Today's news -- February 1, 2017

 

 

Property taxes shoulder most of Scott's school increase* Gov. Rick Scott is hoping to pay for an $815 million boost in K-12 education spending by collecting more revenue from local property taxes, reviving an annual battle in Tallahassee over whether an increase in what’s called “required local effort” is considered a tax hike.  In announcing his proposed budget Tuesday, the GOP governor proposed spending $21 billion on K-12 education in 2017-18, a plan that would bring per-pupil funding to $7,421, a $216 increase over the current budget year. The total includes about $11.6 billion in state funding and $9.4 billion in local property tax dollars. That’s $257 million more from the state, a 2.3 percent increase, and $558 million more, or a 6.3 percent increase, from local property taxes. Scott argues it's not a tax increase because, as property values increase, the state can hold the tax rate flat and still generate more money. But members of the GOP-led Legislature, particularly those in the state House of Representatives, disagree. Instead, they’ve pushed to “roll back” the tax rate so the amount of money localities are contributing doesn’t increase from year to year. Scott’s budget plan includes $618 million in tax cuts, largely benefiting businesses. In the past, critics have assailed Scott for championing cuts in business taxes but collecting more from homeowners.

Here’s a copy of the full 362-page proposal: http://bit.ly/2kn2MS7

Here are highlights of Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget released by his office: http://bit.ly/2knfRua

Here are FAQ's released by the governor's office about the proposed $83.4 billion budget: http://bit.ly/2kno3dZ

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/01/scotts-increase-for-public-schools-shouldered-mostly-by-localities-109210

To better recruit and retain quality teachers for Florida’s K-12 public schools, Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to spend $58 million in the next budget year on a handful of initiatives — and those don’t include a controversial teacher bonus plan that lawmakers, with Scott’s support, have advanced in recent years. “Teachers are key to preparing our future generations for great careers,” Scott said Tuesday when rolling out priorities of his 2017-18 budget proposal during a news conference in Tallahassee. “We have to make investments to recruit and retain the best educators in our classrooms.” Specifically, Scott proposes:

▪  $15 million to eliminate initial and renewal certification fees for teachers.

▪  $10 million for “a one-time hiring bonus for teachers testing in the top 10 percent of the Subject Area Examination in the subject they are teaching in the 2017-2018 school year”.

▪  $5 million to “increase the diversity of teachers in critical shortage and high-need areas”.

▪  $5.9 million to “recruit Bright Futures scholars that major in education and commit to 4 years of teaching following graduation in the rural districts from which they graduate high school”.

▪  $16 million for school districts to “implement targeted recruitment and retention initiatives that meet the district’s need”.

▪  And, $6 million to “reward great teachers in low-performing schools.”

Lawmakers will need to decide whether to include Scott’s recommendations when they formally craft and vote on next year’s budget in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in March.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article129783079.html#emlnl=Afternoon_Update

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/scott-budget-plan-boosts-cash-for-schools-cuts-for-hospitals/nQnZ01qSQ5qmcATXIkl16M/

 

Scott wants to replace "best and brightest" teacher bonuses

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-best-brightest-teacher-bonuses-scott-20170131-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/gov-rick-scott-seeks-to-refocus-best-and-brightest-bonus-in-his-2017/2311479

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/01/gov-scott-proposes-58m-to-recruit-retain-top-teachers.html

 

Scott proposes $83.5 billion state budget

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/gov-rick-scott-proposes-835-billion-state-budget/2311478

 

Scott's budget wish list marks clear battle lines with House, Senate leaders

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/01/scotts-84-billion-budget-wish-list-marks-clear-battle-lines-with-house-senate-leaders-109247

 

Scott’s $83.5 billion state budget goes heavy on tax holidays

http://saintpetersblog.com/rick-scotts-83-5-billion-state-budget-goes-heavy-tax-holidays/

 

Scott's vanilla budget

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-gov-rick-scotts-vanilla-budget/2311548

 

Public schools are among the best in the world*

Everyone knows U.S. public schools are failing. Just like everyone knows you should never wake sleepwalkers, bulls hate red and Napoleon was short. Wrong on all counts. Waking sleepwalkers will cause them no harm – in fact, they’re more likely to harm themselves while sleepwalking. Bulls are colorblind; they’re attracted to movement. And Napoleon was 5’7”, which was above average height for Frenchman during his lifetime. So why do we believe that American public schools are doing such a terrible job? Because far right policymakers have convinced us all that it’s true. It’s not. Let me repeat that in no uncertain terms – America’s public schools are NOT failing. They are among the best in the world. Really! Here’s why: the United States educates everyone. Most other countries do not. We have made a commitment to every single child regardless of what their parents can afford to pay, regardless of their access to transportation, regardless of whether they can afford uniforms, lunch or even if they have a home. Heck! We even provide education to children who are here illegally. That can’t be said of many countries with which we’re often compared – especially countries comparable to the U.S. in size or diversity. So from the get-go, we have an advantage over most of the world.

We define education differently. Though our laws are woefully backward, in practice we look at it as a right, not a privilege. And for a full 13 years (counting kindergarten) it’s a right for every child, not just some. But that’s not all! We also provide some of the highest quality education you can get in the world! We teach more, help more, achieve more and yet we are criticized more than any system in any country in the world.

https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/u-s-public-schools-are-not-failing-theyre-among-the-best-in-the-world/

 

Lawmaker revives push for dedicated capital funding source for charters

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-lawmaker-revives-push-for-dedicated-capital-funding-source-for/2311643

 

Gradebook podcast: Florida's need for better math, science education

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/gradebook-podcast-floridas-need-for-better-math-science-education/2311508

 

Districts dispute report alleging federal funding is withheld from kids in charters (FEA mentioned)

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/district-leaders-balk-at-report-alleging-federal-funding-is-withheld-from-poor-kids-in-charter-schools-109238

 

Senate panel votes in favor of DeVos

A Senate panel on Tuesday narrowly voted in favor of President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, sending her nomination to the full Senate for final approval. All 12 Republicans on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted in favor of sending her nomination to the Senate floor, while all 11 Democrats voted against. Democrats immediately challenged the vote, arguing that since one of the Republicans -- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah -- voted by proxy, his vote doesn’t count under committee rules, and the outcome was really an 11-11 tie. Republicans disagreed and then revoted with Hatch present — over the objections of Democrats, who said another vote could not happen without official notice. Again, the vote was 12-11. Two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), made clear that they have not yet decided how they will vote on the floor, suggesting that DeVos’s confirmation is not yet assured. Democrats are seeking to block DeVos’s confirmation, but they must convince a handful of Republicans to break with the new president. DeVos is a Michigan billionaire and private school voucher advocate who has become one of Trump’s most controversial Cabinet picks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/senate-panel-to-vote-on-betsy-devos-trumps-education-secretary-nominee/2017/01/30/21fe2d2a-e727-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.c4032c8ad290

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/betsy-devos-education-secretary-nomination.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170131&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

http://www.aft.org/press-release/aft-committee-vote-confirm-betsy-devos-education-secretary (Randi Weingarten quoted)

http://www.nea.org/home/69641.htm (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)

Who did Betsy DeVos give money to in Florida? (know who gets bucks from a privatizer)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-betsy-devos-florida-contributions-20170131-story.html

 

Fight over DeVos nomination has ties to Volusia School Board race (Andrew Spar quoted)
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170131/fight-over-devos-nomination-has-ties-to-volusia-school-board-race?rssfeed=true

 

Why DeVos is the most polarizing education secretary nominee ever

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/01/31/why-betsy-devos-is-the-most-polarizing-education-secretary-nominee-ever/?utm_term=.1bf4953ccd7e

 

Fighting school privatization and DeVos

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/39286-fighting-school-privatization-and-betsy-devos-a-conversation-with-jesse-hagopian

 

Leaders of education committee go to war with each other before DeVos vote

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/01/31/leaders-of-senate-education-committee-go-to-war-with-each-other-before-devos-vote/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.192919689a3c

 

Two GOP senators says they aren’t committed to voting for DeVos on Senate floor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/01/31/two-republican-senators-says-they-arent-committed-to-voting-for-betsy-devos-on-senate-floor/?utm_term=.6ccab52ba26d

 

DeVos copied lines from outside sources, failed to cite them in answers to Senate

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/devos-questionnaire-appears-to-include-passages-from-uncited-sources/2017/01/31/50577dec-e7be-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?postshare=931485882380309&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.f52796a90765

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/betsy-devos-copied-statute-senate_us_5890af09e4b02772c4e94770?4tx7ukwjkm4cs1yvi

 

Study: Vouchers enable discrimination and segregation

Research led by an Indiana University professor confirms what school voucher critics have long argued: Voucher programs receive public funding yet discriminate on the basis of religion, disability status, sexual orientation and possibly other factors. The finding is especially timely as President Donald Trump and his designee to serve as secretary of education, Michigan school-choice activist Betsy DeVos, have indicated they will use federal clout and money to push states to expand voucher programs. “At the time we did the study, we had no idea it would be so relevant,” said Suzanne Eckes, professor in the IU School of Education and the lead author of the research paper. “People are starting to think about these questions, and the topic has not been widely addressed in research.”

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/01/31/new-study-vouchers-enable-discrimination-and-segregation/

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0161956X.2016.1207446

 

How Massachusetts’ teachers defeated a charter school expansion

http://kalw.org/post/your-call-outspent-not-outdone-how-massachusetts-teachers-defeated-charter-school-expansion#stream/0

 

At L.A. charter school, teachers saw a clash between scarcity and extravagance

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-celerity-charter-20170127-story.html

 

An “America first” presidency clashes with higher ed’s world view

http://www.chronicle.com/article/An-America-First-/239067?key=b4nluqVTHXask3nV4fAj1S1jNCdc5-zserUfiZkXSnEaPgfcya83oHJWZYPOR_VeZkJ6N2hqdXNlc2xiVTBWU1k2dnNLTnNING9mdkx1RTQ4WUpqZGZWZGRCNA

 

Former ABA head warns of possible danger from constitutional panel

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/231311-former-aba-head-warns

 

Florida senators to consider unanimous juries in death cases

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170131/florida-senators-to-consider-unanimous-juries-in-death-cases

 

Florida high court: Limits on lawyers' fees unconstitutional

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/florida-high-court-limits-on-lawyers-fees-unconstitutional-ap_floridabc047fbd38294ae58478275a08988756

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Court%20rejects%20legal%20fee%20limit%20in%20injured%20boy%20dispute

 

Scott seeks money to combat Zika

http://www.news4jax.com/health/zika-virus/scott-seeks-money-to-combat-zika

 

Corcoran found “cockroaches” in Scott's jobs, tourism programs

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/corcoran-found-cockroaches-in-scotts-jobs-tourism-programs/2311519

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/House%20Speaker%20says%20he%20is%20exposing%20cockroaches

 

Florida may require licensing for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-paddling-boats-licensing-controversy-20170127-story.html

 

Trump picks Colorado appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/supreme-court-nominee-trump.html?em_pos=medium&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-picks-colo-appeals-court-judge-neil-gorsuch-for-supreme-court/2017/01/31/2b08a226-e55e-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.943aea0feb83&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://www.nea.org/home/69644.htm (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)
http://www.aft.org/press-release/afts-weingarten-neil-gorsuchs-nomination (Randi Weingarten quoted)

 

In Gorsuch, an echo of Scalia in philosophy and style

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/neil-gorsuch-supreme-court-nominee.html?em_pos=medium&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/who-is-neil-gorsuch-bio-facts-background-political-views-234437

 

Gorsuch on labor issues
https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/who-neil-gorsuch-and-where-does-he-stand-labor-and-employment-issues

https://onlabor.org/2017/01/31/the-supreme-court-vacancy-and-labor-neil-gorsuch/

 

Gorsuch, the nominee for a stolen seat

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/neil-gorsuch-the-nominee-for-a-stolen-seat.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170201&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Where Gorsuch would fit on the Supreme Court

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/31/us/politics/trump-supreme-court-nominee.html?em_pos=medium&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/trump-makes-his-pick-but-its-still-anthony-kennedys-supreme-court/2017/01/31/1de12472-e7e0-11e6-bf6f-301b6b443624_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_courtanalysis830:homepage/story&utm_term=.42e07a6ddf3e

 

Key decisions from Gorsuch

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/key-decisions-from-supreme-court-nominee-neil-gorsuch/2017/01/31/47c36836-e736-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?utm_term=.0b0739d057ed&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

A fractured U.S. Senate awaits Gorsuch

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/a-fractured-us-senate-awaits-supreme-court-pick-neil-gorsuch/2017/01/31/5fe569f0-e7f9-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?utm_term=.8102a5e6499a&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/on-the-death-of-the-senate-and-its-long-history-as-the-worlds-greatest-deliberative-body/2017/01/31/b99fcbda-e73a-11e6-bf6f-301b6b443624_story.html?utm_term=.1aa23a05bfbb&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Picking one justice, Trump has eye on choosing a second

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/trump-supreme-court-neil-gorsuch.html?em_pos=medium&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

With the stroke of a pen, Trump may have sparked an American brain drain

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-brain-drain_us_588fc684e4b02772c4e8b4d9?i6vklmo6fb0wndbo6r

 

Trump has created a constitutional crisis

https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-has-created-a-constitutional-crisis/

 

Trump’s firing of the acting attorney general sets a dangerous precedent

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-firing-of-the-acting-attorney-general-sets-a-dangerous-precedent/2017/01/31/7e085fa0-e7bd-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.16b2622d039e

 

Sessions once praised Yates for the trait that got her fired

https://thinkprogress.org/jeff-sessions-once-praised-sally-yates-for-the-trait-that-got-her-fired-6dce19a9321a#.54dei4zdn

 

Wasserman Schultz says acting attorney general was just doing job

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/wasserman-schultz-says-acting-attorney-general-was-just-doing-job/2311486?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ%20013117\\

 

Spicer signals getting fired for dissent “comes with the job” in Trump era

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sean-spicer-getting-fired-for-dissent-comes-with-the-job?utm_content=bufferb3c66&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/the-trump-administration-love-it-or-leave-it.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170131&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

State Department dissent cable on Trump’s ban draws 1,000 signatures

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/world/americas/state-dept-dissent-cable-trump-immigration-order.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/resistance-from-within-federal-workers-push-back-against-trump/2017/01/31/c65b110e-e7cb-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?utm_term=.9e84fe51ee10&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s horrifying executive order on refugees and visas

https://www.lawfareblog.com/malevolence-tempered-incompetence-trumps-horrifying-executive-order-refugees-and-visas

 

Only a third of Americans think Trump's travel ban will make them safer

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-poll-exclusive-idUSKBN15F2MG?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

 

More people were affected by travel ban than Trump initially said

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/trump-ban-immigrants-refugees.html?em_pos=medium&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=15&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump’s immigration order could affect thousands of college students

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trumps-immigration-order-could-affect-thousands-of-college-students/?ex_cid=story-twitter

 

Ph.D. candidate at USF went to care for mother, now stuck in Iran

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/phd-candidate-at-usf-went-to-care-for-mother-now-stuck-in-iran/2311500?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Trump's order strands FSU student in Iran (Matthew Lata quoted)

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/01/31/trumps-order-strands-fsu-student-iran/97299606/

 

Iraq refugees in Seattle have message for Trump: “Please think again”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/31/iraq-refugees-trump-travel-ban-seattle?CMP=edit_2221

 

Ban is a matter of life and death for some, including a 1-year-old with cancer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/trumps-refugee-ban-is-a-matter-of-life-and-death-for-some-like-a-1-year-old-with-cancer/2017/01/30/4c8e4aae-e711-11e6-903d-9b11ed7d8d2a_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.07080e9a635f

 

Unable to enter U.S., and still stranded abroad

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/world/travelers-stranded-abroad.html?em_pos=medium&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=14&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Waiting, on edge, for a refugee family’s arrival

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/waiting-on-edge-for-a-refugee-familys-arrival/2017/01/31/1688c1aa-e4c8-11e6-a453-19ec4b3d09ba_story.html?utm_term=.c620fc778a50&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

How Trump has taken away our homes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/opinion/how-trump-has-taken-away-our-homes.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170201&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Border Patrol agents made Muslims cancel visas, new lawsuit claims

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/30/muslims-forced-to-cancel-visas-by-border-officers-new-lawsuit-claims.html?via=twitter_page

 

A chronicle of fear: seven days as a Muslim immigrant in America

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/chronicle-fear-seven-days-muslim-immigrant-america?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=211294&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump’s war on immigration is a war on science and our prosperity

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-war-on-immigration-is-a-war-on-science-and-our-prosperity-e42678a28360#.a83231oxg

 

Ryan stands by Trump’s executive order, breaking days of silence

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/paul-ryan-trump-executive-order.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170131&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Rick Scott backs Trump on immigration

https://nsfblogs.com/2017/01/31/scott-backs-trump-on-immigration/

 

Trump names acting immigration enforcement chief

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/thomas-homan-immigration-and-customs-enforcement.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Spicer tells the media to stop using Trump’s own words to describe his policies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/31/trumps-team-is-mad-people-are-calling-the-travel-ban-a-ban-even-though-they-also-called-it-a-ban/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.96dcaa2b09ba

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-who-campaigned-on-a-muslim-ban-says-to-stop-calling-it-a-muslim-ban-630961d0fbcf#.5qufw2asx

 

Administration circulates more immigration restrictions, focusing on protecting jobs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-circulates-more-draft-immigration-restrictions-focusing-on-protecting-us-jobs/2017/01/31/38529236-e741-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.feecbf206ed2

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/01/31/the-basic-error-of-trumps-draft-order-targeting-immigrants-on-welfare/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.7020f2db6600

 

Trump orders renew tension with intelligence community

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/317088-trump-orders-renew-tension-with-intelligence-community

 

A government on edge and in the dark

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/a-government-on-edge-and-in-the-dark.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170201&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://time.com/4654658/trump-white-house-no-integrity/

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-harvest-of-shame/

 

Trump’s nightmare: women opposing him

http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/01/trumps-nightmare-women-opposing-him.html?mid=twitter_nymag

 

Republicans push anti-protester laws to shut down demonstrations

https://thinkprogress.org/anti-protest-legislation-2afe0d59360a#.flh9jxxes

 

The NRA has been moonlighting as an anti-immigration group for years

https://www.thetrace.org/2017/01/nra-anti-immigration-terrorism-trump-executive-actions/

 

GOP introduces national right-to-work legislation

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/gop-introduces-national-right-to-work-legislation/article/2613428

 

Workers at Trump’s D.C. hotel vote to join union, casting spotlight on conflicts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/workers-at-trumps-washington-hotel-vote-to-join-union-setting-stage-for-labor-duel/2017/01/31/2a0a08a4-e4d9-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?utm_term=.b0b99395aab8

 

Nearly 50 arrested on Capitol Hill demanding answers on Obamacare repeal

https://thinkprogress.org/nearly-50-arrested-on-capitol-hill-demanding-answers-on-obamacare-repeal-4482b970df20#.va6dxj3xc

 

Talk of repeal sends people running to, and from, Affordable Care Act

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/health/talk-of-repeal-sends-people-running-to-and-from-affordable-care-act.html?em_pos=medium&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=12&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

“Negotiator” Trump caves to big pharma

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/31/1628064/--Negotiator-Trump-caves-to-big-pharma

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/health/trump-vows-to-ease-rules-for-drug-makers-but-prices-remain-a-focus.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Water could soon be unaffordable for millions of Americans

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/water-affordability-study_us_588b6bf7e4b0303c075332e4?5u2tenq58i4qoj38fr&&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%20020117&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%20020117+CID_72f18b6c930782639e284371fa4fbe5b&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&

 

What it’s like to work for Trump’s labor pick: chaos and danger

https://thinkprogress.org/puzder-workers-dangerous-conditions-7c34bccc205a#.y5e3idmnh

 

Labor nominee Puzder’s confirmation hearing delayed a fourth time

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2017/01/31/labor-nominee-puzders-confirmation-hearing-delayed-a-fourth-time/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b2c7a6ecac92

 

Democrats block confirmation votes for Sessions, Price and Mnuchin

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-democrats-face-a-key-test-tuesday-amid-promises-to-stand-up-to-trump/2017/01/31/1685487a-e7bd-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?utm_term=.74e3d7171076&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/democrats-seize-on-acting-attorney-generals-firing-to-try-to-block-nominee.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170201&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://thinkprogress.org/dems-block-vote-on-two-cabinet-nominees-republicans-decry-obstructionism-8db94e7ab7ec#.2ow7fv2wn

 

Hatch: We'll give boycotting Democrats “more time” before we change rules

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/finance-chair-more-time-trump-nominees?utm_content=buffer30b09&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Democrats portray Sessions as yes man for Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/politics/democrats-seize-on-acting-attorney-generals-firing-to-try-to-block-nominee.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170131&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Treasury secretary nominee's foreign money links bring new scrutiny

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/31/politics/steve-mnuchin-treasury-secretary-trump/

 

Will some members of Trump’s Cabinet realize they’re being used?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/01/31/will-some-members-of-trumps-cabinet-realize-theyre-being-used/?utm_term=.978da9c9051e&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Everything you want to know about the Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings, votes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/06/everything-you-want-to-know-about-the-trump-cabinet-confirmation-hearings/?utm_term=.9ee6ae655c78&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

GOP senator: “Entirely inappropriate” for Bannon to have seat at NSC

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/susan-collins-entirely-inappropriate-for-steve-bannon-to-be-on-nsc?utm_content=bufferc1207&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Bannon’s long love affair with war

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/31/steve-bannon-s-long-love-affair-with-war.html?utm_content=bufferf4257&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/31/steve-bannon-most-dangerous-man-in-america?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/for-bannon-the-game-has-only-just-begun/2017/01/31/567c920a-e7fc-11e6-bf6f-301b6b443624_story.html?utm_term=.e6283d2914a2&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bannon-explained-his-worldview-well-before-it-became-official-us-policy/2017/01/31/2f4102ac-e7ca-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?utm_term=.ad7f06a8c7ed&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s army secretary pick could trade one potential conflict for another

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/us/politics/vincent-viola-army-secretary.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170201&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump aide’s deal with Chinese firm raises fear of tangled interests

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/us/anthony-scaramucci-business-white-house.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Trump’s not draining the swamp, he’s filling it

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-not-draining-the-swamp-hes-filling-it/

 

Trump’s White House is in chaos. And he loves it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/31/donald-trumps-white-house-is-in-chaos-and-he-loves-every-minute-of-it/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.2c758f068c8a

 

Matt Gaetz drafts bill to “completely abolish” the EPA

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-to-abolish-epa_us_5890e638e4b02772c4e9c552?ld4owug4bfgsnhfr

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20170131/congressman-gaetz-wants-to-abolish-epa

 

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