Today's news -- February 17, 2017

 

 

 

Union leaders: We want better pay, not a new gimmick *

Leaders of local and state teachers unions tell the Herald/Times that they are eager for more details on the Florida Legislature's planned expansion of teacher incentives. But -- with lingering criticism of the 2-year-old "Best & Brightest" bonuses -- they aren't very optimistic that lawmakers will come up with a true solution to poor teacher compensation. "These guys don’t get it. Hiring teachers is not the problem. Retaining them is," said Mike Gandolfo, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. Karla Hernandez-Mats, president of United Teachers of Dade, called the proposed expanded incentives "a gimmick" by lawmakers "to avoid paying our teachers adequately." "Teachers don’t want bonus pay; they want real pay," she said, adding that permanent increases to the base student allocation -- which could help districts afford to pay teachers more -- "is really the only thing that’s going to help with our teacher shortage." Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, said in a statement: "The devil is in the details. We can’t give any indication of what we think of this proposal until we know about who qualifies and how teachers could access this money." McCall said Florida’s teachers’ salaries are $10,000 below the national average and need to be made more competitive with other states. "If this proposal works to alleviate this discrepancy, we could support it," McCall said. "If it's another scheme like 'Best & Brightest' that doesn’t address the core problems of paying teachers and education staff professionals adequate and competitive salaries, we’d have problems with it," McCall said. "We didn’t create the system but we do what is asked, and if a teacher meets the requirements of the complicated evaluation system they should be paid for it — not some — all."

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/02/florida-teachers-union-leaders-we-want-better-pay-for-all-not-a-new-legislative-gimmick.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article132981049.html

 

Teaching was my life. Then I quit. Here's why

For years, teaching was my life. Last year, I made the decision to leave the classroom earlier than planned because this was no longer true. Did I leave because of a low salary? No. The paycheck definitely isn't why one teaches.  Did I leave because of the numerous hours spent contacting parents, or the excessive paperwork of grading and reports? No. That is a teacher's responsibility.  Did I leave because of the teacher-evaluation system?  No. It's all subjective.  I could handle criticism when it was constructive. I left because the passion was gone, and it wasn't fun anymore. For years, I adjusted to every new program and complied with all the rules. However, four factors resulted in a broken system for me.

Common Core: Common Core was designed to create a more rigorous curriculum.  There are no longer average classes. The test scores result in some students being put into honor classes, and they can’t even read on the grade level. Too many students could not rise to the occasion due to the strenuous requirements. It is difficult to challenge the higher-level students in a class when others are so far behind. Teachers are required to make certain all students pass, resulting in watering down the curriculum for lower-level and special-need students. These modifications do need to be made. However, everyone takes the same state test. The curriculum left little time for learning for enjoyment. There was only “teach to the test,” and, honestly, it became boring and tedious. 

Creativity: Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  We assume that all students are headed to college and approach education in this manner.  What about students who have creative minds and need outlets to explore and discover? Allowing creativity in my classroom had become obsolete.  If the evidence wasn't there and you couldn't prove it, it was wrong. I used to tell my students to “think outside the box.” But I haven’t said that in two years.

Reading: I pushed this diligently on my students, personally purchasing more than 1,000 books that would hook them on reading. The reading privilege was a reward. Homework was to read 20 to 30 minutes each night, and take two to three reading quizzes each nine weeks for a percentage of their grade. So imagine my shock when I was told two years ago that "Orange County doesn't have time for students to read in class.” What is wrong with this picture? My state test scores plunged for the first time. I attribute much of that to failure to improve their reading skills. Data have proved that reading does make you smarter.  Why not let students read for the pleasure of reading?

Discipline: You know those YouTube videos you see about problems in the classroom? They are real.  I always prided myself on good classroom management. For the first time ever, students would tell me no and refused to abide by the rules. Nothing worked. I taught my students about unconditional love. Kids need to be held accountable for their actions. No human being deserves the verbal abuse that many teachers are experiencing, not just from students but also from parents. The truth is that teachers are powerless today. There are many wonderful, respectful students who are there to learn and outstanding parents who are supportive. This is the group that keeps teachers going. My teaching career was an amazing journey.  I know I made a difference in many lives, and I left feeling grateful. Yet I feel sad at the direction education is heading.  I have taught my entire career in Orange County, so I can address only those county leaders. Why can't they see what every teacher knows? It's not about the data; it's about the kids and what works best for them. School leaders are trying to put all students in the same "cookie" mold, and it isn't working. I always told my students that discipline is love. Administrators need the freedom to toughen consequences (including suspensions and expulsions) without worrying about repercussions because of the discipline records. Then teachers can be professionals and teach in a safe learning environment. As for the educational leaders in Tallahassee: Are they that clueless about what they are doing to our children? Yes, testing is important, but there has to be a better system. They are taking the joy out of teaching, and the thrill out of learning. It’s been two years since I heard those words that every teacher yearns for: "I got it.  Now I see." Those expressions are music to a teacher's ears. Please, wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late for this generation.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-veteran-teacher-tells-why-she-quit-20170215-story.html

 

Look at recess mandate for elementary schools through longer lens, lawmakers say

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/look-at-recess-mandate-for-florida-elementary-schools-through-longer-lens/2313455

 

Jefferson will become charter district, schools to consolidate

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/02/16/jefferson-become-charter-district-schools-consolidate/98012486/

http://news.wfsu.org/post/state-board-approves-jefferson-charter-takeover

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/troubled-florida-school-district-to-use-charter-schools-ap_floridacd783c95273843739e9568301e8a4496

 

North Carolina: Employee at voucher school charged with stealing $400,000

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/02/17/north-carolina-employee-at-voucher-school-charged-with-stealing-400000/

 

Disastrous consequences of school vouchers can be seen in Wisconsin

http://www.bradenton.com/opinion/national-opinions/article133054204.html

 

DeVos’ first public speech

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/02/16/mercedes-schneider-on-betsy-devos-first-public-speech/

 

College presidents oppose Senate funding proposal

Florida college presidents say they are opposed to a new performance-based funding measure that will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee next week. James Henningsen, president of the College of Central Florida, told the State Board of Education on Thursday that the colleges want to stay with the performance standards that the board adopted in 2015. "As the Council of Presidents, we're in support of keeping that same model," Henningsen told the board, which met in Gainesville. "We've put a lot of effort (into the performance standards) over the last two years." The new standards contained in the Senate proposal would evaluate performance based on the number of full-time state college students who complete their associate degrees in two years and baccalaureate degrees in four years. Under the current system, the 28 schools are measured based on a three-year standard for associate degrees and a six-year standard for baccalaureate degrees. The tighter graduation standards, if they become law, could mean some schools fall short and lose performance funding. Henningsen said the college presidents want to retain the current standards for all colleges, while agreeing that higher standards could be applied to schools seeking to win a "distinguished" institution designation. The Senate bill with the new performance standards is one of two major higher-education bills scheduled for a vote next Thursday in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The legislation also contains a higher performance standard for state universities, holding them to a four-year graduation measure rather the than the current six. The legislation would also require state universities to put in place a block tuition plan, in which students would be charged a flat rate for classes each semester rather than paying on the current credit-hour basis, by the fall of 2018.

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170216/college-presidents-oppose-senate-funding-proposal

 

Grady not among four finalists for FGCU president

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/grady-not-among-four-finalists-for-fgcu-president-109694

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2017/02/16/fgcu-closely-watching-presidential-search-committee/97983152/

 

DeVos softens stance on protesters at higher ed event

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/02/16/devos-softens-stance-on-protesters-at-higher-ed-event/?utm_term=.796640f1c439

 

Critics say bill would “obliterate” Sunshine Law

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/2017/02/16/critics-say-bill-would-obliterate-sunshine-law/97998124/

 

Spat over “Sexy Beaches” morphs into Republican feud

https://apnews.com/ed69b22e7ce4430daa150d251a67b38a/Spat-over-

 

Gonna meet for a rumble on those “Sexy Beaches”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fred-grimm/article133262519.html

 

House attacks “handouts” championed by Scott

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170216/florida-house-attacks-handouts-championed-by-gov-rick-scott

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/232247-florida-house-slams-video

 

Scott blasts fellow Republicans as job-killers in robocalls

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/gov-scott-blasts-fellow-republicans-as-job-killers-in-robocalls-109703

 

Senate keeps D.C. law firm hired to fight redistricting -- to fight the House

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/02/senate-keeps-dc-law-firm-hired-to-fight-redistricting-to-fight-the-florida-house.html

 

House Democrats call out Republicans' closed-door meeting

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/house-democrats-call-out-republicans-closed-door-meeting/2313500

 

Florida ranks as one of least affordable housing markets

http://realtime.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2017/02/16/cheap-no-more-florida-ranks-as-one-of-least-affordable-housing-markets-in-realtors-new-measure/

 

Voters should prepare for long list of amendments in 2018

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/florida-politics-blog/fl-reg-constitution-review-commission-20170214-story.html

 

Supreme Court upholds order blocking 24-hour abortion waiting period

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/supreme-court-upholds-order-blocking-24-hour-abortion-waiting-period/2313459

 

Court: State law banning doctors from asking patients about guns unconstitutional

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-most-of-docs-v-glocks-109699

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/article133228524.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/florida-doctors-discuss-guns-with-patients-court.html?emc=edit_th_20170217&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Supreme Court rejects evidence standard supported by Scott, lawmakers

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/232254-supreme-court-rejects-daubert

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170216/justices-go-against-legislature-on-expert-witnesses

 

Bill to fix vote-by-mail rules clears first committee

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/232277-bill-fix-vote-mail-rules-clears-first-committee

 

In 77 chaotic minutes, Trump defends “fine-tuned machine”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/donald-trump-media.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-press-conference-top-moments-235110

 

“I inherited a mess,” Trump says, defending his performance

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/trump-news-conference.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2017/02/16/3c39adec-f48b-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.ba21a0d9f77c

 

Trump’s combative, grievance-filled news conference, annotated

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/16/donald-trumps-grievance-filled-press-conference-annotated/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.3edc175e71d8

 

Flynn denied to FBI discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/flynn-in-fbi-interview-denied-discussing-sanctions-with-russian-ambassador/2017/02/16/e3e1e16a-f3d5-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-main_flynn-5pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.8125290107ba

 

Flynn is gone, but a mystery remains

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/2017/02/16/c109bd4a-f491-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.5ea52796f930

 

House Intelligence Committee open to probing Flynn

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-intelligence-committee-open-to-probing-michael-flynn/2017/02/16/b3d9ea0a-f496-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.3fd5bdec06d4

 

The Flynn situation just went from bad to worse for Flynn -- and the White House

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/16/the-michael-flynn-situation-just-went-from-bad-to-worse-for-flynn-and-the-white-house/?utm_term=.d2461bb2f27d

 

Trump’s pick to replace Flynn turns down the job

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/robert-harward-national-security-adviser.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/robert-harward-national-security-adviser-trump-balks-235120

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/16/robert-harward-turns-down-national-security-adviser-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=213803&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

More Democrats call on Sessions to withdraw from Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/17/more-democrats-call-on-sessions-to-withdraw-from-russia-probe/?utm_term=.df68ee986b50

 

Trump directs Justice Department to investigate “criminal leaks”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/justice-department-leak-investigation-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=10&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/02/16/trump-just-escalated-his-war-with-the-intelligence-community-bigly/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.9716f43b4ce7

 

Trump downplays possibility of a New York billionaire reviewing U.S. spy agencies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/16/trump-looking-at-new-york-billionaire-to-lead-review-of-u-s-spy-agencies/?utm_term=.7e5fd9234ae7

 

Trump commerce pick Ross faces new Russia questions

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article133218854.html

 

Trump: Putin put off by administration controversies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/2017/02/16/3f5268b0-f487-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.feac34ecd1bf

 

Trump calls media “dishonest,” then utters falsehoods of his own

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/trump-fact-check.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/16/donald-trump-delivers-a-series-of-raw-and-wild-attacks-on-the-media-in-a-press-conference-for-the-ages/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.6710f1d78fa4

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/16/donald-trump-press-conference-media-criticism-not-funny?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=213803&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.poynter.org/2017/president-trumps-anti-media-meltdown/449232/?utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3dfe7c573a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-3dfe7c573a-196862717

 

Trump’s dangerous strategy to undermine reality

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-dangerous-attempts-to-undermine-reality/2017/02/16/f5d9b826-f3ca-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html?utm_term=.75feca6dc6a6

 

For a troubled president, the media is a satisfying target

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/opinion/for-a-troubled-president-the-media-is-a-satisfying-target.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170217&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Fact-checking Trump's news conference

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/politifact-fact-checking-donald-trumps-press-conference/2313545?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/feb/16/donald-trump/news-media-less-trusted-congress/

 

In an erratic performance, Trump shows his supporters who’s boss

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2017/02/16/a8ba8a48-f474-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.367a330a8d18

 

Trump loyalists stand by their man -- but the resistance is taking root

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/17/donald-trump-supporters-pennsylvania-loyalists-resistance?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=213803&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Pope appears to back anti-Trump protests in letter condemning populism

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/17/pope-francis-donald-trump-letter-condemning-populism?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=213803&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump will use every weapon to stamp out the grassroots resistance

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/17/trump-weapon-stamp-out-grassroots-resistance-executive-order?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=213803&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Bring on the special prosecutor

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/opinion/bring-on-the-special-prosecutor.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170217&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump will issue new travel order instead of fighting case in court

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/travel-ban-muslim-ninth-circuit.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=11&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-says-hell-issue-a-new-executive-order-on-immigration-by-next-week/2017/02/16/4b65e7d6-f463-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.a2722a0a2ec1

 

White House considers mobilizing 100,000 troops to round up immigrants

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/white-house-considers-mobilizing-troops-immigrants?utm_content=bufferfdcff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Federal immigration raids net many without criminal records, sowing fear

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/federal-immigration-raids-net-many-without-criminal-records-sowing-fear/2017/02/16/a37e5e76-f486-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.086d526023d2

 

On a “day without immigrants,” workers show their presence by staying home

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/nyregion/day-without-immigrants-boycott-trump-policy.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=13&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/17/day-without-immigrants-states/98003072/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/17/day-without-immigrants-protest-restaurants-economy-trump?CMP=edit_2221

http://www.myajc.com/news/national-govt--politics/day-without-immigrants-brings-parts-atlanta-area-halt/IZ3jWQm1QspAyMpfan6gHN/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0ODcyNzg4MDEsImV4cCI6MTQ4NzM5Mzk5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teWFqYy5jb20iLCJleHAiOjE0ODczOTM5OTksImF1dGhlbiI6ImJ5cGFzcyJ9XX0.IlLDYdRzgoN5Aq6JVdi879CWNPi7Jkefk-vxH92n6Q4&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

 

Hundreds of Palm Beach students absent in “day without immigrants” strike

http://extracredit.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/16/thousands-of-pbc-students-absent-as-day-without-immigrants-sweeps-nation/

 

Volusia students and fern pickers stay home as part of protests

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170216/volusia-students-and-fern-pickers-stay-home-as-part-of-day-without-immigrants-protests

 

Trump says he will treat Dreamers “with heart”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-press-conference-dreamers-heart-235103

 

Trump looms over “sanctuary” showdown in Miami-Dade

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article133249159.html

https://apnews.com/70453a6d939c4a4da96002c6d8c00183/Immigrant-rich-Miami-Dade-split-over-sanctuary-city-order

 

Activists call on St. Petersburg City Council to ask county to grant sanctuary status

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybuzz/activists-call-on-st-pete-city-council-to-ask-county-to-grant-sanctuary/2313161

 

House panel votes to withdraw Florida from refugee program

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-refugee-program-house-bill-20170216-story.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article133092899.html

 

Federal officials may have altered documents to detain DACA recipient https://thinkprogress.org/daniel-ramirez-medina-lawyers-accuse-govt-alter-documents-8cfb3d522216#.fyfpo780r

 

Several Hispanic Democrats denied entry to meeting with ICE

http://thehill.com/latino/319952-hispanic-dems-barred-from-meeting-with-ice#.WKb4QlRW5As.twitter

 

House GOP leaders outline plan to replace Obama health care act

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/affordable-care-act-congress.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-gop-discusses-obamacare-replacement-ideas--but-doesnt-call-them-a-plan/2017/02/16/340aa49e-f442-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html?utm_term=.d514e8923a4c

 

Republican health proposal would redirect money from poor to rich

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/upshot/republican-health-proposal-would-redirect-money-from-poor-to-rich.html?emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Reality sets in on health care reform

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

 

Medicaid exposes rifts within the GOP over the program’s future after the ACA https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2017/02/16/4d2b2ade-f45b-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.19ba36687768

 

House vote paves the way for states to defund Planned Parenthood

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/16/planned-parenthood-defund-house-republicans-vote-approved?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=213803&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/house-just-voted-allow-states-pull-contraception-funding-planned-parenthood

 

A big week for health care

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/opinion/a-big-week-for-health-care.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170217&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/health/congress-recess-protest-planned-parenthood-obamacare.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170217&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

New study confirms that voter ID laws are racist

https://thinkprogress.org/new-study-confirms-that-voter-id-laws-are-very-racist-c338792c3f04#.x2xpipvz5

 

Ryan struggles to sell tax reform plan to fellow Republicans

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/paul-ryan-tax-reform-republicans-235117

 

GOP’s grand visions for Congress now look like a mirage

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/congress-republicans-health-care-infrastructure-taxes.html?emc=edit_th_20170217&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Don’t look now but Congress is getting more popular

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/16/dont-look-now-but-congress-is-getting-more-popular/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.be7bacecf398

 

Can the courts protect democracy? Yes, but they need these supports.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/02/17/can-the-courts-protect-democracy-yes-but-they-need-these-three-supports/?utm_term=.e9885fb4a8c2

 

Hearing for Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee, is set for March

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/neil-gorsuch-supreme-court-senate-hearing.html?emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2017/0216/Supreme-Court-nominee-Neil-Gorsuch-and-the-rise-of-originalism

 

A power that lets police take property for themselves -- even when there’s no crime https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/civil-asset-forfeiture-doesnt-belong-in-the-law-enforcement-arsenal/2017/02/16/73d845f0-f22f-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.cea1bb56fcda

 

Unions are losing their decades-long “right-to-work” fight

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-16/unions-are-losing-their-decades-long-right-to-work-fight

 

Trump’s inroads in union ranks have labor leaders scrambling

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/business/economy/trump-labor-unions.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170217&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

House Republicans launch latest hit on federal unions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/17/house-republicans-launch-latest-hit-on-federal-unions/?utm_term=.5ad8624a0dde

 

Right to work fails in New Hampshire House

http://www.concordmonitor.com/Right-to-work-updates-on-house-vote-day-8137054

 

How close to Trump is too close for Boeing?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-17/for-boeing-chief-how-cozy-is-too-cozy-in-access-to-trump?utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3dfe7c573a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-3dfe7c573a-196862717

 

FIU law school dean is Trump’s new pick for Labor

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-to-announce-alexander-acosta-as-labor-secretary-nominee-235089

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article133102649.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/alexander-acosta-labor-secretary-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Who is Alex Acosta?

https://thinkprogress.org/who-is-alex-acosta-832e836050b8#.qb485zdg0

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/16/alexander-acosta-trump-pick-labor-secretary-profile?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2017/02/16/211a46c8-f47e-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.1d7fdd6f1fbf

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/alexander-acosta-trump-jeffrey-epstein-plea-235096

http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/trumps-new-labor-secretary-pick-protected-convicted-pedophile-billionaire-jeffrey-epstein-from-prosecution/

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/16/trumps-new-labor-pick-alex-acosta-prosecuted-3-palm-beach-county-commissioners/

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/labor-secretary-acosta-trump-hiring-scandal

 

Democrats call for vote delay after court orders release of EPA nominee's emails

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/scott-pruitt-judge-emails-fossil-fuel?utm_content=bufferdd9eb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

EPA workers try to block Pruitt in show of defiance

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/scott-pruitt-environmental-protection-agency.html?emc=edit_cn_20170217&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Nelson announces opposition to Trump’s EPA pick

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/16/nelson-announces-opposition-to-trumps-epa-pick/

 

Trump’s pick for budget director is confirmed

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/mick-mulvaney-omb-confirmed.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

A HUD official once criticized Trump. Now he’s an ex-official.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/shermichael-singleton-housing-urban-development.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170216&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

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