Sunday links.

The Civic Committee’s plan for Chicago. H/T Karen Lewis.

Ed Week’s Stephen Sawchuk wonders what critics of corporate school reform will say about the half million bucks that Bill Gates gave to the NEA Foundation to fund collaboration. Easy answer. It sucks.

Here is a list of some of the panelists and presenters who will be at the Save Our Schools conference in Washington DC , August 3 through 5th.

Mitt Romney will address the NAACP on his contributions to the fight for Civil Rights. It should be a short speech.

Why is Governor Christie angry?

Amy Goodman in Spain on the 75th anniversary of the fascist’s bombing of Guernica, made infamous by the painting by Pablo Picassso. Perhaps the greatest paining of the 20th Century.

The kids at Politico, the ones who still have jobs because no screeching wingnuts have scared their bosses into firing them yet, had a little scoopling to share with us today. It seems that, in an effort to convince The Board to hire him to be CEO of America LLC, Willard Romney is planning to make a tour of 1947 foreign-policy hot-spots. He is passing on Suez and the Plain Of Jars, but he’s going to go and bore people in Germany and in Poland, where he plans to issue a stern warning to the Soviet overlords, particularly cautioning Khrushchev and the rest of the Politburo not to meddle in the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. Or something.

“I’m talking about something like the Condi Rice essay in Foreign Affairs in 2000 laying out the Bush vision (which a number of candidates did in 2007 too). The party needs its nominee to lay out a post-Bush, post-Obama foreign policy. [John] McCain’s vision was essentially Bush with less forethought. The country needs and expect a coherent critique from Romney of Obama’s foreign policy and a layout of his vision for the future as well.”

By all means, let’s go back to the advice given by the Typhoid Mary of National Security Advisors. And Bush’s foreign policy had forethought? Who knew? Romney’s just dolt enough on this stuff to take this advice. I just hope he doesn’t piss off Gomulka too much. Charlie Pierce

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