That’s the sort of question one might expect to hear in the run-up to a bar fight or maybe as part of some exchange of tweets or anonymous comments on a news website. It is not generally the sort of question one would hope to hear from a member of Congress, let alone by the chairman of a House committee during a public committee hearing. Yet that is what House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked embattled health care consultant Jonathan Gruber on Tuesday. Issa added, “Does MIT employ stupid people?”
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The organisation admitted it has paid out around 500,000 in compensation to abuse victims since October 2012. “We apologise to all those who have been abused during their time in Scouting,” a spokesman said.
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Kailash Satyarthi ended his Nobel lecture with "Let us March" and Malala Yousafzai declared 'Let us begin today" Both see one of the world's most distinguished honours as a weapon in their fight for every child's right to be educated, and not to work in childhood.
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