Today's news -- March 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Appeals court overturns ruling on third-grade retention *
A three-judge panel has overturned Leon County judge Karen Gievers' ruling that the Hernando County school district improperly retained some third-grade students who refused to take the Florida Standards Assessment language arts test. The state has required students to pass the test, or receive another good cause exemption, to gain promotion. That provision has been a key plank of Florida's Jeb Bush-era test-based accountability model since the early 2000's. The 1st District Court of Appeal supported the system, saying the testing helps with the "laudable purpose" of determining whether a student needs additional reading instruction. The court also asserted the case should have been filed in the parents' home counties, including Pasco County, as the districts argued. "We reverse the order and vacate the injunction because the school boards were entitled to be sued in their home venues and none of the requirements for injunctive relief was established," the panel wrote. Parents brought their case in the Leon County court, arguing the site was proper because it was where the Department of Education is located. They contended the districts follow department rules regarding testing and promotion. Although the appellate court, which heard arguments in February, did not rule on the merits of the parent arguments regarding test participation, it made clear its disdain for their position. The lawyer for the parents argued that the children should have been able to provide a portfolio of classroom work without taking the state test or an alternate, and still move to fourth grade. The court took issue with that view, as well.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/school-testing-backers-win-a-round-in-court-as-judges-sink-challenge-to/2315737?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-third-grade-retention-appeals-court-ruling-20170307-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170307/florida-court-rejects-opt-out-testing-arguments

http://saintpetersblog.com/florida-court-school-children-must-take-standardized-test/

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/sns-bc-fl--testing-lawsuit-20170307-story.html

 

Corcoran wants to boost charter schools

House Speaker Richard Corcoran said Tuesday that his chief budget priority this year is addressing chronically underperforming public schools, likely by spending millions to attract high-performing charter school networks to Florida. “I think the biggest expenditure out of the House that we will engage in is, it’s going to be very expensive to try and figure out a way to end failure factories,” the Land O’Lakes Republican said on the first day of the 2017 session. “The concept that we still have them, the concept that we have kids stuck for five years, some of them, tens of thousands of them, stuck for five years, where you’re just robbing them of that dignity and that future — that’s got to change, and that’s going to be very expensive to do.” Corcoran — who borrowed his “failure factories” rhetoric from a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times investigative series on five segregated St. Petersburg elementary schools, some of the worst in the state — said the House intends to invest in K-12 schools, as does Gov. Rick Scott, but they don’t necessarily agree on how. “The governor put a bunch of money into public education,” Corcoran said, referring to Scott’s budget proposal, “and we’re going to put a bunch of money into public education. At the end of the day, the argument is going to be how we spend it.” Corcoran has not yet outlined a specific plan for turning around struggling schools. But he has provided clues, saying during recent press conferences the state should consider incentivizing national charter school chains to expand their reach in the state, specifically mentioning KIPP, SEED and Uncommon Schools. Corcoran’s wife, Anne, founded a charter school. Corcoran remains adamantly opposed to paying for an increase in education funding with tax increases, he said Tuesday. Going further, he said he would push for another homestead exemption that would result in more than $700 million of tax relief.

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/corcorans-top-spending-priority-ending-failure-factories-likely-by-boosting-charter-schools-110157

 

House panel votes to expand, boost voucher funding

Florida’s scholarship programs for students with disabilities and for those from low-income families — state-run initiatives that pay private-school tuition — would be expanded under a proposal a Florida House panel approved Tuesday. The bill (HB 15) would make more children eligible for the Gardiner and McKay Scholarship Programs, which serve youngsters with disabilities, and would increase the per-student funding for the Tax-Credit Scholarship Program, which pays tuition bills for students from poor families. The changes would mean money spent on the Gardiner program would jump from about $73 million this academic year to $200 million next year. The tax-credit scholarships, now worth about $5,886, or about 82 percent of the amount spent per-student in public school, would pay from 88 to 96 percent of that figure, depending on the student’s grade. These voucher programs have been controversial — with one challenged unsuccessfully in court — but they are also strongly supported by the state’s Republican leaders and the families who use them. They view them as needed options for students who cannot get what they need in public school but cannot on their own pay for private school. And they got a boost last week from President Donald Trump, who visited a Catholic school in Orange County where most students use the tax-credit scholarships to help pay their costs.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-school-vouchers-florida-house-disabled-students-20170307-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Diverting school dollars (Joanne McCall mentioned)
http://www.ocala.com/opinion/20170308/letters-to-editor-for-march-8-2017

 

Vouchers have their own three R’s
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/03/07/russ-walsh-vouchers-are-for-the-rich-the-racists-and-the-religious-right/

 

Politifact: Florida teacher pay lags national average, just not quite by $10,000

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2017/mar/07/janet-cruz/how-much-does-florida-teacher-pay-lag-behind-natio/

 

Polk district, unions to go to mediation Friday (Marianne Capoziello quoted)
http://www.theledger.com/news/20170307/polk-county-school-district-unions-to-go-to-mediation-friday

 

Calhoun district and teachers union reach an agreement on tentative pay raise (Russell Baggett quoted)
http://www.wjhg.com/content/news/Calhoun-school-district-and-teachers-union-reach-an-agreement-on-tentative-pay-raise-415626043.html

 

Broward schools adopt measures to protect students from immigration raids

http://wlrn.org/post/broward-county-schools-adopt-measures-protect-students-immigration-raids

 

Polk responds to Soto’s concerns over student immigration inquiries​

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170307/8203polk-county-school-district-responds-to-us-rep-darren-sotos-concerns-over-student-immigration-inquiries8203

 

State expands review to include Orange alternative schools

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-charter-school-review-20170307-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Getting liberated from science in “religious liberties” bill

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/getting-liberated-from-science-florida-religious-liberties-bill/PvSoNWZ4xcYJ4lIzX7khzO/

 

Education policy fights don’t focus enough on teaching and learning

https://thinkprogress.org/its-the-classroom-stupid-education-reform-needs-to-focus-on-teaching-and-learning-c5f67457ba7c#.o1j3kqcjh

 

Educators prepare for immigration agents at the schoolhouse

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/nyregion/educators-prepare-for-immigration-agents-at-the-schoolhouse.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170307&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

DeVos lobbyist resigns amid controversy over comments about shaking his wife

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/detroit/2017/03/07/devos-lobbyist-resigns-amid-controversy-over-verbal-gaffe-about-wife-shaking/

 

Teacher: What Pence did to schools and teachers in Indiana

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/03/04/teacher-what-mike-pence-did-to-schools-and-teachers-in-indiana/

 

Chance the Rapper donates $1 million to Chicago’s public schools

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/arts/chance-rapper-chicago-schools-donation.html

 

L.A. charter network sees questionable spending abound

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-celerity-beginnings-20170306-story.html

 

Whatever happened to Scott's idea for $10,000 college degrees?

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/whatever-happened-to-rick-scotts-idea-for-10000-college-degrees/2315743

 

The troubling appeal of education at for-profit schools

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/books/review/lower-ed-tressie-mcmillan-cottom.html?referer=

 

In State of the State, Scott takes Corcoran to task

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/in-state-of-the-state-rick-scott-takes-richard-corcoran-to-task/2315654?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233391-2017-state-of-state-address

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/scott-backs-trump-business-and-tourism-groups-state-the-state/pzhfLeav2566Yk5l2Cbx2H/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0ODg5MjA0MDEsImV4cCI6MTQ4OTAzNTU5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teXBhbG1iZWFjaHBvc3QuY29tIiwiZXhwIjoxNDg5MDM1NTk5LCJhdXRoZW4iOiJieXBhc3MifV19.PNpQNGAHtyQo30_-YahPYUAY51qeldSHKe43q__bKd8&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-legislature-first-day-blog-20170302-story.html

 

Corcoran: “Let's fight ... the special interests and the status quo”

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/richard-corcoran-lets-fight--joyfully-crashing-against-the-special/2315637

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/Corcoran-vows-to-keep-trying-to-shake-up-system

 

Negron adds Stand Your Ground changes, “religious liberties” bill to his priorities

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/03/joe-negron-adds-stand-your-ground-changes-religious-liberties-bill-to-his-priorities.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/senate-president-negron-starts-session-with-professional-tone/JwAUC6oslPSCOyo9INDN6I/

 

Cruz and Braynon slam quality of Scott’s jobs

http://saintpetersblog.com/janet-cruz-oscar-braynon-slam-quality-rick-scotts-jobs/

 

Progressives rally all over state to fight Scott, GOP-led Legislature

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/progressives-rally-all-over-state-fight-scott-gop-led-legislature/e4E0WnxJVfJopKEkuq6IgJ/

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233424-advocates-call-legislature-focus-working-floridians-annual-awake-state-event (Rich Templin quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/equality-florida-deeply-disappointed-in-rick-scott-for-not-using-lgbt-to/2315736

http://news.wfsu.org/post/awake-state-outlines-altnerative-agenda

 

Fort Myers rally calls for focus on Southwest Florida priorities (Mark Castellano quoted)
http://news.wgcu.org/programs/gulf-coast-live-wgcu

 

Events also in Jacksonville and Stuart

http://news.wjct.org/post/jacksonville-demonstrators-hope-awake-state-after-gov-scott-address

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-lagoon/politics/2017/03/07/awake-state-rally-stuart-part-statewide-grass-roots-effort-day-1-legislative-session/98859090/

 

Scott, Corcoran focus on wrong issues

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-scott-corcoran-focus-on-wrong-issues/2315704

http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/20170308/our-view-squabbling-marks-state-of-state

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-gov-scott-state-of-state-20170307-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sun-sentinel%2Fnews%2Fopinion+%28Editorial+Opinions+%2F+South+Florida+Sun-Sentinel%29

 

Let local government make local decisions

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170308/matt-surrency-let-local-government-make-local-decisions

 

Senate advances bill to weaken citizens’ leverage in records disputes

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article136876648.html

 

House gets win in Lottery contract fight

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-house-wins-lottery-lawsuit-sending-governor-another-message/2315745?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/House-gets-win-in-Lottery-contract-fight

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/sns-bc-fl--florida-lottery-lawsuit-20170307-story.html

 

Enterprise Florida tabs Grissom as interim chief

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-bz-nsf-enterprise-florida-interim-20170307-story.html

 

Why Scott's job chief quit suddenly still a mystery

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/why-rick-scotts-job-chief-quit-suddenly-still-a-mystery-to-key-lawmakers/2315684

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/enterprise-florida-hart-were-drafting-contract-prior-to-abrupt-resignation-110137

 

“Moonlight” as reason to keep state incentives for filmmakers

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article136880163.html

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233497-film-florida-gives-up

 

Once a proponent, Ingoglia is now against corporate welfare

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/once-a-proponent-ingolgia-is-now-against-corporate-welfare/2315649

 

Anti-poverty lobbyist skeptical as 2017 legislative session opens

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233404-karen-woodall

 

House chairman seeks “good faith” as hearings open on workers’ comp draft bill

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233421-workers-compensation-5

 

State worker pay raise hopes rest in Senate

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/03/07/state-worker-pay-raise-hopes-rest-senate/98865666/

 

Legislation that would make secretary of state an elected position advances

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233438-legislation-make-floridas-secretary-state-elected-position-advances

 

The amazing plunge in IRS audits of rich people and large companies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2017/03/07/the-amazing-plunge-in-irs-audits-of-rich-people-and-large-companies/?wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Why women are on strike

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/opinion/why-women-are-on-strike.html?emc=edit_th_20170308&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.thenation.com/article/when-did-solidarity-with-working-women-become-a-privilege/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/08/a-day-without-a-woman-strike-feminist-protest-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216491&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/08/silence-powerlessness-womens-voices-rebecca-solnit?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216491&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/08/strike-for-womens-rights-international-womens-day?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216491&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Stories from Florida on “a day without a woman”
http://www.clickorlando.com/news/womens-day-sparks-day-without-a-woman-movement

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/South-Florida-Groups-Plan-Protests-For-A-Day-Without-A-Woman-415629883.html

http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/local-news/article/20854130/wednesdays-day-without-a-woman-event-and-how-you-can-observe-it-if-you-cant-blow-off-work

 

The problem and promise of political violence in Trump’s America

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/07/from-mother-jones-to-middlebury-the-problem-and-promise-of-political-violence-in-trumps-america/amp/

 

Trump will decide whether you get overtime pay

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-overtime-pay_us_58b75299e4b019d36d108dd3

 

Workers are on the frontlines of making sure banks don’t rip us off

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19940/workers_are_on_the_frontlines_of_making_sure_banks_dont_rip_us_off

 

Trump’s federal hiring freeze is hitting military families hard

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-federal-hiring-freeze-military-families-4c41f51d9c06#.x295gf3yi

 

Trump is said to stand by unfounded wiretap claim

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/trump-wiretap-claim-obama.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170307&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

Trump aides address his wiretap claims: “That’s above my pay grade”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/trump-wiretap-claim-obama.html?emc=edit_th_20170308&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

House chair says he has seen no evidence Obama ordered wiretap of Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/07/house-intelligence-chair-says-he-has-seen-no-evidence-obama-administration-ordered-wiretap-of-trump/?utm_term=.2def5b457397&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump personally met with Russian ambassador during campaign

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-personally-met-with-russian-ambassador-during-campaign-cc59ae305032#.2or0fdspn

 

Trump campaign approved adviser's trip to Moscow

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/carter-page-russia-trip-trump-corey-lewandowski-235784

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/07/campaign-granted-page-permission-moscow-trip/98874648/

 

CIA providing raw intelligence as Trump-Russia probes heat up

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-russia-investigation-cia-intelligence-235774

 

Democrats seek special counsel to investigate Russian election interference

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/democrats-special-counsel-russia-election.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Deputy AG pick won't commit to naming special prosecutor for Russia probe

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rod-rosenstein-no-commit-special-prosecutor?utm_content=buffer08de8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/this-man-could-soon-be-handling-americas-most-politically-charged-investigation/2017/03/07/ba7841d0-0342-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.5bda548824a3

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-rosenstein-justice-russia-20170307-story,amp.html

 

Fireworks erupt between Franken and Grassley over Sessions at Senate hearing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/07/fireworks-erupt-between-franken-and-grassley-over-sessions-at-senate-hearing/?utm_term=.250777e30987&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Poll: Majority of voters favor special prosecutor

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/poll-special-prosecutor-trump-russia-235802

 

White House counsel's office staffing up team of lawyers

https://apnews.com/f0b28b05f20f4c52b23a8d59ab6263c4

 

WikiLeaks releases trove of alleged CIA hacking documents

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/world/europe/wikileaks-cia-hacking.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/wikileaks-says-it-has-obtained-trove-of-cia-hacking-tools/2017/03/07/c8c50c5c-0345-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html?utm_term=.83833f66a80e&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/mar/07/wikileaks-publishes-biggest-ever-leak-of-secret-cia-documents-hacking-surveillance?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/03/07/why-the-cia-is-using-your-tvs-smartphones-and-cars-for-spying/?utm_term=.1194879dda77&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/technology/wikileaks-silicon-valley-spy-agencies.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170308&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/technology/cia-hacking-documents-wikileaks-iphones-tvs.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170308&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

After loving WikiLeaks as a candidate, Trump decides he doesn’t like leaks now

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-loving-wikileaks-as-a-candidate-trump-decides-he-doesnt-like-leaks-as-president/2017/03/07/e84f7070-0350-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.3a4ecba52b34

 

How wiretaps actually work — and what’s really going on here

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-wiretaps-actually-work--and-whats-really-going-on-here/2017/03/07/8ce93898-027d-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.61cc0811f8d3

 

A look inside the country’s real-life spy thriller

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-countrys-real-life-spy-thriller/2017/03/07/151af3b8-036f-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.1119f5cc21b1&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Millions risk losing health insurance in Republican plan, analysts say

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/health/risk-of-losing-health-insurance-in-republican-plan.html?emc=edit_th_20170308&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Replacement healthcare plan would cost poor and older people the most

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/07/trump-replacement-healthcare-plan-cost-older-poor?CMP=edit_2221

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/income-separates-the-winners-and-losers-in-republicans-health-care-plans/2017/03/07/8bbc1a94-0345-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.32e1e530113a&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-republican-health-care-bill-is-all-about-shortchanging-the-poor/2017/03/07/55cabf3a-0372-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.c9c34a754bbd&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/08/what-the-gop-health-plan-really-means-for-taxes/?utm_term=.4af5a1928636&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-debate-over-the-affordable-care-act-is-really-a-debate-over-wealth-redistribution/2017/03/07/36b7d048-034e-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.c400f72ff08f&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://www.nea.org/home/70199.htm (Lily Eskelsen García quoted)
https://cqrcengage.com/nea/file/HMDb8PzuypB/ACA-Repeal.pdf

http://www.aft.org/press-release/aft-responds-republican-healthcare-plan (Randi Weingarten quoted)

GOP health bill faces revolt from conservative forces

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/affordable-care-act-obama-care-health.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170307&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-leaders-brace-for-the-task-ahead-selling-obamacare-lite/2017/03/07/ab2f721e-02e5-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.f59c949cfdc0&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/upshot/why-even-some-republicans-are-rejecting-the-replacement-bill.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170307&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0307/Can-House-s-Obamacare-replacement-survive-a-divided-GOP

 

Trump tries to quash conservative uproar over health care bill

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-conservatives-obamacare-replacement-235813

 

The Republican health-care plan’s top critics? Republicans.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-hate-the-republican-health-care-plan/2017/03/07/1fbff124-037e-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.0ea6a4573f43&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/opinion/behold-the-gop-civil-war-on-health-care.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170308&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

GOP changes to Medicaid could have larger impact

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/07/us/politics/medicaid-reform-impact-on-states.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170308&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Medicaid spending caps in GOP health plan could be costly for Florida, experts say

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article137059328.html

 

How Republicans plan to ration health care

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/opinion/how-republicans-plan-to-ration-health-care.html?emc=edit_th_20170308&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

The House Republicans’ health-care bill is a thicket of bad incentives

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-house-republicans-health-care-bill-is-a-thicket-of-bad-incentives/2017/03/07/de9477fc-035e-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.2350283f655b&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

The health care industry really doesn’t like GOP’s Obamacare replacement

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/health-care-industry-gop-bill_us_58bf2eaae4b054a0ea65d4ce?vs6svj5sea7wg66r

 

GOP slams budget scorekeeper as repeal bill moves forward

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/gop-obamacare-congressional-budget-office-235809

 

No wonder the Republicans hid the health bill

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/opinion/no-wonder-the-republicans-hid-the-health-bill.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170307&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

The Republican health care bill is the worst of so many worlds

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-republican-health-care-bill-is-the-worst-of-so-many-worlds/

 

An Obamacare repeal that’s both heartless and reckless

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/an-obamacare-repeal-thats-both-heartless-and-reckless/2017/03/07/79f44bb0-0381-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.62b2c60f75c5&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

GOP is walking into an Obamacare minefield

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/07/the-gop-is-walking-into-an-obamacare-minefield-right-now/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.29db07fa5a57

 

Trumpcare breaks every promise Trump made about healthcare

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-obamcare-replacement-breaks-more-promises-42b2fda950f#.use6oz1nx

 

Trump’s health secretary claims Medicaid takes away people’s health care

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-health-secretary-claims-medicaid-takes-away-people-s-health-care-ffa7f0684822#.g5e87wapj

 

Chaffetz revives the “poverty is a choice” argument

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/07/jason-chaffetzs-iphone-comment-revives-the-poverty-is-a-choice-argument/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.ac8f5a62bb59

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/jason-chaffetz-tells-americans-choose-between-new-iphone-and-healthcare

 

Pelosi battles GOP to save Obamacare — and her legacy

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/house-pelosi-obamacare-235792

 

Castor calls new GOP House health care plan “Robin Hood in reverse”

http://saintpetersblog.com/kathy-castor-calls-new-gop-house-health-care-plan-robin-hood-reverse/

http://www.wmnf.org/kathy-castor-slams-horrendous-gop-aca-replacement/

 

Scott sets off for D.C. to meet with GOP leaders on ACA overhaul

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/scott-sets-off-for-dc-to-meet-ryan-gop-leaders-about-republicans-new-plan-to-repeal-replace-obamacare-110182

 

Stop the grandstanding on Planned Parenthood

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/stop-the-grandstanding-on-planned-parenthood/2017/03/07/78109494-037b-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html?utm_term=.4f2897f715f5&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

An insipid GOP attack line just got worse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/03/07/an-insipid-gop-attack-line-just-got-worse/?utm_term=.9051315e2595&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Hawaii plans to sue to block new Trump travel ban

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/hawaii-plans-to-sue-to-block-new-trump-travel-ban/2017/03/07/ed589242-03a3-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.ef8452e28fa2&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s new ban leaves few spots for refugees, even the hunted

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/world/americas/trump-refugee-ban-children-central-america.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170308&nl=first-draft&nl_art=10&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Deportation dread: South Florida migrant workers feel “more hunted than usual”

http://wlrn.org/post/deportation-dread-south-florida-migrant-workers-feel-more-hunted-usual

 

Trump’s new travel ban as misguided as the old one

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article137044068.html

 

Sixth wave of bomb threats strikes Jewish community centers and institutions

https://thinkprogress.org/sixth-wave-of-bomb-threats-strikes-jewish-community-centers-and-institutions-9616048612f5#.pm2do4ho3

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/threats-to-jewish-centers-are-not-isolated-incidents-senators-say.html?emc=edit_th_20170308&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/07/as-more-jewish-facilities-get-threats-senators-ask-trump-administration-for-swift-action/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.59665926d45b

 

Trump is trying to play black Americans

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-is-trying-to-play-black-americans/

 

Black people more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder, study shows

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/wrongful-convictions-race-exoneration.html?emc=edit_th_20170308&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

The huge January trade deficit shows Trump’s hard job ahead

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/upshot/the-huge-january-trade-deficit-shows-trumps-hard-job-ahead.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Activists rrge Democrats to step up resistance to Gorsuch nomination

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/politics/activists-urge-democrats-to-step-up-resistance-to-gorsuch-nomination.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170308&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/my-opposition-to-neil-gorsuch-is-personal/2017/03/06/5bf90dde-ff68-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.e4c54a3dd6e1&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Democracy requires trust. But Trump is making us all into conspiracy theorists.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/03/07/democracy-requires-trust-but-trump-is-making-us-all-into-conspiracy-theorists/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.74c25d3df383

 

Things for which we’re waiting to see Trump’s “convincing evidence”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/07/things-for-which-were-waiting-to-see-trumps-convincing-evidence/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.54786385cadf

 

Ask Trump appointees and allies if they’ll defend freedom of the press

https://www.thenation.com/article/demand-that-trump-appointees-and-allies-answer-the-question-will-you-defend-freedom-of-the-press/

 

A two-hour virtual conversation between the president and “Fox and Friends”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/07/trumps-split-screen-a-two-hour-virtual-conversation-between-the-president-and-fox-and-friends/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.31cd5ba35c94

 

Fact-check: Trump is wrong about Guantánamo detainees

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/guantanamo-bay-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/07/trump-guantanamo-bay-obama-tweet-prisoners?CMP=edit_2221

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fact-checking-trumps-tweet-guantanamo-bay-detainees/story?id=45960699&cid=social_twitter_abcn

 

Trump grants Oval Office meeting to TMZ founder

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/business/media/tmz-trump-meets-with-harvey-levin.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170307&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump could lose libel lawsuit if Obama chose to sue

http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/opinion-trump-could-lose-lawsuit-for-libeling-obama/

 

Trump’s attacks on the media are a gift to tyrants everywhere

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-attacks-on-the-media-are-a-gift-to-tyrants-everywhere/2017/03/07/51a61350-fe9f-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.f1cb27ea4b4e&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

 

 

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