Today's news -- June 27, 2017

 

 

 

Scott signs several education bills into law

Just days before the deadline, Gov. Rick Scott signed seven education bills into Florida law Monday. They included the Florida Education Finance Program that boosted per student funding by $100 after a contentious special session, the expansion of the state's Gardiner and tax credit scholarships that assist students attending private schools, and a revision of rules for how parents and other county residents can challenge public school instructional materials. The bills are: HB 3A (FEFP), HB 15 (school choice), HB 989 (instructional materials), HB 1109 (private school student participation in public school extracurriculars), HB 781 (school grades), HB 1239 (school bus safety), and HB 899 (transitional education programs). All the new laws take effect July 1.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/gov-rick-scott-signs-several-education-bills-into-florida-law/2328542

During the special session, some Democrats had complained that the increase wouldn't offset what they said would be the negative impact of HB 7069, a controversial and wide-ranging education bill Scott approved shortly after the special session as part of a rumored deal with House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes. "It's an increase — but at what cost?" asked Rep. Cynthia Stafford, a Miami Democrat who pointed out that funding for education is still short of pre-recession levels when inflation is factored in. "The state has recovered, but education funding has not."

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/06/27/scott-signs-economic-development-school-funding-bills/430861001/

http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2017-06-26/scott-signs-education-bills-vetoes-lottery-ticket-warnings?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

 

Manatee charter school sent recruitment letters to local public school teachers (Pat Barber quoted)
http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/manatee-county-charter-school-sent-recruitment-letters-to-local-public/article_7a613980-5ac7-11e7-807d-d796f570742a.html

 

Pasco contract talks (Don Peace quoted, third item)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/parents-pushing-school-district-to-find-a-way-to-preserve-athletic-trainers/2328508

 

Early-release days for Brevard schools likely sticking to Wednesday (Dan Bennett quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2017/06/26/early-release-days-brevard-schools-likely-sticking-wednesday/428495001/

 

Teacher hiring freeze is lifted in Hillsborough

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/teacher-hiring-freeze-is-lifted-in-hillsborough/2328524

 

States must aid some church programs, justices rule

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that states must sometimes provide aid to religious groups even when their state constitutions call for a strict separation of church and state. The decision concerned a state program to make playgrounds safer that excluded those affiliated with churches, and it had implications for all kinds of government aid to religious institutions. The vote was 7-2, though some of the justices in the majority differed about how broadly the court should have ruled. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, said unjustified government discrimination against churches and other religious institutions is odious and unconstitutional. Officials in Missouri, Roberts wrote, were not entitled to reject a 2012 application from Trinity Lutheran Church for a grant to use recycled tires to resurface a playground. “The consequence is, in all likelihood, a few extra scraped knees,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “But the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution all the same, and cannot stand.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor summarized her dissent from the bench, an indication of deep disagreement. “This case is about nothing less than the relationship between religious institutions and the civil government — that is, between church and state,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, which was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “The court today profoundly changes that relationship by holding, for the first time, that the Constitution requires the government to provide public funds directly to a church.” The Missouri Constitution bars spending public money “directly or indirectly, in aid of any church,” and the state Supreme Court has called for “a very high wall between church and state.” Thirty-eight other states have similar provisions.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/supreme-court-playgrounds-church-and-state-missouri.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/supreme-court-churches-state-funds-239957 (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)

 

Ruling sidesteps questions regarding state protections
In a narrowly written decision, the Supreme Court held in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer that Missouri could not refuse a playground grant to a church solely due to the fact that the church is a religious institution. In so holding, the court noted that the case involved express discrimination based on religious identity with respect to such a grant, and that the court was not “address[ing] religious uses of funding or other forms of discrimination.” The court’s refusal to rule broadly will surely be a disappointment to school voucher proponents who had sought to use the dispute over playground resurfacing grants to undermine state constitutional protections for public education. The 6–3 decision both leaves intact the Missouri constitutional provision at issue in the case insofar as it prohibits state funding of religious actions and leaves undisturbed the similar provisions of 38 other states. These “no aid” provisions were enacted to protect the common schools and have been applied for decades to ensure that resources for those schools were not diverted to private religious institutions. The National Education Association filed an amicus brief in the case arguing that these state constitutional provisions should not be swept aside and that a state’s independent interpretation of their constitutional provisions regarding church-state separation should be respected. The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García: “We applaud the Supreme Court’s refusal to accept the invitation of voucher proponents to issue a broad ruling that could place in jeopardy the ability of states to protect their public education system by refusing to divert public school funding to private religious schools. NEA’s 3 million educators are deeply committed to ensuring every student has opportunity and access to a great public school. Vouchers are a misguided policy that hampers student success by taking funding from public schools to give to private schools. State constitutional provisions and decades of precedent protect our public education system from voucher programs. The court’s ruling is a big setback for those who want to push voucher programs that take taxpayer dollars out of public schools to divert them to private religious schools. Today’s ruling means that those state constitutional provisions remain as safeguards against such voucher proposals and returns to the legislative branches the question of whether vouchers make any sense given the harm to public education and the serious state constitutional issues such programs raise. Rather than continue the flawed policy of vouchers, let's focus on what works to provide students with the great public schools they deserve.”

http://www.nea.org/home/70944.htm

 

AFT responds to the ruling

Statement by AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia Inc. v. Comer: “This ruling should not be read beyond what it is -- a narrow decision about whether a church can get public funds for a playground that would be available to all, a question that had already been rendered moot by the Missouri governor’s actions making churches eligible to use state funding for nonreligious uses. It is crystal clear that the court here avoided the larger constitutional issue: Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor’s dissent raises concerns about this case being used to promote the direct public funding of religious institutions, and these concerns are directly met by Chief Justice Roberts’ footnote that the court does not address ‘religious uses of funding’ in this case and by Justice Breyer’s statement in his concurrence that, while he agrees with the outcome, this decision should not be broadly read. This decision was about providing a generally available benefit to a church that was not going to be used for religious purposes and would not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. That is consistent with the Blaine Amendment, which was never intended to prevent religious organizations from receiving funding for uses that are open to all and do not promote religion or discriminate. Therefore, the Supreme Court’s Trinity decision cannot be read as opening the door for states to promote religion or expand vouchers.” 

https://www.aft.org/press-release/aft-president-randi-weingarten-responds-trinity-supreme-court-ruling

 

Why DeVos is cheering the Supreme Court’s church playground decision

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/06/26/why-betsy-devos-is-cheering-the-supreme-courts-church-playground-decision/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.7424c333112f

 

Will the decision lead to the spread of school voucher programs?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/06/26/will-the-supreme-courts-trinity-decision-lead-to-the-spread-of-school-voucher-programs/?utm_term=.fb94674dd27d

 

The Supreme Court sided with Trinity Lutheran Church. Here’s why that matters.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/06/26/the-supreme-court-sided-with-trinity-lutheran-church-heres-why-that-matters/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b7639e59d549

 

Nearly half of Trump voters oppose cuts to education

https://thinkprogress.org/ed-budget-popularity-6cc860bea705

 

How Silicon Valley pushed coding into classrooms
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/technology/education-partovi-computer-science-coding-apple-microsoft.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170627&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

AFT on Indiana voucher study (Randi Weingarten quoted)
https://www.aft.org/press-release/aft-indiana-voucher-study

 

Tax credits for private school scholarships OK, Georgia top court says

http://www.myajc.com/news/local-education/tax-credits-for-private-school-scholarships-state-top-court-says/o0HeUbXm73oh5BUqfAXzLM/

 

Universities respond to Supreme Court action on travel ban

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/06/26/the-united-states-continues-to-welcome-the-most-talented-individuals-universities-respond-to-supreme-court-action-on-travel-ban/?utm_term=.afae00388b56

 

Scott appoints longtime ally Patronis as state CFO

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/rick-scott-appoints-my-friend-jimmy-patronis-as-florida-cfo/2328493

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/06/26/with-patronis-appointment-scott-gets-key-cabinet-vote-113036

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/panhandle-ally-jimmy-patronis-gets-scott-nod-for-florida-cfo/AhaFre5oiBAGHSOshAs3RO/

http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170626/in-his-blood-jimmy-patronis-becomes-florida-cfo

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170626/gruters-neal-passed-over-for-cfo-job

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/06/don-gaetz-likes-jimmy-patronis-as-cfo-but-really-likes-tom-lee.html

 

Too many lawmakers impose more public-records secrecy

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article158353909.html

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-tampa-bays-disciples-of-darkness/2328535

http://www.newschief.com/news/20170624/most-polk-lawmakers-receive-low-scores-in-review-of-support-for-public-records--meetings

http://www.theledger.com/opinion/20170627/editorial-grimsleys-pace-setting-needs-many-more-followers

 

State guts arts during year of record-high spending

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-florida-arts-budget-cuts-scott-maxwell-20170623-story.html

 

State inspired new group focused on improving how elections are run

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/florida-inspired-new-group-focused-on-improving-how-elections-are-run/2328520

 

Scott's attorneys defend veto of compensation for homeowners who lost citrus trees

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/06/26/gov-scotts-attorneys-defend-veto-compensation-lee-homeowners-who-lost-citrus-trees/429114001/

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/240684-rick-scott-citrus-veto

http://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/scott-seeks-to-scuttle-challenge-to-citrus-money-veto

 

Group: Corcoran "sells out Florida" at Koch retreat

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/group-richard-corcoran-sells-out-florida-at-koch-retreat/2328502?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20062617&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Thwarted in Washington, Koch network racks up conservative victories in the states

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/06/27/daily-202-thwarted-in-washington-the-koch-network-racks-up-conservative-victories-in-the-states/5951647ce9b69b2fb981de5d/?utm_term=.30739b392858

 

How important will education be in next state elections?

The recent fight over Florida's education budget and conforming bill (HB 7069) looks likely to carry over into the 2018 election campaign, with some of the state's most high-profilie politicians already fashioning pointed messages on the issue. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, the driving force behind HB 7069, suggested on Twitter that the measure will loom large over the elections. Corcoran, considered a possible candidate for governor, also has launched a social media survey asking: "When it comes to funding schools, should money go to where students are or go to existing facilities regardless of where students are?" The responses have come from all sides, and the rhetoric has gotten pretty accusatory. The speaker isn't alone in highlighting the issue as key for Floridians. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat facing a likely challenge from term-limted Gov. Rick Scott, recently sent out an email donation request that focused on education. Nelson pointed to both Scott's support of HB 7069 and the education budget, as well as controversial U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (who considers Florida's choice model to have national promise), to court supporters. From the Nelson for Senate campaign: "Last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that she wants to cut over $9 billion from the Department of Education, including funding for arts, STEM and language classes. And just weeks ago, Gov. Rick Scott made his own devastating cuts to Florida's public schools -- hurting students across the state, from kindergarten through college. These disastrous cuts are the exact opposite of what our students need. And I'm going to fight to protect the future of our public schools - both here in Florida and nationwide - but I want to hear from you." Usually, education doesn't rank in the top five of issues affecting voters. How long can this attention last?

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/how-important-will-education-policy-be-in-floridas-2018-election-cycle/2328479

 

Seattle’s higher minimum wage is actually working just fine

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/06/27/seattles-higher-minimum-wage-is-actually-working-just-fine/?utm_term=.27c7ac40b2fd

 

FBI has questioned Trump adviser Page at length in Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-has-questioned-trump-campaign-adviser-carter-page-at-length-in-russia-probe/2017/06/26/1a271dcc-5aa5-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_page-455pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.586e3ed10293

 

How Trump misunderstood the FBI

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/magazine/how-donald-trump-misunderstood-the-fbi.html?src=twr

 

Feds won't release redacted intelligence report on Russian election meddling

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/06/27/russia-election-probe-intelligence-239985

 

Trump, on Twitter, targets Obama and Russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/trump-twitter-obama-russia.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

By criticizing Obama, Trump contradicts his own comments on Russian meddling

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/trump-obama-russian-election-meddling.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/06/26/trumps-latest-bizarre-tweets-about-russia-just-left-him-badly-exposed/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.76ebd357022c

 

Tweeting, not leading, the response to Russian hacking

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/opinion/russia-investigation-hacking-obama-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170627&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Kushner adds prominent lawyer to defense team

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/jared-kushner-abbe-lowell.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Senate health bill reels as CBO predicts 22 million more uninsured

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill-republican.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/imminent-cbo-report-could-prove-pivotal-for-senate-republicans-health-care-bill/2017/06/26/cb8d61e2-59f7-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html?utm_term=.2ad9c7028ce6

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/republican-health-care-bill-revisions-239948

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/opinion/senate-health-insurance-obamacare-vote-cbo.html?emc=edit_ty_20170627&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

The CBO did the math. These are the key takeaways from Senate health care bill.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/26/us/cbo-score-of-senate-health-care-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/upshot/a-few-bright-spots-for-republicans-the-rest-could-be-scored-as-grim.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Republicans eye billions in side deals to win Obamacare repeal votes

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/republicans-obamacare-repeal-votes-239984

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/us/politics/republicans-struggle-to-marshal-votes-for-health-care-bill.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170627&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Pence woos Senate conservatives in Obamacare repeal push

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/pence-obamacare-repeal-senate-conservatives-239971?lo=ap_d1

 

Senate Republicans revise health bill to penalize uninsured

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill-republican.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170626&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

White House threatens to sabotage insurance of low-income folks if bill isn’t passed

https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-threatens-cost-sharing-reduction-payments-in-effort-to-pass-trumpcare-2710dc080817

 

Someone making $11,400 in 2026 will face deductible more than half their income

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/26/a-person-making-11400-in-2026-will-face-a-deductible-thats-more-than-half-their-income/?utm_term=.b7110d8c790b

 

Here's what the Senate's health-care plan looks like to an emergency doctor

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-heres-what-the-senates-terrible-health-care-plan-looks-like-to-an/2328510

 

I am a medical student and Medicaid was a lifeline for my family

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-i-am-a-medical-student-and-medicaid-was-a-lifeline-for-my-family/2328512

 

How the Republicans’ health-care plan betrays Republicans’ own principles

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/how-the-republicans-health-care-plan-betrays-republicans-own-principles/2017/06/26/013614ae-5aa4-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html

 

Trumpcare vocab lesson: “Death spiral”

https://thinkprogress.org/trumpcare-death-spiral-7b7df5f3f9a3

 

Republican healthcare bill: The view from West Virginia Trump country

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/27/republican-healthcare-bill-west-virginia-trump-country?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=232519&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Castor says administration is using alternative facts to explain Medicaid cuts

http://saintpetersblog.com/kathy-castor-says-trump-administration-using-alternative-facts-explain-medicaid-cuts-senate-health-care-bill/

 

Rubio remains noncommittal on Obamacare replacement but a likely yes vote

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/rubio-remains-noncommital-on-obamacare-replacement-but-a-likely-yes-vote/2328564

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/06/rubio-reviews-senate-healthcare-bill-while-protesters-ask-him-to-oppose-it.html

 

Scott prescribes health tax cuts

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/gov-scott-prescribes-health-tax-cuts-cbo-says-senate-uncovers-22m/1wFNDqxfYTvBiRlNQqhcpM/

 

Why opioid deaths are this generation’s AIDS crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/27/opioid-deaths-generation-aids-crisis?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=232519&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Florida’s billion-dollar drug treatment industry is plagued by overdoses, fraud

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/megyn-kelly/florida-s-billion-dollar-drug-treatment-industry-plagued-overdoses-fraud-n773376

 

A children’s health crisis officials overlook: shootings

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/opinion/children-gun-injury-health.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170627&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Supreme Court takes up travel ban case, and allows parts to go ahead

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/supreme-court-trump-travel-ban-case.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/26/trump-travel-ban-supreme-court-block-partially-lifted?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=232519&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/opinion/travel-ban-supreme-court-trump.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170627&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

What the Supreme Court’s travel ban ruling means

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/what-the-supreme-courts-travel-ban-ruling-means/2017/06/26/5e86e1cc-5a7e-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.0fad3f84b95f

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/travel-ban-supreme-court.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Trump’s big travel ban win? Let’s not get carried away.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/26/trumps-big-travel-ban-win-lets-not-get-carried-away/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e928174881f6

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-despair-over-trumps-travel-ban-just-yet/2017/06/26/fc62ecfa-5ab1-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.9d12b5f7d3eb

 

Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/06/26/the-pentagon-promised-citizenship-to-immigrants-who-served-now-it-might-help-deport-them/?utm_term=.009dc0d2fe2f

 

Unauthorized immigrants steer clear of medical care

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/health/undocumented-immigrants-health-care.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Sessions isn’t making nation safer. He might be making it more dangerous.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/06/27/jeff-sessions-isnt-making-america-safer-he-might-be-making-it-more-dangerous/?utm_term=.1325c9ac8082

 

Fight between GOP House chairs imperils budget deal

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/tax-budget-cuts-house-239982

 

I think Uber is Latin for gouging (or why I should apologize to cabs)

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/romano-i-think-uber-is-latin-for-gouging-or-why-i-should-apologize-to-cabs/2328492?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

EPA official pressured scientist on congressional testimony, emails show

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/epa-official-pressured-scientist-on-congressional-testimony-emails-show.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Trump’s chaos is covering for stealth escalation overseas

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-chaos-is-covering-for-stealth-escalation-overseas/2017/06/27/30bab1f0-5a9d-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html?utm_term=.37882fa4ac13

 

White House threatens Syria over possible chemical attack

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/syria-will-pay-a-heavy-price-for-another-chemical-attack-trump-says.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170626&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/26/white-house-says-syrias-assad-preparing-another-chemical-attack-warns-of-heavy-penalty/?utm_term=.9dd6f9ab2d85

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/syria-chemical-attack-white-house-239983

 

Few overseas have faith in Trump’s leadership, survey finds

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/pew-survey-trump-leadership-overseas.html?emc=edit_cn_20170627&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/poll-shows-us-tumbling-in-worlds-regard-under-trump/2017/06/26/87a4f1bc-5857-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_worldpoll-806pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.220cbed330f7

 

Can Trump compete with Obama on Cuba?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/opinion/trump-obama-cuba.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170627&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump’s new policy shows he doesn’t really care about the Cuban people

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/carl-hiaasen/article157960779.html

 

Rubio has the president’s ear on Latin America

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article158342954.html

 

Trump lawyer's firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/27/trump-lawyer-jay-sekulow-donations?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=232519&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump hails democratic bonds with India while ignoring the press

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/no-questions-allowed-trump-hails-democratic-bonds-with-indias-modi-while-ignoring-the-press-corps/2017/06/26/5fc6c352-5abc-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html?utm_term=.f011b0f994de

 

Trump's schedule becomes victim to White House push against transparency

https://mic.com/articles/180880/even-donald-trumps-schedule-has-become-a-victim-of-a-white-house-push-against-transparency?utm_campaign=b80fa59e54-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_27&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_term=0_5372046825-b80fa59e54-196862717#.2B29rAfWz

 

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