Today's news -- March 20, 2017





Union: Trump plan takes “cleaver” to public schools (Randi Weingarten quoted)


Trump’s budget advances DeVos agenda to starve, privatize public schools (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)


A Republican senator defended DeVos at a town hall. Boos drowned her out.


Trump’s proposed budget: At least he doesn’t call himself an “education president.”


Expert slams White House for denying school meals' link to learning


My after-school program kept me safe. Trump's cuts to it are reckless


College-prep programs for the poor slashed in Trump’s budget


Court decision about third-graders and testing falls “on the side of stupid”


Broward Middle School teacher hailed as hero (Anna Fusco quoted)


Report: Mass incarceration of African Americans affects the racial achievement gap


What educators know about teaching young children -- but policymakers ignore


The consequences of forcing young kids to sit too long in class


Garner urges Congress to fund early-childhood education


Texas AG sued to keep a Bible quote in school. Now he’s bugged by Muslim prayers.


Lottery rakes in cash but fewer students, particularly poor ones, make cut


UF's administration needs to support graduate-student parents in need (GAU mentioned)


Don’t hurt colleges with higher-ed plan


In higher ed, let’s not standardize, privatize and deprofessionalize. Let’s unionize! (by Lily Eskelsen García)


DeVos’ hiring of for-profit college official raises impartiality issues


After White House courts HBCUs, budget disappoints school leaders


Welcomed at Florida colleges, AP credit re-examined in Ivy League


Trump administration rolls back protections for people in default on student loans


Abortion, school issues could roil constitution panel (Jeff Wright quoted)


D’Alemberte: Constitution Revision Commission should operate in the sunshine


Five bills casting a shadow on Sunshine Law


Florida tax revenue experts predict shortfalls after this year


Corcoran takes his fight with Scott on the road


GOP family feud makes Democrats feel wanted


"If we are going to win this year, it's because of Sen. Jack Latvala."


Local governments decry bill that would limit regulations


State's workplace death rate rises more than nation's, data show


Why do House Republicans keep driving money into the World Golf Hall of Fame?


Will legislators lift the veil on “dark money” in Florida politics?


Make mental health a budget priority


State asks for more Medicaid flexibility


Sprowls seeks to save children's insurance plan


Senate tax cut proposal, as is, may be on the ropes


We need more prosecutors questioning their pursuit of the death penalty,amp.html


State Republicans push Trump-style immigration bills


National Hurricane Center rolls out new look for “cone of uncertainty”


St. Johns Riverkeeper believes water shortage could soon be a statewide problem


Atlantic City and Miami Beach: Two takes on tackling the rising waters


Trump, Pence visit Palm Beach as Democratic critic attends fundraiser


Was Trump golfing? White House shrouds time at his clubs in mystery


How much is Trump’s travel and protection costing, anyway?


Trump’s cuts would do nothing to balance the budget


Trump’s budget expands the GOP’s war on math


Proposed federal budget would devastate cancer research, advocates say


Republicans’ four-point plan to help the poor get poorer


“That food saved my life,” and Trump wants to cut it off


Trump budget could mean fatally cold winters for some of America’s poor


Trump budget cuts put struggling Americans on edge


Trump’s budget leaves rural America behind


Trump’s budget logic: Help single moms by building the wall


Trump wants the forgotten men and women to stay forgotten


Why does Trump demonize cities?


Fact check: Budget director’s claims that programs don’t work


White House forgets to read the article, shares parody lampooning its cruel budget


In one rocky week, Trump’s self-inflicted chaos on vivid display


So, what is Trump hiding?


So far, Trump has been mercifully incompetent


Trump, working-class zero


America’s epidemic of infallibility


What happens when the judiciary doesn’t trust the president’s oath


What to expect when Comey meets with the House Intelligence Committee


Russia inquiries overlap in a tangle of secrets and sniping


Five things to watch at the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia hearing


Report shows no evidence for Trump’s claims of wiretapping during campaign


Senators ask Trump adviser to preserve any Russia-related documents


Trump drags key foreign allies into controversy over unproven wiretap claims


Trump offers no apology for claim on British spying


Ex-UK ambassador calls White House wiretap claims “gratuitously damaging”


Fox’s Napolitano stirred the pot for Trump’s British tempest


GOP rep: Without evidence, Trump owes Obama apology for wiretapping charge


What will it take for the president to retract his tweets about Obama?


The White House’s wiretapping shell game


Priebus talk with FBI appears to break White House rules


What to ask about Russian hacking


Russia is Trump’s Watergate. Will he react like Nixon?


Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings


Why does WikiLeaks keep publishing U.S. state secrets? Private contractors.


Former Trump campaign chief wanted for questioning in Ukraine corruption case


Brazile: Russian DNC narrative played out exactly as they hoped


Trump stays buggy


Trump and House GOP agree to make work a Medicaid requirement


White House squeezes GOP hard-liners as Obamacare vote nears


Ryan says he’s been dreaming of Medicaid cuts since he was “drinking out of kegs”


Trump admits health care plan would benefit the rich, hurt those who voted for him


Does Trump know what the GOP health bill does?


I spent my childhood on Medicaid, and Trump’s plan to roll it back is disastrous


The fake freedom of American health care


GOP’s health care tightrope winds through the blue-collar Midwest


GOP rep defends repeal plan as town hall crowd shouts “vote him out”


Trump’s rhetoric about health care is crashing up against reality (by Randi Weingarten)


Replace GOP's Obamacare replacement


AARP report: Obamacare replacement would hurt older Floridians


GOP health bill bad for Florida


Pence campaigns for GOP health bill in Florida


Scott's Trumpcare talking points are shifting


Ros-Lehtinen boldly says “no” to GOP healthcare plan. How about you, Marco?


Buchanan wants changes to GOP healthcare plan


Curbelo says report on GOP health plan raises “serious concerns”


Dunn hosts town hall


Administration will appeal ruling against second version of travel ban,amp.html


Hawaii judge declines to narrow travel ban injunction


From a placid judge, a cutting rejection of Trump’s travel ban


Immigration judges being reassigned to speed up deportations, officials say


Immigration agents should not “stalk” courts, California justice says


Nations have separated children from parents before. It never ends well.


Is the Trump administration targeting “dreamers”?


Fear, hope and deportations


Rural areas brace for a shortage of doctors due to visa policy


Philadelphia’s Cinco de Mayo festival is canceled amid fears of an ICE raid


Kelly, House Democrats face off at first meeting


No crackdown on illegal employers


Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job


Trump’s budget proves that U.S. will pay for border wall, Mexican governor says


Trump seeks proposals for “physically imposing” wall with Mexico


An “ideological food fight” (his words in 2002) awaits Gorsuch


Five things to watch as Gorsuch gets grilled


In emails, Gorsuch praised a leading activist behind voter suppression efforts


Gorsuch was instrumental in defending Bush’s torture program


Gorsuch could be the most conservative justice on the Supreme Court


In Gorsuch, conservative activist sees test case for reshaping the judiciary


Rulings offer glimpse into what kind of justice Gorsuch would be


Reports question if Gorsuch will protect kids with disabilities (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)


Newly public emails hint at Gorsuch’s view of presidential power


Grassley and Feinstein: The pair who will lead Gorsuch’s Senate hearings


Gorsuch confirmation presents Democrats with two difficult paths


Democrats will seek to tie Gorsuch to Trump as a judge soft on big business


Feingold: If Gorsuch is confirmed, the legitimacy of Supreme Court won't recover


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