Today's news -- June 19, 2017

 

 

Scott’s double-whammy against public education *

With one stroke of his pen last week, Gov. Rick Scott set back progress for Florida’s public universities. And with another stroke, he did astounding damage to the state’s K-12 public schools. Nice work, Governor. In the first instance, Scott vetoed most of the policy initiatives sought by Senate President Joe Negron in hopes of catapulting Florida campuses into the nation’s top tier of public universities. That included expansions of the Bright Futures merit-scholarship program and funds to attract world-class professors and researchers and reward top-performing medical, business and law programs. Some of the initiatives will be salvaged for a year because they’re included in the new $82 billion state budget, which takes effect July 1. But with Scott’s veto of the “Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act,” they won’t be permanent. Scott did this because he thought the universities were benefiting at the expense of the 28 state colleges. Himself a product of a community college, he objected to the bill’s proposed cap on bachelor’s degrees for the usually two-year schools. He also fumed that the Legislature cut the state college system’s budget by $25 million for 2017-18. It’s true that the state colleges fared badly in Tallahassee this spring. But the way to fix those shortcomings is to address them next year — not punish universities for the advances they managed to make. Since when it is wise to throw out the baby with the bathwater? More galling is Scott’s embrace of House Bill 7069, which was rightly reviled by school boards, superintendents, classroom teachers and parents throughout the state. With Scott’s signature, $140 million of public money will be set aside to subsidize privately owned charter schools that can set up near struggling traditional public schools and call them “Schools of Hope.” That’s just one of its insults to the state’s public school system. The new law also allows charter schools to take a slice of the money that school districts raise for construction and maintenance through local property tax. In Palm Beach County, officials say that will chew an estimated $10 million, about 2 percent, out of the schools’ $400 million capital budget. Over 10 years, the loss to charter schools could reach $230 million, county officials say — public money going to buildings the public won’t own. As Rep. Janet Cruz, the House Democratic leader, put it: “Not since the creation of the unconstitutional voucher system has there been an assault on our public schools as flagrant and hurtful as what’s contained in HB 7069.” This naked payout to the for-profit charter school industry was a prime priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes. The bill that envelops it was cobbled together from a slate of education bills in closed-door negotiations at the end of the session, with no public input and little debate. It easily passed the House but cleared the Senate by the barest of margins, 20-18. Negron, R-Stuart, voted for it, perhaps in exchange for Corcoran’s support of his higher education initiatives. Now that Scott has vetoed Negron’s higher-ed bill, the more moderate Republican should be looking long and hard at his missed opportunity to have thwarted the Corcoran-led kiss-up to private school corporations. But in the end, it is the governor who, under the guise of offering more choices to students, has tightened the leash on universities trying to leap ahead and who bears responsibility for this ripoff of the public school system.

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/editorial-scott-double-whammy-against-public-education-florida/UgE0lNHePpFBejAgLjhY7I/amp.html

 

Too many decisions made in private, by just three people

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/editorial-too-many-decisions-made-private-just-three-people/wjgPPhDHEQ5fqu746W9YEO/

 

Education budget jeopardizes raises for Brevard's struggling teachers (Vanessa Skipper quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/16/education-budget-jeopardizes-raises-brevards-struggling-teachers/402971001/

 

In Tampa, Corcoran faces hostile crowd angry about school bill (Kenny Blankenship and Naze Sahebzamani quoted)
http://floridapolitics.com/archives/240196-tampa-richard-corcoran-faces-hostile-crowd-school-bill

 

Reactions throughout the state
http://www.wftv.com/news/local/gov-rick-scott-signs-bill-to-help-charter-schools/533935120 (Wendy Doromal quoted)

http://www.wesh.com/article/gov-rick-scott-signs-controversial-schools-bill/10029930 (Wendy Doromal quoted)

http://orlando-politics.com/2017/06/15/protesters-blast-controversial-education-bill-ahead-of-rick-scott-signing-in-orlando/ (Wendy Doromal quoted)

https://www.aft.org/news/sweeping-education-bill-expands-florida-charters (Joanne McCall quoted)

Volusia’s first charter high school marks shift in state education (Andrew Spar quoted)
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170617/volusias-1st-charter-high-school-marks-shift-in-florida-education

 

Budget woes force the Hillsborough district to rethink its role as a job provider (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/budget-woes-force-the-hillsborough-school-district-to-rethink-its-role-as/2327617?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Six Leon schools at risk for “Schools of Hope”

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/06/18/six-leon-county-schools-risk-schools-hope/402933001/

 

SD 40 candidate Díaz de la Portilla denounces charters bill, GOP House leaders

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/06/15/sd-40-candidate-diaz-de-la-portilla-denounces-charter-schools-bill-gop-house-leaders-112807

 

State senators grieve passage of controversial education bill

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/06/16/post-mortem-state-senators-grieve-passage-of-controversial-education-bill-112853

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/gradebook-podcast-sen-jack-latvala-explains-what-happened-with-hb-7069/2327564

 

In two key education bills, Scott rewards Corcoran, rejects Negron

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/06/15/for-the-legislative-leaders-education-priorities-scott-delivers-two-different-outcomes-112834

 

Negron got played — Florida public schools pay price

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-joe-negron-loses-gamble-20170617-story.html

 

HB 7069 and its promise of “hope”

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/hb-7069-and-its-promise-of-hope/2327492

 

Sink: Anger over HB 7069 could be Democrats’ winning issue in 2018

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/240271-alex-sink-says-anger-hb-7069-winning-issue-democrats-2018

 

Hack attacks highlight vulnerability of state schools to cyber crooks

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article156544589.html

 

After-school programs for poor: Boost for kids or boondoggle?

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-trump-budget-seeks-to-end-after-school-programs-20170526-story.html

 

School choice: an ugly idea

http://russonreading.blogspot.com/2017/06/school-choice-ugly-idea.html?m=1

 

Bob Graham: What happened to civics education?

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/bob-graham-what-happened-to-civics-education-in-florida/2327522

 

Spur a love for science that spans a lifetime

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-science-class-vital-for-future-work-force-20170612-story.html

 

From the battlefield to the classroom: Are veterans a solution to teacher shortage?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/from-the-battlefield-to-the-classroom-are-veterans-a-solution-to-teacher-shortage/2017/06/16/346d51b2-4185-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html?utm_term=.575a4ced6b88

 

How both parties in Congress waste school officials’ valuable time

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/how-both-parties-in-congress-waste-school-officials-valuable-time/2017/06/16/0e58600c-5152-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?utm_term=.6bc61ff5d3a8

 

Federal Education Department says it will scale back civil rights investigations

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/education-department-civil-rights-betsy-devos.html?emc=edit_th_20170617&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/education-dept-closes-transgender-student-cases-as-it-pushes-to-scale-back-civil-rights-investigations/2017/06/17/08e10de2-5367-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?utm_term=.3866c2093c2f

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/06/16/education-department-memo-lays-out-trump-administrations-approach-to-handling-transgender-students-civil-rights-complaints/?utm_term=.497b6eb5a8bc

 

DeVos invites anti-LGBT groups to join Father’s Day event in D.C.

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/06/16/devos-invites-anti-lgbt-groups-to-join-fathers-day-event-in-d-c/

 

For the first time, a D.C. charter school has voted to create a teachers union

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/for-the-first-time-a-dc-charter-school-has-voted-to-create-a-teachers-union/2017/06/16/935f1a1e-52bc-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?utm_term=.90d14ad25484

 

Teachers at 32 charter schools vote to join the Chicago Teachers Union

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/06/18/chicago-teachers-at-32-charter-schools-vote-to-join-the-chicago-teachers-union/

 

South Carolina taxpayers waste $350 million on failing virtual charter schools

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/06/19/south-carolina-taxpayers-waste-350-million-on-failing-virtual-charter-schools/

 

Indianapolis: What the public schools learned from the charter schools

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/06/17/indianapolis-what-the-public-schools-learned-from-the-charter-schools/

 

GAU: UF grad assistants protected by gender identity discrimination in contract  (Charles Shields, Bobby Mermer, Alec Dinnin and John Hames quoted)
http://www.alligator.org/news/article_5d3e168a-52e7-11e7-bb95-d34130edee94.html

 

At USF and elsewhere, education schools reboot as enrollment declines

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/at-usf-and-elsewhere-education-schools-reboot-as-enrollment-declines-and/2327610?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Long-awaited accreditation for Florida Poly marks school as “serious and legitimate”

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/long-awaited-accreditation-for-florida-poly-marks-school-as-serious-and/2327536

 

Corcoran: State legislators represent people better than local governments

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/florida-house-speaker-richard-corcoran-tallahassee-legislators-represent/2327503

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/corcoran-touts-legislature-as-more-representative/2327647

 

Corcoran’s buckets of contradictions
http://amp.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article156658134.html

 

Tampa Bay lawmakers express regrets over legislative session

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/local/tampa-bay-lawmakers-express-regrets-over-legislative-session/2327598

 

Florida lawmaker: All legislators should be armed

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/florida-lawmaker-all-legislators-should-be-armed/2327546

 

Trujillo got last-minute budget language OK'd to punish Miami developer

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/06/15/trujillo-got-last-minute-budget-language-okd-to-punish-miami-developer-112795

 

Open-government group seeks lawmakers' text messages

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-faf-public-records-20170616-story.html

 

Armed with new fund, Scott goes job hunting again

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-economic-development-legislature-scott-20170613-story.html

 

Scott asked to respond to judicial appointments lawsuit

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/240216-rick-scott-judicial-lawsuit

 

Florida leads country in job growth while unemployment rate dips to 10-year low

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/economicdevelopment/florida-unemployment-drops-again-to-hit-43-percent/2327502?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article156552594.html

 

Why state politicians fought a 6-year gun battle with doctors they knew they'd lose

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-docs-glocks-guns-florida-nra-scott-maxwell-20170616-story,amp.html

 

Trump administration backs employers over workers on arbitration pacts

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-arbitration-supreme-court_us_5944498fe4b0f15cd5bb5feb?utm_content=buffer9c46b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Labor groups say “sham unions” undercut other organizations

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/labor-groups-sham-unions-focus-cash-workers-article-1.3251130

 

Rigged: Forced into debt, worked to exhaustion, left with nothing
https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/news/rigged-forced-into-debt-worked-past-exhaustion-left-with-nothing/

 

The cruel Catch-22 of being poor with no ID

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/what-happens-to-people-who-cant-prove-who-they-are/2017/06/14/fc0aaca2-4215-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?hpid=hp_weekend-chain_mag-feature2-0618%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.f16bed953a43

 

Rural divide

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/rural-america/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_ruralpoll-1102am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.b7a372e37b96

 

Rosenstein says he may need to recuse himself from Russia probe

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/deputy-attorney-general-privately-acknowledges-recuse-russia-probe/story?id=48080253

 

Trump attacks Rosenstein in latest rebuke of Justice Department

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/trump-investigation-comey-russia.html?emc=edit_th_20170617&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/06/16/trumps-outburst-of-rage-just-sent-the-russia-scandal-hurtling-forward/

 

Did Trump just lay the groundwork to fire the special counsel?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/16/did-trump-just-lay-the-groundwork-to-fire-his-special-counsel/?utm_term=.bdce99d9f1a7

 

Trump’s tantrums speak volumes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-tantrum-tweets-speak-volumes/2017/06/16/4c8c24c0-52d4-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html?utm_term=.23635d942cf9

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/06/16/make-witch-hunts-great-again/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.65d3c854aea3

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/17/tracking-trump-comey-russia-sessions-witchhunt?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=231128&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump is girding for a fight

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/opinion/trump-impeachment-russia-investigation.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170619&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump “is not under investigation,” his lawyer insists

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/us/politics/trump-lawyer-special-counsel-russia-not-under-investigation.html?emc=edit_cn_20170619&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/18/trump-lawyer-jay-sekulow-witch-hunt-fbi-director-comey?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=231344&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/46d51509e5aa

 

How Flynn’s disdain for limits led to a legal quagmire

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/us/politics/michael-flynn-intel-group-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170618&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

Mueller’s team has over a century of experience at the Justice Department

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/06/16/muellers-team-has-over-a-century-of-experience-at-the-justice-department/?utm_term=.f3faeda750d2

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/338105-mueller-hires-more-than-a-dozen-lawyers-for-russia-probe-plans

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/16/robert-mueller-investigation-staff-list-239638

 

Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, hires his own lawyer in Russia probe https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/16/trumps-personal-lawyer-michael-cohen-hires-his-own-lawyer-in-russia-probe/?utm_term=.cbf89aa9702d

 

Trump adds another lawyer to his Russia investigation team

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/16/trump-adds-another-lawyer-to-his-russia-investigation-team/?utm_term=.651384d1e5a6

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/16/trump-new-lawyer-john-dowd-fbi-investigation-239651

 

Kushner is said to be reconsidering his legal team

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/business/jared-kushner-trump-russia-election-investigation.html?emc=edit_cn_20170619&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Trump threatens to break the glass on DOJ succession plan

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/16/donald-trump-justice-department-succession-plan-239652

 

Gowdy now has the House Oversight gavel. But will he investigate Trump?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/powerpost/trey-gowdy-now-has-the-house-oversight-gavel-but-will-he-investigate-trump/2017/06/18/597885c0-52c0-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html

 

The obscure lawyer who might become the most powerful woman in Washington

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/16/justice-department-rachel-brand-215270

 

Trump’s dangerous indifference to Russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/opinion/mr-trumps-dangerous-indifference-to-russia.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170617&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

U.S. voting is hackable. Here are six things we must do to prevent chaos.

https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/6/16/15816510/voting-security-hacks-russia-georgia-election

 

House Russia investigators want to bring in Trump digital director

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/16/politics/russia-investigators-trump-digital-director/index.html

 

How the Russia investigation entangled a Manafort protégé

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/rick-gates-russia.html?emc=edit_th_20170617&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Escalating investigation puts Trump and his staff at legal odds

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/16/donald-trump-staff-investigation-legal-counsel-239658

 

Rubio’s friendship with Trump blossoms even as he helps investigate https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/rubios-friendship-with-trump-blossoms-even-as-he-helps-investigate-the-presidents-associates/2017/06/16/c565f9dc-52a4-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?utm_term=.54e151c37629

 

Rubio: Trump “pretty fired up” about Russia investigations

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/18/rubio-trump-mueller-russia-probe-239678

 

Secrecy faces criticism as GOP works behind closed doors on health bill

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-republicans-obamacare-secrecy-20170616-story,amp.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/338345-senators-wrestle-with-demand-for-open-process-on-healthcare

https://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/the-silence-of-the-hacks/?emc=edit_ty_20170619&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

We asked eight Senate Republicans to explain what their health bill is trying to do

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/6/16/15810524/senate-ahca-explain-please

 

Schumer wants all-Senate gathering on health care

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/schumer-asks-full-senate-conversation-health-care?utm_content=buffer29412&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Secrecy surrounding healthcare bill makes us sick

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article156872904.html

 

Cerebral palsy didn't stop this college junior. Obamacare repeal might.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5941d2ade4b003d5948d133f/amp?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

 

How did health care get to be such a mess?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/opinion/health-insurance-american-medical-association.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170619&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump administration map of Obamacare failures is riddled with inaccuracies

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/6/13/15792276/trump-obamacare-map

 

Rubio cautions against rushing health care in Senate

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/whiteboard/2017/06/18/rubio-cautions-against-rushing-health-care-in-senate-8612587

 

Commission on Civil Rights to investigate enforcement under Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/06/16/u-s-commission-on-civil-rights-to-investigate-civil-rights-enforcement-under-trump/?utm_term=.fd13bff3372d

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/16/commission-civil-rights-trump-betsy-devos-239639

 

After acquittal in Castile case, activists find reasons for hope amid a sense of defeat

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/acquittal-verdict-in-castile-case-leads-to-march-arrests/2017/06/17/8c06a432-5396-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?utm_term=.b6820a35280c

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/06/17/the-acquittal-in-philando-castiles-killing-makes-clear-that-black-lives-still-do-not-matter/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/police-shooting-trial-philando-castile.html?emc=edit_th_20170617&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Grim echoes for families: An officer shoots and a jury acquits

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/us/police-shootings-philando-castile.html?emc=edit_th_20170618&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump vowed to “take care” of opioid crisis, but there are few signs of action

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/health/donald-trump-opioid-panel.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170616&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Playing tricks with Dodd-Frank

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/opinion/trump-dodd-frank-banks.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170616&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/19/trump-cabinet-white-house-239691

 

Milwaukee sheriff rescinds acceptance of Homeland Security post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/17/milwaukee-sheriff-david-clarke-rescinds-acceptance-of-homeland-security-post/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-politics%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.97e6b10ff2bf

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/us/politics/david-clarke-sheriff-homeland-security-job.html?emc=edit_th_20170618&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Zinke moving dozens of senior Interior Department officials in shake-up

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/zinke-moving-dozens-of-senior-interior-officials-in-shake-up/2017/06/16/11801d3a-5295-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?utm_term=.f0524cb63f74

 

Appointment of Trump wedding planner to HUD post draws outcry

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-wedding-planner-hud-20170616-story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/trump-family-wedding-planner-to-head-new-yorks-federal-housing-office.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Trump doesn’t care about HIV. We’re outta here.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-doesnt-care-about-hiv-were-outta-here-626285

 

Why Republicans won’t work for the Trump administration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/help-wanted-why-republicans-wont-work-for-the-trump-administration/2017/06/17/61e3d33e-506a-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumphiring818pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.14e11f26bbf3

 

White House pushes for widening war in Syria over Pentagon objections

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/16/white-house-officials-push-for-widening-war-in-syria-over-pentagon-objections/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/06/18/a-u-s-aircraft-has-shot-down-a-syrian-government-jet-over-northern-syria-pentagon-says/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_cp-syriajet-515pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.f14c25bf8edb

 

Why is the U.S. killing so many civilians in Syria and Iraq?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/opinion/isis-syria-iraq-civilian-casualties.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170619&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

As U.S. adds troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s strategy remains undefined

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/world/asia/us-troops-afghanistan-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170619&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghan-war-faces-flurry-of-setbacks-as-new-us-military-policy-nears/2017/06/18/e24acaf2-5383-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_afghan-650pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.90aabd4c5aef

 

“The war after Isis”: Has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/18/donald-trump-syria-iran-isis-james-mattis?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=231236&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump’s Arab alliance is a mirage

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/opinion/trump-isis-qatar-saudi-arabia.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170619&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/opinion/qatar-saudi-arabia-iran-muslim-brotherhood.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170619&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump aides Kushner and Greenblatt to visit Israel, Palestinians this week

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mideast-idUSKBN19A084

 

Trump turns clock backward on Cuba

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-trump-turns-clock-backward-on-cuba/2327566

 

In announcing Cuba crackdown, Trump returns to GOP base

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/06/16/trump-in-miami-says-free-cuba-is-what-we-will-soon-achieve-112839

 

Rubio: Trump's Cuba policy will “punish” Cuban military

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/06/16/rubio-trumps-us-cuba-policy-will-punish-cuban-military-empowers-cuban-people-112854

 

Russia considers opening military base in Cuba

http://amp.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article107473897.html

 

A hidden cost of corruption: environmental devastation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/a-hidden-cost-of-corruption-environmental-devastation/2017/06/16/03f93c1e-52b8-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-posteverything%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.f3373c9fac95

 

Foreign aid is a good investment

http://www.ocala.com/opinion/20170617/editorial-foreign-aid-is-good-investment

 

Trump reports he’s getting rich as president

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/donald-trump-reports-hes-getting-rich-off-the-presidency/530718/

 

Trump retains assets worth at least $1.4 billion, new disclosure shows

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-retains-assets-worth-at-least-14-billion-new-disclosure-shows/2017/06/16/c0bc4caa-52b9-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html?utm_term=.356cf3457969

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/16/us-ethics-office-releases-trumps-financial-disclosure-239649

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/16/donald-trump-financial-disclosure-business-assets?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=231128&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/trumps-financial-disclosures.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170616&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

See the disclosure form: https://oge.app.box.com/s/kz4qvbdsbcfrzq16msuo4zmth6rerh1c

 

Mar-a-Lago revenue soars with Trump presidency

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/16/trump-businesses-have-millions-in-revenue/102932652/

 

Trump’s business ties in the Gulf raise questions about his allegiances

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/world/middleeast/trumps-business-ties-in-persian-gulf-raise-questions-about-his-allegiances.html?emc=edit_th_20170618&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Russia renewed unused Trump trademarks in 2016

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/us/politics/russia-trump-trademarks.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170618&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Indiana to pay out $100,000 to deal with requests for Pence emails

https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/17/mike-pence-emails-indiana-governor

 

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