From Saying that reforming education is perhaps “the economic issue of our time,” President Obama went before a major civil rights organization on Thursday to defend his main education program against criticisms from some minority and teachers groups.

From While the NAACP is still reeling over the public embarrassment it suffered in the wake of the Shirley Sherrod incident, The National Urban League is hosting its centennial conference in Washington, D.C., somewhat under the radar. That should end once President Barack Obama takes the stage on Thursday night.