Today's news -- February 13, 2017

 

 

Bill to stop teacher contract protections gets companion *

A legislative pushback against Florida school districts' attempts to offer added job protections to teachers on annual contract got a boost Friday. State Sen. Doug Broxson, a Pensacola Republican who sits on the PreK-12 Appropriations committee, filed a bill [SB 856] that would prohibit school boards from adopting any conditions or terms altering the term of a teacher's one-year contract. Several dozen boards, including in Pinellas County, have negotiated deals with their employee unions to guarantee renewal of annual contracts for teachers who receive an "effective" or "highly effective" performance review. Others, such as Pasco County, have rejected such appeals, contending that lawmakers did not intend anything other than one-year contracts with the controversial SB 736, signed into law in 2011 and fought ever since. Broxson, who voted for SB 736 while in the House, joins Rep. Michael Grant, a Port Charlotte Republican in aiming to rein in the district actions. His legislation is identical to Grant's, which already has been assigned to two committees for review. While having a companion is no promise of ultimate adoption, not having one makes it all but impossible to become law. Teachers union leaders and lawyers, who generally oppose the bills, have argued that lawmakers wanted to reward top educators and not hurt them. "Nothing prevents a school district, when negotiating the 'wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment,' which the Constitution requires to be negotiated (Article I, Section 6, Constitution of Florida), and in the exercise of its constitutional duty to 'operate, control and supervise' district schools [Article IX, Section 4(b), Constitution of Florida], to agree to a contractual provision which recognizes successful performance in this manner," Tallahassee attorney Ron Meyer, who frequently represents the Florida Education Association, said in October, when the issue previously arose. "It is surprising, with the zeal the Legislature has had to tie continued employment to successful performance, that anyone would argue against the use of successful performance as the standard to be used by a school district in determining to award a new annual contract." He and others also have suggested that job protections could help improve morale, especially at a time when schools face so many vacancies. No hearings have yet been scheduled on either the Senate or House measure.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/bill-to-prevent-flroida-annual-teacher-contract-added-protections-gets/2312784

 

Florida taxes, schools: Do you know the full story? *

If I told you I recently won an award for quantum physics, you might be impressed. But what if you later learned that the only other contestants had been my kids’ two cats, Furball and Leona? Well, that would probably take some of the shine off … especially since the only thing I really had to do to win was refrain from licking myself. That’s a bit how you should feel after Gov. Rick Scott heaped praise on himself for unveiling an $83.5 billion budget that claimed to boost education spending to “historic” levels. It sounds swell … until you get the full story. Once you do, you see that Scott’s 3 percent boost — and the similarly small increases in recent years — pale in comparison to the 10 percent cut he made his first year in office. In fact, Scott’s plan actually provides less money per pupil than Florida provided a decade ago, once inflation’s factored in. Also, Scott’s historic high of $7,421 would still be 25-30 percent below the national average, trailing such states as Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia. Similarly, while Scott boasts of boosting pre-K funding by 2 percent, it too comes on the heels of cuts. So the new, per-pupil level would actually be less (in both real and adjusted dollars) than it was a decade ago under Jeb Bush. Basically, once you get the full story, you see that, if Florida is the tallest guy in the room, it’s only because everyone else who bothered to show up is a dwarf. Still, I’m not here today to trash Scott’s budget. Some of his proposals at least move in the right direction. They’re also a far cry from when he slashed funding for schools, the disabled and even veterans so he could provide corporate tax breaks. Instead, I want to ask you: What are your priorities? What do you think government should be doing? Educating kids? Running TV ads for theme parks? Building roads? Handing out business incentives? And how do you think we should fund all that? Sales taxes? Property taxes? Corporate taxes? Tolls? Keep in mind: It always comes from somewhere. I also want to ask you to go beyond the politicians’ sound bites. For instance, state leaders have been on a crusade to reduce corporate and business taxes, suggesting that Florida companies are overtaxed and overburdened. It is unmitigated malarkey. Florida has some of the lowest business tax taxes in the United States. Ask any pro-business, anti-tax group you want -- like the Tax Foundation, which says Florida has the fourth-best tax “climate”  for businesses in America. Yet this year, Scott’s biggest proposed tax break is for -- you guessed it -- businesses. He wants to cut the taxes companies pay on commercial leases by $454 million. Let’s pause here for a moment and look at that number. Remember up above when I mentioned that the state’s pre-K program is woefully underfunded? Well, it is — by about $400 million. That’s about how much it would take to double Florida’s pre-K spending and help bring us in line with higher-performing states. Voters obviously think this program is important. That’s why they demanded it in the form a constitutional amendment. Because they know school readiness lays the foundation for everything from schools and jobs to socialization and even a crime-free life. So, if you have $454 million, would you provide yet another cut to businesses, which already enjoy one of the best tax climates in America, or a boost to pre-K programs, which are woefully behind? It’s a question of priorities. The argument for reducing this tax is that few other states levy it. That’s another great sound bite … until you remember that most every other state in America collects gobs more in other business taxes. It’s like declaring: “Florida is the only state in America that asks you to pay a dime!” … without mentioning that every other state demands a quarter. It’s true, but misleading. It doesn’t tell the whole story. The reality is that this state’s obsession with lowering business taxes has not translated to economic prosperity. Our jobs pay worse than most of America’s. And we trail big states on everything from Fortune 500 companies to venture capital. That’s why other states invest more in education. And pre-K. And infrastructure. And quality of life. Because that’s how you build an economy. You don’t try to buy it. You grow it. 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/taking-names-scott-maxwell/os-budget-florida-rick-scott-maxwell-20170203-story.html

 

Study swapping ACT, SAT for FSA exams, lawmaker says *

The so-called Sunshine Solution looks now to have at least some support in the Florida House. The “solution” would have the state scrap its own standardized exams and instead give students the ACT or SAT. The idea was first proposed in 2015 by the Seminole County school district, as technology glitches disrupted the debut of Florida’s new FSA tests and frustrated educators statewide. A state senator pushed the idea in legislation last year, but the measure, which did not have much support in the House, did not pass. But last week Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, filed a bill (HB 773) that would require the state’s education commissioner to determine if those national college admission exams tested the content taught in Florida’s high school language arts and math classes. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has said she thinks such a study would need to be done before the state could consider swapping those exams for the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA. Diaz’s sponsorship of the bill suggests it will get serious consideration in the House, as he is chairman of the pre-k-12 education appropriations committee and sits on the education committee, too. Key state senators have said this year they plan to push a bill -- though it isn’t filed yet -- to reduce testing in public schools. Their proposal, they said, likely would allow a swap of the ACT or SAT for some state exams. Advocates of that swap, which Seminole educators dubbed the “Sunshine Solution,” said it would reduce the number of tests students take, among other benefits. That is because so many take the ACT or SAT already as Florida’s state universities require them for admission.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-act-sat-florida-exams-swamp-20170210-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Two counties cut back big time on student testing. Manatee could be the third.

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article132003914.html

 

Florida school districts wrestle with teacher shortage *

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-florida-schools-teacher-shortages-universities-20170203-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Jefferson to become state's first charter school district

http://news.wfsu.org/post/jefferson-become-floridas-first-charter-school-district

 

Santiago: Technology is key to successful schools

http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/20170212/state-rep-david-santiago-technology-is-key-to-successful-schools

 

Driver shortage leaves Volusia scrambling to cover school bus routes

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170212/driver-shortage-leaves-volusia-scrambling-to-cover-school-bus-routes

 

One arrest as protesters block DeVos from entering D.C. public school

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-protesters-blocked-betsy-devos-from-1486747548-htmlstory.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/protesters-rally-at-dc-school-ahead-of-visit-by-education-secretary-betsy-devos/2017/02/10/faad4962-ef06-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.581a038e2418

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/us/politics/betsy-devos-blocked-school.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170210&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/02/10/prominent-devos-critics-urge-protesters-dont-block-her-way-into-public-schools-she-needs-to-see-them/?utm_term=.fef784626be7

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2017/0211/Protest-or-engage-What-should-Betsy-DeVos-opponents-do-next

 

District chiefs: Medicaid changes would hurt poor children, students with disabilities

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/02/09/school-district-chiefs-proposed-medicaid-changes-would-hurt-poor-children-and-students-with-disabilities/?utm_term=.94ae0db55614

 

Trump drops defense of Obama guidelines on transgender students

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/politics/trump-transgender-students-injunction.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170211&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trump-administration-signals-change-in-policy-for-transgender-students/2017/02/11/c2fd138e-f051-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.de16d6a45089

https://thinkprogress.org/jeff-sessions-doj-transgender-rights-schools-fb105c1db30f#.umcsdbfz8

 

Legislators hide projects in university budgets

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/11/legislators-hide-projects-university-budgets/97815788/

 

Senate plan seeks state college board

For two decades, Florida's state colleges, then known as community colleges, were under a 13-member state board. That arrangement ended in 2003, after a series of moves consolidating Florida's education system under a new Board of Education appointed by the governor. At the same time, the state university system, after passage of a constitutional amendment in 2002, moved under the control of a separate Board of Governors. But as Senate President Joe Negron seeks to overhaul Florida's higher-education system this year, one part of his proposal would recreate a State Board of Community Colleges. Negron, R-Stuart, wants to separate state colleges from the Board of Education, which also is responsible for overseeing the public-school system, with its 67 districts, 2.8 million students and $20 billion budget. A bill (SB 374) that received approval last week from the Senate Education Committee would recreate the former State Board of Community Colleges, a 13-member panel appointed by the governor, to oversee the college system with its 800,000 students and $2.4 billion budget. "In my view of that process, the community colleges don't get the attention that they need and deserve," Negron said. "It's almost all focused on K-through-12, and having the community colleges on there is kind of like having the caboose on the end of the train." Negron said he has "enormous respect" for the state colleges, noting two schools in recent years have won an "Aspen Prize," a national award for top-performing community colleges. "We have a tremendous system," Negron said. "I think they deserve the respect of having their own governing structure that responds to and handles their particular issues." State college presidents, who have raised concerns about other provisions in Negron's higher-education package including more-stringent performance standards, are open to the idea of a new board.
http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Senate%20plan%20seeks%20state%20college%20board

 

Florida colleges take middle ground on immigration battle

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-campus-sanctuary-20170207-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Second finalist withdraws candidacy to be FGCU president

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2017/02/10/second-finalist-withdraws-candidacy-fgcu-president/97753824/

 

Forums give public chance to weigh in on PSC president search

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170211/forums-give-public-chance-to-weigh-in-on-psc-president-search

 

Some state lawmakers are on lobbyists' payroll

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170211/some-state-lawmakers-are-on-lobbyists-payroll/1

 

Another attack on state's public records laws unacceptable

http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/2017/02/11/another-attack-states-public-records-laws-unacceptable/97746552/

 

Resolution would require two-thirds vote to amend state Constitution

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/231916-joint-resolution-would-require-23-popular-vote-to-amend-florida-constitution

 

Federal judges’ lifetime tenure for good reason; state should take note

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/231987-federal-judges-lifetime-tenure-good-reason-tallahassee-take-note

 

Atwater, Florida's CFO, to resign for job at Florida Atlantic University

http://www.tampabay.com/news/jeff-atwater-floridas-cfo-to-resign-for-job-at-florida-atlantic-university/2312829?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/atwater-to-step-down-after-session-to-work-at-fau-109512

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/floridas-chief-financial-officer-quits-to-take-college-job-ap_florida64c3c7b7c55a4817ad1b27eccb8e54e3

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/cfo-atwater-exits-early-for-fau-surprise-consumer-concerns/geuWxu5kpTiTgcn9AMtOcJ/

 

Lee, Gruters, Grady, Neal in the mix to replace Atwater
http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/lee-actively-jockeying-for-cfo-appointment-109521

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170210/gruters-neal-in-mix-for-cfo-job

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/grady-neal-lee-floated-around-possible-replacements-florida-cfo

 

He kept the Netherlands dry. Now he aims to defend Miami from rising seas.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article132057654.html

 

Affordable healthcare a must in Florida

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article132087619.html

 

Make Florida’s mental health system stronger and a higher priority

http://www.bradenton.com/opinion/editorials/article131906779.html

 

Bilirakis gets another earful on Obamacare repeal

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/bilirakis-gets-another-earful-on-obamacare-repeal/2312939

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/11/politics/death-panel-florida-gop-congressman/index.html

https://thinkprogress.org/bilirakis-town-hall-aca-death-panels-71c85ae831f8#.wbqrk01wh

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/11/gop-official-in-viral-town-hall-video-is-known-for-sharing-misleading-stories-bigoted-jokes/?utm_term=.e5045e301c97

 

Those hot congressional town halls? Don't expect many in South Florida

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/02/those-hot-congressional-town-halls-dont-expect-many-in-south-florida.html

 

GOP official in video is known for sharing misleading stories, bigoted jokes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/11/gop-official-in-viral-town-hall-video-is-known-for-sharing-misleading-stories-bigoted-jokes/?utm_term=.3edabcf60f4a

http://saintpetersblog.com/pasco-county-gop-official-trouble-social-media-posts-go-national/

 

GOP feud could logjam legislative session

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-scott-corcoran-fight-20170210-story.html

http://jacksonville.com/reason/2017-02-11/tia-mitchell-power-leadership-could-meet-its-limits-session

 

Bracing for uncertainty, division with session

http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/2017/02/11/bracing-uncertainty-division/97735838/

 

Scott needs better argument for incentives

http://www.pnj.com/story/opinion/2017/02/11/editorial-gov-scott-needs-better-argument-incentives/97707608/

 

Weigh merits of economic programs separately

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/02/11/editorial-weigh-merits-economic-programs-separately/97736890/

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/editorial-abolish-enterprise-florida-and-visit-florida-not-fast/6CNkS8NISPUfIwEzgTDopN/

http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170212/county-leaders-vehemently-oppose-state-tourism-bill

 

Corcoran's jab at Visit Florida spending misses context

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/politifact-florida-corcorans-jab-at-visit-florida-spending-misses-context/2312993?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Trump inspires steady drumbeat of Central Florida protests

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-protest-culture-rises-20170208-story.html

 

Planned Parenthood foes, supporters face off in protests in Tampa Bay area

http://www.tampabay.com/news/tampa-bay-planned-parenthood-protests-attract-hundreds-on-both-sides-of/2312937

 

A presidential golf outing, with a twist: Trump owns the place

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/politics/donald-trump-shinzo-abe-golf-mar-a-lago.html?_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/11/trump-and-abe-hit-the-fairways-out-of-public-view-at-a-trump-golf-club-in-florida/?utm_term=.38273c233c19

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-and-japans-abe-tee-off-at-florida-golf-course/

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/trump-palm-beach-day-golf-diplomacy-with-japanese/bayjapLfXionnhZie2R8rO/

 

A hastily called news conference caps a surreal day for Trump in South Florida

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/12/a-hastily-called-news-conference-caps-a-surreal-day-for-trump-in-south-florida/?utm_term=.745cf63b71f0

 

Trump's Florida estate stirs protests, spurs ethics debate

https://apnews.com/6705b0904a374d84a9583d6e498235bf/Trump's-Florida-estate-stirs-protests,-spurs-ethics-debate

 

Trump heads back to D.C. as protesters, supporters gather

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/trump-heads-back-protesters-supporters-gather/CQXPE9NRk807XKWiDwefWK/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0ODY5MzMyMDEsImV4cCI6MTQ4NzA0ODM5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teXBhbG1iZWFjaHBvc3QuY29tIiwiZXhwIjoxNDg3MDQ4Mzk5LCJhdXRoZW4iOiJieXBhc3MifV19.dltMvnr0wuvd5baHkBPYA0YCFRoQT9w5bDf2v0_HTYg&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

 

Will Trump be bad for business at the winter White House?

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local/will-trump-bad-for-business-the-winter-white-house/CQcLjRJ6od06YpWxXFqrKJ/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/11/palm-beach-businesses-cost-trump-mar-a-lago?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212863&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-reg-trump-visit-hassles-20170210-story.html

 

Frankel to meet with air firms hit by restrictions during Trump visits

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local-govt--politics/frankel-meet-with-air-firms-hit-restrictions-during-trump-visits/S1Ym9Bj1xoGEsJQ42BtrZP/

 

Trump criticized Obama for golfing. Now he spends weekends on the links.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/us/politics/donald-trump-golf-obama.html?emc=edit_cn_20170213&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Scott’s D.C. inauguration party cost more than $600,000

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/florida-gov-inauguration-party-cost-more-than--ap_florida2c477fce71184e4cad5559bd659bd7fb

 

State GOP leaders move swiftly as party bickers in D.C.

When Republicans in Kentucky seized total control of the state government last year, Damon Thayer, the majority leader in the state Senate, began asking around for advice from counterparts in other capitals where the party already dominated both the legislative and executive branches. How should we handle all this power, he wanted to know. One answer impressed him, Thayer said, from a senior Republican lawmaker in Wisconsin: “Move quickly.” Kentucky Republicans have done just that, swiftly passing laws to roll back the powers of labor unions and restrict access to abortion. But they are only getting started, Thayer said: They also plan to make sweeping changes to the education and public pension systems this year. And they have plenty of company. While Republicans in Washington appear flummoxed by the complexities of one-party rule, struggling with issues from repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, to paying for President Trump’s promised wall on the Mexican border, rising party leaders in the states seem far more at ease and assertive. Republicans have top-to-bottom control in 25 states now, holding both the governorship and the entire legislature, and Republican lawmakers are acting with lightning speed to enact longstanding conservative priorities. In states from New England to the Midwest and across the South, conservative lawmakers have introduced or enacted legislation to erode union powers and abortion rights, loosen gun regulations, expand school-choice programs and slash taxes and spending. State Senator Scott L. Fitzgerald of Wisconsin, the Republican majority leader, said conservatives in the states had taken the party’s national victories in November as a directive to “shake up” government. “That has been amped up as a result of Donald Trump being elected president,” he said. “There’s a higher expectation now.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/state-republican-leaders-move-swiftly.html?emc=edit_th_20170212&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

It’s not just Donald Trump feuding with the courts. States are doing it, too.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/12/its-not-just-donald-trump-feuding-with-the-courts-states-are-doing-it-too/?utm_term=.3f1808df895d

 

How to save good jobs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2017/02/10/how-to-save-good-jobs/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.da586cdfa683

 

How Microsoft avoided billions in taxes, and what the GOP says they’ll do about it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/10/how-microsoft-avoided-billions-in-taxes-and-what-the-gop-says-theyll-do-about-it/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.1602461c328f

 

Once again, Trump claims that fraud cost him an electoral victory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/02/10/once-again-trump-claims-that-just-enough-fraud-cost-him-an-electoral-victory/?utm_term=.7bf7861aca58

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-voter-fraud-senators-meeting-234909

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/12/stephen-miller-says-white-house-will-fight-for-travel-ban-advances-false-voter-fraud-claims/?utm_term=.3291f2943282

 

Trump administration invents new story to support claims of massive voter fraud

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-voter-fraud-huckabee-sanders-a9ad34a3fb31#.4m7dbiwfe

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-top-trump-aide-again-asserts-widespread-1486923009-htmlstory.html

 

Election commissioner to Trump: Show evidence of voter fraud

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/federal-elections-commissioner-demands-donald-trump-proof-voter-fraud

 

The next GOP assault on voting rights

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-next-gop-assault-on-voting-rights/2017/02/12/1c775b4e-eff4-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.5cc9492ec447

 

Republicans hold on to a myth to hold on to power

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/opinion/republicans-hold-on-to-a-myth-to-hold-on-to-power.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170211&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Illegal voting gets Texas woman eight years in prison, and certain deportation

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/us/illegal-voting-gets-texas-woman-8-years-in-prison-and-certain-deportation.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/republican-green-card-holder-who-voted-illegally-in-texas-gets-8-years-in-prison/?utm_term=.0e3ad55fe898

 

Trump says refugees are flooding U.S. in misleading allusion

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/politics/refugees-donald-trump-syria.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170211&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump hints at new travel order coming this week

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/white-house-considers-rewriting-trumps-immigration-order/2017/02/10/ddcf5a6a-efb5-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_trumpban-408pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.2e4c7fd29e98

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/us/politics/trump-vows-quick-action-to-stop-terrorism-after-court-defeat.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/318961-trump-hints-at-new-travel-order-coming-next-week

 

Adviser says Trump’s power “will not be questioned” by the courts

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-chief-policy-advisor-says-the-president-s-power-will-not-be-questioned-by-the-courts-c87252a07a7e#.vo824l12a

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/12/trump-administration-considering-narrower-travel-ban?CMP=edit_2221

 

After a win, travel ban opponents seek another court victory

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170210/after-win-travel-ban-opponents-seek-another-court-victory

 

The 9th Circuit ruling is the most hopeful sign yet

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-9th-circuit-ruling-is-the-most-hopeful-sign-yet/2017/02/10/78a7b9ca-efba-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html?utm_term=.ca7eb3fd8fb2

 

“So-called judges” trump Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/so-called-judges-trump-trump/2017/02/10/573fd1c8-ef42-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.3efc1100d491

 

Republicans tight-lipped on court decision against Trump’s travel ban

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/2017/02/10/561a1520-efb4-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html?utm_term=.6f8f04842dac

 

Trump’s legal options in travel ban case

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/us/politics/travel-ban-appeal-options.html?emc=edit_th_20170211&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

ICE agents round up parents of U.S. children in deportation raids

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/federal-agents-conduct-sweeping-immigration-enforcement-raids-in-at-least-6-states/2017/02/10/4b9f443a-efc8-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.88328ca4b4e9

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/nyregion/immigration-arrests-sanctuary-city.html?emc=edit_cn_20170213&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/us/immigration-raids-enforcement.html?hp=&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&referer=https://t.co/KPsoeWWdXT

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/10/1632258/-Trump-s-ICE-agents-start-rounding-up-parents-of-American-children-in-multiple-deportation-raids

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-immigration-raids-anxiety-20170210-story.html

 

Immigrant community on high alert, fearing Trump’s “deportation force”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/immigrant-community-on-high-alert-fearing-trumps-deportation-force/2017/02/11/e5c30d06-f06f-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html?utm_term=.b3ac13e19a6f

 

Trump: Raids targeting immigrants are “the keeping of my campaign promise”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/12/trump-raids-targeting-immigrants-are-the-keeping-of-my-campaign-promise/?utm_term=.e5bf3708509c

 

Living in fear of deportation is terrible for your health

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/10/living-in-fear-as-a-refugee-in-the-u-s-is-terrible-for-your-health/?utm_term=.3af66a84c264

 

Pope heard about a man’s deportation case. Now, a court is hearing about it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/02/11/pope-francis-heard-about-this-mans-deportation-case-now-a-court-will-hear-about-it-too/?tid=sm_tw_ga&utm_term=.760c5a4175c9

 

Six years, eight countries: A refugee couple’s harrowing search for safety

https://www.thenation.com/article/6-years-8-countries-an-eritrean-couples-harrowing-search-for-safety/

 

America is a home for the world's most talented. A travel ban risks losing them

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/11/iran-shahrzad-changalvaee-trump-travel-ban?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212863&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Alabama immigration: Crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/oct/14/alabama-immigration-law-workers?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Muslim nonprofit groups are rejecting federal funds because of Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/11/it-all-came-down-to-principle-muslim-nonprofit-groups-are-rejecting-federal-funds-because-of-trump/?utm_term=.49ffd1df201e

 

More teamwork, less rhetoric on immigration

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-more-teamwork-less-rhetoric-on-immigration/2312833

 

Peaceful protests are not a crime

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/opinion/sunday/peaceful-protests-are-not-a-crime.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170211&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

What I’ll do next

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/opinions/what-next/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/11/we-all-have-power-resist-donald-trump-big-small-ways?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212961&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Republican Congress members face tide of protest in home districts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/swarming-crowds-and-hostile-questions-are-the-new-normal-at-gop-town-halls/2017/02/10/376ddf7c-efcc-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.9166b6c818d3

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/12/republican-congress-members-face-tide-of-protest-in-home-districts?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212961&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/anti-trump-protesters-pack-perdue-isakson-event/492921704

 

Chaffetz says paid protesters are hounding him. Reporters can’t find a single one.

https://thinkprogress.org/chaffetz-paid-protesters-town-hall-9f97e1f16d62#.u2iuzaqqj

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/after-angry-demonstration-in-utah-chaffetz-returns-to-more-wrath-in-dc/2017/02/12/04a7d6d2-efaa-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.adc7095a85ce

 

As Obamacare faces repeal, its legacy is still up in the air

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/as-obamacare-faces-repeal-its-legacy-is-still-up-in-the-air/?ex_cid=story-twitter

 

Republicans, aiming to kill health law, also work to shore it up

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/us/politics/affordable-care-act-republicans-stability.html?emc=edit_th_20170213&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Reality sets in on health care reform

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-reality-sets-in-on-health-care-reform/2312834

 

Addiction treatment grew under health law. Now what?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/health/addiction-treatment-opiods-aca-obamacare.html?emc=edit_th_20170211&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump paints a picture of a dystopian America that doesn’t exist

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-paints-a-picture-of-a-dystopian-america-that-doesnt-exist/2017/02/11/a1f3daaa-efc6-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html?utm_term=.27bbd5bbd7d5

 

Trump says he'll keep you safe. It's a lie

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/10/crime-executive-order-trump-safe-lie?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212961&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

In the face of weighty problems, Trump focuses on squabbles

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/us/politics/donald-trump-mark-cuban-twitter.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170213&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump’s voracious appetite for cable news is troubling. But that’s not stopping him.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-voracious-appetite-for-cable-news-is-troubling-but-thats-not-stopping-him/2017/02/12/7629b30a-f132-11e6-8873-a962f11835fb_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-politics%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.b721a4d648d7

 

Americans aren't as attached to democracy as you might think

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/11/americans-arent-attached-democracy-rule-law?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212961&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Crime stats should inform the public. Trump is misusing them to scare us instead.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/10/crime-stats-should-inform-the-public-trump-is-misusing-them-to-scare-us-instead/?utm_term=.fb9005e75a14

 

Police chiefs say Trump’s law enforcement priorities are out of step

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/us/police-chiefs-trump-law-enforcement-priorities.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170213&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

“A sense of dread” for civil servants shaken by Trump transition

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/politics/a-sense-of-dread-for-civil-servants-shaken-by-trump-transition.html?emc=edit_th_20170212&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Protesters face off as U.S. abortion debate heats up

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-idUSKBN15Q0AS

 

How Trump’s Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade without overturning it

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-trumps-supreme-court-could-overturn-roe-v-wade-without-overturning-it/?ex_cid=story-twitter

 

Trump attacks on judiciary raise safety concerns for judges

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170211/trump-attacks-on-judiciary-raise-safety-concerns-for-judges

 

Gorsuch questionnaire reveals selection process details for Supreme Court nominee

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/gorsuch-trump-selection-process-supreme-court-nominee-234932

 

Gorsuch not easy to pigeonhole on gay rights, friends say

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/politics/gorsuch-gay-rights.html?emc=edit_th_20170212&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Schumer: Judge Gorsuch, we won’t be fooled again

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/opinion/sunday/charles-schumer-judge-gorsuch-we-wont-be-fooled-again.html?emc=edit_th_20170211&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Breyer plays down politics of court during Sarasota speech

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170211/supreme-court-justice-breyer-plays-down-politics-of-court-during-sarasota-speech

 

Trump undertakes most ambitious regulatory rollback since Reagan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-undertakes-most-ambitious-regulatory-rollback-since-reagan/2017/02/12/0337b1f0-efb4-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_dismantling-545pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.bb18c8fdd4cf

 

The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide -- and then walks in the other direction

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-fcc-talks-the-talk-on-the-digital-divide--and-then-walks-in-the-other-direction/2017/02/11/45a754f4-ef06-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html?utm_term=.facd08aeb1a2

 

An anti-consumer agenda at the FCC

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/opinion/an-anti-consumer-agenda-at-the-fcc.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170210&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

GOP plan to gut consumer protection bureau, roll back Wall Street regulations

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