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Jeb Bush Drops Out of Presidential Race | deutsch29

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Jeb Bush Drops Out of Presidential Race 


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jeb Bush dropped out of the presidential race on Saturday, ending a quest for the White House that started with a war chest of $100 million, a famous name and a promise of political civility, but ended with a humbling recognition: in 2016, none of it mattered.
“I’m proud of the campaign that we’ve run to unify our country,” he said in an emotional speech from Columbia, S.C., Saturday night after his third straight disappointing finish in the early voting states. “The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken and I really respect their decision.”
No single candidacy this year fell so monumentally short of its original expectations. It began with an aura of inevitability that masked deep problems, from Mr. Bush himself, a clunky candidate in a field of gifted performers, to the rightward drift of the Republican Party since Mr. Bush’s time as a consensus conservative in Florida.
Mr. Bush’s campaign had rested on a set of assumptions that, one by one, turned out to be flatly incorrect: that the Republican primaries would turn on
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The Cerf/Baraka letter to Christie: Surrender, deceit, and betrayal |

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The Cerf/Baraka letter to Christie: Surrender, deceit, and betrayal

Cerf, left, and Baraka appear with Donald Katz, a trustee of Uncommon Schools, a charter chain, at a recent public appearance (From NJSpotlight)
Cerf, left, and Baraka appear with Donald Katz, a trustee of Uncommon Schools, a charter chain, at a recent public appearance (From NJSpotlight)
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, elected with strong union backing less than two years ago on a platform of favoring the needs of public schools over charters, put his name to an extraordinary letter to Gov. Chris Christie co-authored by state-appointed superintendent Christopher Cerf that promises “aggressive budget reductions” for the public schools, expansion of charters, tough negotiations with school employee unions and a willingness to accept reductions in state aid in the future.
The letter, which praises Christie and adopts a narrative crediting his regime with improvements in the schools and reductions in a “bloated” bureaucracy, also bears the endorsement of every pro-charter organization active in Newark–including that of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), headed by Shavar Jeffries, a pro-charter lawyer who lost to Baraka in the 2014 election. It also is signed by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, a Democrat and Jeffries backer, who betrayed his party’s nominee for governor in 2013, Barbara Buono, and supported the Republican Christie.
It also bears the signatures of a few legislators–but not that of state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), the chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Public The Cerf/Baraka letter to Christie: Surrender, deceit, and betrayal |:


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