Sebelius Dorothys the GOP. Minter pokes Friedman’s happy view of China ...
Published: October 31, 2013 01:08PM
Updated: October 31, 2013 01:11PM
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Obama Administration claims the botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations – not bad management at HHS. As the public face of President Barack Obama's signature health care program, Sec. Sebelius has become the target for attacks over its botched rollout with Republicans, and even some Democrats, calling for her to resign. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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— Sebelius fools House GOP by being honest — Dana Milbank | The Washington Post

Like the Scarecrow, whoever came up with House Republicans’ plan to deal with Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday didn’t have a brain. It was their big chance to flambé the secretary of health and human services, the person who has overseen the disastrous launch of Obamacare. Instead, they wound up casting her as Judy Garland’s Dorothy. ...

— Friedman too optimistic about Chinese schools — Adam Minter | Bloomberg News

The New York Times recently published “The Shanghai Secret,” a column by Thomas Friedman that explained how Shanghai’s students received the world’s top scores on the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment exams. ...

... This is a simple, seductive view of China, tuned to unnerve an American public afraid of falling behind an Asian competitor that, by most accounts, is pulling up alongside the United States, if not ahead of it. Yet for all its merits, Friedman’s view of Shanghai’s education system (not to mention his previously proclaimed affection for China’s “reasonably enlightened” autocrats) is out of sync with the Chinese public’s own skepticism of its test-focused educational system. ...

— Teach for all, the anti-al-Qaida — Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

TENGCHONG, China — I never thought I’d have to come to China for a breath of fresh air. ...