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The latest twist in the birther conspiracy theory involves the tragic death of a Hawaiian official who once verified President Obama's birth certificate. You guessed it: the birthers suspect she was killed because she knew too much. Oh, and because she was involved in Obamacare. Or something.
Diane Ravitch: "For the past dozen years, ill-advised federal policies have rained down on students, teachers, principals and schools."
We're hosting a TPM Prime (sub. req.) live chat with Ravitch tomorrow at noon ET. Also joining us: Rachael Brown, manager of teacher retention and recognition for District of Columbia Public Schools, and Chad Alderman, associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners. Should be a good discussion.
If you're a Prime member and have been asking about 'credit subscriptions', we finally plan to start selling them this week. If you don't remember what they are, please give me a moment to explain what they are and why we think they're so important to our readers and to TPM as an organization.
For all the launch problems with Obamacare, the political consequences of that debacle in the 2014 congressional races remain very uncertain because what Republicans are offering as an alternative -- repeal and replace -- is less popular than fixing the law and continuing to implement it.
For Democrats, the message strategy in 2014 on Obamacare is all about avoiding a referendum on the new law and instead setting up a choice for voters between the less than perfect reforms and the GOP alternative. It's not rocket science, but it's why the lack of real GOP policy alternatives on health care reform comes with a political price for Republicans.
This has been installment #462 in why Democrats are lucky to have Republicans as opponents.
Remember, the official nominations period has begun for the 2013 Golden Dukes Awards! We've already gotten a slew of great nominations and what I guess we might call open enrollment for Golden Dukes nominations closes on Monday the 16th. So seriously, get your nominations in now. For instructions on submitting your nomination and this year's categories, see yesterday's announcement.