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I write about American public education for a living. As someone who cares profoundly about inequality and the state of social mobility in the United States, I’ve come to truly love my work.

But it’s time for me to confess: I am a “teacher hater.” I’m also bent on “undermining public education” in service of my “corporate overlords.” Or, at least, that’s what my inbox tells me every time I write something about charter schools, Teach For America, or education politics in general.

And while unsolicited hostility is part and parcel of the politics writing game these days, this particular line of attack cuts particularly deep.

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Richard Mack, a former Arizona county sheriff, was one of the better known activists to voice support for Bundy Ranch during its long-running standoff with federal officials over cattle grazing rights. In recent days, as tensions rose, he eventually made his way up to the Nevada ranch to join the fight.

In an interview with TPM on Wednesday, Mack portrayed a scene where the protesters genuinely believed they could be killed by federal agents at any moment. But he also backed off one of the more striking claims he'd made during the standoff. He caught national attention on Monday when he said the protesters were "strategizing to put all the women up at the front" in case the federal officials fired on them. He later said it "was a tactical ploy that I was trying to get them to use."

But Mack backtracked somewhat and told TPM he was mistaken when he said those things. The women had volunteered to go to the front, he said.

"The mistake I made was it was never a strategy. It was never strategized. It was never talked about. The women just did it," he said. "I was never privy to that, so I thought they did strategize that. I thought that would be the only way they would send women up to the front."

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MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough hit back at New York Times columnist Paul Krugman in an interview with Politico on Wednesday, saying the attack on his claim that the Census Bureau was "cooking the books" on Obamacare was rooted in "his feelings of inadequacy."

"Paul's shrill attack is off target and wrong, as usual. I just hope the good professor can work through the humiliation of his debate performance against me and will soon stop being driven to post silly attacks because of his feelings of inadequacy. I'm pulling for him," Scarborough said in an email to Dylan Byers.

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Center for Public Integrity Director Bill Buzenberg on Wednesday criticized ABC News for demanding credit for an investigative series that won a Pulitzer Prize this week.

"I will say that I don’t take well to being bullied by anybody or threatened by anybody. We just stuck to the facts," Buzenberg said on HuffPost Live.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon in the Republican primary for outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) Senate seat.

"T.W. Shannon is a strong conservative who will fight for individual liberty and help turn our country around,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement on Wednesday. “T.W. embodies the American dream. I’m proud to offer T.W. my enthusiastic endorsement because not only will he vote the right way, but he’ll stand up and fight with us in the Senate to stop President Obama’s assault on our liberties and defend America’s founding principles."

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On Wednesday, Eric Cantor strongly suggested immigration reform won't come up in the House of Representatives after he received a phone call from President Barack Obama.

"House Republicans do not support Senate Democrats' immigration bill and amnesty efforts, and it will not be considered in the House," the Republican majority leader said in a statement after the call. He accused the president of engaging in "partisan messaging" and offered no indication that the House intends to act on the issue. His full statement is below.

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In a blog post Wednesday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman aggressively swiped "talk show hosts" who "literally know nothing" about health insurance data-collecting and yet accuse the U.S. Census Bureau of trying to "cook the books" on Obamacare.

He didn't mention him by name, but Krugman was referring to Joe Scarborough. He linked to this article about the MSNBC host making that exact claim on his show Wednesday morning, one day after it was reported that the Census would change how it measured insurance coverage rates (which angered many Republicans).

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) got into a tense exchange with President Barack Obama when the president asked her to help set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alongside then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a longtime rival who did not support Warren's nomination to run the organization.

"You're jamming me, Elizabeth," Obama said, as recounted in Warren's new memoir, "A Fighting Chance." Excerpts of the book were reported by The Boston Globe on Wednesday. Obama had asked to meet with Warren privately in September 2010.

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