Today's news -- July 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

Florida school bill: Not just bad. Unconstitutional.

In Florida, legislators often do bad things. And stupid things. But what really gets them into trouble is when they do unlawful things. And it looks like lawmakers did all of the above this year when it came to schools. They hurriedly passed a pee-yew stinker of an education bill -- one that siphons money away from traditional schools, creates different rules for charter schools and much, much more. It’s that “much, much more” part that may be their biggest legal problem. See, according to the Florida Constitution, every bill must deal with only “one subject” that can be “briefly expressed in the title.” House Bill 7069 was 274 pages. It deals with gobs of different subjects -- everything from regulations for sunscreen use and Algebra 2 tests to recess policies and teacher pay. The bill’s title alone -- the one the Constitution says must be “briefly expressed” -- required more than 4,000 words. That’s more words than “The Lorax,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” ... combined. And again, that’s just the summary -- the thing that’s often just a single sentence. The full (allegedly “one subject”) bill required more than 40,000 words to explain. That’s longer than “The Old Man and the Sea” or most of “I, Robot.” Single subject, my Asimov. The Broward County School Board voted to sue the Legislature last week, saying the bill violates the state’s single-subject rules. And according to one of the Legislature’s leading education policy makers -- Seminole County Republican Sen. David Simmons -- the board has a good chance of winning. “I think they have a very viable position based on the case law I have studied,” said Simmons, an attorney who voted against the bill. “There were literally 20 or more different subject matters.” I actually counted more than 30. Whatever the total, it’s a lot more than one. House Speaker Richard Corcoran disagrees. His office said the entire bill falls under the “single subject” of “K-12 education policy.” Under that logic, I could propose new laws about child molestation, bear hunting, political corruption, prostitution and capital punishment -- and just file them under the “single subject of crime." Heck, under Corcoran’s logic, legislators don't need to file 1,700 bills each session. They could just file seven or eight. Simmons says case law suggests Corcoran’s logic is flawed. So does common sense. “I’m not an attorney, but I can read,” said Sen. Bill Montford, a conservative Democrat from Florida’s Panhandle who also voted against the bill. “And this whole thing gives me great pause and great concern.” It’s a safe bet few legislators actually even read the whole bill or completely understood it before passing it. It was crafted in a backroom, unveiled at the last minute and then rammed through. Simmons -- one of the most deliberative members of the Legislature -- said he spent five hours trying to dissect it and still wasn’t clear about everything it did. I guarantee you most legislators didn’t spend five hours studying this thing before they passed it. So then you have to ask yourself: Why did they do it this way? Because they didn’t want accountability. Because they lacked the courage to take up these issues one at a time. Because they scream about Washington politicians passing bills they don’t read, but hope you won’t notice when they do the same. Locally, only one state senator voted in favor of this hot mess of a bill: Republican Dennis Baxley, whose district includes most of Lake County. But a whole mess of House Republicans from Central Florida supported it -- including Jason Brodeur, Bob Cortes, Randy Fine, Tom Goodson, Larry Metz, Mike Miller, Scott Plakon, Rene Plasencia and Jennifer Sullivan. Remember those names. If this law is overturned -- and Florida’s education system is thrown into chaos -- they will be the ones to blame. If you see them, ask if they can explain all 274 pages. Montford said he couldn’t imagine a legislator adequately explaining everything in this bill to a Rotary or Kiwanis club back home. He and Simmons also said that was a shame, because there are parts of this bill they really like -- including extra classroom time for struggling schools, mandatory recess and more money for special-needs education. I agree this bill may have more good than bad. But there are also devious parts. And unvetted parts. And unaccountable parts -- all of which were cooked up in a covert crockpot that undermines traditional public schools and appears to violate the Florida Constitution. And that’s why the law should be tossed and the politicians held accountable.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-florida-school-bill-unconstitutional-scott-maxwell-20170710-story,amp.html

 

St. Lucie joining proposed lawsuit against state over education bill

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/education/2017/07/11/st-lucie-county-joining-proposed-lawsuit-against-state-over-education-bill/463939001/

 

Report: Florida students face higher barriers to learning *  Ninety percent of Florida educators say many of their students encounter barriers to learning outside the classroom, according to a report published Monday by Scholastic. The Teacher & Principal School Report found state educators are more likely to report inadequate access to the Internet and other learning resources outside of school than educators from other states. The report, the first of its kind conducted by Scholastic, surveyed roughly 5,000 Pre-K – 12 teachers and principals nationwide, including 250 from Florida. Florida teachers cited poverty, lack of access to English language learning support, and family and personal crises as some of the major factors impeding learning outside of school. Other factors included lack of mental health and other healthcare services, coming to school hungry and homelessness. Kyle Good, the senior vice president of Scholastic corporate communications, said she was surprised by the “enormous numbers” of educators from across the country who reported similar barriers to learning outside of school. The trend was present in low poverty schools, too, Good said, where two-thirds of educators said many of their students struggled with learning outside of class. Good said she was also surprised by how many educators are focused on engaging families and community members to help support students’ learning. “Educators are really recognizing the need to reach into their community for resources to help their kids because teachers and principals can’t do it alone,” she said. Fifty-six percent of Florida teachers reported a lack of family involvement in student learning vs. 48 percent nationwide. The report also asked teachers about their opinions on funding allocations and school needs. Florida teachers said their top funding priority is higher salaries. Eighty-four percent said they received discretionary funds from their school district or Parent Teacher Association compared to 55 percent nationwide. Florida public elementary and secondary teachers earned just under $47,000 on average in 2013, nearly $10,000 less than the national average, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Below average salaries might contribute to above average teacher turnover in Florida – another finding identified by the report. The survey found that in Florida, 63 percent of teachers agreed that retaining high-quality teachers is a challenge compared to 49 percent nationwide. Mark Pudlow, spokesperson for the Florida Education Association, said this may also be due primarily to Senate Bill 736, which placed teachers on annual contracts. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011. “If a teacher can’t guarantee that they’ll have a job from year to year — not because they’re not a good teacher but because the rules are stacked against them — it’s difficult for them to get a mortgage and to have a professional life,” Pudlow said. Pudlow said another reason that might contribute to high teacher turnover rates in Florida is the state’s emphasis on testing. Many teachers feel they need “to be on script” and follow a prescribed pace, thus preventing teachers from catering to individual learning styles, he said.   “Teachers understand that there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to reaching their students,” he said. The report also identified the second-highest funding priority among Florida teachers to be high-quality instructional materials. Sixty-seven percent of Florida teachers identified high-quality instructional materials as a funding priority as compared to 55 percent nationwide. Similarly, Florida teachers reported having 18 percent fewer books per classroom than the national average. Fifty-three percent of Florida teachers said they’ve used their own money to purchase classroom books over the last year and spent an average of $548 of their own money on their classrooms as compared to $530 nationwide. Pudlow said complaints from teachers about the lack of funding for instructional materials have been consistent throughout his decades-long career in education. The state allocates excessive funds towards testing and voucher and charter schools, leaving little leftover for instructional materials, Pudlow said. He’s heard from many teachers who spend well over $1,000 of their own money each year to make up the difference. “That’s a particular problem because you don’t ask a road crew to bring their own asphalt,” Pudlow said. “It kind of shows a little bit of the lack of focus political leaders have on public schools.”

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/education/2017/07/11/report-florida-students-face-higher-barriers-learning-outside-school-compared-nation/463881001/

 

Orange charter school with two Fs closes for coming school year

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-oasis-charter-f-grades-closed-orange-20170711-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Education donors threaten to pull support if Duval doesn’t help pay for programs

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/education/2017-07-10/education-donors-threaten-pull-support-if-duval-doesn-t-help-pay

 

Special magistrate recommends pay increase for Santa Rosa teachers

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/education/2017/07/11/special-magistrate-recommends-pay-increase-santa-rosa-teachers/467980001/

 

Can Florida students still take the Algebra 2 end-of-course exam?

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/can-florida-students-still-take-the-algebra-2-end-of-course-exam/2330027

 

Florida’s “low performing” B schools

http://accountabaloney.com/index.php/2017/07/10/floridas-low-performing-b-schools/

 

Don't like a school's curriculum? Now you can challenge it

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2017/07/11/smart-dont-like-schools-curriculum-now-you-can-challenge/462815001/

 

A Nashville school board member warns about the charter scams

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/11/a-nashville-school-board-member-warns-kentucky-and-mississippi-about-the-charter-scams/

 

Bethune-Cookman University president steps down

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170711/b-cu-president-edison-jackson-steps-down-amid-mounting-money-woes

 

The war on college continues to be prosecuted on multiple fronts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/11/the-war-on-college-continues-to-be-prosecuted-on-multiple-fronts/?utm_term=.a0f30b4d8f9e

 

Nelson files legislation to reduce student debt

http://news.wfsu.org/post/us-senator-bill-nelson-files-legislation-reduce-student-debt

 

Constitutional commission should act to insulate judiciary from politics

http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/20170712/damien-filer-commission-should-act-to-insulate--judiciary-from-politics

 

Private prisons don’t save money, don’t make us safer

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/commentary-private-prisons-don-save-money-don-make-safer/gJEOXhSCB8OT43v65EyQRM/

 

Florida tops ranking of states' fiscal strength

https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2017/07/11/florida-tops-ranking-of-states-fiscal-strength.html

 

Court clerks funding case continues in capital

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241328-court-clerks-funding-case

 

Mental health advocates say lawmakers failing to address treatment for addicts

http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Mental-health-advocates-say-lawmakers-failing-to-address-treatment-for-opiod-addicts-433917283.html

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170711/governor-puts-spotlight-on-opioid-problem-during-sarasota-visit

 

Desperate for addiction treatment, patients are pawns in insurance fraud scheme

https://www.statnews.com/2017/07/07/opioid-insurance-fraud/?utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7edf13878d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-7edf13878d-196862717

 

While panel bumbles, Justice Department sends voter suppression signals

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/doj-nvra-letter-voter-purge-signals?utm_content=buffer4d671&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Meet the vote suppressors on Trump’s “election integrity” commission

https://www.thenation.com/article/meet-the-liars-and-conspiracy-theorists-on-trumps-election-integrity-commission/

 

Voter commission should focus on real problems

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170712/editorial-voter-commission-should-focus-on-real-problems

 

Local elections officials trying to convince some registered voters to stay registered

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/11/local-elections-officials-trying-convince-some-registered-voters-stay-registered/470007001/

 

ALEC’s covert war on democracy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alecs-covert-war-on-democracy_us_596308f7e4b0cf3c8e8d59f7

 

Florida secretary of state defends release of voter information

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/11/secretary-state-defends-release-voter-information/469426001/

 

Russian dirt on Clinton? “I love it,” Trump Jr. said

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/trump-russia-email-clinton.html?emc=edit_na_20170711&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-jr-was-told-campaign-meeting-would-be-with-russian-government-lawyer-according-to-emails/2017/07/11/70b957e2-664c-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.7c9d08d67f2c

 

The Trump Jr. emails could hardly be more incriminating

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/07/11/the-donald-trump-jr-emails-could-hardly-be-more-incriminating/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.130c541ac9fc

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-jrs-emails-are-far-more-damning-than-anyone-could-have-imagined/2017/07/11/9c81cbb8-665e-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.473cfadf1469

 

Trump Jr.’s emails implicate Kushner and Manafort too

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/11/15952850/trump-russia-emails-kushner

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/12/politics/kushner-trump-jr-russia-email-chain/index.html

 

Trump Jr.’s E-mails have fundamentally changed the Russia story

http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/the-trump-teams-crumbling-russia-defense?utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7edf13878d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-7edf13878d-196862717

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-jrs-meeting-is-a-legal-game-changer/2017/07/10/bb2a39b0-65a0-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.cafb5f9cc76d

 

New York Times reporter on Trump Jr.’s claim of transparency: “Nonsense”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/07/11/new-york-times-reporter-on-donald-trump-jr-s-claim-of-transparency-nonsense/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.492fae980fe0

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/business/media/how-trump-jrs-transparency-erodes-trust-with-the-media.html?emc=edit_th_20170712&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Four times Trump Jr. has changed his story about meeting with a Russian lawyer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/11/4-times-donald-trump-jr-has-changed-his-story-about-meeting-with-a-russian-lawyer/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.efcc96498f47

 

Trump Jr. is just staggeringly incompetent

https://www.vox.com/2017/7/11/15953236/donald-trump-jr-russia-meeting-email

 

This is no “rookie mistake.” The Trump team shouldn’t even be on the field.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-no-rookie-mistake-the-trump-team-shouldnt-even-be-on-the-field/2017/07/11/058faec6-6679-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.cb3482505ac9

 

We are past the point of innocent explanations on Trump and Russia

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/11/15950664/trump-jr-russia-meeting-clinton

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-revelation-unlike-any-other-in-the-russia-investigation/2017/07/11/7985fa14-666b-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.644a5a0bd748

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/opinion/donald-trump-jr-emails-russia.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170712&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

That’s that: The Trump campaign welcomed Russian meddling

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/07/11/thats-that-the-trump-campaign-welcomed-russian-meddling/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.bd0f5ce1505e

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/trump-campaign-colluded-the-only-question-now-is-how-much.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-b

 

The Russia meddling story is no longer just smoke. It’s fire.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-russia-hacking-story-is-no-longer-just-smoke-its-fire/2017/07/11/b8dc758c-665f-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.02fff2650ad6

 

The Trump campaign’s attempted collusion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-trump-campaigns-attempted-collusion/2017/07/10/7841c090-65b0-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.616863eb0b88

 

Rancor at White House as Russia story refuses to let the page turn

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/russia-trump.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/category-5-hurricane-white-house-under-siege-by-trump-jrs-russia-revelations/2017/07/11/1e091478-664d-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.ac72936e9fe8

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/11/trump-junior-white-house-scandal-russia-240433

 

Trump Jr. delivers “smoking gun” to Mueller

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-emails-smoking-gun-robert-mueller-240414

 

More would be required for criminal case, analysts say

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/opinion/donald-trump-jr-treason-emails-russia.html?src=twr

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-jrs-emails-could-put-him-in-legal-jeopardy-but-more-would-be-required-for-criminal-case-analysts-say/2017/07/11/02985360-6653-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.ec2397f0a45c

 

Trump Jr.’s love affair with Moscow

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/12/trump-junior-russia-connection-240436

 

Trump’s first 12-word statement about his son speaks volumes

https://thinkprogress.org/donald-trump-statement-on-donald-trump-jr-emails-with-russian-lawyer-5c0ff232c4d2

 

Trump says son is “innocent” amid reports of Russia meeting

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/us/politics/trump-says-son-is-innocent-amid-reports-of-russia-meeting.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170712&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/12/president-says-donald-trump-jr-is-open-transparent-and-innocent/?utm_term=.af656e318f9d

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/12/donald-trump-says-storm-over-sons-meeting-is-greatest-witch-hunt-in-history?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234723&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

As Russia scandal touches his son, Trump privately rages

https://apnews.com/6209a3c7144143e78e435386981942cd/As-Russia-scandal-touches-his-son,-Trump-privately-rages

 

This 2016 Trump Jr. interview about Russia is now downright cringeworthy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/11/this-old-donald-trump-jr-interview-about-russia-is-now-downright-cringe-worthy/?utm_term=.c6cb726b2b55

 

Even in the world of opposition research, Trump Jr.’s meeting was highly unusual

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/even-in-the-take-no-prisoners-world-of-opposition-research-trump-jrs-meeting-was-highly-unusual/2017/07/11/06e51b4a-6655-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html?utm_term=.0f479bd4b314

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/us/politics/donald-trump-jr-opposition-research-foreign-power.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170712&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Lawyer who met Trump Jr., seen as fearsome Moscow insider

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/world/europe/natalia-veselnitskaya-donald-trump-jr-russian-lawyer.html?emc=edit_cn_20170712&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/russian-lawyer-who-met-with-trump-jr-has-long-history-fighting-sanctions/2017/07/11/05e2467c-65b1-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html

 

Who is the man who set up Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/rob-goldstone-trump-jr-meeting-russian-lawyer?CMP=edit_2221

 

Trump Jr.’s lawyer is a Miami native

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article160859359.html

 

New York Post’s blistering editorial
http://nypost.com/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-is-an-idiot/

 

Five key facts about Trump Jr.’s email exchange

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/11/five-key-facts-about-donald-trump-jr-s-just-released-explosive-email-exchange/

 

Six things to watch for next in the Trump Jr. saga

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/11/6-things-to-watch-for-next-in-the-donald-trump-jr-saga/

 

Donnygate, a Russian pop star, and the end of the republic

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/donnygate-a-russian-pop-star-and-the-end-of-the-republic?mbid=social_twitter

 

Details emerge on Moscow real estate deal that led to the Trump-Kremlin alliance

https://www.yahoo.com/news/new-details-emerge-moscow-real-estate-deal-led-trump-kremlin-alliance-190126219.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw

 

GOP researcher who sought Clinton emails had alt-right help

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/11/gop-researcher-who-sought-clinton-emails-had-alt-right-help-215359

 

How will FBI nominee Wray deal with Trump?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-nominee-wray-rose-through-ranks-of-law-enforcement-with-figures-such-as-comey-yates/2017/07/11/c6dd5fba-65ac-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.9596bacab54e

 

Gowdy fumes at Trump administration over latest Russia controversy

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/11/trey-gowdy-trump-russia-240432

 

Tested by the many chapters of the Russia story, Republicans stand by Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/tested-by-the-many-chapters-of-the-russia-story-republicans-stand-by-trump/2017/07/11/3bc1983c-665c-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.8a53b527364c

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/senate-republicans-health-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20170712&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/12/fox-news-sean-hannity-donald-trump-jrs-republicans-russia?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234723&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/11/lawmakers-call-donald-trump-jr-testimony-russia-meeting/468225001/

 

Rubio says special counsel will determine if Trump Jr. violated the law

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/07/marco-rubio-says-special-counsel-will-determine-if-donald-trump-jr-violated-the-law.html

 

Deutch pushes for House vote on Russian sanctions

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/241346-ted-deutch-pushes-house-vote-russian-sanctions

 

Info from a Russian? Yoho “would have done the same thing”

http://www.ocala.com/news/20170711/info-from-russian-yoho-would-have-done-same-thing

 

GOP senators vow to unveil health bill Thursday, despite deep divisions

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/senate-republicans-health-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20170712&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/11/senate-republicans-pessimistic-obamacare-repeal-240404

 

Senate GOP health bill quietly brings back preexisting conditions

https://www.vox.com/health-care/2017/7/11/15949274/senate-health-bill-preexisting-conditions

 

The Senate health bill is almost an orphan with few real supporters

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/the-senate-health-bill-is-almost-an-orphan-with-few-real-supporters/2017/07/11/6ed03486-665c-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.74710343663e

 

How the rich gain and the poor lose under the Senate Republican health care plan

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/11/upshot/who-gains-who-loses-under-senate-health-plan.html?emc=edit_cn_20170712&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Rubio takes to Facebook to rebut health care claims

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/07/11/sen-marco-rubio-takes-facebook-rebut-health-care-claims/468116001/

 

McConnell delays recess to complete work on health-care bill, other issues

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/mcconnell-delays-august-recess-to-complete-work-on-health-care-bill-other-issues/2017/07/11/1d90e3d2-6647-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.3983ecdf985e

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/us/politics/republicans-health-care-senate-recess.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170712&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Fear trumps decency in deporting Palm Beach restaurant manager

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/fear-trumps-decency-deporting-palm-beach-restaurant-manager/ylcFpbGRwg8Dc6HcoBEiPP/

 

Detained Iranian cancer researcher sent back to home country

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/cancer-researcher-was-held-at-boston-airport-now-he-is-being-sent-back-to-iran/2017/07/11/7aedf3b0-6662-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.d4ff9d36bb72

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_IRANIAN_RESEARCHER_DETAINED_MAOL-?SITE=FLPET&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

 

Immigration judges were always overworked. Now they’ll be untrained, too.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/immigration-judges-were-always-overworked-now-theyll-be-untrained-too/2017/07/11/e71bb1fa-4c93-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html?utm_term=.916f327a534d

 

Sessions: mandatory minimum sentences protected us. Research: nope.

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/7/11/15955570/jeff-sessions-mandatory-minimums-crime

 

Trump wants to block Obama plan to crack down on estate tax dodgers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/11/strict-rules-for-enforcing-the-estate-tax-are-on-the-trump-administrations-hit-list/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.3aeb684dd4fe

 

Trump's “war on the open Internet”: Firms join activists in day of protest

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/12/net-neutrality-fcc-day-of-action-protest-internet?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234723&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/11/what-is-net-neutrality-threat-trump-administration?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=234723&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

American public to Trump: Leave our national monuments alone

https://thinkprogress.org/monument-review-comment-backlash-5e3462a5443b

 

Trump's environmental rollbacks are hitting major roadblocks

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-environment-20170711-story.html

 

Dozens testify against Trump administration’s proposed delay of key methane rule

https://thinkprogress.org/public-opposes-delay-in-epa-methane-rule-edb0d7252a4a

 

Controversial Alaskan gold mine could be revived under Trump’s EPA

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/11/epa-seeks-to-reverse-its-opposition-to-controversial-alaskan-gold-mine/

 

FDA deal would relax rules on reporting medical device problems

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/health/fda-medical-device-problems-rules.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170711&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

An Afghan war plan by the guy who founded Blackwater

http://taskandpurpose.com/afghan-war-plan-erik-prince-blackwater-dyncorp/

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/4a35c39b277

 

DeVos invests in military contractor run by son-in-law, brother shapes war policy

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/betsy-devos-invested-military-tech-contractor-run-son-law-while-brother-shaped

 

Chinese labor activist says he was arrested because of factory's Trump links

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/10/chinese-labour-activist-hua-haifeng-arrest-ivanka-trump-brand-huajian

https://www.thenation.com/article/is-china-trying-to-silence-the-workers-who-make-ivanka-trumps-apparel/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

 

Twitter users blocked by Trump file lawsuit

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/trump-twitter-users-lawsuit.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170711&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/twitter-lawsuit-donald-trump-blocking-knight-institute

 

Fox News issues correction on Comey report

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/07/11/fox-friends-issues-correction-on-comey-report/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.bb432ae46ff0

 

Fox correspondent edits out mention of Russian government when quoting emails

https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/07/11/Foxs-chief-intelligence-correspondent-edited-out-mention-of-Russian-government-when-quotin/217211

 

An iceberg the size of Delaware just broke off a major Antarctic ice shelf

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/09/climate/antarctica-rift-update.html?emc=edit_na_20170712&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/12/one-of-the-biggest-icebergs-in-recorded-history-just-broke-loose-from-antarctica/?utm_term=.ebbf1eef0bf1

 

 

 

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