mexico Is Looking For Badasses For Their Police Department

Hobbs, NM has a population of about 35,000. Their police department has an armored vehicle and a 14-man SWAT team:

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Now the police chief is advertising for the hiring of additional officers. Who would be attracted by this ad? Certainly not me. I would say it would be someone who wants an adrenaline rush from busting someone’s balls or stacking up in front of someone’s front door.

Remind me to not visit Hobbs, New Mexico.

Read more at Watchdog.org

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Bingo

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Hope n’ Change doesn’t actually have a lot to add to today’s cartoon because it pretty much sums up exactly what we believe the Obamacare strategy to be – a deliberate fustercluck designed to force people into an unworkable system and destroy the private insurance agency. The eventual goal being a single payer system for everyone…and cost-saving euthanasia (“painkillers not pacemakers” in the president’s words) for the old, infirm, and inconvenient.”

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You Know How A Magician Does That Thing With One Hand So You Don’t Look At The Other?

Democrats are doing it wholesale:

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Barbara Boxer accuses GOP of wanting air pollution like China has.

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Schumer: Dems Have Turned Corner On Obamacare Because We Keep Talking About Pay Equality….

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WaPo Fact Checker Eviscerates Harry Reid Super PAC’s Koch Brothers Ad, Gives It “Four Pinocchios”…

There are plenty of examples. We don’t have to list them all. Why are they doing it? Perhaps to distract attention away from this:

New Dem Poll Warns Of Midterm Disaster For Democrats, Only 64% of Obama’s Base Plans To Vote In 2014…

Whatever the reason it looks like a pre-planned concentrated effort by Democrat leaders to redirect attention away from something.

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Ebony: “When Doctors Slam the Doors on the Newly Insured”

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I can not see how this is any different than it was before the ACA – except that there are now many more people on Medicaid than there were.

As a proud new beneficiary of the Affordable Health Care Act, I’d like to report that I am doctorless. Ninety-six. Ninety-six is the number of soul crushing rejections that greeted me as I attempted to find one. It’s the number of physicians whose secretaries feigned empathy while rehearsing the “I’m so sorry” line before curtly hanging up. You see, when the rush of the formerly uninsured came knocking, doctors in my New Jersey town began closing their doors and promptly telling insurance companies that they had no room for new patients.”

The writer begins by lamenting that she is having trouble finding a doctor even though she has a Medicaid card. This has been the norm since Medicaid was started. I know many people on Medicaid. They wait months for an appointment – once they find a doctor who will see them – and then wait more months for treatment. That is what socialized medicine is like.

In the second paragraph the writer reveals that her ‘Insurance’ is Medicaid. Then she presents this non-sequitur:

According to a study 33% of doctors are NOT accepting Medicaid. Here in Jersey, one has a dismal 40 percent chance of finding a doctor who accepts Medicaid – the lowest in the country.”

Huh? It sounds like your odds are better in ‘Jersey’ than in the rest of the country.

Later in the piece she notes the reason doctors don’t want to treat Medicaid patients:

However, physicians say they are rejecting Medicaid patients with good reason. One doctor explains, “the state reimburses… only about $23.50 for a basic office visit [of those insured by Medicaid], less than half of what [I get] from Medicare or private insurers.”

Now that makes sense. But how is it the fault of the doctors? Sounds to me like it is cause by Medicaid’s administrators who set the payment levels.

Read the whininess at Ebony

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Irony Alert: Britain To Slow High-Speed Rail To Save Environment

From the UK Daily Mail:

The Government’s controversial High Speed 2 rail link will be dealt a huge blow tomorrow as MPs demand that the top speed for trains on the line should be slashed by 40mph.

The proposal is just one of a damaging series of criticisms of the £50 billion HS2 project contained in a leaked parliamentary report seen by The Mail on Sunday.

The slower speed would add ten minutes to the predicted journey time from London to Birmingham, making it only 25 minutes quicker than current trains.

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Critics already say that the project is a waste of money and the marginal savings on journey times do not justify the enormous cost.
The Environmental Audit Select Committee’s findings come just weeks before a crucial Commons vote on legislation that must be passed to give the HS2 scheme the go-ahead.”

Next thing you know they will be shutting down wind turbines. Oh, wait…

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Jesse Jackson Jr. “Shanks A Guard”, Gets Transferred To Alabama Prison

The news this morning includes the story that Jackson Jr. was transferred. Second City Cop, who should know, has what they say is the back story:

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from a federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., after clashing with prison officials and being placed in solitary confinement, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The 49-year-old former Chicago congressman had been advising other inmates in North Carolina about their rights in prison, according to the source, who said a guard took exception to that.

As a result, the longtime South Side politician was placed in solitary confinement for four or five days more than a month ago, the source said.”

That’s the official story. The way we heard it, Junior led a riot after stabbing a guard with a homemade shank that was delivered in a cake, allegedly from his daddy, and hidden in his ass for the past five months. Screams of “Attica! Attica!” were heard from the “hole” after the guards tossed him in solitary.”

Jesse Senior must be proud.

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Didn’t Make The Obamacare Deadline? No Insurance For You.

There are a lot of details in all those thousands of pages. Pelosi was right. Now we’re finding out what was in the bill.

From the AP via Yahoo:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore.

Many people who didn’t sign up during the government’s open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private company and money is no object. For some it’s already too late.

With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for HealthCare.gov and the state marketplaces. They will lock out the young and healthy as well as the sick or injured. Those who want to switch plans also are affected. The next wide-open chance to enroll comes in November for coverage in 2015.

It’s a little-noted consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which requires nearly all Americans to be insured or pay a fine and requires insurers to accept people with health problems.”

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Chicago Cops: “No charges for man with concealed carry permit who fired at armed male”

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A 53-year-old South Austin man with a valid concealed carry permit was able to shoot at two men who tried to accost him outside of his home early this morning.

The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. on the 5400 block of West Van Buren Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.

The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared in a gangway between his home and the neighbor’s home, Sullivan said.

One of the two men pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed at the man who took out his own gun and managed to fire several times at the males, Sullivan said.

The males fled the area without being struck and the shooting did not result in any property damage, police said.

After the shooting, police responded and determined that the man was shooting in self-defense. The man had a valid firearm owner’s identification card, a valid concealed carry permit and police were able to determine that he had completed a required concealed carry class and was properly trained, Sullivan said.”

Anti-gun police superintendent Garry McCarthy was unavailable for comment.

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Interestingly, the Second City Cop blog reported it this way:

Concealed Carry Works!
It only took about 35 or 36 days, but we guess guns can prevent crime, even in Chicago, IL”

More at the Chicago Tribune

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Moms Demand Action Equates Smoking With Gun Ownership

They’re cancer inducing don’t you know.

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I kinda like that image.

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This one is a stretch. Calling guns a cancer is irrational.

Guns Save Life responded with this:

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It makes more sense than any of the Moms Dement Action propaganda.

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Obama Draws Red Line With China

Heh. How well do you think that will work?

From the Puff Ho: U.S. Warns China Not To Attempt Crimea-Style Action In Asia

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WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

Daniel Russel, President Barack Obama’s diplomatic point man for East Asia, said it was difficult to determine what China’s intentions might be, but Russia’s annexation of Crimea had heightened concerns among U.S. allies in the region about the possibility of China using force to pursue its claims.

“The president of the United States and the Obama administration is firmly committed to honoring our defense commitments to our allies,” he said.”

Yawn. Pretty soon all this talk of red lines is going to put me to sleep. There is nothing behind it and everyone in the world knows it.

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Mozilla Is Having Trouble

Mozilla has a website called, ‘Firefox Input’. As of this moment they have gotten almost sixteen thousand ‘Messages’. Here is a screen capture:

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It says that 95% of the messages have been negative (sad). Example: “I will no longer use Fire Fox since you do not support a persons right to free speech. Just because someone has a different point of view does not make them wrong.”

Looks like Mozilla is having trouble.

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Trey Gowdy Lays Out Jim Moran

This is his response to this story.

A retiring Democratic lawmaker from Virginia says most members of Congress are paid too little.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) says lawmakers can’t afford to stay in Washington, D.C., and he wants to grant them a per diem expense reimbursement.”

“Given our job performance and our salaries we are grossly over-compensated.’

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Muslim Made Sad Because Someone Planned Easter Egg Hunt

Majed Moughni, 43, of Dearborn holds flyers given to students at Howard Elementary School in Dearborn. / Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press

Majed Moughni, 43, of Dearborn holds flyers given to students at Howard Elementary School in Dearborn. / Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press

Here’s a thought: Don’t attend – and don’t let your kids take part. Get over it.

Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.

A flyer headlined “Eggstravaganza!” was given to students this week at three elementary schools in the Dearborn Public Schools district, which has a substantial number of Muslim students. The flyer described an April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn featuring an egg hunt, relay race, and egg toss. It asked students to RSVP “to secure your free spot” and included images of eggs and a bunny.”

From the Detroit Free Press

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Hillary Clinton Confirms That She Has Neither The Conviction Nor The Guts To Be President

Hillary Clinton bails on San Diego appearance after Benghazi protest scheduled

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled plans to to appear at an April 11 event after a demonstration was announced to protest her role in the attack on the American foreign mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton originally agreed to attend the three-day 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego, and deliver its keynote address, according to Fox5 San Diego.

Shortly after that announcement, a group organized by local resident Jan Iverson called “The Difference Matters,” planned to be among those greeting the former secretary.

“She is not welcome here in San Diego by so many of us. We don’t want her here,” Iverson told Fox5.

Pat Smith is scheduled to take part in the demonstration. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer who was killed along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and security officers Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods at the Benghazi attack.”

More at BizPacReview

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A Fascinating Take On The Mozilla/Eich Brouhaha

Mozilla forced Eich out; not just as CEO but entirely out of the company. By doing that, rather than demoting him, they made a decision that was not based on business, excellence, nor the company’s future. They ignored all that to destroy Eich.

Mozilla has turned their back on all of that. It is a big move for the company and a bad one. People everywhere are talking and writing about uninstalling the browser. People don’t trust the leaders of Mozilla. It was a bad move for them to make.

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From Borepatch:

This has nothing to do with gay marriage (which I support) or the Progressive desire to burn heretics (which I find to be profoundly disturbing, in a fascist-meets-religious-fanatic sort of way). Rather, it goes back to the very roots of why I have run Firefox/Mozilla/Netscape for 20 years: technical excellence.

That is quite questionable now. It appears that Mozilla has serious organizational issues, (by implication) serious morale issues, and that their employees and Board of Directors would prefer to jettison* one of the tech industry’s premier CTOs than violate non technical Progressive social norms.

And so, the only logical conclusion is that Firefox will (is?) become a second tier browser. Technically speaking.

And so the question is what to replace it with. I’m not sure, but I’m going to start looking around. And from Mozilla’s perspective, this is a Very Bad Thing – once your users begin to think about changing, it’s very difficult to get them not to. It’s like with friction – the big energy input is to overcome static friction and inertia, to get the object sliding. It takes much less effort once that’s happened.”

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Disconnected President On Vacay Again

And where was he during the shooting at Fort Hood? He was attending two fund raisers.

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Voter Fraud In North Carolina

35,570 Voters With Same Last Name and DOB Voted in Two States

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Remember the story of the Diebold machine hacking? It appears that there is evidence of widespread fraud coming out of North Carolina. If it is happening there it is likely happening everywhere.

The North Carolina Board of Elections has discovered THOUSANDS of residents who voted in both North Carolina and another state in the 2012 elections.
Pajamas Media reported:

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud.

** 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
** 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
** 155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.

The second point is key, as double voting is election fraud under state and federal statutes. Punishment for double voting in federal elections can include jail time.”

From the Gateway Pundit

And ABC News

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Yet Another Nail

“Obamacare Takes a Life”

This is all part of the plan. After a few more people die due to Obamacare there will be an outcry for something different. There will no longer be health insurers. The only thing left to do will be single-payer, government run universal health care.

Pleased as punch, these liars killed Frank Alfisi

Pleased as punch, these liars killed Frank Alfisi

Yesterday the Obama Administration boasted that six million people had signed up for Obamacare.

There was not a word about Frank Alfisi.

Frank Alfisi was killed by Obamacare.

His daughter, Amy DiFrancesca, is furious. And yes, she quite specifically blames the President of the United States for her father’s death. As did the doctor who told Amy: “You can thank Mr. Obama for this.”

More at the American Spectator

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Want To Know Why Republicans Will Not Win The Senate In 2014?

In a word, Diebold.

Joseph Stalin: “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.”

Can the votes on this Diebold system be hacked using the memory card? “2 people voted Yes. 6 people voted No. The machine reported 7 Yes, 1 No.

As a software “hacker” (in the proper, non-malicious definition), I can say this is definitely a completely valid and utterly shocking “hack” that may have affected countless elections over the years…

“If I had not seen what was behind this, I’d have no reason not to, I would have certified this election as a true and accurate result of a vote.” – Ion Sancho, Supervisor of Elections, Leon County, Florida.

From the highly underrated documentary, “Hacking Democracy”. See more about the hack and its background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hursti_Hack”

From LiveLeak

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“Obama Food Police Propose Sending Daily Text Messages to Fat People”

This is so filled with images. I don’t mean about overweight people. I mean about the ‘Boards’ who decide who is fat, how much overweight you are before you are labeled obese, and what can be done about those who lose their excess pounds. ‘Boards’ in positions like that Always become corrupt. But maybe that is the whole idea.

I can think of few ways to anger potential voters that would be more effective than nagging them every day about their weight.

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The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will meet soon and discuss new recommendations for healthy eating. One suggestion is to send daily text messages to fat people.

The Obama administration plans to send text messages to fat people and offer online weigh-ins to help the country’s obese population get down to what a cartel of career academics considers to be a healthy weight.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee–the folks responsible for bringing you the food pyramid–is in the midst of a series of meetings that will determine the government’s official recommendations for healthy eating. The committee meets every 5 years, and this time, the Obama administration has stacked it exclusively with professors from America’s finest ivory-tower institutions. And these professors have a delicious casserole of nanny-statism to serve you.”

Read more here

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How Bad Were The Obamacare Numbers Fudged?

Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare – but study shows just 858,000 newly insured Americans have paid up!

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Once again we must get the news from outside the United States. From the UK Daily Mail:

A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America’s health care system ‘a lot better’ in a Rose Garden press conference.

But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality.

Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.”

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Somebody’s Gonna Get Shot

Police will be raiding houses without notice and without warrants… just to see if you are renting out a room.

WESTBURY, NY — A special police task force has been created to snoop in on property owners and make sure that they aren’t allowing guests to stay in their homes without government approval.

Homeowners in the Long Island community of Westbury (pop. 15,000) have had their private property rights abridged to the point where they cannot even make autonomous decisions about what happens inside their own homes.

The police “Housing Enforcement Unit” will abide by a “aggressive zero tolerance” policy for homeowners who allow so-called “illegal tenants” in their homes.

The cops will sweep through communities and conduct housing inspections “without notice.”

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Chicago Judge Wants Her Bench Back After Being Judged Insane

Ho hum.

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Chicago Tribune:

Can a suspended Cook County judge return to the bench after being declared legally insane at the time she shoved a sheriff’s deputy in 2012?

For the first time in Illinois, attorneys on the case say, a judicial disciplinary panel has begun tackling the question of whether a judge whose psychotic episodes can apparently be controlled through medication should be allowed to return to the bench.

Judge Cynthia Brim, 55, testified before the Illinois Courts Commission for more than two hours on Friday in a bid to save her $182,000-a-year job. The seven-member panel – made up of judges from outside of Cook County as well as two citizens – will later issue a written decision.

Brim was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery by reason of insanity last year for shoving a sheriff’s deputy outside the Daley Center during a manic episode in March 2012. A day earlier, while on the bench, she broke into an extended rant while presiding over a traffic court call at the Markham courthouse.”

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Tell Me That Obamacare Isn’t Designed To Fail

There isn’t even any interest in staffing it – or working for it.

More than half of top posts in key Obamacare agency are vacant or held by ‘acting’ caretakers

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Eighteen of the 32 top management jobs in the federal agency that is “ground zero” for running Obamacare are either vacant or filled on an acting basis.

The agency is the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Its problems start at the top.

Gary Cohen’s last day as CCIIO’s deputy administrator after less than two years on the job will be March 31, the latest departure from the agency.

Including Cohen’s position, more than half of the most important jobs in CCIIO are either vacant or held by caretaking “acting directors.”

More at Washington Examiner

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