Today's news -- March 1, 2017

 

 

 

Testing debate teed up again in Legislature

The testing wars have returned to the Florida Capitol. Two years after widespread computer problems undermined confidence in the state’s new standardized tests and sparked a political firestorm, lawmakers are once again floating ideas to reduce high-stakes exams in Florida schools. Critics of the state’s testing system say that reflects the fact that 2015 legislation has done little to tame complaints that children are spending too much time taking assessments and too little time learning. An “opt-out” movement, which argues that parents should be able to tell their children to refuse to answer questions on high-stakes tests, has pushed its claims into court. Once again, the testing system that was a key part of former Gov. Jeb Bush’s education legacy is under siege. “At long last, that pressure has built up so much that even a Legislature that has long been in thrall to Jeb Bush’s foundation … has started to listen,” said Bob Schaeffer, a Florida resident and public-education director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, which is critical of high-stakes exams. As the annual legislative session prepares to start next Tuesday, the battle over testing has been to some extent overshadowed by Senate President Joe Negron’s ambitious plans to overhaul higher education in an effort to boost the state’s 12 public universities. Negron has pledged to increase spending on higher education and enrich scholarship programs. But the testing fight has drawn attention. Even the Foundation for Florida’s Future, established by Bush to help safeguard his legacy, has rallied behind what supporters are calling the “Fewer, Better Tests” legislation (HB 773 and SB 926). “We got the message from parents and teachers about how they feel about the testing process, the anxiety that some of their students feel, and really the common-sense approach of what kind of tools they need to make sure that their children and their students are getting a year’s worth of learning in a year’s worth of time,” said Rep. Chris Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican scheduled to become speaker of the House after the 2020 elections. That proposal, though, does not explicitly do away with any of the tests causing parents and teachers to complain. It instead focuses on narrowing the teaching window by requiring the state’s language-arts and math tests to be administered in the last three weeks of a school year, with the exception of the 3rd-grade reading exam. It also would require that the scores for any tests used by local school districts be provided to teachers within a week, instead of the month currently allowed by law —- something that could pare down some of those exams. And it calls for the state to conduct a study of whether college-entrance exams are closely aligned with Florida’s high school standards, with an eye on potentially using the entrance exams as at least a partial replacement for the state’s graduation tests. Schaeffer dismissed the legislation as the work of the foundation, which also has a national counterpart, to provide cover in Florida using the same “slogan and lack of content that they’re advocating nationally.” Sen. David Simmons, an Altamonte Springs Republican who chairs the Senate education budget committee, said the current testing window is a real problem. “They’re starting as early as two, three months before the end of school,” Simmons said. “Once a test is administered, there’s not as much of a reason for the classes to be as diligent in teaching the students.” Simmons also said the time unnecessarily spent on tests costs the state $1 billion or more each year. He supports pairing some of the provisions of the “Fewer, Better Tests” legislation with a proposal by Sen. Bill Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat who doubles as head of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. That measure (SB 964) would get rid of the requirement for end-of-course tests in geometry, Algebra II, U.S. history and civics. “In order to maintain the integrity of our system, we can’t over-test, and we must test at the right time and we must test in the right amount,” Simmons said. Whether members of the House, who have traditionally been more hesitant to make widespread changes to the testing regime, would go along with those kinds of changes remains to be seen. Speaking at a news conference to introduce the “Fewer, Better Tests” bill, Simmons’ counterpart in the House suggested the overreach of recent years was a distortion of a still-good idea. “It’s important that we continue to measure,” said House PreK-12 Appropriations Chairman Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah. “But as things happen in the Legislature, different legislators come in, different ideas get put into place and sometimes, the original intent is lost or it becomes complicated.”

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/testing-debate-teed-again-florida-legislature/TPaIcjHd2XcnGnECwQyAnM/

 

Breakdown delays computer-based FSA testing in Hernando schools

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/breakdown-delays-computer-based-fsa-testing-in-hernando-schools/2314793

 

Shuttered “choice” school: Where’s the accountability?

Last month, the Sentinel reported revolting accusations aimed at a local school for special-needs students. Administrators of the private school — funded largely through Florida’s school-voucher programs and Medicaid reimbursements — were accused of defrauding taxpayers out of more than $4 million. Parents said the school took money for therapy treatment that students didn’t receive. And it all came to a head when cops arrested the administrators, leaving the school shuttered and families stranded. As I read the maddening story, I found myself thinking: Can you imagine if such a thing happened at a traditional public school? Politicians would be marching down Main Street, screaming about “failing” schools. But here’s the thing: You wouldn’t see something like this at a traditional public school. It simply couldn’t happen like this. There are too many checks and balances. Traditional schools must hire certified teachers. Their finances are audited. Tests are required. With schools that accept vouchers the same accountability simply isn’t always there. It is one of the ugly realities about school “choice” -- and a blatant hypocrisy among those who preach “accountability” … but mostly for the public schools they demonize. Just ask Billie Jo Cruz. Last summer, Cruz was searching for a school to help her 6-year-old son, Elijah, who had been recently diagnosed with autism. When she found the Heaven Academy in College Park, it seemed perfect with promises of specialized education, therapy and even transportation. “It sounded wonderful,” she said. “They said everything that a parent of any child would want to hear.” But soon, things seemed off. Elijah wasn’t getting the therapy he’d been promised. Cruz couldn’t get proof that his teachers were certified to teach or that his bus driver had passed a background check. She said she learned that one of the administrators had just graduated high school. Cruz, who described herself as a “proactive parent” who visited the school every week, couldn’t get answers to basic questions. She said the last straw came when she saw an invoice for therapy services her son never received. After she refused to authorize the payment, Cruz said the school kicked out her son. A few weeks later, the attorney general’s office arrested the owner and office manager, accusing them of milking Medicaid of millions, largely for “one-to-one therapy ... the children rarely, if ever, received.” As the Sentinel’s Annie Martin reported, the state accused the school’s owner of using Medicaid money to buy cars, go on shopping sprees and take vacations in New York, Las Vegas and Curacao. Attorney General Pam Bondi called the actions “despicable.” It certainly sounds that way. But it also says a lot about the lack of accountability that it could ever get this far. After all, the Florida Department of Education didn’t stop all this. Criminal investigators did. I asked Florida’s Department of Education about the accountability. Officials did not respond. But Jon East, an executive with the state’s Step Up for Students program that administers the state’s voucher/scholarship program, said he was “sickened” by the details at Heaven Academy. East described accountability as “a shared responsibility” between the state and the parents who can “choose to enroll their child and to remove their child from any of these schools.” So the “choice” they had was to stay or go. Accountability indeed.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-florida-schools-voucher-accountability-20170228-story.html

 

Public funding for private schools on the rise (Joanne McCall quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/public-funding-for-private-schools-on-the-rise-in-hernando-and-statewide/2314919

 

Orange approves alternative charter school for renewal

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-school-board-charter-approval-20170228-story.html

 

Education funding uncertain, St. Johns district braces for legislative session

http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2017-03-01/education-funding-uncertain-district-braces-legislative-session

 

Superintendent strikes deal with Boca High teacher he tried to fire

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local-education/avossa-strikes-deal-with-boca-high-teacher-tried-fire/wBlfUEUG4JgqMJy0VCQgDP/

 

Study: High school grades predict college success better than admissions tests

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/02/28/new-study-high-school-grades-predict-college-success-better-than-scores-of-college-admissions-tests/

 

Teacher shortages will harm Florida's future

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-teacher-shortage-harms-florida-20170228-story.html

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/national-teacher-shortage-hits-florida-hard/415708550

 

Candidates in Pasco school union election offer contrasting styles (Kenny Blankenship and Don Peace quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/teachers/candidates-in-pasco-school-union-election-offer-contrasting-styles/2314774

 

Parents of autistic children urge schools to allow controversial techniques

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/parents-of-autistic-children-are-pushing-schools-to-allow-controversial-communication-techniques/2017/02/28/1bd33da2-ed6a-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html?utm_term=.a18b0ae7142c&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Arizona for-profit virtual charter nets $10 million in profit
http://www.azcsa.org/

 

Students in Ohio’s online charters perform worse than peers in traditional schools

https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2017/february/students-in-ohios-online-charter-schools-perform-worse-than-peer.html

 

What could reverse D.C'.s intense school segregation?

https://www.citylab.com/housing/2017/02/what-could-reverse-dcs-intense-school-segregation/516783/

 

DeVos called HBCUs “pioneers” of “school choice.” It didn’t go over well.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/02/28/devos-called-hbcus-pioneers-of-school-choice-it-didnt-go-over-well/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.f6c517b56227

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/betsy-devos-historically-black-colleges-statement.html?emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/28/betsy-devos-hbcus-school-choice-education-race?CMP=share_btn_tw

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/28/clueless-devos-uses-byproduct-jim-crow-push-school-choice-ideology

 

DeVos’ fake history about school choice

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/opinion/ms-devoss-fake-history-about-school-choice.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170301&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

“Moonlight” shines on FSU

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-moonlight-shines-on-fsu/2314859

 

Ex-LSU chancellor named next FGCU president

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2017/02/28/live-who-fgcus-fourth-president/98477688/

 

Keys Community College seeks name change

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Keys%20Community%20College%20seeks%20name%20change

 

Florida GOP leaders appear fractured ahead of session

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20170301/florida-gop-leaders-appear-fractured-ahead-of-session

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/getting-personal-political-wars-cloud-2017-legislative-session/2314650

 

Stop power grabs by state lawmakers

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170301/editorial-stop-power-grabs-by-state-lawmakers

 

Florida Insider Poll predicts Corcoran to dominate state politics for next two months (Andy Ford and Stephanie Kunkel mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-insider-poll-richard-corcoran-to-dominate-state-politics-for-next/2314651

 

Joyner vows to fight judicial term limits

http://news.wfsu.org/post/joyner-vows-fight-judicial-term-limits

 

Woodburn to be named executive director of Constitutional Revision Commission

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/232982-jeff-woodburn-named-executive-director-constitutional-revision-commission

 

Rubio, Nelson united in keeping Medicare fraud program out of Florida

https://www.politicopro.com/states/florida/story/2017/02/rubio-nelson-united-against-medicare-fraud-program-from-coming-to-florida-109956

 

The sunshine economy: the uncertainty of Obamacare

http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-uncertainty-obamacare

 

Florida GOP look to Medicaid vouchers as White House crafts reform

http://www.mynews13.com//content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2017/2/28/florida_gop_look_to_.html

 

When issue is abortion, Republicans drop principles

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-jvcol-abortion-20170228-column.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/point-view-florida-abortion-opponents-turning-lies-into-laws/wPCdqqzccO6sb14iN8oYfI/

 

Zika may be spread by 35 species of mosquitoes, researchers say

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article135414359.html#emlnl=Afternoon_Update

 

Gun bills loaded for 2017 session

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Gun%20bills%20loaded%20for%202017%20session

 

Florida comes in at No. 24 in magazine’s debut “best states” ranking

http://jacksonville.com/news/national/2017-02-28/florida-comes-no-24-us-news-world-report-s-debut-best-states-ranking

http://www.wtxl.com/news/u-s-news-world-report-florida-s-economy-ranked-no/article_849f5658-fdf1-11e6-8002-934a64313796.html

 

State could allow timber harvesting at two parks

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/timber-harvesting-could-soon-begin-at-two-state-parks-including-myakka/2314784?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Everglades Foundation: Restoration project would have $20 billion impact

http://protectingyourpocket.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/28/everglades-foundation-restoration-project-would-have-20-billion-impact/

 

Trump to visit Catholic school in Orlando on Friday

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-trump-to-visit-catholic-school-in-orlando-friday-20170228-story.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-trump-denisha-merriweather-vouchers-20170301-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Pro- and anti-Trump demonstrations planned for president’s upcoming visit

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/01/pro-and-anti-trump-demonstrations-planned-for-presidents-upcoming-visit/

 

Trump’s hardline promises get moderate tone in address to Congress

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-prepares-to-address-a-divided-audience-the-republican-congress/2017/02/28/183138ce-fced-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-high_trumpcongress-1045a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_campaign=dbc803d0ec-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_01&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All%20Poynter%20Subscribers&utm_term=.c0dbf1a59444

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/trump-address-congress.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-set-to-make-bold-promises-in-prime-time-address-235523

 

Trump offers “miracles,” but few details on how to achieve them

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/taxes-health-care-immigration-policy.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump seeks to parlay post-speech boost into action on contentious agenda

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-seeks-to-parlay-post-speech-boost-into-action-on-contentious-agenda/2017/03/01/e09a382e-fe41-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.1534850c96a0&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-may-still-be-missing-man-on-capitol-hill-after-joint-session/2017/02/28/65362f96-fcf0-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.f6dd0c390139&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

A different tone from Trump, but the same message in speech to Congress

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-different-tone-from-trump-but-the-same-message-in-speech-to-congress/2017/02/28/25c67bb0-fcee-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.b15353de21fd&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

A tale of two speeches: The contradictions of Trump’s presidency

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-tale-of-two-speeches-the-contradictions-of-donald-trumps-presidency/2017/02/28/6354524a-fcee-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_take-1115pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.4ff922704a18

 

Fact check: Trump’s first address to Congress

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/02/28/fact-checking-president-trumps-address-to-congress/?utm_term=.4363dd2891ff&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/28/us/politics/fact-check-trump-congress-address.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/01/donald-trump-congress-address-fact-check?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215539&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-false-claim-foreign-born-domestic-attacks-54e99b0e11b6#.q270x6mju

 

Trump's Congress speech was a heroic effort in contradiction and cliché

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/28/trump-congress-speech-policy-contradictions?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215539&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump reprises his bleak vision of America — but offers few ideas for fixing it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-reprises-his-bleak-vision-of-america--but-offers-few-ideas-for-fixing-it/2017/02/28/e976533a-fe2b-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.92abc63eb0cb&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/02/28/parsing-donald-trumps-description-of-an-economically-broken-america/?utm_term=.b91aaea28f24&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

“Dead on arrival”: Republicans in Congress on Trump’s sweeping budget cuts.

http://www.vox.com/2017/2/28/14766436/trump-budget-sharp-cuts-congress

 

Fight over debt ceiling could accelerate Trump’s budget clash with GOP

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fight-over-debt-ceiling-could-accelerate-trumps-budget-clash-with-gop/2017/02/28/cd7f0c9e-fdc7-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.08a628cf35a4

 

Trump pinning hopes on economic growth to avoid budget cuts

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/us-budget-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump says he's boosting defense spending by $54 billion. Not so fast.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/28/14765492/trump-pentagon-budget-billion-state-department-misleading-54-billion

 

Possible budget cuts to State Department, foreign aid draw bipartisan opposition

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/possible-budget-cuts-to-state-dept-foreign-aid-draw-bipartisan-opposition/2017/02/28/46ab5004-fdfb-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.3cc30e8f792a&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/state-department-diplomacy-budget-214841

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/has-the-state-department-been-sidelined/2017/02/28/c8ad44d2-fd14-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.55aae083bd4d&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Why the Trump administration pretends “foreign aid” cuts will lead to huge savings

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2017/02/28/why-the-trump-administration-pretends-foreign-aid-cuts-will-lead-to-huge-savings/?utm_term=.6fcaf0b52ad9&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Trump's irresponsible budget priorities

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-trumps-irresponsible-budget-priorities/2314863

 

Trump’s trade retreat could hurt push for labor rights abroad

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/business/trump-tpp-trade-vietnam-labor-environment.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Health care is front and center in Democrats’ response to Trump address

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/steven-beshear-democratic-response.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/28/unity-democrats-republicans-trump-congress-speech?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215539&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-speech-congress-democrats-235549

 

How will Trump’s agenda fare in Congress? Watch Democrats’ hands.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/how-will-president-trumps-agenda-fare-in-congress-watch-democrats-hands/2017/03/01/ad08f732-fcef-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.463063c9b02f&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Republicans fight over what Trump meant on Obamacare

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-obamacare-republicans-235550

 

Eight people who owe their lives to Obamacare

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/obamacare-saved-my-life

 

Republicans in Washington are in control, but not in agreement

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/republicans-congress-obamacare-agenda.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170301&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump seesaws on legal status for undocumented immigrants

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/trump-undocumented-immigrants.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-he-is-open-to-immigration-compromise-including-legal-status/2017/02/28/40a64c7e-fe12-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.453b1661c5ce&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-delays-travel-ban-order-235548

 

New travel ban will exempt current visa holders, sources say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/new-travel-ban-will-exempt-current-visa-holders/2017/02/28/42ac1f3a-fe03-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.88830eb40956&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

http://saintpetersblog.com/airports-legal-volunteers-prepare-new-donald-trump-travel-ban/

 

Threats and vandalism leave American Jews on edge in Trump era

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/jewish-community-center-donald-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=15&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump is flirting with the idea that anti-Semitic incidents are false flags — again

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/28/trump-is-reportedly-hinting-that-anti-semitic-incidents-are-false-flags-it-wouldnt-be-the-first-time/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.16523158379c

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-anti-semitism-false-flag-david-duke-ee29668fa101#.kr73k945l

 

How a murder in Kansas looks in Kolkata

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/opinion/how-a-murder-in-kansas-looks-in-kolkata.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170301&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump and deportations: The cautionary tale in Perez family tragedy

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/trump-and-deportations-the-cautionary-tale-perez-family-tragedy/FSq1LOnV1UFbdZppGYj9JM/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0ODgzMTU2MDIsImV4cCI6MTQ4ODQzMDc5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teXBhbG1iZWFjaHBvc3QuY29tIiwiZXhwIjoxNDg4NDMwNzk5LCJhdXRoZW4iOiJieXBhc3MifV19.W6RHLrrZJapuOosD_ymZINDVhECWAfAd-dR5ryp4V4I&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

 

Haitian facing deportation after traffic offenses test of Trump immigration policy

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article135571653.html

 

How Trump will hurt my border town

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/opinion/how-trump-will-hurt-my-border-town.html?emc=edit_th_20170301&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

There’s a chance Congress can’t be trusted investigate Russian meddling

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/theres-a-chance-congress-cant-be-trusted-investigate-russian-meddling/2017/02/28/22fd3e22-fde4-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.5790e4417619&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

From “America first” to a more conventional view of U.S. diplomacy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/national-security-foreign-policy-white-house.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump shirks blame for SEAL death: “This was something they wanted to do”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-shirks-responsibility-for-seal-death?utm_content=buffere9256&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/02/28/trump-fails-the-leadership-test-of-commander-in-chief/?utm_term=.778d52d62f2f&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Widow of Navy SEAL takes spotlight as Trump addresses Congress

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/widow-of-navy-seal-takes-spotlight-as-president-trump-addresses-congress/2017/02/28/4fcb899a-fe2f-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.4008374ee1a2&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Before Congress, a subdued Trump still gets friends and foes worked up

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/chamber-address-congress.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Desperate for presidential leadership, Republicans find little

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/congress-republicans-democrats.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=14&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump pivot pleases GOP, but will it last?

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/14f4977d22914674b19427090f1663f8/analysis-trump-pivot-pleases-gop-will-it-last

 

Sessions vows to get tough on crime, citing rise in city violence

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/jeff-sessions-crime.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170228&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Sessions ties increase in violent crime to “undermined” respect for police

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/28/jeff-sessions-ties-increase-in-violent-crime-to-undermined-respect-for-police/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b5390763fa20

 

Trump administration will “pull back” from investigating police abuses

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/jeff-sessions-crime.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=13&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/16/13640540/trump-obama-police-brutality

 

Sessions praised black history while rolling back civil rights protections

https://thinkprogress.org/jeff-sessions-praised-black-history-while-rolling-back-civil-rights-protections-30cd0e83e870#.hm8fs3731

 

For Interior, Montanan with deep roots and inconsistent record
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/for-interior-montanan-with-deep-roots-and-inconsistent-record.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170301&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

How to block Trump arts cuts? Groups look for GOP help

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/arts/how-to-block-trump-arts-cuts-groups-look-for-gop-help.html?emc=edit_cn_20170301&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

FCC chairman says net neutrality was a mistake

http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/28/14761510/fcc-chairman-ajit-pai-says-net-neutrality-was-a-mistake

 

Trump begins the long process of rolling back clean water regulations

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-begins-the-long-process-of-rolling-back-clean-water-regulations-cd6607cb34b1#.loqk80is3

 

The D.C. think tank behind Trump

https://newrepublic.com/article/140271/dc-think-tank-behind-donald-trump

 

Trump’s ascent was possible only in an America already run by billionaires

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-ascent-was-only-possible-in-an-america-already-run-by-billionaires/

 

Trump faces a huge problem, and Bannon’s con-artistry cannot make it disappear

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/02/28/trump-faces-a-huge-problem-and-bannons-con-artistry-cannot-make-it-disappear/?postshare=81488300148093&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.13220df809f0

 

The White House’s Politico slime job, from start to finish

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/02/28/the-white-houses-politico-slime-job-from-start-to-finish/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.a9769dd3628b

 

Trump just hung Spicer out to dry. Again.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/28/president-trump-just-hung-sean-spicer-out-to-dry-again/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.7ca239c9f9d7

 

Barring reporters from briefings: Does it cross a legal line?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/white-house-barring-reporters-from-briefings.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=0

 

George W. Bush paints dark picture under Trump: “I don’t like the racism”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/28/george-w-bush-paints-dark-picture-of-america-under-trump-i-dont-like-the-racism/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.cedfafdbfa82

 

Trump picks up on a new right-wing conspiracy: Obama's “shadow government”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/right-wing-conspiracy-obama-soros-shadow-government?utm_content=buffer4b5f6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

McCullough: Trump had “most inept and disturbing first month of any president”

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170228/david-mccullough-trump-had-most-inept-and-disturbing-first-month-of-any-president-or-presidency-that-i-know-of?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_NL&utm_content=INKA_SHT

 

 

 

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