Today's news -- March 6, 2017

 

 

 

Trump visits private school in Orlando
President Donald Trump chatted with students and praised educators at a private Catholic school in Orlando on Friday, part of a trip focusing on a voucher program for low-income families. Trump's visit also drew about 100 protesters angry at what they described as an "anti-public schools agenda." The president arrived at St. Andrew Catholic School in the Pine Hills neighborhood along with Gov. Rick Scott, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. It was the first time Rubio had appeared with Trump since the election. Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, a White House adviser, also were on hand. "Beautiful class, beautiful students, right?" said Trump as he walked into teacher Jane Jones' fourth-grade classroom. As the children all recited the school's goals — "College and heaven" — Trump asked students, including fourth-graders Janayah Chatelier and Landon Fritz, both of Orlando, what they wanted to be when they grew up. "You're going to grow your own business," Trump told them. "You're going to make a lot of money. But don't run for politics after." Trump's visit to the predominantly African-American school focused on the Florida Tax Credit scholarship, a voucher program that helps 295 students from low-income families at the school of nearly 350 students. Started in 2002, the tax-credit program has allowed businesses to funnel tax dollars to private schools, including many religious ones. Across Florida, 97,926 students attend private schools using tax-credit scholarships, officials say. The credit can provide up to $5,886 per student annually. Before the event, protesters gathered less than a quarter mile from the school just after noon to protest the visit and the Trump administration's education priorities. The protesters, many coordinated by progressive advocacy groups Organize Florida and For Our Future, toted signs and chanted slogans at passing traffic on busy Colonial Drive near Hastings Street, denouncing Trump and demanding support for public education. "We're here to say that we don't want our taxpayer money diverted to charter schools, which are not held to the same accountability and standards that public schools are," said Wendy Doromal, president of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association. "We're disappointed that President Trump decided to visit a private school on his first school visit instead of visiting one of our amazing public schools." As Trump's motorcade came and went from the school, protesters lined both sides of Colonial Drive, booing and chanting as he passed. "This is what democracy looks like," the crowd repeated as he arrived. As he departed, they shouted, "No Trump, no KKK, fascist U.S.A." "We are not falling for it, Mr. Trump," said Robin Harris, an Organize Florida activist and Pine Hills resident. "We know that your program and your ideology and your rhetoric about school choice does not have the black and brown student community in mind. We don't like school choice. We don't need it. We don't want it."

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/president-trump-visits-private-school-in-orlando-to-promote-school-choice/2315281

Wendy Doromal, president of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, told the crowd the union doesn't want taxpayer money diverted to charter schools that aren't held to the same standards as public schools. "Trump is here in Orlando, not to lift up public schools," she says. "He is here to push his anti-public school agenda, to tear down public school. He's here today under the guise of giving parents a choice. The only choice he wants is a private school." Doromal says Trump knows school vouchers are a failure so he wants to repackage them through a tax credit scholarship program like the one in the Sunshine State. "We've gone through this already in Florida and we won't fall for it again," she says. "Vouchers don't help children. Vouchers increase the cost of education by requiring taxpayers to fund both public and private schools."

http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/03/03/donald-trump-met-with-boos-from-protesters-as-he-visits-orlando-private-school

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, said the president and the education secretary were demonstrating an “antipathy” toward public schools. “It’s sad that rather than listening to the public they are sworn to represent and who have a deep connection to public schools, Trump and DeVos’ first official joint trip is to a religious school, which they use as a backdrop for their ideological crusade,” she said.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/us/politics/trump-devos-school-choice-florida.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&referer=https://t.co/aJVx1YGWOH

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/03/why-the-trumpdevos-visit-to-a-catholic-school-is-so-unusual-and-what-it-really-means/?utm_term=.26d2adb2ba37 (Randi Weingarten quoted)
http://www.wftv.com/news/local/protesters-denounce-president-trumps-school-choice-vision-during-pine-hills-visit-/499350694 (Wendy Doromal quoted)
http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2017/3/3/trump_plans_to_talk_.html?cmpid=bluebar (Wendy Doromal quoted)
http://www.fox35orlando.com/home/239362656-story (Randi Weingarten quoted and OCCTA mentioned)

http://www.wesh.com/article/president-donald-trump-speaks-to-students-in-pine-hills-mca5io8d/9091394

http://www.wftv.com/news/local/sen-rubio-betsy-devos-join-president-trump-in-visit-to-pine-hills-private-school/499277036

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/the-usf-student-trump-hailed-as-a-school-choice-success-came-recommended/2315422?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

DeVos shouldn't champion Florida's voucher programs *

In a recent interview, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pointed to Florida as a "good and growing example of what can happen when you have a robust array of [school] choices." These choices include traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools, including voucher programs to fund private school tuition. Although Florida certainly has an array of options, the effects of voucher programs and Florida's statewide student achievement cast doubt over the state's ostensible exemplar status. Florida's school choice strategy includes three statewide programs that use public dollars to pay for private K-12 school tuition for at-risk students. Two of these programs provide scholarships to fund tuition for low-income students and students with disabilities. The third program, also called a scholarship, gives students with disabilities access to education savings accounts, which pay tuition and a broad array of education-related expenses.  An evaluation of Florida's scholarship for low-income students found that participation had no meaningful effect on student performance. A review of Florida's scholarship program for students with disabilities found inconsistent results, with no effect for students with the most severe disabilities. And recent reviews of statewide voucher programs in Indiana, Louisiana and Ohio – which have three of the largest programs in the country – found large negative effects for students in both reading and math.

Worse, it is nearly impossible to know how well Florida voucher students are doing through publicly available data. Florida has virtually no jurisdiction over private schools and little information beyond attendance. Florida private schools participating in voucher programs also do not have to administer the same standardized tests as the state, so comparable achievement data to public schools are not available. As a result, we must rely on statewide and nationwide data to understand how well Florida's students perform. Overall state achievement has languished on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, which assesses both private and public school students. Fourth-grade math and reading scores in Florida have flat-lined since 2007 and 2009, respectively. Eighth-grade math and reading have been static since 2003 and 2009, respectively, with math dropping below the national average in 2015. And performance on Florida state assessments has shown no recent improvement or closing of achievement gaps among student groups.

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/articles/2017-02-27/betsy-devos-shouldnt-look-to-florida-as-a-model-for-school-choice

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/betsy-devos-donald-trump-florida-school-choice-vouchers

 

Researcher: Evidence fails to show that vouchers improve achievement *

https://ed.stanford.edu/news/evidence-fails-show-school-vouchers-improve-student-achievement-stanford-researcher-finds

 

Disappointing results for vouchers in Louisiana: an evaluation of the first two years

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/03/05/the-disappointing-results-of-vouchers-in-louisiana-an-evaluation-of-the-first-two-years/

 

How states turn k-12 scholarships into money-laundering schemes *

Politicians have long had a knack for framing policy proposals, however controversial, in terms that make them more palatable to voters. This is why unpopular tax cuts for the wealthy are often sold as plans to “invest” in America or to stimulate “growth.” Likewise, school voucher programs that funnel public money to religious schools are cast as “school choice,” because underwriting parochial schools with taxpayer dollars is controversial. The “choice” frame has heightened public awareness of school voucher programs, and helped their advocates make significant inroads in convincing states to allow the use of public dollars for private schools. Obscured in the spin, however, is how some states, in their zeal to subsidize private schools, have created an egregious tax scam that allows wealthy taxpayers to profit by donating to private school scholarship funds in return for lucrative tax credits. Many states have constitutional provisions that expressly prohibit the use of public dollars for private religious schools. To sidestep these prohibitions and public aversion to the practice, voucher proponents and their legislative allies in 17 states have created generous tax credits to encourage taxpayers to donate to private school scholarship funds. “Neovouchers,” as these scholarship funds are often called, have received considerable attention as education policy initiatives, but their full impact as tax policies has drawn less notice. Critics who object that vouchers drain resources away from public schools would be doubly outraged if they knew how these vouchers were, in some cases, fleecing the public till. By offering tax subsidies in exchange for donations to private school scholarship programs, states are using private citizens as middlemen. Rather than include line-items in state budgets for spending on school vouchers, lawmakers ask taxpayers to undertake such spending on the state’s behalf, in return for a generous tax giveaway.

http://prospect.org/article/how-states-turn-k-12-scholarships-money-laundering-schemes

 

A Florida education special 2017 (featuring Joanne McCall)
http://video.wedu.org/video/2365968490/

 

Cheers to magistrate in school impasse (Manatee Education Association mentioned)
http://www.bradenton.com/opinion/editorials/article136245698.html

 

Officials weigh in on Lake schools (Stuart Klatte quoted)
http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20170304/officials-weigh-in-on-whats-wrong-with-our-schools

 

Marion superintendent reflects on fast start (Chris Altobello quoted)
http://www.ocala.com/news/20170303/first-100-days-maier-reflects-on-fast-start

 

Duval officials question charter, alternative schools’ graduation rates

http://jacksonville.com/news/education/2017-03-03/school-board-members-vitti-question-charter-alternative-schools-graduation

 

Senators suggest more changes to Best and Brightest bonuses

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-best-brightest-teacher-bonuses-senators-bills-20170302-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Cutback on school tests a good idea

http://www.bradenton.com/opinion/editorials/article134800864.html

 

Later testing dates could stress students, teachers

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article136091953.html

 

Antiscience bills in Florida

https://ncse.com/news/2017/02/antiscience-bills-florida-0018469

 

Daniels compels fasting in support of religious expression in schools

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233170-kim-daniels-compels-fasting-support-religious-expression-schools

 

Top education issues to watch in 2017 legislative session

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/top-education-issues-watch-2017-legislative-session

 

Does money matter in education?

http://www.shankerinstitute.org/resource/does-money-matter-second-edition

https://www.brookings.edu/research/its-not-nothing-the-role-of-money-in-improving-education/

 

GOP bill in Kentucky could dismantle a robust school desegregation efforts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/gop-bill-could-dismantle-one-of-nations-most-robust-school-desegregation-efforts/2017/03/04/114a31e8-ff6b-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.a21697da44c7

 

Bathroom ruling is just “gratuitous cruelty”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-gscol-transgender-bathroom-20170224-column.html

 

These activists want greater home-school monitoring. Parent groups say no way.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/these-activists-want-greater-home-school-monitoring-parent-groups-say-no-way/2017/03/01/b6d23c6e-e747-11e6-bf6f-301b6b443624_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.2ff6fd97e09f

 

USF leads in closing achievement gap

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-usf-leads-in-closing-achievement-gap/2315291

 

Five myths about historically black colleges and universities

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-hbcus/2017/03/03/5adc236a-ff76-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.b79394249d0b&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Campus backlash after leaders of black colleges meet with Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/us/backlash-black-colleges-trump.html?emc=edit_th_20170304&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Barry and St. Thomas universities talk “alliance” between schools

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article136350838.html

 

Legislature set to start with House, Scott warring, Senate on sideline

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/legislature-set-start-with-house-scott-warring-senate-sideline/BRuhz7i0tELeT8o5EQejaP/

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170304/big-issues-facing-legislature-as-gop-leaders-battle/1

http://news.wfsu.org/post/economic-development-battle-looms-over-legislative-session

 

Combative House speaker vows contentious session

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233133-combative-house-speaker-vows-contentious-session

 

As legislative session begins, lawmakers should put brawls on the back burner

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article136367333.html

 

Corcoran and Negron strike deal to write state budget

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/richard-corcoran-and-joe-negron-strike-deal-to-write-state-budget/2315310

 

Governor names long list of loyalists to Constitution Revision Commission

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/03/governor-names-loyalists-to-constitution-revision-commission-.html

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/gov-rick-scott-appoints-three-education-leaders-to-constitution-revision/2315228

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/scotts-crc-picks-full-of-political-allies-education-experts-110053

http://saintpetersblog.com/rick-scott-constitutional-review/

 

Corcoran to pick Rouson, Lee to constitution panel

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233262-richard-corcoran-pick-darryl-rouson-tom-lee-constitution-panel

 

Gonzalez courts controversy with court override bill

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170304/gonzalez-courts-controversy-with-court-override-bill?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_NL&utm_content=INKA_SHT

 

Legislature looks to overrule home rule

http://www.theledger.com/opinion/20170304/editorial-legislature-looks-to-overrule-home-rule

http://www.ocala.com/opinion/20170306/editorial-stop-power-grabs-by-tallahassee

 

Legislators' grades to reveal record on open government

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/legislators-grades-to-reveal-record-on-open-government-ap_florida21cc118d88d64f07a469060589a42e0c

 

Controversial public records bill to go before its second committee today

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/232951-controversial-public-records-bill-go-second-committee-monday

 

House speaker's lottery fight with Scott goes to court

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/house-speakers-lottery-fight-with-gov-scott-goes-to-court-ap_floridac51055d0aa964da08153e7d8f93fe824

http://saintpetersblog.com/richard-corcoran-lottery-trial/

 

Workers' comp fight looms in 2017 session

http://news.wfsu.org/post/workers-comp-fight-looms-2017-session

 

Powerful Galvano takes lead on major issues

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170304/powerful-galvano-takes-lead-on-major-issues?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_NL&utm_content=INKA_SHT

 

Legislators may find little wiggle room on Medicaid

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170305/legislators-may-find-little-wiggle-room-on-medicaid?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_NL&utm_content=INKA_SHT

 

Florida's response to kids killed by guns is more guns

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-floridas-response-to-kids-killed-by-guns-is-more-guns/2315251

 

Steube leads charge on gun legislation

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170304/steube-leads-charge-on-gun-legislation?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_NL&utm_content=INKA_SHT

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170303/citizens-right-to-bear-arms-prompts-constitutional-crisis-among-sarasota-officials

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/carl-hiaasen/article136348383.html

 

One Republican state senator has proposed ten insane laws

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/one-republican-florida-state-senator-has-proposed-ten-insane-laws-9182125

 

Insurance issues loom large on Legislature's agenda

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-legislature-insurance-issues-20170302-story.html

 

State park suspicions abound

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/columnists/anthony-westbury/2017/03/03/anthony-westbury-state-park-suspicions-abound/98575298/

 

Trump mingles with Mar-a-Lago guests outside charity ball

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/update-trump-mingles-with-mar-lago-guests-outside-charity-ball/xFRbgrtFYNamso8FXmO6PN/?ecmp=trueanthem_wpb_tw_main&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+New+Content+(Feed)

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/night-mar-lago-inside-charity-event-with-trump-sessions-nearby/6L5xzXBS27gvkzz2FdXOgJ/

 

Trump on track to spend exorbitant amount of taxpayer dollars on travels

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/04/donald-trump-travel-costs-mar-a-lago-taxpayers?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215990&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Why were Sessions and other Trump officials talking to Russia?

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-big-question-why-were-sessions-and-other-trump-officials-talking-to-russia/

 

Trump says there’s been no Russia contact — but much of what he says is untrue

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-russia-falsehoods_us_58a9c2bde4b07602ad55ad8a?

 

Despite denials, growing list of contacts with Russians haunts White House

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/despite-early-denials-growing-list-of-trump-camp-contacts-with-russians-haunts-white-house/2017/03/03/a5b196d8-002d-11e7-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.0e04b2ab9365&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/us/politics/trump-russia-links-washington.html?emc=edit_th_20170304&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump fumes over Sessions’ recusal from Russia probe

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-anger-jeff-sessions-russia-probe-235684

 

With Sessions’ recusal, official poised to oversee probe into Russian interference https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/with-sessionss-recusal-official-poised-to-oversee-probe-into-russian-interference-in-2016-race/2017/03/03/5c9c0a24-0022-11e7-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.cee5121bab43&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/06/rod-rosenstein-deputy-attorney-general-russia-jeff-sessions?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216202&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Russia is the slow burn of the Trump administration, and it’s not going away

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/russia-is-the-slow-burn-of-the-trump-administration-and-its-not-going-away/2017/03/04/2776ad6e-00f8-11e7-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.1e965aea6664&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

This isn’t “a total witch hunt” -- Sessions is in real trouble

https://www.thenation.com/article/this-isnt-a-total-witch-hunt-jeff-sessions-is-in-real-trouble/

 

Is investigating Sessions a witch hunt? No, it's a quest for the truth

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/03/jeff-sessions-investigation-russia-truth?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215990&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Russia investigations a “witch hunt”? Not according to polls

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-russia-polls-235667

 

Pelosi: Sessions’ recusal “is an admission that something was wrong”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/nancy-pelosi-jeff-sessions-recusal-235649

 

Federal prosecutors have brought charges in cases far less serious than Sessions’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/federal-prosecutors-have-brought-charges-in-cases-far-less-serious-than-sessionss/2017/03/03/d4345396-003d-11e7-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.47c0a1bc0a34&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Trump wary of Russian deal; new advisers urge tougher stand

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8bf076a9e5314c19a28f79dbc5d967fe/amid-firestorm-trump-appears-waiver-russia-deal

 

How Sessions came to be an integral part of Trump's administration

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-sessions-20170302-story.html

 

How Sessions used his prosecuting power to target Democrats

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/04/jeff-sessions-legal-past-democrats-trump-administration?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215990&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Sessions controversy heightens Trump’s feeling of being under siege

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/us/donald-trump-white-house.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170303&nlid=1811197&tntemail0=y&referer=

 

Trump, offering no evidence, says Obama tapped his phones

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/us/politics/trump-obama-tap-phones.html?emc=edit_th_20170305&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-accuses-obama-of-nixonwatergate-wiretap--but-offers-no-evidence/2017/03/04/1ddc35e6-0114-11e7-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.75fc3dbcf731&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/04/donald-trump-accuses-obama-of-wire-tapping-his-office-before-election?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215990&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump seeks congressional inquiry into allegations that Obama tapped his phones

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-seeks-inquiry-into-allegations-that-obama-tapped-his-phones.html?emc=edit_na_20170305&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

 

Comey asks Justice Department to reject Trump’s wiretapping claim

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-seeks-inquiry-into-allegations-that-obama-tapped-his-phones.html?emc=edit_na_20170305&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/05/trump-seeks-congressional-probe-into-politically-motivated-investigation-during-2016-campaign/?postshare=7801488755414467&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.9c23afdc40aa

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/06/fbi-director-challenges-trump-over-obama-wiretap-claims-reports?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216202&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump rejects Comey’s assertion that wiretapping claim is false, spokeswoman says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/us/politics/trump-rejects-comeys-assertion-that-wiretapping-claim-is-false-spokeswoman-says.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170306&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Former director of national intelligence disputes Trump’s wiretap claim

https://thinkprogress.org/clapper-says-no-wire-tap-on-trump-towers-1fa7069b1d7a#.wf76hyttg

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/04/nsa-analyst-warns-smart-pick-fights-ic-press-when-colluded-kremlin-elected.html

 

Lawmakers stunned, baffled by Trump’s wiretap allegations

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/white-house-pushing-for-obama-probe-235695

 

Trump’s aides aren’t even defending wiretapping claims

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/05/trumps-evidence-free-claim-about-obama-wiretapping-him-is-indefensible-so-his-aides-arent-defending-it/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.4e102cffab5f

 

When one president smears another

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/opinion/when-one-president-smears-another.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170306&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

What can be gleaned from Trump’s allegations of wiretapping

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-phone-tapping-surveillance-issues.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170306&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/decoding-the-wiretapping-claims.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170306&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Inside Trump’s fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-trumps-fury-the-president-rages-at-leaks-setbacks-and-accusations/2017/03/05/40713af4-01df-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?postshare=9071488763287740&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.6eeb05fbb24a

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-trump-experiment-may-come-to-an-early-tipping-point/2017/03/05/87d38b3a-0055-11e7-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.b9c0121f85c8

 

In Trump’s terrifying new normal, Obama Is Nixon and up is down

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/04/in-trump-s-terrifying-new-normal-obama-is-nixon-and-up-is-down.html

 

Trump’s charge that he was wiretapped takes presidency into new territory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-charge-that-he-was-wiretapped-takes-presidency-into-new-territory/2017/03/05/7ce64578-01bd-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.8b33e14a91c0&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Fact check: What did Trump's tweets about Obama's “wiretaps” mean?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/03/05/trumps-evidence-for-obama-wiretap-claims-relies-on-sketchy-anonymously-sourced-reports/?utm_term=.ac8f686ca9b7

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/04/fact-check-trump-obama-wiretap-tweets-rumors?CMP=edit_2221

 

How hard is it to get an intelligence wiretap? Pretty hard.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/just-how-would-the-government-obtain-a-wiretap-in-a-counterintelligence-probe-show-a-federal-judge-probable-cause-that-the-target-is-an-agent-of-a-foreign-power/2017/03/04/5905d7b4-0117-11e7-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_campaign=e7352a416f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All%20Poynter%20Subscribers&utm_term=.7feccf2723a9

 

Trump’s wiretap rant betrays ignorance of the law

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/trumps-wiretap-rant-betrays-ignorance-of-the-law-214870

 

Conspiracy theorist in chief?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/conspiracy-theorist-in-chief/2017/03/05/b278e6a6-01da-11e7-a391-651727e77fc0_story.html?utm_term=.ec50e6335a93&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

A conspiracy theory’s journey from talk radio to Trump’s Twitter

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-twitter-talk-radio-conspiracy-theory.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170306&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Rubio: Whether Trump's claims are true will become clear “over the next few days”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/05/politics/marco-rubio-trump-obama-wiretap/index.html

http://postonpolitics.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2017/03/05/marco-rubio-on-russia-trump-i-want-to-go-where-the-truth-is/

 

Majority rule means the power to stop, not just start, an investigation

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/us/politics/majority-rule-means-the-power-to-stop-not-just-start-an-investigation.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Trump accused Obama of “McCarthyism.” But Trump’s mentor helped enforce it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/04/the-president-accused-obama-of-mccarthyism-but-trumps-mentor-helped-enforce-it/?utm_term=.99ad03bf2f49&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

 

Pause this presidency

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/pause-this-presidency.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170306&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump aides’ bid to plug leaks creates unease among some civil servants

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-secrecy-exclusive-idUSKBN16A0GD

 

Trump’s voter suppression team may have just shot itself in the foot

https://thinkprogress.org/the-dojs-new-love-affair-with-voter-suppression-could-backfire-on-republicans-9935f02b2a99#.r3ny2spjy

 

Churchgoers walk out as state official pushes voter ID at Selma anniversary service

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-merrill-promotes-voter-id-selma-anniversary-service-church-patrons-walk-out?utm_content=buffereb8eb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

March 8: A women’s strike for the 99 percent

http://billmoyers.com/story/march-8-womens-strike-99-percent/

 

Sanders backs unionization campaign as Democrats draft populist agenda

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/03/bernie-sanders-backs-unionization-campaign-in-mississippi-as-democrats-draft-populist-agenda/?utm_term=.33a41bc9901c&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-bc-ms--nissan-union-20170304-story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/05/union-rally-mississippi-nissan-bernie-sanders?CMP=edit_2221

 

Trump's disingenuous middle-class tax cut pitch

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/28/14750642/trump-middle-class-tax-cut

 

The stock market has gone so high, it’s a problem

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/your-money/the-stock-market-has-gone-so-high-its-a-problem.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170304&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/business/dealbook/trump-stocks.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170306&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/business/dealbook/trump-stocks.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Set to lift interest rate, Fed embraces investors’ optimism

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/business/economy/federal-reserve-interest-rates.html?emc=edit_th_20170304&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump expected to issue new travel ban excluding Iraq today

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-expected-to-issue-new-travel-ban-excluding-iraq-on-monday.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170306&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/04/new-trump-travel-ban-expected-to-be-unveiled-on-monday/?utm_term=.d9ee5d024502&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-travel-ban-executive-order-monday-235683

 

White House wants it both ways on revised travel ban

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-travel-ban-235705

 

Migrants confront judgment day over old deportation orders

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/us/migrants-facing-old-deportation-orders.html?emc=edit_th_20170305&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump administration considering separating women, children at Mexico border

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-children-idUSKBN16A2ES

 

“Go back to your own country”: Sikh man shot in his driveway

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/04/go-back-to-your-own-country-sikh-man-shot-in-his-driveway-in-suspected-hate-crime/?utm_term=.bfd711ffb4a9&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/04/go-back-to-your-own-country-sikh-man-shot-in-his-driveway-in-suspected-hate-crime/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.0b8dbfd08ae4

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/05/sikh-man-shot-kent-washington-gunman-country?CMP=edit_2221

 

Some Indians fearful of U.S. travel after high-profile attacks on Indians

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/05/i-might-not-only-be-discriminated-against-but-also-killed-indians-fear-u-s-travel-after-attacks/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.8144134bdf24

 

Veteran fighting deportation after two tours in Afghanistan

http://abc7chicago.com/news/veteran-fighting-deportation-after-2-tours-in-afghanistan/1739129/

 

Amid climate of fear from Trump orders, life goes on for the undocumented

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article136578778.html

 

Deportation arrest highlights tensions in Los Angeles on immigration

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/us/los-angeles-deportation-immigration.html?emc=edit_th_20170305&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/04/he-dropped-his-daughter-off-at-school-minutes-later-immigration-agents-took-him-away/?utm_term=.7094fad40112&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

 

After decades in America, newly deported return to a Mexico they barely recognize

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexico-prepares-to-absorb-a-wave-of-deportees-in-the-trump-era/2017/03/03/a7bd624a-f86c-11e6-aa1e-5f735ee31334_story.html?utm_term=.9834e1a6fa61&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Judge: Miami-Dade deportation policy is unconstitutional

http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/judge-miami-dade-deportation-policy-is-unconstitutional-ap_florida0f87a2cd1dd247eea37b751dfe6080a2

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/miami-judge-rules-trump-cant-force-county-to-detain-immigrants-110057

 

Living in fear in the U.S.: Time to take her education and leave?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/nyregion/living-in-fear-in-the-us-time-to-take-her-education-and-leave.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170305&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

A U.S. citizen is denied college aid -- because of her mother’s immigration status

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/a-us-citizen-is-denied-college-aid--because-of-her-mothers-immigration-status/2017/03/05/8e38adc6-fded-11e6-a51a-e16b4bcc6644_story.html?utm_term=.8e1549d077a5&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Austin ICE raids: Meet the immigrants arrested

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/austin-ice-raids-meet-the-immigrants-arrested/0zJbGbdRFJms6Q2A1k2iDI/

 

It’s not just deportations: Trump seeks to remake the immigration system

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/its-not-just-deportations-and-the-border-trump-seeks-to-remake-the-immigration-system/2017/03/05/a4231b52-fec5-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.413edc6f39f9&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_IMMIGRATION_COURTS?SITE=FLPET&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

 

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