Today's news -- February 9, 2017

 



Lawmakers question value of high-stakes testing *

Florida's system of high-stakes testing, long the subject of criticism from parents and teachers, is now receiving extra scrutiny from state lawmakers. Some members of a House committee on school quality questioned Wednesday whether the downsides to frequent testing and school grades outweigh the benefits, particularly after a state education official told legislators that Florida does more testing that is required by federal law. Required testing includes the Florida Standards Assessment and a variety of end-of-course exams. "Is there some benefit?" asked Rep. Don Hahnfeldt, R-The Villages. "One of the most common criticisms we receive from teachers and parents is the stress and time taken away from the other academic efforts of the school." School grades, which are based mostly on how students perform on standardized tests, were also criticized. These affect home prices and whether industries choose to locate here, experts say. The tests are also used to determine how much teachers are paid, whether third-graders can be promoted and whether high school students can graduate. The grading system has gone through numerous changes over the years that some have attributed to the same schools getting an A or B one year and a D or F another. "With all due respect, we've lost faith in our grading system for our schools," said Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park. Juan Copa, deputy commissioner for the State Department of Education, said that while the accountability system has gotten more rigorous over the years, this will be the third year of the same tests. "I think the focus is on keeping that stable, so we can grow from here," he said. It's unclear what, if any, changes lawmakers might make to the school accountability system. But there does seem to be more interest this year than in the past. Last month a Senate committee asked a group of school superintendents to share ideas on how to improve school accountability. The superintendents' ideas included returning to paper-and-pencil assessments in order to free up school computers; eliminating the required end-of-course exams for geometry, Algebra 2, history and civics, allowing schools to return to locally given final exams; and allowing school districts to do their own teacher evaluations, instead of using a state system largely based on test scores. Wednesday, State Rep. Matt Willhite floated an even more dramatic idea. "Could we do without school grading?" he asked. "When we have schools with continuous failing grades, are we benefiting the child by telling them they are in a failing school?"

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-legislature-school-accountability-20170208-story.html

 

What does “participation” mean in Florida testing law?

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/what-does-participation-mean-in-florida-testing-law/2312496

 

Pasco teachers, school district reach deal on midyear transfers (Kenny Blankenship and Jim Ciadella quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-teachers-school-district-reach-deal-on-midyear-transfers/2312478

 

Teacher shortage in South Florida

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Teacher-Shortage-in-South-Florida-413219203.html

 

Orlando special needs school officials accused of $4.5 million Medicaid fraud

http://www.wftv.com/news/local/administrators-at-orlando-special-needs-school-to-face-judge-on-medicaid-fraud-charges/492184957

 

DeVos has been confirmed. Now the fight really begins. (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)
https://www.thenation.com/article/betsy-devos-has-been-confirmed-now-the-fight-really-begins/

http://neatoday.org/2017/02/07/devos-confirmation/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_campaign=170208neatodayexpress&utm_medium=email&utm_content=devos

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/opinion/the-confirmation-of-betsy-devos-as-education-secretary.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170209&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=12&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Gun rights advocates prepare push for more guns in schools

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/09/guns-schools-gun-control-betsy-devos?CMP=edit_2221

 

DeVos needs to do her homework

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/do-your-homework-ms-devos/2017/02/08/7204ea86-ddca-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.2d7d068084ce

 

Did DeVos buy Rubio's vote?

http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/politics/betsy-devos-bought-marco-rubio-vote?utm_campaign=Contact+Quiboat+For+More+Referrer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=quiboat

 

Integration works. Can it survive the Trump era?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/opinion/integration-works-can-it-survive-the-trump-era.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170209&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

A majority of Virginians say public schools are underfunded, survey shows

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/a-majority-of-virginians-say-public-schools-are-underfunded-survey-shows/2017/02/08/6b911cc0-ee2c-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.b6d941e8441e

 

Bright Futures, block tuition changes backed

With debates over block tuition at state universities and graduating state college students more quickly, a Senate panel Wednesday backed a bill that would expand Bright Futures scholarships, impose stricter graduation standards and increase financial aid for first-generation students. The bill (SB 2) is part of Senate President Joe Negron's higher-education initiative. It cleared the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee in a 5-1 vote, with opposition from Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth. Clemens unsuccessfully tried to amend the bill, including with a proposal to let the 12 state universities review the financial impact of block tuition before mandating its use in the fall of 2018. A move to block tuition would require undergraduates to pay a flat tuition rate per semester, rather than be billed on the current credit-hour basis. The bill would require block tuition but leave it up to the universities to develop the specific plans. Clemens said he was concerned that if the proposal results in universities only charging for what now represents 12 credit hours per semester but students take 15 or more credit hours, it would lead to a substantial revenue loss for the schools. He said he has been told it could be $30 million or more for some universities. "That's a big concern. That's not a small hit," Clemens said. "There is a real impact to the revenue loss here that we are not taking into account." His amendment was defeated in a voice vote after drawing opposition from Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who chairs the subcommittee and is sponsoring the bill. Galvano said the Senate was waiting to see block tuition plans from the universities, which have had the block-tuition option for a number of years but have failed to advance a plan. He also said if a plan reduced tuition, which would be a savings for students, the financial loss for the schools could be offset by other funding. Other provisions in the bill would hold universities to a new performance standard based on a four-year graduation rate, rather than the six-year measure now used. The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday also passed a bill (SB 4) that would create funding pools to help universities attract top-quality faculty and recognize high-achieving graduate and professional programs, including law and medical schools.

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Bright%20Futures%20block%20tuition%20changes%20backed

 

Auction nets USF $18.8M, but spells end to WUSF-TV

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/auction-nets-usf-188m-but-spells-end-to-wusf-tv/2312582?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

House rule could lead to lawsuit, government shutdown

Warning of a state government shutdown, the Florida Senate could sue over a House rule that’s supposed to make the budget process more transparent by giving the public advanced notice on hometown spending projects. But the rule goes too far in the eyes of Florida Senate budget chief Jack Latvala, who said it unconstitutionally binds the hands of the chamber and threatens to stall lawmakers from passing an $83.4 billion budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 -- a surprising move that would inject a new level of dysfunction and discord in the Republican-controlled state Capitol. “The alternatives are not good: gridlock, government shutdown and so forth. The bottom line is the Florida Senate will not be unilaterally bound by House rule,” said Latvala, who plans to present an alternative joint rule Thursday at a Senate Rules Committee meeting. Latvala, who first spoke to the Naples Daily News about his plans, wouldn’t comment on whether the Senate would sue and added that “we’re not threatening anything.” But, he said, the committee will discuss the legality of the House rule that required hometown spending items to be filed by Feb. 7, about a month before the 60-day lawmaking session starts. House Speaker Richard Corcoran pushed for the change in the Florida House because he said that hometown spending items -- once nicknamed “turkeys” in Tallahassee and derided as “pork” in Washington -- are too often added late in the session in the budget without adequate public input.

Corcoran, a conservative Republican who has also clashed with Republican Gov. Rick Scott over spending, claimed a measure of satisfaction from Latvala’s decision to propose a new budget rule. “It's encouraging that the Senate is moving toward greater transparency and openness,” Corcoran said. “But our concerns with regards to member project openness, project accountability, and other central issues still remain. We are always willing to work with our Senate counterparts and hope we can have a constructive dialogue.”

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/florida-house-budget-rule-could-lead-to-senate-lawsuit-state-government-shutdown-109469

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/08/clash-brewing-between-florida-senate-house-over-money/97649100/

 

Rebuffing Scott, House Republicans vote to slash marketing, incentives

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/rebuffing-rick-scott-house-republicans-vote-to-slash-marketing-incentives/2312574?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170208/house-panel-moves-ahead-with-plan-to-kill-economic-development-program?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_NL&utm_content=INKA_SHT

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/on-the-town/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2017/2/8/bill_gets_hearing_to.html

http://www.ocala.com/opinion/20170209/editorial-state-incentives-deserve-scrutiny

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/02/08/halsey-beshears-referees-gop-fight/97650386/

 

Scott’s favorite business incentive is losing money, Senate hears

http://saintpetersblog.com/senate-incentives-panel/

 

Tampa Bay economic developers fighting back

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/economicdevelopment/blindsided-by-campaign-to-kill-job-incentives-tampa-bay-economic/2312394?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

After pressure from House speaker, Visit Tampa Bay turns over financial details

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tourism/after-pressure-from-house-speaker-visit-tampa-bay-turns-over-financial/2312579

 

Florida minimum wage needs a boost

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-minimum-wage-20170207-story.html

 

House looks to revamp state employee health insurance

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170208/florida-house-looks-to-revamp-state-employee-health-insurance

 

Senate panel hears disparate testimony on Medicaid managed long-term care

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/senate-panel-hears-disparate-testimony-on-medicaid-managed-long-term-care-109466

 

House panel homes in on attorney fees for workers’ compensation fix

http://saintpetersblog.com/house-panel-homes-attorney-fees-workers-compensation-fix/

 

Florida nonprofit hospitals brace for legislative battle

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/2017/02/08/florida-nonprofit-hospitals-brace-legislative-battle/97671356/

 

Bills seek to ban immigrant “sanctuaries” -- with penalties for not obeying

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article131577564.html

 

Woman whose “stand your ground” defense was rejected is released

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/us/marissa-alexander-released-stand-your-ground.html?smid=tw-share

 

Allowing guns everywhere in Florida

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article131605234.html

 

What happened when a black and white church merged https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/two-fla-churches--one-black-one-white--merge-in-racial-reconciliation-effort/2017/02/07/a95dde72-e287-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.6349a6ced666

 

Travel ban is the controversial policy almost nobody was begging for

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/08/why-trumps-travel-ban-is-struggling-people-were-never-begging-for-it-in-the-first-place/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.4805b26084e9

 

Trump’s refugee crackdown is getting less popular over time

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/02/07/a-new-poll-shows-a-surprisingly-big-public-swing-against-trumps-muslim-ban/?utm_term=.67a210d62084

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14541350/trump-ban-poll

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/while-trump-is-closing-the-borders-americans-are-warming-to-immigration/?ex_cid=story-twitter

 

Trump calls hearing on immigration ban “disgraceful”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/donald-trump-immigration-ban.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Gorsuch calls Trump’s attacks on judiciary “demoralizing”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/donald-trump-immigration-ban.html?_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-nominee-gorsuch-says-trumps-attacks-on-judiciary-are-demoralizing/2017/02/08/64e03fe2-ee3f-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html?utm_term=.3227ef14ea1f

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/feb/08/neil-gorsuch-donald-trump-tweet-federal-judge?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212523&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump pretends Gorsuch didn’t say what he said

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/02/09/trump-pretends-gorsuch-didn-t-say-what-he-said.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-gorsuch-criticism-lie-2449969ebe91#.uvz48ka6p

 

Trump questions credibility of senator who disclosed comments by Gorsuch

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/09/trump-questions-credibility-of-senator-who-disclosed-comments-by-judge-gorsuch/?utm_term=.135e9db1a10c

 

Government lawyers argue Trump should have unchecked power on immigration

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/08/1631255/-Government-lawyers-argue-Trump-should-have-unchecked-power-in-immigration-issues

 

After Trump’s din, the quiet grandeur of the courts

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/opinion/after-mr-trumps-din-the-quiet-grandeur-of-the-courts.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170208&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump’s leading rivals wear robes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/opinion/trumps-leading-rivals-wear-robes.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170209&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

ACLU says TSA's own documents don't support program to spot terrorists

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-aclu-tsa-20170207-story.html

 

Trump is not-so-subtly threatening the entire American court system

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/08/president-trump-is-not-so-subtly-threatening-the-american-court-system/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.db720c94f369

 

Durbin demands Senate hearings on Trump's immigration orders

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/durbin-trump-immigration-234822

 

Trump’s travel ban may backfire -- and hinder U.S. policy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/02/09/trumps-travel-ban-may-backfire-and-hinder-u-s-policy/?utm_term=.66c2121aaa38

 

Trump tried to punish “sanctuary cities.” It’s backfiring.

https://thinkprogress.org/donald-trump-tried-to-punish-sanctuary-cities-it-s-backfiring-fdb2b8be26fc#.667ffp37s

 

Court delay of Trump travel ban doesn't help USF student in Iran

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/court-delay-of-trump-travel-ban-doesnt-help-usf-student-in-iran/2312380

http://www.wmnf.org/usf-freezes-email-student-stuck-iran-trump-executive-order/

 

Undocumented immigrants live and work in the shadow of the White House

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-trumps-capital-undocumented-immigrants-live-and-work-in-the-shadow-of-the-white-house/2017/02/07/ed837844-e8d3-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_undocumented-2pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.4d7bc150cc46

 

Travel ban shuts out some of those who suffered most at hands of ISIS

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/travel-ban-yazidis-isis-genocide-iraq?CMP=edit_2221

 

I’m a rabbi who was arrested protesting Trump’s travel ban. It was a holy act.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/09/im-a-rabbi-who-was-arrested-protesting-trumps-travel-ban-it-was-a-holy-act/?utm_term=.a7613a5dc961

 

Travel ban could be just the beginning of upheaval for airlines

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/business/air-traffic-control-privatization.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170209&nl=first-draft&nl_art=19&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

GOP’s national right to work bill is a smokescreen—the threat is what comes next

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19877/the_gops_national_right_to_work_bill_is_a_smokescreen

 

Putting clients second

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/opinion/putting-clients-second.html?emc=edit_th_20170209&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Executives face internal pressure, even threats to quit, unless ties to Trump are cut

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-08/anti-trump-employees-put-their-bosses-in-the-hot-seat

 

The truth about Trump's false claims

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-the-truth-about-trumps-false-claims/2312524

 

What are Republicans going to do about Obamacare? “No idea.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-do-republicans-say-theyll-do-about-obamacare-no-idea/2017/02/08/5eb5ce4c-ee45-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.6667bbd4d8ba

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/opinion/republicans-have-lost-the-plot-on-their-obamacare-repeal.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-regi

 

Eliminating mental health coverage will create a crisis for millions

https://thinkprogress.org/mental-health-coverage-crisis-532189213fe9#.yrtlhpfkz

 

Sessions confirmed as attorney general, capping bitter battle

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/jeff-sessions-attorney-general-confirmation.html?emc=edit_cn_20170209&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/amid-deep-partisan-rancor-a-sharply-divided-senate-barrels-toward-sessions-vote/2017/02/08/d848d4fa-ee15-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.f7f8ba3efa32

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/08/jeff-sessions-confirmed-attorney-general-senate?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212523&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Sessions' record on voting rights back in spotlight after Senate rules scuffle

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/sessions-albert-turner-case?utm_content=buffer8e14e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/08/warren-warns-senators-who-put-sessionss-radical-hatred-into-justice-department/?utm_term=.c9735dd65507

 

I tried to help black people vote. Sessions tried to put me in jail.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/07/jeff-sessions-marion-three-alabama-voter-fraud-evelyn-turner-column-voices/97572474/

 

Sessions could return criminal justice to the Jim Crow era

https://www.thenation.com/article/jeff-sessions-could-return-criminal-justice-to-the-jim-crow-era/

 

Shutting down speech by Warren, GOP amplifies her message

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-coretta-scott-king.html?emc=edit_cn_20170209&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

The shameful legacy of McConnell's silencing tactic

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52943/mcconnell-warren-silencing-rule/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/08/1631437/-Rule-used-to-stop-Elizabeth-Warren-from-quoting-Coretta-Scott-King-has-a-long-connection-to-racism

 

The shutdown of Warren in the Senate follows a sexist playbook

https://thinkprogress.org/warren-mcconnell-silence-senate-34ef1fd5f54f#.a1v6eoym0

 

Warren was told to be quiet. Women can relate.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/opinion/elizabeth-warren-was-told-to-be-quiet-women-can-relate.html?emc=edit_th_20170209&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/elizabeth-warren-silenced-women-mitch-mcconnell?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=212523&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

GOP's silencing of Warren only raises her profile as alternative to Trump

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-1486575059-htmlstory.html

 

“Nevertheless, she persisted”: How Senate’s silencing of Warren became a meme

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-republicans-facebook-twitter.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170209&nl=first-draft&nl_art=13&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Warren persists

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/opinion/elizabeth-warren-persists.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170209&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Rubio calls for civility after McConnell rebukes Warren

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/02/rubio-calls-for-civility-after-mcconnell-rebukes-warren.html

 

Strange to be tapped for Sessions' Senate seat

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/strange-sessions-alabama-senate-234827

 

Puzder says he will divest from investments if confirmed as labor secretary

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2017/02/08/fast-food-ceo-andy-puzder-says-he-will-divest-from-more-than-200-investments-if-confirmed-as-labor-secretary/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.f3ea7a668735

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-02-09/trump-s-labor-pick-loves-burgers-bikinis-and-free-markets

 

Price lied to the Senate about the timing and amount of his problem stock buys

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/08/1631478/-Trump-nominee-Tom-Price-lied-to-the-Senate-about-the-timing-and-amounts-of-his-problem-stock-buys

 

Trump’s Cabinet picks have faced record-setting opposition

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/09/us/politics/trump-cabinet-opposition.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170209&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump struggling to fill one of the worst jobs in Washington

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-white-house-communications-234813

 

McConnell sees “high level of satisfaction” with Trump administration

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/mitch-mcconnell-donald-trump-republicans.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170209&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The resistance is not futile

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/589bb335e4b02bbb1816c2f3?timestamp=1486611266172

 

Trump, middle-school president

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/opinion/donald-trump-middle-school-president.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170208&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

“This is not a Christian gesture”: Pope denounces walls while praising immigrants

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/02/08/after-trumps-immigration-ban-pope-francis-prays-for-migrants-and-refugees/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.02ea97ebae8d

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/08/pope-francis-walls-bridges-donald-trump?CMP=edit_2221

 

How Trump's border tax could raise car prices by thousands of dollars

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2017/0208/How-Trump-s-border-tax-could-raise-car-prices-by-thousands-of-dollars

 

Yemen backtracks on suspending U.S. raids after civilian casualties

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/world/middleeast/yemen-raid-american-military.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170209&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Iranians once shrugged off Trump’s bluster. Now they’re worried.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/world/middleeast/iran-donald-trump.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Under-the-radar change to congressional ethics watchdog may weaken it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/under-the-radar-change-to-house-ethics-watchdog-may-weaken-it/2017/02/08/7b066f8e-ee31-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.89fbbf2256e1

 

House Democrats look for ways to resist Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-democrats-look-for-ways-to-resist-trump/2017/02/08/ffc6a0e2-ee0c-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.95a317552043

 

Trump administration considering shutting EPA’s enforcement office

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/epa-enforcement-office_us_589b9593e4b0c1284f2a7ab3?section=politics

 

Trump rule chills Energy Department nuclear whistleblowers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/09/trump-rules-suspend-penalties-for-retaliation-against-energy-whistleblowers/?utm_term=.8a6b911670a8

 

Trump's space war

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/donald-trump-space-war-234829

 

Trump assails Nordstrom for “unfairly” dropping his daughter Ivanka’s line

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/business/ivanka-trump-nordstrom-tj-maxx.html?emc=edit_cn_20170209&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=business&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/02/08/trump-lashes-out-at-nordstrom-in-a-tweet-for-dropping-his-daughters-apparel-line/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.a525bb3177d3

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/08/1631393/-Trump-publicly-goes-after-major-retailer-after-they-dump-Ivanka-Trump-s-clothing-line

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-nordstrom-ivanka-trump-tweet-da8e0b621a0d#.out5g8x6c

 

White House’s war on Nordstrom is so unhip, ethics experts say

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/08/white-house-s-war-on-nordstrom-is-so-unhip-ethics-experts-say.html?via=twitter_page

 

T.J. Maxx backs away from Ivanka Trump as president assails Nordstrom

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/business/ivanka-trump-nordstrom-tj-maxx.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

 

Conway to Fox News: “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/02/09/kellyanne-conway-to-fox-news-go-buy-ivanka-s-stuff.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl

 

Conway may have violated federal law

https://thinkprogress.org/kellyanne-conway-tells-america-to-buy-ivankas-stuff-may-have-violated-federal-law-83cf40dd86ed#.99rigtwm3

 

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