Today's news -- July 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

Education policy, classrooms are worlds apart *

It's been nearly two years since the Tampa Bay Times published the Pulitzer Prize-winning series focused on five struggling elementary schools in south St. Petersburg that were not provided the promised additional resources after they were resegregated. The series unleashed philosophical and political debates involving poverty and race, the responsibilities of parents and the government and the merits of public schools and privately operated schools. Yet there remains a simple truth that is too often minimized: Educating these children is hard, often heartbreaking work that occurs in the classroom without nearly enough public and financial support. The Times' Cara Fitzpatrick spent last year chronicling the progress and setbacks of the faculty and students at one of those five schools in the original series, Fairmount Park Elementary. Her reporting revealed real-life stories that rise above stereotypes and defy boilerplate solutions. There was the perpetually upbeat principal who refused to surrender to low expectations. She deals with the same challenges facing high-poverty schools through the ages and the increased scrutiny of legislators who specialize in unintended consequences. The policies and legislation coming out of Tallahassee make experienced teachers wary of putting their job evaluations on the line in struggling schools, forcing principals to recruit straight off college campuses to fill spots in the most challenging classrooms. There were the overextended parents who work multiple jobs and unconventional hours to keep the electricity on and food on the table. Parent meetings at Fairmount often were sparsely attended. But while lawmakers talk of parental responsibility, no child chooses to be born into a situation where money is tight and parental supervision is a challenge. There were the teachers who volunteer to work in a more difficult setting, knowing their jobs are in greater jeopardy than most others due to the state's fanaticism with standardized test scores and accountability. The stress and increased workload in struggling schools is so daunting that many experienced teachers are not swayed by a district's offer of higher pay. And there are the children. The few who misbehave, yes, but also the majority who are eager to learn. The ones who might get off to a slow start, then fall hopelessly between the cracks. The students so embarrassed by their shortcomings that they become adept at masking their weaknesses. These are the stories everyone should remember. That includes legislators who are wedded to ideology and have little clue about the challenges in high-poverty schools. That includes teachers unions that too often protect their members at the expense of their students. That includes the rest of us who have no idea what life is like for an elementary student who comes to school in the morning with an empty belly and comes home in the afternoon to an empty house. While the school grades for other elementaries in the original series improved, Fairmount Park dropped to an F despite the best efforts of the principal and her team. But the answer to narrowing the education gap will not be found in gimmicks or the state's zealous pivot toward charter schools. It will require a sustained commitment of human and financial capital, and the willingness of school officials to tap into communities that stand ready to lend a hand. This is a societal challenge that deserves more thoughtful solutions than abandoning public education and handing the responsibility and public money over to privately run schools with less accountability.

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-education-policy-classrooms-are-worlds-apart/2329660?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Charter schools bill is a bad law *

It is hard to find an education advocate in Florida who believes the education bill passed by the Legislature during its secrecy-shrouded special session was good for our public schools. School boards, school superintendents, teachers, parents and civic groups have all railed against this misguided legislative monstrosity. One portion of the measure that has drawn particularly widespread scorn -- and deservedly so -- is the part pertaining to charter schools. We understand some members of the public and the Legislature believe families should have more education options than just those that already exist, and we do not necessarily disagree. But what House Bill 7069 does is try to boost charter schools, many of which are for-profit operations, at the expense of Florida’s public schools. And we are not talking about a little bit of money, either. If it was just about the money, that would be argument enough to go back and revisit this law. The Legislature voted to give an estimated $96 million in capital outlay money for charter school construction and improvements, $50 million in direct state funding, $140 million for “Schools of Hope” in neighborhoods with failing schools plus local tax dollars for both capital outlay and operations. There is little question this legislation -- which was a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a unabashed booster of charter schools -- is as much about padding the bottom lines of for-profit charter school outfits as it is about providing a new option for parents and students to find quality education. Beyond the money, the bill exempts charter schools from many of the accountability standards that public schools are held to, including class-size and teacher certification requirements. Given the money being shoveled into the charter schools and the lack of accountability, it is clear our Republican leadership is bent on slowly dismantling public education as we know it. That is unfortunate, since of the 4,269 publicly funded schools in Florida, 3,609 of them are traditional public schools that educate the overwhelming majority of the state’s 2.7 million school-age children. We asked Superintendent of School Heidi Maier her thoughts on the new charter school rules and how she intended to deal with them. Her response was quick: “We are not competing with them, they are competing with us.” Maier hits the nail on the head. We, as a state and a community, should be striving to elevate the quality of our public schools that educate the vast number of Florida children rather than shoveling money to unproven charter school operators looking to get their hands in the public education trough. This bill is bad for public education in Florida. The Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott should be ashamed for letting Corcoran strong-arm this bill through. It lacks accountability for the money spent as well as the performance of the charter schools and saps sorely needed resources from our public schools. HB 7069 is a bad piece of public policy crafted behind closed doors that will do little to uplift public education. Lawmakers should repeal this bad law.

http://www.ocala.com/opinion/20170709/editorial-charter-schools-bill-is-bad-law

 

Broward County School Board sued the state. Could Manatee be next?

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article160382664.html

 

Lawmakers’ rebuttal to Broward Schools’ pledge to sue? A promotional video

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article160141544.html

 

Florida charter scandal: You may think you have heard it all

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/09/florida-charter-scandal-you-may-think-you-have-heard-it-all/

http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article160181454.html

 

Florida gets new school rules on testing, books, bonuses

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-florida-school-laws-new-20170706-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

New law expected to prompt more school curricula challenges

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170708/new-law-expected-to-prompt-more-school-curricula-challenges

 

Florida’s evolution to complainer’s paradise for public schools

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/florida-evolution-complainer-paradise-for-public-schools/METAMNzOeDuCmoctJp5kON/

 

DeVos’ hard line on new education law surprises states

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who made a career of promoting local control of education, has signaled a surprisingly hard-line approach to carrying out an expansive new federal education law, issuing critical feedback that has rattled state school chiefs and conservative education experts alike. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015 as the less intrusive successor to the No Child Left Behind law, which was maligned by many in both political parties as punitive and prescriptive. But in the Education Department’s feedback to states about their plans to put the new law into effect, it applied strict interpretations of statutes, required extensive detail and even deemed some state education goals lackluster.

In one case, the acting assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, Jason Botel, wrote to the state of Delaware that its long-term goals for student achievement were not “ambitious.” “It is mind-boggling that the department could decide that it’s going to challenge them on what’s ambitious,” said Michael Petrilli, the president of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, who worked in the Education Department under President George W. Bush. He called the letter “directly in opposition to the rhetoric and the promises of DeVos.” After more than a decade of strict federal education standards and standardized testing regimes, the Every Student Succeeds Act was to return latitude to the states to come up with plans to improve student achievement and hold schools accountable for student performance. It sought to relieve states from the federal pressures of its predecessor, which required that 100 percent of the students of every school reach proficiency on state tests or the school would face harsh penalties and aggressive interventions. Unlike No Child Left Behind, the new law does not set numerical achievement targets, nor does it mandate how a state should intervene if a school fails to reach them. The law does require that states set such benchmarks on their own. Proponents, especially congressional Republicans and conservative education advocates, believed that a new era of local control would flourish under DeVos, who pointed to the new law as illustrative of the state-level empowerment she champions. But her department’s feedback reflects a tension between ideology and legal responsibility: While she has said she would like to see her office’s role in running the nation’s public schools diminished, she has also said she will uphold the law.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/us/politics/devos-federal-education-law-states.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/09/devos-tough-accountability-for-public-schools-not-for-charters-or-voucher-schools/

 

Test scores tell us more about where students live than what they know

http://theconversation.com/students-test-scores-tell-us-more-about-the-community-they-live-in-than-what-they-know-77934?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1499356205

 

Teachers oppose lower standards for New York charter schools

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-07-07/education/teachers-oppose-lower-standards-for-ny-charter-schools/a58424-1

 

Indianapolis: Board plans to close public schools, interlopers arrive to open charters

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/09/indianapolis-as-school-board-plans-to-close-public-schools-interlopers-arrive-to-open-new-charters/

 

UF grads sue Florida, saying college cash wrongly diverted to tax cuts

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/grads-sue-florida-saying-college-cash-wrongly-diverted-tax-cuts/TbLbn1dxklo9Cy7JPjmw8J/

 

Guns on campus debate to continue

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/07/08/guns-campus-debate-continue/460596001/

 

Shortchanging state colleges

http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/20170708/our-view-shortchanging-state-colleges

 

Why 18 states are DeVos

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/07/08/535779235/why-18-states-are-suing-education-secretary-betsy-devos?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nprpresents&utm_term=aboutnpr&utm_content=20170708

 

Legislative pre-emptions give more power to the powerful (by Rich Templin)
Rick McAllister’s opinion piece regarding the Legislature’s continued moves to ban local governments from enacting ordinances relating to businesses in their communities is in serious need of some context and clarification. First, McAllister’s bio statement lists him as a “former association CEO.” It neglects to point out that he was president of the Florida Retail Federation, a group that sued (and lost) to block Miami-Dade County’s groundbreaking ordinance, which provides a system to help workers recover their wages when those wages have been improperly withheld. Wage theft has become an epidemic nationally and the numbers are especially high in Florida. The Legislature refused to act on this crisis so local governments have stepped in, establishing wage recovery programs all over the state. For years now, the Florida Retail Federation have tried, and failed, to have the Legislature ban these local programs. You read that right -- the Florida Retail Federation has pushed the Legislature to stop local governments from helping victims of wage theft. He then decried local efforts to raises wages in their communities. Putting aside the sound economic and moral arguments for increasing wages, it is important to note that the ordinances he is describing are already illegal in Florida and have been for over a decade. The Legislature already pre-empted the regulation of wages for private businesses to the state. What some local governments have done is enact living wage ordinances for themselves and their contractors who perform public services with the public’s money. These ordinances are part of local economic development strategies that pump dollars into local cash registers, ensuring that the taxpayers are getting the most bang for their buck for publicly funded projects and services. His analysis is that the truth of these ordinances is “a tale of liberal groups not getting their way in state legislatures.” He’s partially right, but anyone who follows the Florida Legislature knows that the real power in the Tallahassee bubble doesn’t flow from constituents back home, but from the big special interest lobbyists that dominate the Capitol with big campaign checks and relationships built in exclusive spaces like the Governor’s Club and the 4th floor leadership suites. While lobbying is a feature at the city and county levels, these spaces of government are much more open and accessible to regular people, and thus it is their hopes, aspirations and needs that hold more sway. Why would big lobbying associations bother with the rabble at the local level when the Florida Legislature has become a one-stop shop that delivers for them, without the pesky interference of the people? That’s what these pre-emptions are about, shifting power away from the government that is closest to the people to the geographically and psychologically remote halls of the Capitol. This situation is becoming increasingly dire as legislation was filed this year that would remove all authority from local governments to regulate businesses. The voices pushing back on these pre-emptions are vital and should be encouraged.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2017/07/07/templin-legislative-pre-emptions-give-more-power-powerful/458292001/

 

Justice watchdog wants changes for judicial nominating commissions

http://news.wfsu.org/post/justice-watchdog-wants-changes-judicial-nominating-commissions

 

Report highlights housing affordability issues in Jacksonville and across the country

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-06-29/new-report-highlights-housing-affordability-issues-jacksonville-and-across

 

Putting a value on arts, culture

http://www.ocala.com/opinion/20170709/brad-rogers-putting-value-on-arts-culture

 

Zika mosquito numbers up, so are control efforts across Miami-Dade

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article160218014.html

 

New York boots Armor Correctional; In Florida, Armor boss named to commission

http://www.floridabulldog.org/2017/07/new-york-boots-armor-correctional/?mc_cid=2f6ad013a9&mc_eid=f533e4f192

 

Bethune still in running for Capitol statue

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170709/mary-mcleod-bethune-still-in-running-for-capitol-statue-after-lawmakers-fail-to-replace-confederate-general

 

Geneticist says Florida panther still deserves endangered species protection

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wildlife/geneticist-says-florida-panther-still-deserves-endangered-species/2329711?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Florida panther should remain on endangered species list

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-florida-panther-should-remain-on-endangered-species-list/2329733

 

U.S. job growth picks up the pace, but wages lag behind

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/business/economy/jobs-report-june-unemployment.html?emc=edit_th_20170708&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump's growth problem: Jobs boost masks trouble ahead for economy

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/09/us-economy-trump-growth-wages?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234308&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Seattle shows the way to higher pay

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/opinion/sunday/seattle-minimum-wage.html?ref=opinion

 

The job market may have some room to run after all

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/upshot/the-job-market-may-have-some-room-to-run-after-all.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Federal Reserve sees U.S. economic growth as steady but slow

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/us/politics/federal-reserve-economy-us-growth.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170707&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

VA fires more than 500 under Trump, even before new accountability law

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/07/10/va-fires-more-than-500-feds-under-trump-even-before-new-accountability-law/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.fda880cd8f0a

 

Even some Republicans balk at Trump’s voter data request

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/us/politics/voter-fraud-commission.html?emc=edit_th_20170708&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/federal-judge-hears-suit-against-trump-panels-request-for-state-voter-data/2017/07/07/1010eedc-633b-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.c69725488435

 

Trump’s voter fraud commission is facing a tough data challenge

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trumps-voter-fraud-commission-is-facing-a-tough-data-challenge/?ex_cid=538twitter

 

Trump is seeking voter data. What does that mean?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/us/politics/voter-fraud-commission.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170707&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

A secretaries of state meeting used to be friendly, before request for voter data

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/09/us/voter-fraud-secretary-of-state.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170709&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Blackwell was controversial as Ohio elections chief

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-blackwell-voter-commission-20170709-story.html

 

Worried voters try to “unregister” after Trump voter-roll request

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-florida-voter-rolls-data-20170707-story.html

 

Florida complies, somewhat, with data request by Trump commission

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/florida-complies-somewhat-with-data-request-by-trump-commission/2329605?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ_Clone%20before%20using&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-florida-right-to-give-trump-voting-panel-only-public-records/2329705

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/cerabino-for-florida-privacy-trumps-trump-federal-voter-purge/jollOXromiJz5SWB8xaAmN/

 

Yielding to commission, Florida failed to stand up for voters

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-trump-vote-fraud-panel-florida-20170706-story.html

 

Scott should stay away from president's toxic voting commission

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/lake/os-lauren-ritchie-reject-request-from-voting-commission-20170703-story.html

 

Combating a real threat to election integrity

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/opinion/sunday/elections-hacking-russia-.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170708&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump’s son met with Russian lawyer seeking damaging info on Clinton

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/09/us/politics/trump-russia-kushner-manafort.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&referer=https://t.co/Ke53QAKzMD

 

Trump team met with lawyer linked to Kremlin during campaign

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/us/politics/trump-russia-kushner-manafort.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-jr-says-he-kushner-and-manafort-met-with-lawyer-tied-to-kremlin/2017/07/08/18b86d36-6439-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html?utm_term=.788d55ccb99b

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/341133-trump-jr-kushner-manafort-met-kremlin-linked-lawyer-last-year-report

 

Trump Jr.’s two different explanations for Russian meeting

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/09/us/donald-trump-jrs-two-different-explanations-for-russian-meeting.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170709&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump Jr.’s stunning admission to The New York Times

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/09/donald-trump-jr-s-stunningly-incriminating-statement-to-the-new-york-times/

 

Special counsel submits his proposed budget, but won’t make it public

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-submits-his-proposed-budget-but-wont-make-it-public/2017/07/07/a991f89a-6326-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.f713982a823a

 

Consulting firm distances itself from Flynn’s partner on Turkey lobbying

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/jefferson-waterman-distances-itself-robert-kelley-flynn?utm_content=bufferd178a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

U.S. officials say Russian government hackers have penetrated business networks

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/national-security/us-officials-say-russian-government-hackers-have-penetrated-energy-and-nuclear-company-business-networks/2017/07/08/bbfde9a2-638b-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html

 

Trump questions Putin on election meddling at eagerly awaited encounter

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/world/europe/trump-putin-g20.html?emc=edit_th_20170708&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Putin: Trump seemed satisfied with my denial of Russian election meddling

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/08/vladimir-putin-donald-trump-meeting-g20?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russian-official-defends-his-account-of-trump-putin-talks-saying-us-accepted-assurances-on-election-meddling/2017/07/08/9adf129a-634b-11e7-80a2-8c226031ac3f_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e67508ec4c7b

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/4cbc772b430

 

Trump may claim he won U.S.-Russia meeting, but Putin probably benefits more

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/07/07/trump-may-claim-he-won-the-u-s-russia-meeting-but-putin-probably-benefits-more/?utm_term=.254918e963a9

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/7/15937784/trump-putin-g20-meeting-outcome-syria-election

 

Trump handed Putin a stunning victory

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/07/trump-handed-putin-a-stunning-victory-215353

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-meeting-with-putin-was-a-disaster-7ab820331cb3

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/opinion/trump-putin-meeting-human-rights.html?_r=0

 

“Time to move forward” on Russia, Trump says, as criticism intensifies

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/09/us/politics/time-to-move-forward-trump-says-after-putin-denies-election-hacking.html?emc=edit_cn_20170710&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/09/trump-vows-to-move-forward-in-working-constructively-with-russia-after-putin-denied-election-hacking/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_pp-trumprussia-904am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.0c5ed86b0946

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-putin-tweets-7054eacbbe80

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/09/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-russia-us-election?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234308&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump's plan to create a cyber-partnership with Putin draws ridicule

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-trump-russia-20170709-story.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/09/trump-russia-cyber-experts-240340

 

Rubio scoffs at Trump floating “cyber security unit” with Russia

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/rubio-scoffs-at-trump-floating-cyber-security-unit-with-russia/2329817

 

Putin set a trap and Trump fell into it

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/07/opinions/trump-fell-for-putins-trap-psaki/index.html

 

The Trump-Putin bromance is back on

http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-trump-putin-bromance-is-back-on?mbid=nl_170708_Daily&CNDID=27750248&spMailingID=11432571&spUserID=MTMzMTgyODc1NzYxS0&spJobID=1200684804&spReportId=MTIwMDY4NDgwNAS2

 

Meeting Putin was necessary — but hardly “an honor”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-trump-putin-meeting-was-a-needed-first-step-for-the-worlds-major-nuclear-superpowers/2017/07/07/f92caafa-633d-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.8baeec1b3679

 

Russia crows over Putin’s meeting with Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/world/europe/vladimir-putin-russia-g20.html?emc=edit_th_20170709&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Putin meets his progeny

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/trump-vladimir-putin-security-meeting.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170710&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Haley: “Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/08/haley-russia-election-meddling-240323

 

Lindsey Graham: Trump is empowering Putin

https://thinkprogress.org/sen-lindsey-graham-trump-is-empowering-putin-218f185f5aed

 

In the Russia probe, could Trump pardon himself?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/so-could-trump-pardon-himself/2017/07/07/d2a1af26-60f8-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?utm_term=.eb25390e4416

 

Gallego pushes for House vote on Russia’s election meddling

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/07/russia-hack-house-vote-ruben-gallego-240305

 

Pope Francis: U.S.-Russia alliance “dangerous”
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/341199-pope-francis-us-russia-alliance-dangerous

 

Senate Republicans head back to work with no health-care deal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/powerpost/senate-republicans-head-back-to-work-with-no-health-care-deal/2017/07/09/fc851644-64b7-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/upshot/congress-is-facing-a-time-crunch-to-repeal-obamacare.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170710&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/10/republican-senators-return-healthcare-bill-resistance-aca?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234418&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/us/politics/republicans-health-care-bill.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-gop-and-white-house-plan-final-urgent-blitz-to-pass-health-care-law/2017/07/07/08367830-631d-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?utm_term=.5cd5876c0c5b

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/07/gop-health-plan-home-districts-misgivings-240306

https://thinkprogress.org/senate-gop-health-care-rush-7d401fd84aea

 

Why single-payer health care saves money

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/upshot/why-single-payer-health-care-saves-money.html?_r=0

 

Medicaid cut in GOP health bill worries the nursing home set

https://apnews.com/3a6bd8d44860432a886b10b43875cd17/Medicaid-cut-in-GOP-health-bill-worries-the-nursing-home-set

 

The Trump administration’s own data says Obamacare isn’t imploding

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-trump-administrations-own-data-says-obamacare-isnt-imploding/

 

This dirty little secret is the real reason why repeal is so hard for Republicans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/07/this-dirty-little-secret-is-the-real-reason-why-repeal-is-so-hard-for-republicans/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.9bfd11592716

 

The Senate health care charade

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/the-senate-health-care-.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170710&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Don’t leave health care to a free market

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/health-insurance-free-market.html

 

Republicans take a hatchet to health care

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/07/opinion/republican-health-care-medicaid.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170710&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Why Obamacare’s loudest critics aren’t as loud anymore

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/health/why-obamacares-loudest-critics-arent-as-loud-anymore.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170708&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Conservatives are moving repeal-and-replace in a disastrous direction

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/conservatives-are-moving-repeal-and-replace-in-a-disastrous-direction/2017/07/08/ad348522-628f-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html?utm_term=.fe97ada48b9f

 

Why repeal-and-delay is a risky health care strategy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/upshot/why-repeal-and-delay-is-a-risky-health-care-strategy.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170707&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Three legs good, no legs bad

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/obamacare-repeal.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170710&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Protesters arrested after occupying senators’ offices to protest GOP health-care bill

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/07/07/protesters-arrested-after-occupying-senators-offices-to-protest-gop-health-care-bill/?utm_term=.e4348fd4e774

 

One woman’s slide from middle class to Medicaid

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/your-money/one-womans-slide-from-the-upper-middle-class-to-medicaid.html?src=me

 

To my colleagues in Congress: I have MS. Don’t make my insurance unaffordable.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/to-my-colleagues-in-congress-i-have-ms-dont-make-my-insurance-unaffordable/2017/07/07/bd7bcaea-630b-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?utm_term=.101e99a79881

 

Children of the opioid epidemic are flooding foster homes

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/children-ohio-opioid-epidemic/

 

Graham comes away frustrated with health care policies after workday at center

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241215-gwen-graham-comes-away-frustrated-health-care-policies-workday-center

 

Senate bill could lead to Medicaid cuts despite what Rubio says

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article159901844.html

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/08/amid-republican-defections-marco-rubio-backing-senate-health-care-bill/461415001/

 

Remind Rubio millions of lives at stake

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-editorial-marco-rubio-health-care-20170707-story.html

 

Grandparents still barred under travel ban after court declines to weigh in

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/grandparents-other-extended-relatives-still-barred-under-travel-ban-after-appeals-court-declines-to-weigh-in/2017/07/07/e2eb8f16-6367-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html?utm_term=.f89ebb4aace2

 

Hawaii takes another legal swat at Trump travel ban

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/07/08/trump-travel-ban-setback-hawaii-240315

 

Trump’s deportation surge is harming domestic abuse survivors

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-deportation-surge-is-harming-domestic-abuse-survivors/

 

“Your life becomes like hell”: Refugees fear drawn-out fight over Trump's travel ban

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/08/refugees-trump-travel-ban-bona-fide-relationship?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234198&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Can America's farms survive the threat of deportations?

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/06/can-americas-farms-survive-the-threat-of-deportations/529008/?src=longreads

 

Newest travel ban worries Central Florida Muslims

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/religion/religion-world/os-trump-travel-ban-muslim-countries-20170707-story.html

 

Miami-Dade among those under federal scrutiny for “sanctuary cities”

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/miami-dade-among-those-under-federal-scrutiny-for-sanctuary-cities/2329674?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ_Clone%20before%20using&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Trump, in meeting with Mexican president, again insists Mexico will pay for the wall

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fg-trump-mexico-20170707-story.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/07/trump-nieto-g-20-summit-border-wall-240299

 

Republicans increasingly uncertain of a legislative victory before August

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/powerpost/republicans-increasingly-uncertain-of-a-legislative-victory-before-august/2017/07/08/2b13078a-631b-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html

 

Towns sell their public water systems -- and come to regret it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/towns-sell-their-public-water-systems--and-come-to-regret-it/2017/07/07/6ec5b8d6-4bc6-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html?utm_term=.7e4ec362f133

 

Rooftop solar dims under pressure from utility lobbyists

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/climate/rooftop-solar-panels-tax-credits-utility-companies-lobbying.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Why people value America's public lands

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/07/escape-from-a-crazy-world-why-people-value-americas-public-lands?CMP=edit_2221

 

This is what anti-LGBTQ housing discrimination looks like

https://thinkprogress.org/lgbtq-housing-discrimination-study-966a229f721c

 

The scholar who will help lead Trump’s regulatory assault

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/09/business/the-scholar-who-will-help-lead-trumps-assault-on-rules.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170709&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump leaves leaders fearing the future as G-20 summit closes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-leaves-leaders-fearing-the-future-as-g-20-summit-breaks/2017/07/08/daed41be-634f-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?utm_term=.f98ef9873cbd

 

Once dominant, the United States finds itself isolated at G-20

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/world/europe/trump-g-20-trade-climate.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

 

At G-20, world aligns against Trump policies from free trade to climate change

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/at-g-20-eu-warns-of-trade-war-if-trump-imposes-restrictions-on-steel/2017/07/07/0ffae390-62f4-11e7-a6c7-f769fa1d5691_story.html?utm_term=.2e58b140ba4d

 

World leaders commit themselves to climate action without the United States

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/world/europe/group-of-20-climate-change-agreement.html?emc=edit_th_20170709&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/08/donald-trump-paris-climate-agreement-g20-summit-us-theresa-may?CMP=edit_2221

https://thinkprogress.org/g-19-climate-action-d250aeb12d36

 

As Trump exits Paris accord, America’s urban neighborhoods pay the price

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-climate-urban-impact-74878b9237d0

 

Feeling that Trump will “say anything,” Europe is less restrained, too

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/09/world/europe/donald-trump-europe.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

U.S. presidents have always spoken at the end of the G-20 summit. Trump didn’t.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/worldviews/wp/2017/07/08/u-s-presidents-have-always-spoken-at-the-end-of-the-g-20-summit-trump-didnt/

 

Despite deep policy divides, Europe trip seen by buoyant Trump as high point

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/world/europe/group-of-20-trump-europe.html

 

The racial and religious paranoia of Trump's Warsaw speech

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/07/trump-speech-poland/532866/

 

Ivanka Trump Briefly Takes Her Father’s Seat at the Table. Outrage Follows.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/world/europe/ivanka-trump-seat-table-group-of-20-summit.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170708&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ivanka-trump-takes-fathers-seat-at-g-20-leaders-table-in-break-from-diplomatic-protocol/2017/07/08/f8eabe8a-63ea-11e7-a6c7-f769fa1d5691_story.html?utm_term=.e5cf5ff42bc5

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/08/unelected-unqualified-the-internets-reaction-to-ivanka-trump-taking-her-dads-seat-at-g-20/?utm_term=.212fac9fda96

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/08/trump-pledges-50-million-global-womens-business-effort-advocated-daughter-ivanka/461640001/

 

Trump defends his daughter’s breach of diplomatic protocol

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/10/trump-defends-his-daughter-ivankas-breach-of-diplomatic-protocol/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.2c42f7e9b21b

 

White House confuses Taiwan And China in painful G20 press release blunder

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/xi-trump-taiwan-china-g20?utm_content=buffer115d5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Trump White House keeps mixing up names of Asian countries and leaders’ titles

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/08/white-house-press-office-misidentifies-japanese-prime-minister-abe-as-president/

 

With tensions high, Pentagon flies bombers over Korean peninsula in show of force

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