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Potential Teacher Layoffs

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In communities around the country, budget cuts are a frustrating reality for school districts big and small.
California, Illinois, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Michigan, Kansas and North Carolina have the greatest potential for teacher layoffs according to the National Education Association.


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Gonzales: 'I feel angry'

Editor's note: Watch the full interview Friday at 7 p.m. ET on CNN's John King, USA.

Washington (CNN) – In his first interview since the Justice Department said it decided not to charge Alberto Gonzales in the controversial firings of nine U. S. attorneys, the former U.S. Attorney General said he is angry about the investigation process.

"Well I feel good, John. I feel angry," Gonzales told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "I feel angry that I had to go through this; that my family had to suffer through this and what for? It was for nothing. I'm glad the investigation is over, and I'm glad the American people were reassured that nothing wrong happened during my tenure as the attorney general in connection with the removals of these U.S. attorneys."

Attorney General Eric Holder "has accepted her recommendation that criminal prosecution is not warranted," according to a letter sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The question as to whether the dismissals were made for political reasons led to a huge controversy in Washington. Gonzales ultimately resigned.

Asked on CNN's John King, USA about the political climate that existed in Washington at the time, and criticism of the Department of Justice under his management, Gonzales said he doesn't expect any apologies.

"Listen I don't expect an apology from men like Chuck Schumer, and I would put him and other individuals who were attacking me at the top of the list contributing to the low, low public perception of Congress, the integrity of Congress quite frankly."

And while Gonzales said he is taking a wait and see approach to the controversial Arizona immigration law, he did say that the Republican Party outreach to the Hispanic community must change if Republicans expect support from that crucial voting block.

"I think it is important that not only do you have the right message to the Hispanic community, you've got to have the right tone in delivering that message and you have to have the right messenger."

"I firmly believe, based on my observations of working with George Bush, he was the right messenger to the Republican Party. And listen, Hispanics didn't agree with everything that George Bush stood for, but I think – I honestly believe that he cared about their issues, he wanted to understand their issues. And until the Republican Party has a standard bearer like that, I'm afraid we're going to have some difficulties in future elections," he said.

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July 23rd, 2010
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Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Editor's note: Occasionally we will ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

– Democrats decide to fund war but not teachers.

– John McCain votes against border security.

– Dan Choi Calls the Closet a Poison, a Deadly Toxic Disease.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– In pushing back against Andrew Breitbart, Democrats and Shirley Sherrod have overplayed their hand and wiped out pretty much any sympathy for Ms. Sherrod on the right.

– Democrat panic is setting in at the state level as they realize control of legislatures might be slipping away from them, hurting Democrat redistricting efforts.

– The ongoing leaks of the left-wing Journolist is continuing to solidify opinion on the right that the media really is on the left and the left really projects their own issues of violence onto the right.


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