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Margaret Spellings: Too Many Still 'Left Behind'

For a different point of view on education reform, host Michel Martin speaks with former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. She served under President George W. Bush, and is critical of some of the Obama administration's education policies.
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Former 'No Child' Supporter Says It's A Failure

Education historian Diane Ravitch served as Assistant Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush. She later advocated No Child Left Behind's strict testing standards and expansion of charter schools. But, Ravitch now says those initiatives have failed, and the real enemy of schools is poverty. Professor Ravitch talks to host Michel Martin.
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Wells Fargo Sued Over Bad Mortgage Investements

The U.S. Attorney's office in New York alleges the bank approved hundreds of millions of dollars in bad housing loans during the 10-year period leading up to the financial crisis. Wells Fargo insists it complied with all federal regulations and it said it would vigorously contest the charges.
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Tale Of The Tape: Senate Showdown In Indiana

Republicans hoping to pick up enough seats next month to win control of the U.S. Senate placed their bets on Tea Party-backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Now Mourdock is locked in a close race with House Democrat Joe Donnelly.
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Democrats Sense An Opening In Indiana

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly holds a slim polling lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in a state no one expected to go Democratic this year. The question is whether GOP voters who have been reluctant to support Mourdock — who knocked out six-term Sen. Richard Lugar in the primary — will come home in the end
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California's Gas Prices Begin To Stabilize

Motorists should be seeing some relief from the recent record spike in gas prices. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded hit $4.67, according to AAA. That price hike sent elected officials scrambling. Some are calling for a federal investigation, while others are taking emergency steps to increase supply.
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As Election Nears, Ohio Gets More Attention

With the presidential race tightening, both candidates are eying the same prize: Ohio. President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney both campaigned there Tuesday. It was Obama's second visit to Ohio in five days.
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Romney's Poll Numbers Improve Post Debate

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa and Ohio Tuesday, as a wave of new polls suggested Romney's strong debate performance last week paid off. Swing states that recently seemed far out of his reach now look like a virtual tie in polls, or even leaning in the Republican's direction.
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Chicago Mayor Emanuel To Present Proposed Budget

Chicago continues to wrestle with a massive budget gap and severely underfunded pensions. Fresh off a negotiating tussle with the city's teachers and a school strike, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday presents his proposed 2013 budget to the City Council.

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