Today's news -- March 9. 2017

 

 

 

Bipartisan senators touts benefits of cutting state tests *

Florida should inject “common sense” into its school testing system by scrapping some required state exams and providing “stressed out” teachers and students the relief they need, a bipartisan group of state senators said Wednesday. The group wants the Florida Legislature to pass their bill (SB 964), a far-reaching proposal that would eliminate some tests, push back testing dates to the end of the school year and allow schools to use paper-and-pencil exams rather than online ones.

The proposals are backed by many school superintendents, who say existing testing requirements eat up too much instructional time. “There is far too much testing and not enough teaching,” said Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, the bill's sponsor. “We have tied the hands of teachers and stressed out our kids.” Montford, who also runs the state’s superintendents association, said the bill would put some “common sense” into Florida’s school accountability rules, which have helped the state’s public schools improve but have grown more complex and cumbersome. The bill has the backing of other Democrats as well as key Republicans senators, who say they continue to hear from educators and parents who want standardized testing in schools scaled back. It also has a rival, a bill backed by Florida House leaders and former Gov. Jeb Bush’s influential education foundation. But Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said that bill (HB 773 and the identical SB 926) didn’t do much. “That bill has great talking points but if you read it, it actually does nothing,” Lee said. That bill, called “a path to fewer, better tests”, does not eliminate any exams from Florida’s testing stable. But it pushes testing to the end of the school year. By comparison, the Senate bill would delete five exams from Florida’s roster, require a paper-and-pencil alternative for time-consuming computer-based ones and allow districts to use national tests — presumably including the ACT or SAT — in place of the 10th-grade language arts section of the Florida Standards Assessments. The measure also would push back testing, which now starts in late February, until the last month of the school year. Florida gives its FSA language arts and math exams to students in grades 3 to 10 and also administers standardized science and social studies tests to youngsters in certain grades or courses. The Senate bill would cut the ninth-grade language arts FSA test and end-of-course exams in Algebra 2, civics, geometry and U.S. history. Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, chairman of the Senate’s education budget panel, spoke in favor of the Senate bill, too. He said the other version would be progress since it would move testing dates. But, he added, “I don’t believe that it contains all of the items that we should be including.” Senators will be “practical and pragmatic” as they negotiate with their counterparts in the House, trying to find ways to scale back testing while not damaging the state’s school accountability system. That system relies on standardized test results to help judge student and school quality.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-testing-senators-proposal-exams-montford-lee-20170308-story.html

http://news.wfsu.org/post/montford-unveils-testing-overhaul-bill-bipartisan-support

 

Move to curtail public employee unions advances

A bill opponents say will cripple public employees labor unions cleared a House committee Wednesday on a 10-3 vote. Rep. Scott Plakon’s HB 11 would almost certainly result in decertification of chapters of groups representing a wide range of workers from university professors to school bus drivers. Plakon said his bill is simple. Two pages long. And that it is about democracy. If fewer than 50 percent of eligible workers refuse to become dues-paying members then the union can no longer represent the workers in collective bargaining. A United Faculty of Florida chapter sent out an alert stating if the bill becomes law it would put academic freedom at risk and UFF would lose the ability “to ensure equity in terms of course work.” Kevin Watson, the Florida Education Association lobbyist, pointed out what he saw as a flaw in Plakon's logic. He noted that in 1980, Ronald Reagan claimed the presidency in a landslide with 60 percent of the vote. That actually translated into only 27 percent of eligible voters, said Watsons, whose union represents public school employees. Statewide, about 10 percent of state workers belong to an organized labor union. Florida is a Right to Work state, that is employment is not dependent on joining UFF or the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, which claims more than 7,000 dues-paying state employees. A group of Florida State University graduate school students explained that Plakon left out an important detail. Many of them would join the union if they could afford the dues. State employees have gone 10 years without a pay raise – losing 20 percent of their salaries to inflation. The grad students explained as teaching assistants and researchers they are paid below the poverty level. “For workers at the bottom of the pay scale not joining is rarely about democracy. It is far more often about poverty,” said Matt Dauphin, an FSU teaching assistant. “They rely on their union to improve their working conditions. This bill will make it virtually impossible for unions to continue functioning.” Federal labor law requires unions to represent all persons in a bargaining unit, regardless of whether they union dues. That provision does not apply to public-sector unions but they accept workers getting a “free ride,” representation without paying dues. In Tallahassee, United Faculty of Florida handles collective bargaining for professors at Florida State and Florida A&M universities. Faculty at Tallahassee Community College last year voted to unionize after tensions arose between staff and administrators over teaching loads and other issues.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/03/08/move-curtail-public-employee-unions-advances/98918154/

 

Bills aim to add unnecessary regulation to teacher unions (Renna Lee Paiva and Mark Pudlow quoted)
http://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/bills-aim-to-add-unnecessary-regulation-to-teacher-unions,6093

 

House targets schools, roads and health care in proposed budget cuts

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/08/florida-house-targets-schools-roads-and-health-care-proposed-budget-cuts/98915064/

 

Senate Education Appropriations chairman recommends budget cuts

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/senate-education-appropriations-chairman-recommends-budget-cuts-after/2315826

 

Charter vs. public schools: Will state fund construction or is local tax hike coming?

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/charter-vs-public-schools-will-state-fund-construction-or-is-local-tax/2315903?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Florida Lottery is not the education jackpot you may think (Pam Miller, Liz Cannon and Mark Pudlow quoted)
http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/2017/03/08/florida-lottery-not-education-jackpot/98265030/

 

Pasco calls on former lawmaker to bolster point in contract impasse (Kenny Blankenship quoted and FEA mentioned)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-school-district-calls-on-former-lawmaker-to-bolster-point-in/2315795

 

Hillsborough union: No forced teacher transfers (HCTA mentioned)

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/union-no-forced-teacher-transfers-into-elevate-schools/2315874

 

Another story on Trump’s voucher visit (Wendy Doromal quoted)
http://www.orlandoweekly.com/orlando/donald-trump-returns-to-vacation-in-florida-again-and-makes-a-quick-stop-in-orlando-to-promote-school-choice/Content?oid=3063766

 

Despite concerns, personalized learning experiment may expand

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-personalized-learning-lake-florida-testing-20170302-story.html

 

Mandatory recess bill sails through second Senate committee

http://saintpetersblog.com/mandatory-recess-bill-sails-second-senate-committee/

 

No need for religious liberties bill

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-no-need-for-religious-liberties-bill/2315872

 

What reformers don’t understand: “The process of little things”

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/03/08/what-reformers-dont-understand-the-process-of-little-things/

 

Teachers will be a formidable force against Trump

https://www.thenation.com/article/teachers-will-be-a-formidable-force-against-trump/

 

Support for First Amendment spikes among high school students

http://neatoday.org/2017/02/16/first-amendment-high-schools/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_campaign=170308neatodayexpress&utm_medium=email&utm_content=first_amendment

 

A school where raising the bar lifts hope

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/opinion/a-school-where-raising-the-bar-lifts-hope.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170309&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Ohio educators told to intern at local businesses to renew teacher licenses

http://neatoday.org/2017/03/02/teacher-externships-ohio/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_campaign=170308neatodayexpress&utm_medium=email&utm_content=internship

 

Alabama has its own tax credit voucher program, run by Floridians

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/03/08/alabama-has-its-own-tax-credit-program-run-by-floridians/

 

Negron's higher ed agenda ready for Senate passage *

The Senate on Wednesday amended a broad higher education bill to ensure universities that serve underprivileged students aren’t penalized by stricter performance standards before teeing it up for passage later this week. During its first substantive floor session this year, the chamber took up Senate President Joe Negron’s chief priority, SB 2, which would require universities to adopt block tuition policies, change metrics that determine performance-based funding for colleges and universities and dramatically expand student financial aid programs, among other provisions. Senators considered a series of amendments, approving those offered by the sponsor and voting down the rest, which were proposed by Democrats and considered hostile. One of the changes they adopted, proposed by sponsor and Bradenton Republican Sen. Bill Galvano as well as Democratic minority leader Oscar Braynon of Miami Gardens, would reward universities that enroll low-income students under the metrics that determine how hundreds of millions of performance-based dollars are distributed. The bill initially stated the metrics must evaluate universities based on “access.” An amendment Galvano and Braynon first filed elaborated, requiring the “access” metric to use “benchmarks that reward institutions with significantly higher access rates.” The two then proposed more specific language instead, which was ultimately adopted, requiring “benchmarks that reward institutions with access rates at or above 50 percent.” Braynon said the change was meant to help protect Florida A&M University, a historically black school, and others that serve low-income students from being penalized by a concurrent change in the bill that emphasizes four-year, rather than six-year, graduation rates. Schools whose students must work while they study shouldn’t be penalized when they take longer to graduate, he argued. One of the existing performance metrics set by the State University System’s board of governors addresses access; it evaluates the schools based on the percentage of students they serve who receive federal need-based Pell grants. Senators also adopted another Galvano amendment that specifies a timeline by which universities must adopt block tuition models. The bill originally stated each institution’s board of trustees must approve universities’ plans in time for implementation in fall of 2018. The amended version requires the local boards to adopt the new policies by Oct. 1 “and submit the policy, including, but not limited to, information on the potential impact of the policy on students, to the Board of Governors.” Though the bill is expected to sail through the Senate, it will likely be held up throughout session during budget negotiations with the House, since it requires millions of dollars in appropriations to be implemented. http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/negrons-higher-ed-agenda-ready-for-senate-passage-110226

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/negrons-higher-ed-agenda-ready-for-senate-passage-110226

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233546-senate-higher-education-legislation

 

Block tuition could be costly for universities

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/03/08/block-tuition-could-costly-universities/98918296/

 

Bill could cap four-year degrees at state colleges

http://jacksonville.com/news/education/2017-03-07/bill-could-cap-four-year-degrees-fscj-other-state-colleges

 

House faults universities over salaries and spending

https://apnews.com/4d9497b0ef3248518c2871d0f2791b71

 

The five biggest questions of the 2017 session

http://findout.typepad.com/the_fine_print/2017/03/the-5-biggest-questions-of-the-2017-session.html

 

Senate advances bill to weaken citizens’ leverage in records disputes

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

 

New wage theft rules approved to help Miami-Dade workers

http://www.nbcmiami.com/investigations/New-Wage-Theft-Rules-Approved-to-Help-Workers-415618413.html

 

Corcoran tells Democrats he needs them to override expected Scott vetoes

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/corcoran-tells-democrats-he-needs-them-to-override-expected-scott-veto-of-bill-to-kill-enterprise-florida-110232

 

House looks to clamp down on local taxes

http://www.sayfiereview.com/page/House-looks-to-clamp-down-on-local-taxes

 

Don’t stiff local control, Tallahassee

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-home-rule-end-20170307-story.html

 

“Day without a woman” protest tests a movement’s staying power

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/a-day-without-a-woman.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170309&nl=first-draft&nl_art=14&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/03/day-without-woman-strike-events-photos

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-day-without-a-woman-was-a-day-of-activism-across-the-country_us_58c04111e4b054a0ea6719e8?9sv72s76pq650cnmi&&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%20030917&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%20030917+CID_e3b2440814a2663a41b2252fe7850bef&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=country%20went%20red&

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article137110543.html

 

Women of color are front and center in the anti-Trump resistance

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/e0a5985ad27d

 

Reports from Florida
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article137140398.html

http://www.wftv.com/news/local/central-florida-activists-rally-for-international-womens-day/500769991

http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/A-Day-without-Women-rally-at-the-Capitol-415721103.html

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170308/local-women-rally-around-a-day-without-woman-on-international-womens-day?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_NL&utm_content=INKA_SHT

 

A girl stands firm on Wall Street

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/opinion/little-girl-statue-wall-street-bull.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170309&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

In the Trump administration, it’s always “a day without a woman”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-celebrate-international-womens-day-in-the-most-tone-deaf-way-possible/2017/03/08/670d3c42-0452-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.09802b6a36f3&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

On nearly every issue, more oppose Trump’s agenda than support it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/08/on-nearly-every-issue-more-americans-oppose-trumps-agenda-than-support-it/?wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

White House officials say Trump isn’t target of any investigation

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/politics/white-house-trump-wiretap-obama.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170309&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Spicer muddles answer when pressed on Trump and Russia investigation

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/08/trump-wiretapping-obama-russia-sean-spicer-response?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216641&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Sessions likely met Russian ambassador a third time

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-sessions-sergey-kislyak-mayflower_us_58c05639e4b0d1078ca37225?&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%20030917&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%20030917+CID_e3b2440814a2663a41b2252fe7850bef&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=may%20have%20interacted&

 

This may be the worst defense of Trump’s Obama-wiretapped-me claim

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/08/this-might-be-the-worst-defense-of-trumps-obama-wiretapped-me-claim-literally/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.08d882e967ad

 

Warner faces a stand-and-deliver moment in Russian inquiry

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/politics/mark-warner-faces-a-stand-and-deliver-moment-in-russian-inquiry.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170309&nl=first-draft&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Top Democrat wants to meet with author of unsubstantiated Trump dossier

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/09/top-democrat-wants-to-meet-with-author-of-unsubstantiated-trump-dossier/?utm_term=.042924cb3f1b&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

CIA scrambles to contain damage from WikiLeaks documents

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/wikileaks-cia.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170309&nl=first-draft&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/wikileaks-disclosure-exposes-rapid-growth-of-cia-digital-operations--and-agency-vulnerabilities/2017/03/08/6f7fd412-0429-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.0cb32c93c9ba&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2017/0308/CIA-contractors-likely-source-of-latest-WikiLeaks-release-say-US-officials

 

Spicer won’t confirm WikiLeaks documents— but wants Democrats’ outrage

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/08/spicer-wont-confirm-documents-posted-by-wikileaks-but-he-wants-democrats-to-be-much-more-outraged-about-them/?utm_term=.34d5d10e1f31&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

How Trump undermines intelligence gathering

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/opinion/how-trump-undermines-intelligence-gathering.html?emc=edit_th_20170309&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Russia has deployed missile barred by treaty, U.S. general tells Congress

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/politics/russia-inf-missile-treaty.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170309&nl=first-draft&nl_art=15&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Huntsman accepts Trump's offer to be US ambassador to Russia, sources say

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/08/jon-huntsman-us-ambassador-russia-donald-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216641&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Health groups denounce GOP bill as its backers scramble

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/politics/affordable-care-act-obama-care-health.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170309&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/doctors-hospitals-and-insurers-oppose-republican-health-plan/2017/03/08/d9f0f5c2-0426-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_obamacareprint858pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.1915752a4a81

 

American Medical Association opposes Republican health plan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/health/american-medical-association-opposes-republican-health-plan.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170308&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Who wins and who loses under Republicans’ health care plan

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/08/upshot/who-wins-and-who-loses-under-republicans-health-care-plan.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170309&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

 

Health bill clears House panel in pre-dawn hours

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/us/politics/health-bill-clears-house-panel-in-pre-dawn-hours.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170309&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Ryan downplays conservative backlash against health-care plan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/powerpost/backlash-grows-against-house-gop-proposal-to-replace-obamacare/2017/03/08/7f0c0148-03f8-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html

 

GOP trashes CBO before it scores their Obamacare replacement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/lawmakers-take-up-obamacare-revision-without-an-independent-scorekeeper/2017/03/08/735635c4-0427-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.9294db0e85b2&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republicans-say-no-to-cbo

 

How the Republican health care debacle is making everyone’s values clear

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/08/how-the-republican-health-care-debacle-is-making-everyones-values-clear/?utm_term=.873109526208&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Why Republicans are battling Republicans on Obamacare repeal

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/us/politics/why-republicans-are-battling-republicans-on-obamacare-repeal.html

 

Conservatives meet with Trump, who hints that GOP ACA fix could drift further right

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/08/conservatives-to-meet-with-trump-as-critics-pile-on-house-gop-health-care-plan/?utm_term=.a7bc305e9de8&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump goes into deal-making mode, works behind the scenes on health bill

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-goes-into-dealmaking-mode-works-behind-the-scenes-on-health-bill/2017/03/08/1dc87bb2-0422-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.319a44061fc9&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Follow the health care money

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/opinion/follow-the-health-care-money.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170309&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Collins: House Obamacare repeal bill won't be “well received” in Senate

https://www.yahoo.com/katiecouric/841841-175147366.html

 

Trump team feigns ignorance of tax giveaway to CEOs in their health care bill

https://thinkprogress.org/amp/p/9c0f5c971bf6

 

Democrats thwart progress on Obamacare repeal

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/obamacare-repeal-partisan-fight-235832

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/08/healthcare-bill-hearing-congress-democrats-ted-cruz?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=216641&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

“They will suffer the consequences,” Democrats say of Republicans on Obamacare

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/they-will-suffer-the-consequences-democrats-say-of-republicans-on-obamacare/2017/03/08/4f2a534c-0427-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.2c0b2aa00567&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Spicer’s alternative Obamacare facts

https://thinkprogress.org/sean-spicers-alternative-obamacare-facts-fd7ce455127b#.1f085jp7d

 

Rubio: Trump-backed health care bill “not 100 percent of what I would want”

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/08/rubio-trump-backed-health-care-bill-not-100-of-what-i-would-want/

 

The Republicans did this to themselves

https://newrepublic.com/article/141209/republicans-responsible-obamacare-mess

 

Hawaii sues to block Trump travel ban; first challenge to order

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/trump-travel-ban-hawaii.html?emc=edit_th_20170309&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants is silencing exploited workers

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-immigrant-worker-abuse_us_58c03352e4b054a0ea66eef0?h9p4il4xdd9oa8aor

 

Fix immigration without sacrificing innocent children

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-08/fix-immigration-without-sacrificing-innocent-children

 

Kelly is missing in action on immigration

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/opinion/secretary-kelly-is-missing-in-action-on-immigration.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170309&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Profitable companies, no taxes: Here’s how they did it

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/business/economy/corporate-tax-report.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170309&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

At labor’s crossroads

https://www.thenation.com/article/at-labors-crossroads/

 

How Trump could soon be at war with Yellen

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-fed-yellen-interest-rates-235816

 

Senators seek to reform justice system nationwide by launching commission

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/true-crime/wp/2017/03/08/senators-seek-to-reform-justice-system-nationwide-by-launching-national-criminal-justice-commission/

 

Trump activates team for $1 trillion infrastructure plan, but challenges mount

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/business/economy/trump-activates-team-for-1-trillion-infrastructure-plan-but-challenges-mount/2017/03/08/ae57eaba-035e-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html

 

Trump reportedly wants to slash NOAA hurricane satellite program

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/trump-reportedly-wants-to-slash-noaas-hurricane-tracking-satellite-program-9188150

 

Florida Sea Grant could face Trump budget ax

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170307/florida-sea-grant-could-face-trump-budget-ax

 

Trump administration considers $6 billion cut to HUD budget

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-considers-6-billion-cut-to-hud-budget/2017/03/08/1757e8e8-03ab-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html?utm_term=.67b8467ed502&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Killing a program that brings history to life

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/opinion/killing-a-program-that-brings-history-to-life.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ty_20170309&nl=opinion-today&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Ethics questions dogged Agriculture nominee as Georgia governor

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/politics/sonny-perdue-georgia.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=0

 

Questions about loyalty to Trump stall Mnuchin's Treasury picks https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-08/questions-about-loyalty-to-trump-stall-mnuchin-s-treasury-picks

 

Trump nominates D.C. lawyer as solicitor general

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/trump-nominates-dc-lawyer-noel-francisco-as-solicitor-general/2017/03/08/c62b0774-040f-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=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

 

Welcome to Trump’s fantasyland

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/welcome-to-trumps-fantasyland/2017/03/08/1989f698-0440-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.dba8032baef2&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/opinion/a-ticket-to-hell.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170309&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

A lie by any other name

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/opinion/a-lie-by-any-other-name.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170309&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=11&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The Trump administration has a lot to learn about African American history

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/07/trump-administration-has-a-lot-to-learn-about-african-american-history-heres-a-reading-list/?utm_term=.87bb07541f64

 

ACLU emerges as main Trump antagonist

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/aclu-emerges-as-main-trump-antagonist/2017/03/07/956855c4-fdd9-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.1507e4e938a5

 

Alternative history: The dangerous byproduct of fake facts

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/08/forget-alternative-facts-the-trump-administration-is-giving-us-alternative-history?CMP=edit_2221

 

 

 

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