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D.C. Mayor To Name Schools Chancellor This Week

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Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a press conference Monday.
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Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a press conference Monday.

Gray is being criticized for what some call following "the letter of the law but not the spirit" in the search for a new chancellor. He established a 16-member committee to vet candidates but, by all accounts, only one serious option -- interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson -- is being considered.

"There are resumes...that came to me from people interested in being chancellor and they were not resumes I chose to advance," Gray says.

Gray was asked about the vetting process and whether he owed it to the city to have conducted a wider search.

"Someone we've seen in operations, someone whose leadership skills have been demonstrated and someone who's lived in the city for some time. I'm comfortable with the process that we've used," he says.

Henderson was former Chancellor Michelle Rhee's right hand person, having helped negotiate the new union contract and develop the new teacher evaluation system.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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