Today's news -- February 27, 2017

 

 

 

Charters vs. traditional: Debate resumes over capital aid *

Once again, Florida lawmakers will try to force school districts to share part of their local tax dollars with charter schools so that those privately managed schools can enjoy the same access to funding for maintenance and construction projects as traditional public schools. The Legislature tried to enact such a mandate in 2015 and came close to doing it last year, too — until the House rejected a Senate plan to prevent charter-school operators from profiting off the taxpayer funding they receive. One year later, the debate resumes. The Senate is taking the lead this time by not only reviving its proposal to ban “personal financial enrichment” of charter school operators as a condition of getting public dollars for capital projects, but by pairing it with another controversial idea. One Senate Republican leader, with some Democratic support, wants to let school boards raise taxes to generate more capital funding for their local schools’ needs. But that plan has already hit a roadblock — House Republicans and some senators who are wary of being labeled as having supported a “tax increase.” “There’s fundamental principles that got us here as Republicans, and you have to always be mindful of what those tenets are,” said House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes. “Raising taxes is just one of those things that, I think, in the end hurts more than it helps.” The pair of bills by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs and pre-K-12 education budget chairman, got off to a mixed start last week. Members of the Senate Education Committee advanced Simmons’ bill (SB 376) to require districts to share their local tax revenue with charter schools, but he was forced to delay his companion proposal (SB 604), which would raise the local tax-rate cap. Simmons said he wants to amend it and make it more palatable to his reluctant colleagues. School boards have sought for years to get the Legislature to raise the cap on how much districts can collect in additional local revenue for school capital projects. Lawmakers first allowed the extra tax in 1980, when the rate was capped at $2 per $1,000 in taxable property value. During the economic recession in 2008 and 2009 -- when property values plummeted around the state -- the Legislature gradually reduced that cap to the current rate of $1.50 per $1,000 in taxable property value. Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point, is now leading the push to restore the cap to its original level. He says Simmons’ initial proposal this year of raising the rate to $1.70 per $1,000 in taxable property value isn’t sufficient to meet districts’ growing -- and backlogged -- capital needs. “Over the course of time, districts have lost billions of dollars in capital outlay revenue” since the Legislature reduced the cap, Farmer said. “Schools are forced to borrow money and carry tremendous debt service to simply maintain our schools, fix roofs and other capital outlays that are necessary.” But no politician wants to be accused of raising taxes, so Farmer and his allies have prepared their defense: “I don’t view this as a tax increase,” Farmer said. “I view it as returning to a level that we had supported and enacted as a state and as a legislative body in recognition of the capital needs of our schools.” Simmons phrased it another way, emphasizing that it would be local school board members — not the Legislature — who would actually make the decision to raise local taxes. “This does not require — and this is not — a tax increase. It simply authorizes local control over a local issue,” he said. Potentially requiring school districts to share their coveted tax revenue presents a different bitter battle.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article134793049.html

 

Help me fight for public education *

When millions of Americans stood up in opposition to a person who will lead our nation’s education system — citing lack of experience and that person’s long-standing efforts to dismantle public education — we spoke with one voice. We fought for public education and stood for for our children and our communities. Yet 50 senators voted in a way that made so many people believe that no one was listening. Don’t feel helpless. The fight for our children and the future of education does not reside in Washington. It resides with the educators, school administrators, parents, students, local leaders and our communities that together, serve as advocates, champions and protectors of education in this country. As someone who lives, breathes and is a product of public education, here’s how I think we continue to fight for education.  I am a parent of three children enrolled in public schools, and I am an alumnus of the same public school system my children attend. I am an alumnus of a large public university where I am a faculty member and administrator. I work with hard-working faculty that prepare some of the most talented and diverse educators in the United States.  Unfortunately, what we’re seeing at the federal level today is the culmination of an “education reform” movement that has moved money out of public education and demonized teachers. Across the state and throughout Central Florida, college students are pursuing education degrees at significantly lower rates. And despite evidence that the reform movement is failing students and teachers, Florida’s charter system has been identified as a model for federal policy. Yet, I am inspired and empowered by my fellow educators, parents and citizens who have chosen to fight for a basic tenet of education. Education is a right, not a privilege. Over the last few weeks, citizens across the country have advocated and acted together to support brilliant and conscientious students – ones who succeed despite circumstances that would typically deem them ineligible. They called legislators — when the lines weren’t busy — to remind them that the education of all students, including those with disabilities, is law. They wrote to remind their legislators that we expect them to support laws designed to keep students on college campuses safe from sexual assault. Now, they’re standing up for LGBTQ students’ rights in schools.  In Orlando, schools staged protests, teachers wore black, and parents traveled with them to the state capital to speak for education. Central Florida, home to the 11th-largest school district in the nation and one of the largest universities in the country, is positioned to serve as a model for the state and beyond.  So what now? How do we — educators, parents, citizens, and students — ensure public education remains a pillar of our democracy?  I ask that everyone keep up the commitment to listen and pay attention to what’s being reported in education, not just at the federal level, but locally and especially at the state. Know your Central Florida legislators and those who represent you at the state and federal levels. Demand that they listen to the constituents who have come out to support public education. Call, write, and protest if you see educational rights dismantled. Visit local schools in the greater Orlando community — and not just the ones your kids attend. Listen to the voices of school principals, teachers, families, and community leaders. Listen to the voices of students! Support their efforts and ensure they are protected from those who aim to profit from education.  Students, stand up! Legislators think you are asleep at your latest electronic device. You don’t vote, they say. Show them you care and tell them what you expect from them. Even if you’re still too young to vote — speak your mind. Your voice matters. Educators, join your unions. Fight for what you believe in. Let your voice and expertise drive what we know is best for our communities. We have allowed various stakeholders to make decisions that fail to support what you work to achieve every day. You have a movement behind you. Capitalize on the groundswell of support. Change must come and it must come from you. We are with you.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-join-fight-to-support-public-schools-02242017-story.html

 

Florida teacher evaluations: Most everyone good or very good

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-teacher-evaluations-florida-central-florida-20170224-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Hidden inside “fewer, better tests” is plenty of baloney

http://accountabaloney.com/index.php/2017/02/17/hidden-inside-fewer-better-tests-are-cold-showers-and-other-baloney/

 

State Department of Education looks at tougher passing scores for alternate tests

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-department-of-education-looks-at-tougher-passing-scores-for/2313985

 

Impact of proposal to abolish U.S. Department of Education (Donna Harper quoted, FEA mentioned)
http://weartv.com/news/local/impact-of-proposal-to-abolish-us-dept-of-education

 

The price of mentoring? Why this Boca Raton teacher is being fired (Kathi Gundlach quoted)
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/the-price-mentoring-why-this-boca-raton-teacher-being-fired/58gub5N3amG5M2csGeBtcM/

 

Public school employees deserve whistleblower protections, lawmakers suggest

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-public-school-employees-deserve-whistleblower-protections/2314416

 

DeVos and Republicans plan to cut free and reduced lunch programs

http://affinitymagazine.us/2017/02/24/betsy-devos-and-republicans-plan-to-cut-free-and-reduced-lunch-programs/

 

DeVos drew the wrong lesson from the failure of Obama and Duncan

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/02/26/peter-greene-betsy-drew-the-wrong-lesson-from-the-failure-of-obama-and-duncan/

 

DeVos' "biblical worldview" teen politics camp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlGP6GDz8BI

 

Voucher students get dismal results

http://lwveducation.com/voucher-students-get-dismal-results/

 

Milwaukee: the failed promise of vouchers

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/02/26/milwaukee-the-failed-promise-of-vouchers/

 

Ohio governor is trying to impose this misguided mandate on teachers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/02/21/ohio-gov-kasich-is-trying-to-impose-this-misguided-mandate-on-teachers/?utm_term=.c0a52818520b&wpisrc=nl_answer&wpmm=1

 

Louisiana charter school board member resigned after $120,000 deal with school

http://thelensnola.org/2017/02/23/company-owned-by-former-charter-school-board-member-collected-120000-in-deal-with-school/

 

Oscar nominees: FSU film school is nation’s “hidden secret”

http://saintpetersblog.com/oscar-nominees-fsu-film-school-nations-hidden-secret/

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article135179914.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/article135175334.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article134905139.html

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/entertainment/2017/02/26/moonlight-wins-first-oscar-best-supporting-actor/98460388/

 

Higher education reform could cost UCF millions

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-higher-education-bills-ucf-20170224-story.html

 

Historically black colleges face challenges, but seeing more interest amid tensions

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article134927419.html

 

Legislating free speech? Toughen up, buttercup

http://saintpetersblog.com/legislating-free-speech-toughen-buttercup/

 

Corcoran and Negron see cities and counties' role differently

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/02/richard-corcoran-and-joe-negron-see-cities-and-counties-role-differently.html

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/232757-richard-corcoran-says-philosophy-facts-drive-efi-visit-florida-axe

 

Legislature acts like Big Brother

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20170224/editorial-florida-legislature-acts-like-big-brother

 

Do more to help working Floridians escape financial peril

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-floridians-on-edge-alice-20170224-story.html

 

Legislators want Congress to "dismantle" judicial branch of government

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-legislators-want-congress-to-dismantle-judicial-branch-of-government-9155794

 

The state of Florida's shrinking and revolving-door work force

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/the-state-of-floridas-shrinking-work-force-under-gov-rick-scott/2314367

 

What could Florida lawmakers do to keep kids from being shot?

http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/in-harms-way-what-could-florida-lawmakers-do-to-keep-kids-from-being-shot/2314270

 

Trayvon Martin: Five years after his death, struggle for civil rights continues

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman/os-trayvon-martin-five-years-later-20170216-htmlstory.html

 

Private prison deprived inmates of heat and hot water, lawmaker finds

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article134892534.html

 

Miami-Dade’s rents are so high, they are quadruple what renters in other cities pay

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article134613569.html

 

Grand jury calls Florida agency inept and ill-suited to probe condo complaints

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/grand-jury-calls-florida-agency-inept-and-ill-suited-to-probe-condo/2314315?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Flores wants to replace one tax cut with another

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Senate%20seeks%20to%20cut%20communicatiosn%20tax%20end%20insurer%20tax%20credit

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/232788-anitere-flores-tax-cut

 

New state parks director resigns

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/02/24/new-state-parks-director-resigns/98370576/

 

Congress takes up states’ water wars dispute

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/122125/

 

In Florida, solemn shadows of the early Underground Railroad

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/travel/florida-panhandle-st-augustine-underground-railroad-slavery.html?_r=0

 

Black news channel to launch in 2018, organizers say

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/02/25/black-news-channel-launch-2018-organizers-say/98408898/

 

Palm Beach aims to weigh benefits of Trump visits against costs

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local-govt--politics/palm-beach-county-aims-weigh-benefits-trump-visits-against-costs/2HihXln9kovEd572Rc5dmJ/

 

Scott elected vice chairman of Republican Governors Association

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-rick-scott-republican-governors-20170224-story.html

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/its-official-rick-scott-selected-as-vice-chair-of-rga-109884

 

Rubio on skipping town halls: Activists will “heckle and scream at me”

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/marco-rubio-town-halls-109889

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/rubio-defends-town-hall-stance-says-people-on-both-sides-get-rude-and/2314377

 

Protesters: Dunn blew red light to avoid us

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/02/25/protesters-congressman-blew-red-light-avoid-us/98402450/

 

Congressman who wants to kill the EPA gets blasted at his town hall

https://thinkprogress.org/rep-who-wants-to-kill-epa-gets-blasted-79e95fe6cfa0#.ss877puix

 

Administration puts out blueprint for Trump’s immigration crackdown

http://www.vox.com/2017/2/21/14659652/memos-deportation-detention-asylum

 

Immigration agents discover new freedom to deport under Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/us/ice-immigrant-deportations-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170225&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Department of Homeland Security officially spreading lies about immigrant crime

https://thinkprogress.org/homeland-security-immigrant-crime-c6419040a020#.26t3c6k74

 

No evidence of terrorist threat from travel ban countries, says DHS draft report

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0225/No-evidence-of-terrorist-threat-from-travel-ban-countries-says-DHS-draft-report

 

White House plan to hire more border agents raises vetting fear, ex-official says

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/trump-plan-border-agents-vetting-james-tomsheck?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215103&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump administration seeks to loosen hiring requirements to beef up Border Patrol

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/25/trump-administration-seeks-to-loosen-hiring-requirements-to-beef-up-border-patrol/

 

The new immigration order: A disaster in the making

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-new-immigration-order-a-disaster-in-the-making/2017/02/26/ed7bd1d4-fab7-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.47b3ea24b026&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

The immigration facts Trump doesn’t want you to know

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/opinion/the-immigration-facts-donald-trump-doesnt-want-you-to-know.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170225&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump immigration policies pose conflict for police in “sanctuary cities”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/sanctuary-city-trump-immigration-detainers.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170224&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Muslim refugees were admitted at a lower rate during Trump’s refugee ban

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/26/us/trump-refugees-muslim.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170227&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Legal groups planning for Trump’s next attack on immigrants and refugees

https://www.thenation.com/article/legal-groups-are-already-planning-for-trumps-next-attack-on-immigrants-and-refugees/

 

Trump needs to stop terrifying immigrant families and consider the real cost

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0226-lopez-archbishop-immigration-20170224-story.html

 

After travel ban, interest in trips to U.S. declines

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/travel/after-travel-ban-declining-interest-trips-to-united-states.html?smid=tw-share&referer=https://t.co/rMCi6Gw6ZJ

 

Buffett: “Talented and ambitious immigrants” make the U.S. economy great

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/25/warren-buffett-praises-talented-and-ambitious-immigrants-in-shareholder-letter/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.7af54afc29d6

http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/25/investing/warren-buffett-berkshire-hathaway-annual-letter/index.html?sr=twpol022617warren-buffett-berkshire-hathaway-annual-letter/index.html0635AMStoryLink&linkId=34893811

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/02/buffett-gates/517833/?utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=96353ba972-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-96353ba972-196862717

 

They may not be documented. But they do pay taxes.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article134797534.html

 

Hate crime is feared as two Indian engineers are shot in Kansas

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/world/asia/kansas-attack-possible-hate-crime-srinivas-kuchibhotla.html?emc=edit_th_20170225&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/25/kansas-shooting-injured-man-suspect-visas?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=214995&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

After Kansas shootings, Indians are wary of coming to U.S.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/world/asia/after-shootings-indians-are-wary-of-move-to-us-in-age-of-trump.html?emc=edit_th_20170227&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Worshippers relocate after arson fire damages Thonotosassa mosque

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/fire/overnight-fire-at-thonotosassa-mosque-under-investigation/2314359

 

Dozens of headstones damaged and overturned at Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia

https://thinkprogress.org/jewish-cemetery-philadelphia-vandalized-744655f95690#.gp2jus1ca

 

Wasserman Schultz calls attention to anti-Semitic incidents

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/wasserman-schultz-calls-attention-to-anti-semitic-incidents-in-s-florida-nationwide-109892

 

After Trump’s immigration order, anxiety grows in Florida’s farm fields

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-trumps-immigration-order-anxiety-grows-in-floridas-vegetable-fields/2017/02/25/1539c4be-f915-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.c48f3c9b85cd&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

http://modernfarmer.com/2017/02/migrant-farm-workers-the-high-cost-of-cheap-labor/

 

Here’s why it’s so difficult to be a Syrian refugee in South Florida

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article134872254.html

 

South Florida immigrants fearing deportation under new crackdown

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-sb-miramar-immigrant-fears20170223-story.html

 

Miami immigration lawyers: Possible visa changes could devastate economy

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article135111869.html

 

Deported with a valid U.S. visa, Jordanian says message is “you're not welcome”

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/02/24/517023337/deported-with-a-valid-u-s-visa-jordanian-says-message-is-youre-not-welcome?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170225

 

Border agents ask Muhammad Ali's son: “Are you a Muslim?”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/02/25/muhammad-alis-son-reportedly-detained-at-airport-asked-twice-about-his-religion/?utm_term=.c7ae96499b78&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/25/muhammad-ali-son-detained-questioned-us-border-control?CMP=edit_2221

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/24/muhammad-ali-jr-detained-immigration-officials-fla-airport/98379082/

 

U.S. detains and nearly deports French Holocaust historian

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/26/u-s-detains-and-nearly-deports-french-jewish-historian/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.13a1bafaeddc

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/us/french-historian-detained-immigration-henry-rousso.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170227&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

What it’s like to have your parents deported

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/opinion/what-its-like-to-have-your-parents-deported.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170227&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Take stand against religion-based hate and anti-Semitic threats

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/another-voice-take-stand-against-religion-based-hate-and-anti-semitic/2314415

 

Advocates warn “dreamers” to lie low as Trump ramps up deportation plans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/advocates-warn-dreamers-to-lie-low-as-trump-ramps-up-deportation-plans/2017/02/26/4483abaa-f1fd-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html?utm_term=.3ab2d76b934d&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s soft spot for “dreamers” alienates immigration hard-liners

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/us/politics/daca-dreamers-immigration-trump.html?emc=edit_th_20170227&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Courts can be undermined in these three ways. This is how to protect them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/02/27/courts-can-be-undermined-in-these-3-ways-this-is-how-to-protect-them/?utm_term=.22d593d58d80&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Mexico tells U.S. it will refuse deportees from other countries

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/24/mexico-refuses-us-immigrant-deportations-third-countries?CMP=edit_2221

 

Trump’s taunts are stirring a level of nationalism Mexico hasn’t seen in years

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/trumps-tauntsare-stirring-a-level-of-nationalism-mexico-hasnt-seen-in-years/2017/02/24/ed22fa4a-ee15-11e6-a100-fdaaf400369a_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b03addf39264

 

Two polls show highest support of Affordable Care Act since 2010

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/two-polls-support-affordable-care-act?utm_content=buffer9e796&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Activist muscle gives Obamacare a lift

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/activist-muscle-gives-obamacare-a-lift/2017/02/25/d97efaca-facc-11e6-9845-576c69081518_story.html?utm_term=.dd5cd95681ff&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Leaked GOP Obamacare replacement shrinks subsidies, Medicaid expansion

http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/02/house-republicans-circulating-details-on-obamacare-repeal-package-109863

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/02/24/the-gops-obamacare-replacement-comes-into-view/?utm_term=.6cba09f3bc73&wpisrc=nl_opinionsA&wpmm=1

http://www.vox.com/2017/2/25/14739280/obamacare-nga-report

 

Study: ACA enrollees’ costs would spike under Republican plans

http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/2/24/14722152/obamacare-aca-health-care-costs-premiums-costs-increase

 

The adults a Medicaid work requirement would leave behind

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/health/medicaid-work-requirement.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

A divided White House still offers little guidance on replacing Obamacare

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-divided-white-house-still-offers-little-guidance-on-replacing-obamacare/2017/02/26/3981bb8c-fb8c-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.47c26ec9a6e9

 

Fort Pierce woman “saved” by Obamacare being brought to Trump address

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/s-fla-lawmaker-to-bring-ft-pierce-woman-saved-by-obamacare-to-trumps-tuesday-night-speech-before-congress-109894

 

My night in town hall hell

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/opinion/my-night-in-town-hall-hell.html?emc=edit_th_20170225&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Demings vows to defend Affordable Care Act at town hall

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-val-demings-aca-townhall-20170222-story.html

 

Mast faces fire in marathon town hall from constituents angry at Trump

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/video-mast-faces-fire-marathon-town-hall-from-constituents-angry-trump/4J15tUy2ZTtFad5AR19J9M/

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/23/brian-mast-has-first-town-hall-other-republicans-face-angry-crowds/98295140/

 

After town halls, Bilirakis says much of Obamacare still needs to go

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/after-town-halls-rep-bilirakis-says-much-of-obamacare-still-needs-to-go/2314519

 

Francis Rooney absent, protesters rally for Obamacare

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2017/02/25/rooney-absent-protesters-rally-obamacare-collier/98301300/

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/02/25/lee-protesters-picket-over-health-care-trump-policies/98410288/

 

King: “Screaming” town hall protesters “diminish democracy”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/peter-king-town-hall-protesters-diminish-democracy?utm_content=buffer37adc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Christie tells GOP lawmakers to hold town halls: “You asked for the job. Go do it.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/26/chris-christie-tells-gop-lawmakers-to-hold-town-halls-you-asked-for-the-job-go-do-it/?utm_term=.b38c5875cda3&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

How the humble town hall became a battle arena for the Trump resistance

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/town-hall-protest-resistance-recess-donald-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215103&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Republicans take freedom away -- in the name of freedom

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-odd-definition-of-freedom/2017/02/24/8d1d67ec-fa0f-11e6-9845-576c69081518_story.html?utm_term=.95bcc940db8f&wpisrc=nl_opinionsA&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s preposterous rationale for revoking transgender bathroom rights

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-preposterous-rationale-for-revoking-transgender-bathroom-rights/2017/02/24/209a507a-fad3-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.879537754f1a&wpisrc=nl_opinionsA&wpmm=1

 

Parents of transgender children request meeting with Trump, DeVos, Sessions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/02/25/parents-of-transgender-children-request-meeting-with-trump-devos-sessions/?utm_term=.b526046ae204&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/24/my-7-year-old-daughter-henry-is-transgender-shed-change-trumps-mind/?utm_term=.75d515ac5779&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

LCS, FSU keep transgender protections after Trump administration reversal

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/02/24/lcs-fsu-keep-transgender-protections-after-trump-administration-reversal/98361206/

 

First Pride Fort Lauderdale of the Trump era: “Many of us are scared”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-reg-lauderdale-pride-festival-20170226-story.html

 

Republicans claim their tax cuts will mostly help the middle class. It’s a lie.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/02/24/republicans-claim-their-tax-cuts-will-mostly-help-the-middle-class-its-a-lie/?utm_term=.3aaed7309b06&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Did someone say “tax code rewrite”? Lobbyists scramble.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/tax-code-congress.html?emc=edit_th_20170225&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Is Trump already messing with government data?

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trumpbeat-is-trump-already-messing-with-government-data/?ex_cid=story-twitter

 

Trump is upset the media is not reporting a meaningless statistic about debt

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/25/trump-is-upset-the-media-is-not-reporting-a-meaningless-statistic-about-the-national-debt/?utm_term=.50df77de5ec6&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

 

Trump sought intelligence officials, lawmakers to counter Russia stories

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-sought-to-enlist-intelligence-officials-key-lawmakers-to-counter-russia-stories/2017/02/24/c8487552-fa99-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.03ae23469646&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Trump intensifies his attacks on journalists and condemns FBI “leakers”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/white-house-sean-spicer-briefing.html?emc=edit_th_20170225&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832&_r=0

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/24/donald-trump-cpac-speech-media?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/trump-fbi-leaks.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170224&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump’s blistering speech at CPAC follows Bannon’s blueprint

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/trump-conservative-political-action-conference-speech.html?emc=edit_th_20170225&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump tells conservative gathering that his supporters are the GOP’s future

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-tells-conservative-gathering-that-his-supporters-are-the-partys-future/2017/02/24/5fd33764-fab7-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html?utm_term=.203811698294&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Fact-checking Trump’s CPAC speech

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/02/24/fact-checking-president-trumps-cpac-speech/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.66b30829c958

 

House Republican now wants special prosecutor on Trump-Russia scandals

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/25/top-republican-says-special-prosecutor-should-investigate-russian-meddling-in-trumps-election/?utm_term=.eeebe17ffc5c&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/issa-trump-russia-probe-special-prosecutor-235387

http://www.vox.com/2017/2/25/14737868/trump-russia-investigation-congress-issa

 

Most Americans want Congress to probe Trump team's contact with Russia

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/321142-most-americans-want-congress-to-probe-trump-teams-contact-with

 

White House: Too early to say whether a special prosecutor needed

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/26/white-house-too-early-to-say-whether-a-special-prosecutor-should-look-into-apparent-russian-election-meddling/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.34b016d1a43a

 

White House dodging questions of Sessions' role in FBI probe

https://www.apnews.com/61ec34dd761c4f92a451eb88ba9364ef?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Politics

 

The Trump White House just inflicted a serious wound on itself

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/02/24/the-trump-white-house-just-inflicted-a-serious-wound-on-itself/?utm_term=.837dc4046ef3

 

Trump’s attack on ‘nine sources’ sounds a lot like the story that started Flynn chaos
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/02/24/president-trump-attacks-nine-sources/?utm_term=.7f43d51471f9

 

Spicer cracks down on leaks, puts staff through “phone check”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/sean-spicer-targets-own-staff-in-leak-crackdown-235413

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sean-spicer-leaks-meeting-then-leaked-phone-checks?utm_content=buffer31d07&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/white-house-scrambles-to-damp-down-scandal-over-fbi-inquiry-into-russia-ties?CMP=edit_2221

 

Spicer is losing his grip

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/02/26/sean-spicer-is-losing-his-grip/?utm_term=.16113be48e6c

 

The big news is not the FBI leaks. It’s what’s in the leaks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/24/trumps-call-to-investigate-leaks-shows-he-is-totally-missing-the-point/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.c315753ab6eb

 

Even if White House is telling the truth about FBI talks, Priebus violated the rules

https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-version-of-fbi-priebus-contact-is-not-exculpatory-31e381aca4eb#.jtuf2gxqe

 

Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

http://saintpetersblog.com/james-comey-middle-political-fray-donald-trump-russians/

 

A note to the White House and FBI: Politics and justice should not mix

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-note-to-the-white-house-and-fbi-justice-and-politics-should-not-mix/2017/02/24/cdfe020c-fad8-11e6-9845-576c69081518_story.html?utm_term=.0b77cfba6aec&wpisrc=nl_opinionsA&wpmm=1

 

The story of the week is Trump, Russia and the FBI; the rest is a distraction

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/25/trump-russia-fbi-white-house-priebus?CMP=edit_2221

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-makes-a-trump-story-stick/?ex_cid=story-twitter

 

White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/white-house-sean-spicer-briefing.html?emc=edit_na_20170224&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/cnn-new-york-times-other-media-barred-from-white-house-briefing/2017/02/24/4c22f542-fad5-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.c186e2b785a9&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/24/media-blocked-white-house-briefing-sean-spicer?CMP=edit_2221

http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/24/media/cnn-blocked-white-house-gaggle/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/02/24/cnn-nyt-and-politico-excluded-from-white-house-briefing-coincidence/?utm_term=.abceb11fe7ae&wpisrc=nl_opinionsA&wpmm=1

 

Reporter: When I asked about being blocked, aide said “you’re threatening me”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/politico-reporter-when-i-asked-about-being-blocked-from-gaggle-aide-said-youre-threatening-me/

 

The Trump White House’s press problems just keep getting worse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/24/the-trump-white-houses-press-problems-just-keep-getting-worse/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.6dfe953ae8f9

 

The remarkable inconsistency of Trump’s attacks on the media

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/25/the-remarkable-inconsistency-of-trumps-attacks-on-the-media/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b503d2cf9bfd

 

In December, Spicer said barring media access is what a “dictatorship” does

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/02/24/in-december-spicer-said-barring-media-access-is-what-a-dictatorship-does-today-he-barred-media-access/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.635c6f0c3e81

 

Trump embraces “enemy of the people,” a phrase with a fraught history

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