Today's news -- March 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

Legislators shift proposals from pay raises to bonuses *

The Florida House and Senate both have plans to expand a bonus program for teachers, but what little chance there was of a teacher pay increase faded Wednesday as the lawmaker who proposed the idea dropped it. Sen. David Simmons, chairman of the PreK-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee, said he no longer is pursuing his proposal for a $200 million pay increase. Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, decided instead to back expansion of the Best and Brightest teacher bonus program. He said the bonuses would provide money to retain veteran teachers and recruit more people to join the profession. "That's the crisis I think we're trying to be proactive about versus waiting for it to come up," Simmons said. "We need to retain the teachers who meet the highest standards and inspire students who are still in school to come into the profession." House and Senate bills would expand the Best and Brightest Scholarship bonuses for teachers, now limited to those who received “highly effective” on performance evaluations and scored in the top 20 percent of college entrance exams. In the House plan, teachers also will be considered if they graduated cum laude from college with at least a 3.7 GPA and score in the top 30 percent on college entrance tests or postgraduate tests such as the GMAT, GRE or LSAT. The Senate plan would expand the program to consider teachers who received a 3.0 college GPA even if they didn't score high on college entrance exams. “I would say there are some little things to work out, but there are a lot of things we agree on,” Simmons said. “We’re working hand in hand, and I’m very confident to work something out.” The House also has a proposal to increase bonuses for some teachers who instruct international baccalaureate students.

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/15/floria-house-senate-shape-teacher-pay-proposals/99121042/

 

Sometimes voucher school gain scores are negative

According to the 2014-15 Florida Tax Credit Final Report, even though the voucher students can be compared to other students nationally via percentile rankings, no comparison of voucher students to public school students can be made since the two groups of students do not take the same standardized tests. The report clearly states as much. The tax form summary does not. As for the public schools from which the tax credit students come, students who entered the tax credit program in 2014-15 overwhelmingly hailed from public schools graded A, B, and C. Only 8 percent entered the tax credit program from an F-graded school (note some slight rounding error): A = 23.6%; B = 17.3%; C = 34.1%; D = 17.1%; F = 8.0%% Thus, even though the tax credit program draws some of the most economically and academically challenged students, it is drawing these students from higher-graded schools– not from the lowest-graded schools.

https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/sometimes-florida-voucher-school-gain-scores-are-uh-negative/

 

Polk School Board approves $4.1 million student information system (Marianne Capoziello quoted)
http://www.theledger.com/news/20170315/polk-county-school-board-approves-41-million-student-information-system

 

Schools flout recess requirements as lawmakers weigh new bill (Anna Fusco quoted)
http://wlrn.org/post/decision-florida-schools-flout-recess-requirements-lawmakers-weigh-new-bill

 

Miami Dade School Board votes to defend immigrant children

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/miami-dade-school-board-votes-to-defend-immigrant-children-ap_florida74657d34debc4a3f836b0dbe0f978512

 

Sanctuary schools make students feel safe

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-safe-schools-20170308-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sun-sentinel%2Fnews%2Fopinion+%28Editorial+Opinions+%2F+South+Florida+Sun-Sentinel%29

 

Education groups knock “misleading” fewer, better tests legislation

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/education-groups-knock-misleading-fewer-better-tests-legislation

 

Senate advances high school financial literacy bill

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233972-bill-require-high-school-students-take-financial-literacy-courses-advances-florida-senate

 

Some religious schools could be allowed to have guns

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article138748553.html

 

Did DeVos just ask states to ignore part of federal education law?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/14/did-betsy-devos-just-ask-states-to-ignore-part-of-federal-education-law/

 

Why even the world’s highest-scoring schools need to change

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/15/why-even-the-worlds-highest-scoring-schools-need-to-change/

 

House leaders plan cuts to “cash rich” state universities

The House might propose cutting as much as $80 million in state aid to Florida’s public universities, a plan that conflicts directly with the Senate’s top priorities heading into budget negotiations. The House appropriations committee heard presentations Wednesday outlining two scenarios of potential cuts, one deeper than the other, from members who oversee several different areas of the budget. Higher education budget writers were tasked with identifying $144.8 million and $304.8 million in potential reductions. The more extreme plan would include the $80 million across-the-board cut, in addition to reductions to a variety of other projects and funding sources. House leaders have not yet released a detailed breakdown of the cuts but described them in broad terms during the meeting. Rep. Larry Ahern, a Seminole Republican who chairs the higher education appropriations subcommittee, said the cut would be distributed proportionately across the 12 institutions. “While $80 million sounds like a large number, remember that the estimated expenditures for universities in the current year is $10.3 billion,” a figure that doesn’t including funding for medical schools, a University of Florida agriculture institute and an engineering school shared by Florida State University and Florida A&M University, he added. House appropriations committee chair Carlos Trujillo, a Miami Republican, said universities’ budgets are too big. During recent meetings, House committees scrutinized the schools’ spending on executive salaries, travel and foundations.

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/house-leaders-plan-possible-80m-across-the-board-cut-to-cash-rich-state-universities-110420

 

Senate moves forward with state college changes

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Senate-moves-forward-with-state-college-changes

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/234017-bill-revamp-community-college-system-sparks-mission-debate (Jennifer Proffitt quoted)

Bloodletting at Visit Florida, Enterprise Florida: The good, bad and overdue

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/columnists/os-visit-orlando-enterprise-florida-scott-20170314-story.html

 

Travel industry groups get more aggressive in fighting House

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/03/travel-industry-groups-get-more-aggressive-in-fighting-florida-house-.html

 

Scott needs to pipe up on Medicaid expansion

http://saintpetersblog.com/joe-henderson-shy-rick-scott-needs-pipe-medicaid-expansion/

 

Tax cuts taking shape in Legislature, Scott's office

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/2017/03/15/tax-cuts-taking-shape-florida-legislature-gov-scotts-office/99229672/

 

Partisan fight on GOP plan to cut food stamps to children, seniors, disabled

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/partisan-clash-erupts-in-house-over-planned-food-stamp-cuts/2316715

 

Before slashing core services, stop throwing money at private lawyers

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/columnists/os-ed-legal-fees-rick-scott-20170314-story.html

 

Unfairly limiting access to public records

http://www.dailycommercial.com/opinion/20170315/editorial-unfairly-limiting-access-to-public-records

 

Don’t let cities keep Floridians in the dark by not publishing public notices

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article138777943.html

 

Bills could change legal fee awards in public record cases

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2017-03-15/bills-could-change-legal-fee-awards-in-public-record-cases

 

Martin County, Stuart could lose millions if state bills are passed

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/shaping-our-future/growth/2017/03/15/martin-county-stuart-could-lose-millions-if-state-bills-passed/99182034/

 

House OK bill to allow utilities to ignore city development rules

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/house-also-give-okay-to-bill-to-allow-utilities-to-ignore-city-development/2316711?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Misguided, unhelpful “sanctuary” bill

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-misguided-unhelpful-sanctuary-bill/2316735

 

Broward seeks sanctuary from “sanctuary” label

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/broward-politics-blog/fl-blog-broward-sanctuary-city-20170314-story.html

 

Mexico consul, ACLU, civil rights groups blast immigrant crime bill

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233980-mexico-consul-aclu-civil-rights-groups-blast-immigrant-crime-bill

 

Hutson’s redistricting bill moves to Senate third reading calendar

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233994-senate-travis-hutsons-redistricting-bill

 

Shaw, Rouson attempt to deal with state ban on voting rights for ex-felons

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233981-sean-shaw-darryl-rouson-attempt-deal-floridas-ban-voting-rights-ex-felons-front-end

 

House should “put Florida Supreme Court in position of telling us that we're wrong”

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/03/lawmaker-we-should-put-florida-supreme-court-in-position-of-telling-us-that-were-wrong.html

 

Summer is coming. So is Zika.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/to-fight-zika-mosquito-control-wants-12-million-from-state-taxpayers/2316664

 

Fix water quality or tourism will suffer, fishing and boating industries warn

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/fix-water-quality-or-florida-tourism-will-suffer-fishing-and-boating/2316775

 

Keep Florida parks wild

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/letters/thursdays-letters-keep-florida-parks-wild/2316702

 

Use Amendment 1 money as intended — to conserve Florida's natural land

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-use-amendment-1-money-as-intended-8212-to-conserve-floridas-natural/2316714

 

Mast linked to company accused of million-dollar marketing scam

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/florida-mast-marketing-scandal-236103

 

Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-federal-budget-2018-massive-cuts-to-the-arts-science-and-the-poor/2017/03/15/0a0a0094-09a1-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-main_b-budget-12am:homepage/story&utm_term=.56238995acf2

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/arts/nea-neh-endowments-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/15/trump-budget-proposal-cuts-epa-military-mexico-wall?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=217668&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/with-elimination-of-nea-and-neh-trumps-budget-is-worst-case-scenario-for-arts-groups/2017/03/15/5291645a-09bb-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.37979c293369&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Pentagon grows, while EPA and State Department shrink in Trump’s budget

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/politics/trump-budget-spending-cuts.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

In Trump budget, more for military, as his supporters may lose out

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-budget-military-analysis.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump wants to privatize air traffic control

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-budget-air-traffic-control_us_58ca2f55e4b00705db4c1de2?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%203162017&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%203162017+CID_3633f809359d27773622c236e78597c4&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Reuters&

 

Trump’s budget calls for seismic disruption in medical and science research

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trumps-budget-would-slash-scientific-and-medical-research/2017/03/15/d3261f98-0998-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.a928e81307cd&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Trump budget asks for $6 billion in HUD cuts, drops development grants

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-budget-asks-for-6-billion-in-hud-cuts-drops-development-grants/2017/03/15/1b157338-09a0-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?utm_term=.9df0a2ec0799&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Who wins and loses in Trump’s proposed budget

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-budget-proposal.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

What’s getting cut in Trump’s budget

https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/what-trump-cut-in-his-budget/2017/03/16/00b1e2a0-09e7-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.0d7c94eb16ed&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-presidential-budget-2018-proposal/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_b-graphic-desktoptablet-12am:homepage/story&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation&wpmk=1

 

Openly testy, Republicans reject the president’s wiretap claims

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-wiretap-claim-obama-comey-congress.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/15/the-evidence-of-trump-tower-being-wire-tapped-just-does-not-exist/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.78a7420fae25

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-wiretap-claim-obama-comey-congress.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/is-there-an-investigationgraham-demands-answers-from-fbi-on-russia/2017/03/15/9d98c330-097a-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.a309b7cefa54

 

Timeline of White House’s response to wiretapping charge

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-white-house-response-wiretapping-charge-timeline.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=10&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump defend wiretapping charges, predicts “very interesting items” to be revealed

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/15/trump-defends-obama-wiretapping-charges-predicts-very-interesting-items-to-be-revealed/?utm_term=.81b25a451f7e&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

UN ambassador: “We should never trust Russia”

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/un-ambassador-nikki-haley-we-should-never-trust-russia-n734126

 

McCain: Rand Paul “is now working for Vladimir Putin”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/15/john-mccain-rand-paul-is-now-working-for-vladimir-putin.html

 

Russian agents were behind Yahoo hack, Feds say

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/technology/yahoo-hack-indictment.html?emc=edit_th_20170316&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/indictment-collusion-cyberthief-russian-spies-yahoo.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170315&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump urges supporters to unite behind GOP health plan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-rally-health-care-policy.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Ryan, Pence race to salvage Obamacare repeal amid GOP dissent

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/ryan-pence-obamacare-repeal-236113

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/speaker-paul-ryan-doubles-down-on-gop-health-care-plan-amid-opposition/2017/03/15/872c4f3c-0974-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.f75277dfb7dd&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/15/republican-healthcare-bill-changes-trump-paul-ryan?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=217668&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

One certainty of GOP health plan: tax cuts for the wealthy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/obamacare-repeal-tax-cuts.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170315&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Who would lose the most under the GOP health bill? Women.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/15/who-would-lose-the-most-under-the-gop-health-bill-american-women/?utm_term=.461e82572679&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Educators fear health coverage will be taken from millions of students (by NEA)

http://educationvotes.nea.org/2017/03/10/educators-fear-health-coverage-will-taken-millions-students-aca-repealed/ 

 

The Make Inequality Worse Act of 2017

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-make-inequality-worse-act-of-2017/2017/03/15/cd532d86-09b6-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.4dc8b8f4e81e&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Is Trump falling into Ryan’s trap?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/15/is-trump-falling-into-paul-ryans-trap/?utm_term=.bd3e30479d4c&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Cotton vs. Ryan: Battle of the GOP bigwigs

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/cotton-ryan-obamacare-repeal-replace-236102

 

Putting the Republicans’ health plan on the Obamacare scale

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/republicans-health-care-plan-obamacare.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trumpcare’s quieter cuts gut food, virus safety, groups warn

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/trumpcare-quieter-cuts-gut-food-virus-safety-groups-warn/dFlY0kaEVmCkm4mvjB2KhP/

 

Prescription for pain

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-prescription-for-pain/2316726

 

Trump can’t hide how eager he is to be finished with the health-care debate

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/15/trump-cant-hide-how-eager-he-is-to-be-finished-with-the-health-care-debate/?wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

CBO score of GOP health care plan spells trouble for Florida, health experts say

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/cbo-score-of-republican-health-care-plan-spells-trouble-for-florida-health/2316646?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Florida Republicans' opposition to health care plan shows GOP divide

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-republicans-opposition-to-health-care-plan-shows-gop-divide/2316680?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ%20031517&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Floridians strongly oppose key parts of GOP plan to replace Obamacare, poll shows

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-florida-poll-obamacare-fau-20170315-story.html

 

Florida health care workers fear cuts with Medicaid block grant push

http://news.wfsu.org/post/florida-health-care-workers-fear-cuts-medicaid-block-grant-push

 

Bilirakis sees only what he wants to on health care law

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/romano-bilirakis-sees-only-what-he-wants-to-on-health-care-law/2316763?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Federal judge blocks Trump’s latest travel ban nationwide

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-travel-ban.html?_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/lawyers-face-off-on-trump-travel-ban-in-md-court-wednesday-morning/2017/03/14/b2d24636-090c-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.64e7fc1a9839&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/lawyers-face-off-on-trump-travel-ban-in-md-court-wednesday-morning/2017/03/14/b2d24636-090c-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.c2109d6dba97&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/15/trump-travel-ban-blocked-restraining-order-hawaii?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=217668&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Loose talk came back to haunt Trump in judge's travel ban ruling

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/politics/trump-travel-ban-campaign.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170316&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/15/trump-travel-ban-muslims-hawaii-judge-power-words?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=217668&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/3/15/14940904/trump-miller-guiliani-tro-travel-ban

 

Trump's devastating new travel ban is built on a harmful myth

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/15/donald-trump-travel-ban-myth-refugee-resettlement-program-success?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=217668&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Highlights from court ruling halting Trump’s revised travel ban

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/highlights-immigration-ruling.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump’s assault on immigrants will seriously damage the economy

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-assault-on-immigrants-will-seriously-damage-the-economy/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY_2017_03_15&utm_term=daily

 

Trump’s border wall gets billions in budget proposal

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/politics/donald-trump-border-wall-budget.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170316&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-border-wall-budget-236107

 

Republicans skeptical about paying for wall as Trump releases budget

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-skeptical-about-paying-for-wall-as-trump-prepares-to-release-budget/2017/03/15/dd2b5848-099b-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?utm_term=.fe765aaacda5&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Fed raises interest rates for third time since financial crisis

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/business/economy/fed-interest-rates-yellen.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=12&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/15/business/federal-reserve-interest-rates.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=14&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/upshot/yellens-message-my-work-here-is-mostly-done.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=13&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump, easing emissions rule, vows to expand auto jobs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/business/trump-auto-industry-emissions-rules.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=11&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Gorsuch helped defend disputed Bush-era terror policies

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/neil-gorsuch-torture-guantanamo-bay.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=16&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/senate-democrats-focus-on-gorsuchs-defense-of-bush-era-terrorism-policies/2017/03/15/3fced3de-0998-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.2614fdf6b3d4&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Schumer: Democrats remain skeptical of Gorsuch, may block him

http://www.abc-7.com/story/34868277/schumer-democrats-remain-skeptical-of-gorsuch-may-block-him

 

A time to choose for the Supreme Court

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/opinion/a-time-to-choose-for-the-supreme-court.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170316&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=10&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The real story in Trump’s tax returns

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/15/the-real-story-in-trumps-tax-returns/?utm_term=.10362824722a&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/opinion/the-lesson-of-trumps-1040.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170316&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The Trump team’s response to leaked tax information only raises more questions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-trump-teams-response-to-leaked-tax-information-only-raises-more-questions/2017/03/15/2e5807fa-09a8-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.a0cbec10ed4e&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s lawyer warns Scarborough: “Better have proof” for your “big mouth”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/michael-cohen-warns-joe-scarborough?utm_content=buffer3e61e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Trump is running an empty government

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/3/14/14907868/trump-empty-appointments-trade

 

Wherever Trump goes, his gang of aides stays close by

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-photo-opportunities-236108

 

Castor calls on EPA to probe potential conflicts of interest with Pruitt

http://saintpetersblog.com/kathy-castor-one-six-democrats-calling-epa-ig-probe-potential-conflicts-interest-scott-pruitt/

 

Acosta takes center stage as labor secretary nominee

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article138757018.html

 

Tillerson’s dangerous silence

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/rex-tillersons-dangerous-silence.html

 

State Department spokesman flails in defending press corps stiff-arm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/03/15/state-department-spokesman-flails-in-defending-press-corps-stiff-arm/?utm_term=.ab84b261f388&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trump aide named to national security post

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/dina-powell-donald-trump-aide-named-to-national-security-post.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170316&nl=first-draft&nl_art=15&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/dina-powell-national-security-236110

 

Preventing a free-for-all with drone strikes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/opinion/preventing-a-free-for-all-with-drone-strikes.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170316&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Meet the hundreds of officials Trump has quietly installed across the government

https://www.propublica.org/article/meet-hundreds-of-officials-trump-has-quietly-installed-across-government

 

 

 

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