Thai leader tells reporters to quiz cardboard mock-up BANGKOK — Thailand's prime minister evaded journalists' questions on Monday by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to quiz it instead of him.Prayuth Chan-ocha then turned on his heel and walked off, leaving the mock-up behind, to bemused looks and awkward laughter from the Government House press pack.The prime minister had briefly spoken to the media after attending an event promoting upcoming Children's Day, but deployed his dodging tactic before anyone could ask him about a number of pressing political issues."If you want to ask any questions on politics or conflict," he said, "ask this guy."It isn't the first time Prayuth — a general who seized power in a bloodless coup in 2014 — has dumbfounded the media. In the past he has fondled the ear of a sound technician for several minutes during an impromptu news conference, flung a banana peel at cameramen, and threatened, … [Read more...] about Today’s quirky news: Thai leader tells reporters to quiz cardboard mock-up
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Eliot Spitzer is promising to finally settle the school funding lawsuit that has been hanging over New York for 13 years now - and deliver billions more to New York City's schools. What's more, the Democratic front-runner in the governor's race claims he can resolve the No. 1 headache facing state government without raising state taxes or shortchanging schools on Long Island or upstate. But Spitzer is ducking and dodging on a crucial question: How much, if anything, will the city have to shell out to clean up Albany's mess? He owes the already overtaxed voters of New York City a clear answer. Spitzer has twice told the Daily News Editorial Board that he expects city residents to absorb part of the financial hit from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit. What he did not say is how much. "The . . . reality is that the city will contribute its fair share," he said in July. "You have a city contribution," he said this month. "That is, I think, something most people understand … [Read more...] about POP QUIZ FOR SPITZER