Today's news -- December 18, 2017

 

 

Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard *

Sometime soon, members of the Florida House will be asked to consider a solution for bullying in public schools. It’s a dubious idea based on the premise that students should flee their tormenters, and use voucher funds to attend a private school of their choice. And you can safely bet that a majority of the Republican caucus will vote in favor of this suspicious bill should it reach the House floor. Why is that? Because a bully will make them. Call it irony or call it dysfunction, it is the reality of the current Florida House. While House Speaker Richard Corcoran is the one pushing this supposed anti-bullying bill, you could make a pretty strong argument that he is the biggest bully in Tallahassee. This isn’t necessarily uncommon, or even frowned-upon, in the state Capitol. House speakers and Senate presidents have considerable sway in their chambers, and good leaders take advantage of that. The variable is in the style. Do they merely encourage direction, or do they actually stifle disagreement? Do they rally support, or do they threaten retribution? Do they give members the freedom to vote their conscience, or do they insist on blind adherence? You can get a pretty good idea of Corcoran’s style while reading William March’s recent Tampa Bay Times story about numerous Republican legislators voluntarily giving up their seats in the past year. Corcoran is, no doubt, passionate about his beliefs. He also is hellbent on creating a legacy. (And it hasn’t gone unnoticed that a lot of his passion projects are, in the grand scheme of things, minor issues that will simply provide nifty slogans for next year’s governor’s race.) Usually, a speaker’s arm-twisting occurs out of sight and is often carried out by faithful minions. In Corcoran’s case, it took a very public turn earlier this year toward the end of the session. Unhappy that Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, was introducing a bunch of amendments that would have effectively killed a heavily lobbied bill Corcoran supported, the speaker angrily confronted him on the House floor. It took only a few seconds, but the message was sent. More importantly, it was received. Do not get in Corcoran’s way on this one. When it was time to vote on the bill — which would have allowed major retailers such as Walmart and Target to sell hard liquor in their stores — a handful of representatives had disappeared. The bill passed 58-57. Later, the five missing representatives entered nay votes. Another representative changed his vote from yea to nay. That means House members opposed the bill 63-57. But after-the-fact votes do not count, and so the bill passed. And Corcoran got his way. (Temporarily, as it turned out, because Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the legislation.) Now it’s not uncommon for legislators to miss votes. But it’s a little suspicious for five members to miss a highly contentious bill. And it’s even more suspicious that they all voted nay when they returned. If you like, you could blame the representatives for not being there to vote their conscience. But you also could argue that the power wielded by the speaker sometimes leaves them without much choice. For instance, if you have a bill that is important to your constituents, you don’t want to risk having the speaker torpedo that legislation because you did not offer absolute loyalty on another occasion. And make no mistake, Corcoran decides what bills will pass or fail or even be heard. Several legislators I spoke to recently said Corcoran does not often retaliate. But they also said he does not need to. Like putting a head on a spike in medieval days, it only takes one to get a point across. In this scenario, Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, looks like an unfortunate example. Peters apparently fell into disfavor when she chaired the energy and utilities subcommittee. Peters told a reporter that a fracking bill that would have raised customers’ electric rates was placed on her subcommittee’s agenda without her knowledge. The logical assumption was that the highly unpopular legislation (which didn’t survive) was being pushed by House leadership. Now Peters, who plans to leave the House for a run at the Pinellas County Commission, has found herself shunned in Tallahassee in her final session. When it came time to hand out 2018 committee assignments, 66 of the 76 House Republicans were named chair, vice-chair or had some other leadership role. Of those without spots, seven are freshmen, one is running for attorney general and one resigned his chairmanship after a DUI arrest. That leaves Peters as the lone veteran legislator to be snubbed. You can call that petty politics, but it has an effect. If you have fallen into disfavor, it means you have little chance of getting legislation heard. You are essentially neutered as a public servant. Corcoran is certainly not the first to flex his office’s muscles, but there is a clear perception that he is more ruthless and unforgiving than recent occupants. So, does that make Corcoran a leader or a bully? According to Merriam-Webster, a leader is someone who has commanding authority or influence, and a bully is someone who threatens others who are weaker or more vulnerable. I suppose they don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/Romano-Some-bullies-survive-beyond-the-schoolyard-_163639028

 

State cash to send bullied students to private schools? *

On its face, House Bill 1 sounds like an effective countermeasure to bullying in Florida's public schools. If your child is the victim of a bully in a public school, she or he could receive a state voucher — up to $7,000, depending on the child's grade level — to transfer to a private school. Or maybe the bullied student wants to transfer to another public school. HB 1, also known as the Hope Scholarship Program, would provide up to $750 to help cover transportation costs. Kindergarten through 12th-grade students would be eligible for a scholarship if they have "been subjected to an incident of battery, harassment, hazing, bullying" or other offenses, including kidnapping, physical attack and robbery, according to the bill. Is this really the state's legislative solution to the bullying problem in Florida public schools? To allow a victim to transfer to a private school or another public school if he/she has been subjected to an incident of bullying? Sadly, yes. What's wrong with this proposal? Plenty. First, HB 1, sponsored by state Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, could prove costly. More than 36,000 Florida students reported incidents of bullying, harassment, fighting and physical attack during the 2015-16 school year, according to state data. The cost of funding the transfer of thousands and thousands of students to other schools could be substantial. Wouldn't it be better — and far less expensive — to use some of these funds to supplement and improve existing anti-bullying programs in local schools?  Second, consider what this proposal teaches victims. Or the bullies. HB 1 would teach victims of bullying that the way to deal with your problem is to run — to another school. It would teach bullies that there are limited consequences for their actions. This proposal would make a lot more sense if it were the bullies getting transferred, not their victims. Third, the state's traditional public schools already compete with charter schools for limited education funds. HB 1 could potentially accelerate the drain of funds from public to private schools. Fourth, HB 1 would do little to change the culture of bullying. Bullies thrive in secret. They derive their power, in large part, from the fear they engender in their victims. Creating an environment that encourages victims to come forward is the way to cripple a bully's power and break the cycle. The solution to bullying is NOT facilitating the transfer of bullied students to other schools. The solution is holding bullies accountable for their actions and teaching conflict-resolution skills to all children. Let's redouble our efforts to address bullying at home and school before proceeding down the path of transferring bullied students.

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/12/14/state-cash-send-bullied-students-private-schools-not-so-fast-our-view/943539001/

 

Hillsborough district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/Hillsborough-school-district-and-its-teachers-are-at-a-bargaining-impasse-but-still-talking_163633483

 

Now is the time for teacher raises (PEA mentioned)
http://www.theledger.com/opinion/20171214/editorial-now-is-time-for-teacher-raises-but-not-later

 

OCEA president “insulted” by school district’s offer (Lisa Harwas and Graham Picklesimer quoted)
https://okeechobeenews.net/schools/ocea-president-insulted-school-districts-offer/

 

Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Hurricane Irma. Here’s what it cost.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/Pinellas-schools-sheltered-thousands-during-Irma-Here-s-what-it-cost_163638357

 

He’s the kind of teacher that climbs on the roof to make a point

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article190098229.html

 

State should support school districts to benefit teachers, students

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/12/08/commentary-state-should-support-school-districts-benefit-teachers-students/924857001/

 

Puerto Rican teachers find homes in Central Florida classrooms

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-orange-schools-teachers-puerto-ricans-20171211-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Duval gains 200 new students with language needs from Puerto Rico

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/education/2017-12-15/duval-gains-200-new-students-language-needs-puerto-rico-other

 

Tax savings for k-12 tuition riles public school advocates (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-16/tax-savings-for-k-12-tuition-riles-public-school-advocates

 

Vouchers schools get millions of tax dollars to discriminate against LGBTQ students

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/discrimination-lgbt-private-religious-schools_us_5a32a45de4b00dbbcb5ba0be

 

What GOP proposal to overhaul tax code means for schools, students and parents

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/12/15/heres-what-the-gops-proposal-to-overhaul-the-tax-code-means-for-schools-students-and-parents/?utm_term=.497d1623a4fa

 

DeVos delays rule on racial disparities in special education

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/us/politics/devos-obama-special-education-racial-disparities.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171215&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/devos-wants-to-delay-special-education-rule-intended-to-protect-minority-students/2017/12/15/62fd7970-e1d1-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.78c0bd0e4dbb

 

What Huckabee Sanders said about the Sandy Hook school shootings

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/15/what-sarah-huckabee-sanders-said-about-the-sandy-hook-school-shootings/?utm_term=.5bd0b41dcce2

https://www.aft.org/press-release/aft-president-randi-weingarten-fifth-anniversary-sandy-hook-shooting (Randi Weingarten quoted)

No more A’s, B’s or C’s? That’s what some private schools are talking about.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/no-more-as-bs-or-cs-thats-what-some-private-schools-are-talking-about/2017/12/17/9d4278b8-df9e-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.e9816c353821

 

California charter head used school money on weapons, clothing, personal expenses

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/16/california-audit-charter-school-leader-used-school-credit-card-for-weapons-clothing-personal-expenses/

 

Boston parents mobilize to fight stealth charters and vouchers

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/16/christine-langhoff-boston-parents-mobilize-to-fight-stealth-charters-and-vouchers/

 

ACLU slams charters in Arizona for discriminating against students they don’t want

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/17/aclu-slams-charter-industry-in-arizona-for-discriminating-against-students-they-dont-want/

 

House GOP bill could limit federal oversight of student loan companies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/15/house-gop-higher-ed-bill-could-limit-d-c-s-oversight-of-student-loan-companies/?utm_term=.123a29efbbc5

 

Why does education take back seat to sports?

http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/12/12/why-does-education-take-back-seat-sports/942463001/

 

State AFL-CIO re-elects top officers (Mike Williams and Andrew Spar quoted)
http://floridapolitics.com/archives/251966-labor-union-top-officers

 

Judicial appointments could trigger constitutional crisis, lawyers warn

http://wuwf.org/post/scotts-judicial-appointments-could-trigger-constitutional-crisis-lawyers-warn

 

Senate: Report on Latvala probe won't be completed until this week

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/15/senate-report-on-latvala-probe-wont-be-completed-until-next-week/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20121517&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Floridians warned to prepare year-round for stronger hurricanes

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/15/craig-fugate-says-floridians-should-brace-for-stronger-hurricanes/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20121517&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-fugate-florida-hurricanes-20171215-story.html

 

The year is 2037. This is what happens when the hurricane hits Miami

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/17/miami-hurricane-2037-climate-change?CMP=edit_2221

 

After Hurricane Irma, affordable housing becomes endangered in Keys

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/15/after-irma-affordable-housing-becomes-endangered-in-florida-keys/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20121517&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Jacksonville expects $85 million tab for storm-related costs

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-12-14/city-expects-85-million-tab-irma-related-costs

 

Nursing home owner argued A/C failure would spur evacuations. It didn’t.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/fl-reg-nursing-home-ac-evacuate-20171213-story.html

 

Anger grows as Puerto Rico misses power restoration deadline

http://www.tampabay.com/news/nation/Anger-grows-as-Puerto-Rico-misses-power-restoration-deadline_163642948

 

Life without power in Puerto Rico

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/puerto-rico-life-without-power/?utm_term=.ef863f46a640

 

Months after storm, Puerto Rico stares down another blow: the tax bill

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/tax-bill-puerto-rico.html

 

The next crisis for Puerto Rico: a crush of foreclosures

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/business/puerto-rico-housing-foreclosures.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=9&pgtype=sectionfront

 

U.N. visits Puerto Rico to assess help for hurricane victims

https://apnews.com/0073e4f1b24f41518f3359d8d4ca315f/UN-visits-Puerto-Rico-to-assess-help-for-hurricane-victims?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

 

The spiraling diaspora from Puerto Rico

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/opinion/puerto-rico-diaspora.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171217&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Rebuilding Puerto Rico, one small gesture at a time

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-tito-el-bambino.html?emc=edit_th_20171218&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Hurricanes, economic blight force increased Puerto Rican migration to First Coast

http://jacksonville.com/metro/business/2017-12-15/hurricanes-economic-blight-force-increased-puerto-rican-migration-first?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Inland flood threat increasing in South Florida

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243914&org=NSF&from=news

 

Counties, and now some businesses, focusing on climate threat

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/goodman-counties-and-now-some-businesses-focusing-climate-threat/ZjIHiFlMGmkxzgVQLUx6qI/

 

How do you prevent more urban sprawl in Florida? This new plan goes back in time

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article190222734.html

 

State’s $1.1 billion Hardest Hit Fund winding down after some hard knocks

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/Florida-s-1-1-billion-Hardest-Hit-Fund-winding-down-after-some-hard-knocks_163533317

 

Powerhouse cast embroiled in tale of taxpayer loss

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/weather/powerhouse-cast-embroiled-florida-tale-taxpayer-loss/tzcQk8iuWpJa86b9ZOMA1K/?ecmp=newspaper_email&iaccess=%%=Base64Encode(Concat(JANRAINID,

 

Constitution Revision Commission coming to Pensacola

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/12/17/constitution-revision-commission-coming-pensacola/948381001/

 

Taxpayer subsidies of Tampa golf courses are on the rise as struggles continue

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tourism/Taxpayer-subsidies-of-Tampa-golf-courses-are-on-the-rise-as-struggles-continue_163597242

 

Scott and Corcoran reach deal over lottery

https://apnews.com/7e7ed5e752ec4bb79671d48e93e7e618/Florida-Gov.-and-House-speaker-reach-deal-over-lottery

 

Scott leaves indicted leaders in office

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-op-editorial-broward-health-indictments-20171216-story.html

 

Lawmaker proposes year-round daylight saving time

http://www.newsherald.com/news/20171216/lawmaker-proposes-year-round-daylight-saving-time

 

Poverty in America is a moral outrage. The soul of our nation is at stake.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/16/poverty-america-moral-outrage-nation?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=256908&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

The human cost of the ghost economy

https://longreads.com/2017/12/13/the-human-cost-of-the-ghost-economy/

 

Who created today’s strong economy? Janet Yellen.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/who-created-todays-strong-economy-janet-yellen/2017/12/17/1d2e404a-e1c8-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.32498878c851

 

Trump labor adviser's plan to cut federal compensation, even paid holidays

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/powerpost/wp/2017/12/18/trump-labor-advisers-plan-for-cutting-federal-compensation-potentially-even-paid-holidays/?__twitter_impression=true

 

Five things Trump did last week while you weren't looking

https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/12/15/trump-policy-workers-labor-regulation-000601

 

How the federal government slowly became a business

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/18/american-government-business-privatisation-jon-michaels?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=257125&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax plan appears on track to pass this week

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/us/politics/republican-tax-bill.html?emc=edit_th_20171216&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832&_r=0

https://www.aft.org/press-release/afts-weingarten-gop-tax-deal (Randi Weingarten quoted)

Republicans are rushing to jam their 503-page tax bill through Congress

https://thinkprogress.org/gop-tax-bill-rushed-through-congress-fb9d3395a399/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a34f5ab04d3017950e6e2d4&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

A middle-class tax cut? Americans aren’t buying it

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/business/economy/tax-survey.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171215&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

The tax bill that inequality created

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/opinion/sunday/tax-bill-inequality-created.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-tax-deform/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/18/gop-tax-scam-corporations-rich-fuel-inequality-make-america-worse-abernathy-sterling-column/951475001/

 

Republicans are joining a festival of corruption

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-are-joining-a-festival-of-corruption/2017/12/17/afda0330-e2a8-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.e824dab36725

 

The Republican tax bill is an American tragedy, built with brute-force politics

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/18/republican-tax-bill-american-tragedy-brute-force-politics?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=257125&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

How Republicans learned to sell tax cuts for the rich

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/opinion/republicans-tax-cuts-rich.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171218&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

What’s in the tax bill, and how it will affect you

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/your-money/tax-plan-changes.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171216&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/14/16773202/republican-tax-bill-reform-cuts-conference-committee-senate-house

 

Buried in 503-page tax bill, a new provision that personally benefits Trump

https://thinkprogress.org/new-republican-tax-bill-provision-trump-3307e94f099d/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a355f2204d3014bb1732899&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/donald-trump-gop-leaders-could-be-enriched-last-minute-tax-break-inserted-final?utm_content=bufferf734f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-18/trump-real-estate-investors-get-last-minute-perk-in-tax-bill

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/17/sen-bob-corker-says-he-had-no-role-tax-bill-provision-could-benefit-him-financially/959543001/

 

Cornyn doesn’t have answer on loophole that enriches Corker and Trump

https://www.vox.com/2017/12/17/16787256/cornyn-corker-trump-tax-bill-pass-through

https://thinkprogress.org/corker-kickback-sends-republicans-scrambling-in-advance-of-tax-vote-f0cf7b889f4e/

 

A tax plan to turbocharge inequality, in three charts

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/opinion/taxes-inequality-charts.html?emc=edit_th_20171218&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Homeowners have had it good. Too good, says the tax bill.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/business/economy/tax-bill-housing.html?emc=edit_th_20171217&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

What's missing from tax bill? Anything that would help working and middle classes

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-taxes-missing-20171217-story.html

 

The Republican tax bill is an American betrayal

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/18/16782484/gop-tax-bill-cuts-reform-republican

 

Why GOP tax plan could mean cuts in state and local services

https://apnews.com/a1892c57dc3c4f7b88db4d7660134182/Why-GOP-tax-plan-could-mean-cuts-in-state-and-local-services

 

Final tax bill called a blow to environment

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-12-18/environment/final-tax-bill-called-a-blow-to-environment/a60689-1

 

Sanders: Trump tax cuts a barely disguised reward for billionaire donors

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/16/bernie-sanders-tax-bill-republicans-trump?CMP=edit_2221

 

McCain, in treatment for cancer, is likely to miss Senate tax vote

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/john-mccain-cancer-tax-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20171218&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mccain-battling-brain-cancer-leaves-washington-for-christmas-break-before-contentious-vote-on-tax-bill/2017/12/17/5dd61326-e37a-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html?utm_term=.3f44acfdd49a

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/17/trump-mccain-arizona-cancer-301607

 

Trump promised he’d keep jobs here. But the tax plan might push them overseas.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-promised-america-first-would-keep-jobs-here-but-the-tax-plan-might-not/2017/12/15/7b8ed60e-df93-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.ef520bb0c84d

 

File your taxes on a postcard? A GOP promise marked undeliverable

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/republican-tax-plan-simple-tax-returns.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171216&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

In one New Jersey town, pending tax changes create anxiety

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/nyregion/livingston-new-jersey-tax-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20171218&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Tax bill largely preserves incentives for wind and solar power

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/climate/tax-bill-wind-solar.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171216&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Tax bill would curb breaks for sexual abuse settlements

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/tax-bill-harassment-settlements.html?emc=edit_cn_20171218&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

On the eve of the tax vote, Republicans place a big bet for 2018

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/on-the-eve-of-the-tax-vote-republicans-place-a-big-bet-for-2018/2017/12/16/6c74a450-e1e6-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.9879af5ff0a9

 

Tampa mother fears GOP tax plan will send disabled son out of state

http://www.wtsp.com/news/politics/florida/tampa-mother-fears-gop-tax-plan-will-send-disabled-son-out-of-state-1/500045383

 

Rubio tax bill saga is a perfect expression of Republican priorities

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-rubio-tax-bill-saga-is-a-perfect-expression-of-republican-priorities/2017/12/15/935aaf7c-e0f3-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html?utm_term=.dba368b339b8

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article190071699.html

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/florida/2017/12/15/rubio-plans-vote-gop-tax-bill-after-winning-concessions-child-tax-credit/957081001/

 

Rubio caves on Florida-hostile tax bill

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-op-editorial-marco-rubio-tax-bill-20171215-story.html

 

Democrat calls out Republicans, including Curbelo, for supporting Arctic drilling

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/12/democratic-senator-calls-out-republicans-including-carlos-curbelo-for-supporting-tax-bill-with-arcti.html

 

Why Democrats failed to tank tax reform

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/16/tax-reform-democrats-obamacare-298958

 

Ryan’s recipe for a robust economy: Have more babies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/paul-ryans-recipe-for-a-robust-economy-have-more-babies/2017/12/15/dcd767b4-e1dc-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.aa42e92f63bf

 

The Republican tax plan will make it more expensive to donate to your church

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/12/15/the-republican-tax-plan-will-make-it-more-expensive-to-donate-to-your-church/?utm_term=.5dffa6064fd8

 

Trump lawyers set for key meeting with special counsel this week

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/15/politics/trump-lawyers-special-counsel-meeting/index.html

 

Image of cooperation between White House and Mueller starts to fracture

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/trump-mueller-transition-emails.html?emc=edit_cn_20171218&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Trump says he won’t fire Mueller, as campaign to discredit Russia probe heats up

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-he-wont-fire-mueller-as-campaign-to-discredit-russia-probe-heats-up/2017/12/17/801e8cce-e348-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html?utm_term=.3d0f86d3c67c

 

Trump’s suggestive comment about a Flynn pardon, and the pattern behind it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/15/trumps-suggestive-comment-about-a-michael-flynn-pardon-and-the-pattern-behind-it/?utm_term=.7d494b36f1b4

 

Mueller unlawfully obtained emails, Trump transition team says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mueller-unlawfully-obtained-emails-trump-transition-team-says/2017/12/16/6162f350-e2cc-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html?utm_term=.3afbfeb729ea

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/trump-mueller-transition-emails.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171217&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/16/mueller-trump-transition-emails-lawyer-299577

https://apnews.com/4bfe97e243114387bc78d2fe3aa248ba/Special-counsel-obtains-thousands-of-Trump-transition-emails?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

 

Republicans accused of concocting email scandal against Mueller

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/17/republicans-accused-of-concocting-email-scandal-against-robert-mueller?CMP=edit_2221

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-attack-on-mueller-not-going-well-9ec582859e39/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a36d3ca04d3014e3722bb3d&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

Trump escalates criticism of FBI role in Russia inquiry

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/us/politics/trump-fbi.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171215&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump made at least seven false claims about Russia in 90 seconds

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-makes-at-least-7-false-claims-in-one-90-second-statement-about-russia-9091a6fb4ef6/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

 

Trump claims the FBI is tainted and its reputation in tatters. This shows he’s wrong.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/12/16/president-trump-claims-the-fbi-is-tainted-and-its-reputation-in-tatters-this-graph-shows-hes-wrong/?utm_term=.5fb3b993b278

 

Trump embellishes the truth in a speech to the thin blue line

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/us/politics/trump-fbi-law-enforcement.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171215&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Kushner’s legal team looks to hire crisis public relations firm amid Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kushners-legal-team-looks-to-hire-crisis-public-relations-firm/2017/12/15/6fbf144c-e1c3-11e7-9eb6-e3c7ecfb4638_story.html?utm_term=.5e77aac2df92

 

Judge signals release of Manafort to Florida home under curfew and GPS monitoring

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/judge-signals-release-of-ex-trump-chair-paul-manafort-to-fla-home-under-curfew-and-gps-monitoring/2017/12/15/f86fa618-e1d1-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.115be96db003

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/15/paul-manafort-house-arrest-bail-298606

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/manafort-restrictions-transferred-palm-beach-gardens-home/YkqdO6jKfK8EcoL1sDMWWP/

 

Trump-Russia: Republicans trying to kill off investigation, says Schiff

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/us/politics/house-intelligence-committee-russia-interference.html?emc=edit_th_20171216&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/16/republicans-trying-to-kill-off-trump-russia-investigation-says-adam-schiff?CMP=edit_2221

 

House panel to interview publicist Goldstone, Wasserman Schultz today

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/17/politics/house-intelligence-goldstone-wasserman-schultz/index.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/365372-house-intel-to-interview-wasserman-schultz-goldstone-report

 

GOP lawmaker: Top FBI officials will be subpoenaed

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/16/fbi-subpoenas-bob-goodlatte-jim-jordan-299578

https://thinkprogress.org/republicans-plan-subpoenas-for-bias-inquiry-1541ce6a6de2/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a36ccc204d3013f6f882053&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

Top Senate Republican joins effort to discredit Mueller investigation

https://thinkprogress.org/cornyn-joins-effort-to-discredit-mueller-e4182cd6edcc/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a35cfa204d301140a215a74&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

The unchecked threat from Russia

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/russias-threat-unchecked-by-trump/2017/12/16/0c30c962-e0ff-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.ec1809312e8f

 

The shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/16/15657512/mueller-fbi-cambridge-analytica-trump-russia

 

The White House’s odd statement about giving U.S. intelligence to Putin

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/18/the-white-houses-odd-statement-about-giving-u-s-intelligence-to-putin/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.f8d4224f704e

 

Republicans keep on telling voter-fraud fairy tales https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-keep-on-telling-voter-fraud-fairy-tales/2017/12/16/0fefdf1c-db9f-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html?utm_term=.5e79a7a655c2

 

A last push for Obamacare sign-ups — and worries about who got hurt

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/health/obamacare-enrollment-black-hispanic.html?emc=edit_th_20171216&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/americans-sprint-to-get-affordable-care-act-coverage-in-last-hours-before-deadline/2017/12/15/33b5da16-e110-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.bf4c625c9877

 

Obamacare extension gives Floridians two more weeks to sign up

http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/obamacare-extension-gives-floridians-2-more-weeks-sign#stream/0

 

Court temporarily blocks trump order against contraceptive coverage

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/us/politics/obamacare-birth-control-trump.html?_r=0&referer=https://t.co/aNopD3YV0A?amp=1#click=https://t.co/aNopD3YV0A

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/federal-judge-temporarily-blocks-trump-contraception-rule/2017/12/15/fdc01b1c-e1d5-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?utm_term=.6509806fb4e0

 

Congress should fix flood insurance, children’s health insurance now

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial-Congress-should-fix-flood-insurance-children-s-health-insurance-before-Christmas_163604596

 

GOP leaders in House, Senate endorse conflicting shutdown strategies

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/17/republicans-congress-shutdown-strategy-301515

 

Trump compares legal immigrants on diversity visas to trash

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/12/15/16780948/trump-diversity-visa-legal-immigration?__twitter_impression=true

 

Congress unlikely to pass DACA replacement by year's end

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Congress-unlikely-to-pass-DACA-replacement-by-12437600.php

 

Fight to save DACA is especially personal for these congressional interns

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/12/15/as-the-battle-over-daca-intensifies-in-congress-the-fight-to-save-the-program-is-especially-personal-for-these-congressional-interns/?utm_term=.32ce33f92664

 

What happens to a family when they have equal rights, and then lose them?

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/14/16752114/daca-children-us-citizens

 

Watchdog report finds moldy food, mistreatment in immigrant detention centers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/watchdog-report-finds-moldy-food-mistreatment-in-immigrant-detention-centers/2017/12/15/c97b380a-e10d-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.1bed9d0d3026

 

Trump administration adds restrictions for visa-waiver countries

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/us/politics/visa-waiver-program-restrictions-homeland-security.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171215&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

ACLU says two teens seeking abortions have been stopped by Trump administration

https://thinkprogress.org/two-undocumented-teens-abortions-d33797c4d83b/

 

Keys sheriff: Nothing to ACLU claims of illegally jailing immigrants

http://www.flkeysnews.com/news/local/article190137664.html

 

Trump’s push to fill courts with conservative judges hits first speed bump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/trumps-push-to-fill-courts-with-conservative-judges-hits-first-speed-bump/2017/12/15/46afc8c0-e1b5-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story.html?__twitter_impression=true

 

These embarrassments prove Senate is rushing through Trump’s judicial nominees

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-senate-is-rushing-through-trumps-judicial-nominees-these-embarrassments-prove-it/2017/12/17/9123f6a4-e1da-11e7-8679-a9728984779c_story.html?utm_term=.16df02e7e68c

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/16/matthew-peterson-judges-robes?CMP=edit_2221

 

FCC sacrifices the free and open Internet on the altar of deregulation

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-net-neutrality-rollback-20171214-story.html

 

Who will be hit hardest by net neutrality? Marginalized Am

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