What to watch for during President Obama’s last State of the Union

Today we begin to mark the end of President Barack Obama’s administration with his final State of the Union address to the nation.

At 9 p.m. EST, the president will call us together again, but with more freedom with what he can say than in times past. Here are a few things we’re thinking about leading up to tonight:

Oklahoma Politicians Have Voted to Eliminate AP U.S. History

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From Talking Points Memo:

An Oklahoma House committee on Monday approved a bill taking aim at the new AP U.S. History framework, which conservatives have decried as unpatriotic and negative, the Tulsa World reported.

State Rep. Dan Fisher (R) introduced a bill at the beginning of the month that keeps the state from funding AP U.S. History unless the College Board changes the curriculum. The bill also orders the state Department of Education to establish a U.S. History program that would replace the AP course.

Since the College Board released a new course framework for U.S. history in October 2012,conservative backlash against the course has grown significantly. The Republican National Committee condemned the course and its “consistently negative view of American history” in August. Numerous states and school districts have now taken action to denounce the exam.

Fisher said Monday that the AP U.S. History course emphasizes “what is bad about America” and complained that the framework eliminated the concept of “American exceptionalism,”according to the Tulsa World.

Read the entire piece at TPM

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2014 sees a record number of African Americans running for Congress

 

A record number of African Americans are running for federal office this year, and unfortunately their advances have been met with increased racial polarization in politics, especially in the Deep South.

There are 82 black nominees in the two major political parties running in 2014, according to an analysis by David Bositis. The number surpasses the 2012 record of 72 candidates.