Today's news -- May 11, 2017

 

 

 

 

Legislators attack public schools *

For years, some school administrators and union leaders have said the ultimate goal of Tallahassee Republicans is to destroy traditional public education. And for just as long, it was easy to brush this off as fear-mongering or hyperbole. Not so much anymore. Not with the passage this week of the vast, messy, catch-all education bill, HB 7069, and the sadly inadequate education budget that went with it. One opponent of the bill called it a "piece of junk," and even that is too kind because it implies shoddiness, while the reality is much worse. Lawmakers flat-out assaulted public education this year, casting themselves in the roles of sadistic teachers lavishing favors on their pets -- private-school vouchers and charter schools -- and pointedly withholding them from their designated black sheep, the public school system. And though at least a few Republican senators stood up to this onslaught, all three of Hernando County's Republican lawmakers — Sen. Wilton Simpson of Trilby, Rep. Blaise Ingoglia of Spring Hill and Rep. Ralph Masullo of Lecanto — went right along with it. Even if Gov. Rick Scott vetoes the bill or the budget measures, our local legislators should be held accountable for supporting them. What did lawmakers do, exactly? They cut the base level of per-student funding by $27, an unthinkable action considering that Florida already ranks far below the national average in this category and that districts such as Hernando have just barely started to recover from the recession. Last year, the School Board passed its first budget in years without major cuts, a deceptive indicator of health because schools continue to limp along with past cuts, including librarians and art and music teachers. Now, thanks in part to Simpson, Ingoglia and Masullo, the depleted district expects to once again face a shortfall. More outrageous, this action devastating students all over the state has only one obvious beneficiary, Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran, who is looking at a run for governor on a low-tax platform and who insisted the Legislature pass on the hundreds of millions of dollars that would have accrued by just keeping the local school property tax rate at the same level rather than cutting it to the rolled-back rate. He also shepherded through the attack on another local funding source for schools, the optional 1.5-mill local tax for capital improvements. Now districts must share this with charter schools, which, as has been true for several years, will also get a big chunk of the statewide pot of capital improvement money. The remaining amount from this fund, spread among 67 counties in a rapidly growing state, comes to an insulting low total of $50 million — less than the cost of a single new high school. Lawmakers were on a path to do one good thing — set aside $140 million for low-performing schools. Unfortunately, it caps the number of schools that can qualify for this extra funding at 25, while the number of perennially substandard schools is more than 100. And who gets the rest of the money? You guessed it: charter schools. Not only that, HB 7069 gives charters an easier path to collect those funds and exempts them from pesky requirements such as zoning laws and hiring college-educated teachers. Just to round things out, a separate bill increased the funding amounts for low-income students who receive tax-credit scholarships, a.k.a. vouchers, from 82 percent of per-student funding to 96 percent for high school students, thus undermining one of the key arguments of this program — that private schools could deliver more education for less money. Now it's pretty much the same, not to mention that this program is on track to get the standard 25 percent increase it has received annually since 2010. Another large and growing scholarship program, for children with disabilities, also got a big bump in this year's budget. Lawmakers tried to cover up all this wreckage with a few student- or teacher-friendly provisions, such as mandatory elementary school recess (applying, naturally, only to public schools), cutting the tie between test scores and teacher evaluations, and expanding a bonus system of questionable value and fairness. In that way, and by touting increased "flexibility" allowed in this law, they will try to pass themselves off as friends of educators, just as Simpson and Ingoglia have claimed to be advocates of education by making sure that Hernando received the admittedly very welcome $2 million annual stipend that goes to small districts. Don't believe it. As Hernando superintendent of schools Lori Romano said in a statement about school funding, it's a "gut punch . . . a watershed moment that will negatively alter the future of our public schools." This is not an exaggeration. Now, no doubt about it, it's the truth.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/dewitt-legislators-including-ingoglia-and-simpson-attack-public-schools/2323392

 

Bay District officials blast education bill *

A day after the Legislature narrowly passed a massive, hodge-podge $419 million education bill (HB 7069), Association of Bay County Educators President Alexis Underwood stood before the Bay District School Board and urged every parent and property owner to call Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to veto it. Underwood decried the process behind the bill, which she said took measures voted down in committee and added them to the 278-page conforming bill “in the middle of the night” Friday before putting them forward for a vote Monday. “We can do better than this,” she said. “They owe us better than this.” The bill contains policy regarding numerous aspects of education, from standardized testing to charter school funding, mandatory recess and boosts to the Best and Brightest bonus program. Officials across the state have come out against the bill, particularly in the perceived lack of transparency in negotiations leading up to its final passage. “We’re just perplexed and frustrated,” Superintendent Bill Husfelt said during Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s just ... extremely frustrating. “We haven’t had a chance to go up there to defend what they don’t know,” he added. Incensed, Husfelt said he had “never seen such hardball politics” as what played out the past two weeks in the state Legislature, and he reminded the board that, at the end of all those policies, are students and teachers. Hardest hit by the policies in the bill will be the district’s two dozen Title I schools, which use federal dollars for programs that serve high poverty students. Although Title I is a federal program, the state acts as a “conduit” through which the money flows to districts, and they set the rules on how the funds are dispersed. Districts take a portion of the money off the top to fund district-wide programs, and then divvy up the remaining money by school based on the number of students on free and reduced lunch. Contained in HB 7069 is language that limits the amount of money districts can take off the top to about 8 percent, which is only enough to cover the staff needed to monitor the program, according to Bay District Assistant Superintendent Gena Burgans. While on the surface that might look like more money for schools, she said it actually would lead to the elimination of eight programs, including full day pre-K and kindergarten, extended day and summer services, STEM programs, and school-based family engagement, administered by the district using Title I money. With pink slips, or non-renewal letters, going out Friday, the change also will lead to the elimination of 44 instructional positions in the district, including math coaches, behavior specialists, social workers and parent liaisons in the schools with the highest need for these services through $1.1 million in cuts for paraprofessionals and $308,000 in cuts for parent liaisons. Tearing up, School Board Chairwoman Ginger Littleton gave an emotional defense of public education, saying without it, “we become a nation of haves and have-nots.” “Teachers are the key to our democracy,” she said.

http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170510/bay-district-officials-blast-education-bill

http://news.wfsu.org/post/charter-school-lobbyist-education-bill-could-end-court (Luke Flynt quoted)

Hillsborough schools budget will be “very tight” if state legislation is signed into law (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/eakins-hillsborough-schools-budget-will-be-very-tight-if-state-legislation/2323501

 

St. Johns critics sound off on education bill, say cuts seem inevitable (Michelle Dillon quoted)
http://staugustine.com/local-news/news/2017-05-11/critics-sound-education-bill-say-cuts-seem-inevitable

 

Palm Beach School Board asks parents to join in push to veto state budget

http://extracredit.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2017/05/10/pbc-school-board-asks-parents-to-join-in-push-for-gov-scott-to-veto-state-budget/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0OTQ0NDY0MDEsImV4cCI6MTQ5NDU2MTU5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teXBhbG1iZWFjaHBvc3QuY29tIiwiZXhwIjoxNDk0NTYxNTk5LCJhdXRoZW4iOiJieXBhc3MifV19.g2W8df4li6iEqNC_2zK06EOv3l6xO0fdzdvHXCiHgdY&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

 

State budget threatens Volusia school district’s finances

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170509/state-budget-threatens-volusia-school-districts-finances

 

Students upset with schedule changes at Pasco high school (Kenny Blankenship quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/students-upset-with-schedule-changes-at-land-olakes-high-school/2323277

 

A literal backroom meeting helped yield compromise on testing reforms

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/backroom-meeting----literally----helped-yield-compromise-on-testing-reforms/2323320?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ%20-%20051017&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Lake educators say Legislature didn’t provide enough testing relief

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20170509/lake-educators-say-legislature-didnt-provide-enough-testing-relief

 

Pasco district responds in Florida third-grade retention case

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-school-district-responds-in-florida-third-grade-retention-case/2323267

 

Voucher proposals expose rift in school choice movement (Randi Weingarten quoted and AFT mentioned)
http://yoursun.com/sunnews/puntagorda/12738693-699/story.html.csp

 

Bethune-Cookman grads boo DeVos at commencement

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/betsy-devos-bethune-cookman-commencement-protest/index.html?sr=fbCNN051017betsy-devos-bethune-cookman-commencement-protest0728PMStoryLink&linkId=37447884 (Fed Ingram quoted)
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170510/bethune-cookman-graduates-turn-backs-on-betsy-devos (Fed Ingram quoted)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/05/10/betsy-devos-booed-at-bethune-cookman-graduation/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.7a6a950a239c

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/05/10/alumni-others-deliver-petitions-demanding-historically-black-university-drop-betsy-devos-as-commencement-speaker/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.168df5bd3e95 (Fed Ingram and Randi Weingarten quoted)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/betsy-devos-bethune-cookman-commencement.html?emc=edit_th_20170511&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832 (Randi Weingarten mentioned)
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/betsy-devos-booed-bethune-cookman-university-commencement-238219

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/10/betsy-devos-bethune-cookman-university-boos/316326001/

http://www.bradenton.com/news/nation-world/national/article149652489.html

https://thinkprogress.org/hbcu-students-protest-betsy-devos-8e2512ab9c6f

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/betsy-devos-booed-commencement-speech-florida?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=225569&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

A deep dive into the mind of DeVos

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/05/10/peter-greene-takes-a-deep-dive-into-the-mind-of-betsy-devos-and-finds-nothing/

 

UF negotiates new health insurance plan with grad assistants (Charles Shields and Bobby Mermer quoted)
https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/05/10/university-of-florida-negotiates-new-health-insurance-plan-with-grad-assistants/

 

USF board leader vows to reclaim the school's stolen title and millions in funding

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2017/05/10/usf-board-leader-vows-to-reclaim-the-schools.html

 

Polk State presidential candidate speaks at forums

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170510/polk-state-presidential-candidate-speaks-at-forums

 

How to stop racism from winning on college campuses

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-to-make-sure-racism-cant-win-on-college-campuses/2017/05/10/0e9596be-3584-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.f903f1b392af&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

“Lack of transparency” causes calls for Scott budget veto

Both citing a “lack of transparency,” the heads of the League of Women Voters of Florida and the First Amendment Foundation are calling for Gov. Rick Scott to veto the just-passed state budget for 2017-18. But with the House of Representatives passing the budget 98-14 and the Senate approving 34-4 on Monday, there are enough votes there to override a veto, assuming none change. League President Pamela Goodman and FAF President Barbara Petersen alerted their members in separate emails on Tuesday. “The lack of transparency in the process enabled last-minute bills and amendments to be passed,” Goodman wrote in an attached letter to Scott, seeking the budget veto. “Many legislators are on record stating they did not have the opportunity to read and fully comprehend bills presented at the end after emerging from behind closed doors. “It is the job of every elected official representing their constituents to be able to vote in an informed manner and with complete transparency of the process,” she added. Goodman also criticized education funding that “starve(s) public schools and expand(s) privately run charter schools” and complained that Florida Forever, the state’s conservation land acquisition program, “was zeroed out in the budget.” In her email, Petersen wrote that 17 new exemptions to the state’s open government laws were created this Legislative Session. “Equally alarming is the secretiveness of the budget process this session and FAF will be asking the governor to veto the budget based solely on the lack of transparency,” she said. Petersen added that her letter to Scott would be sent later this week. House Speaker Richard Corcoran has rejected claims of secrecy over budget negotiations, even though much was handled behind closed doors, instead calling the Legislature’s work “bold” and “transformative.”

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/237799-lack-transparency-veto

 

All eyes on Scott as he considers “surgical but massive” budget vetoes

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/all-eyes-on-gov-rick-scott-as-he-considers-surgical-but-massive-budget/2323446?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/05/10/key-issues-scotts-hands-now/101505082/

 

Scott has a friend in White House, foes back home

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170509/gov-rick-scott-has-friend-in-white-house-foes-back-home?start=2

 

Scott came to Tallahassee as an outsider, and that’s just how he might leave

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/237819-joe-henderson-rick-scott-came-tally-outsider-thats-just-might-leave

 

Crying wolf? With cuts, Visit Florida predicts tourism apocalypse

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-visit-florida-tourism-cuts-scott-maxwell-20170510-story.html

 

Legislature again ignores voters

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170511/editorial-legislature-again-ignores-voters?rssfeed=true

 

Child abuse tips silenced for months by DCF computer glitch

http://www.tbo.com/news/child-abuse-tips-silenced-for-months-by-dcf-computer-glitch/2323316?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

FPL charges customers millions in lobbying fees every year

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/fpl-charged-customers-95-million-in-lobbying-fees-from-2015-to-2018-energy-and-policy-institute-says-9338218

 

Business groups want workers' comp fix, now

http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/business-groups-want-workers-comp-fix-now#stream/0

 

Experts see climate change peril for South Florida's black and Hispanic communities

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-alcee-hastings-climate-change-20170510-story.html

 

Government to begin seismic surveys in Atlantic in drilling push

https://apnews.com/eecd45d301bf436891e6472564860353/Gov

 

Furor over Comey firing grows as he sought resources for investigation https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-comeys-ouster-democrats-press-for-independent-probe-of-russias-meddling-in-election/2017/05/10/88c45624-3529-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.3a2f6db2ba6a&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/trump-comey-firing.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/10/comey-sought-more-money-for-russia-probe-days-before-he-was-fired-officials-say/?utm_term=.9eaa1d47ee60&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation&wpmk=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/comey-russia-investigation-fbi.html?emc=edit_na_20170510&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

 

Inside Trump’s anger and impatience -- and his decision to fire Comey

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-trumps-anger-and-impatience-prompted-him-to-fire-the-fbi-director/2017/05/10/d9642334-359c-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.ac068b4404be&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/how-trump-decided-to-fire-james-comey.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/comey-firing-trump-loyalty-238239

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/james-comey-donald-trump-firing-tick-tock/index.html

 

Trump defends Comey firing, says both parties will thank him

https://apnews.com/amp/c2519278ddc84c7293b4842d51b7707a

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/why-trump-expected-only-applause-when-he-told-comey-youre-fired/2017/05/10/b66e2b48-358f-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.2457287ff96d&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump has fired three who were investigating his campaign or administration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/10/trump-has-now-fired-3-officials-who-were-investigating-his-campaign-or-administration/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.ccb61553a8c9

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/trump-administration-politics-law-enforcement.html?emc=edit_cn_20170511&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1&_r=0

 

Why Trump holds all the cards on an outside investigation of Russia’s activities

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/05/10/why-trump-holds-all-the-cards-on-an-outside-investigation-into-russias-campaign-activities/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.0029f5ec5b1a

 

After Comey, here are the options for an independent Russia inquiry

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/trump-rosenstein-comey-special-counsel-russia.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

The top priority after Comey’s firing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-top-priority-after-comeys-firing/2017/05/10/566be2fe-359d-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?utm_term=.aaeda23a0492&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Trump puts country “on the verge of a constitutional crisis”
https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-fires-comey-putting-country-on-the-verge-of-a-constitutional-crisis/

 

Senate committee subpoenas documents from Flynn in Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-intelligence-committee-subpoenas-documents-from-flynn-in-russia-probe/2017/05/10/d8153e8a-35d0-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.ece37a3550e7&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/senate-committee-subpoenas-michael-flynn-in-trump-russia-investigation?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=225569&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/senate-intelligence-committee-subpoenaes-flynn-238235?lo=ap_d1

 

House chairman asks Justice inspector general to probe Comey firing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-oversight-chairman-asks-doj-inspector-general-to-probe-comey-firing/2017/05/10/cbd783cc-35de-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.1f735b4a1832&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Why Trump’s efforts to shake his Russia problem only make it worse https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/why-trumps-efforts-to-shake-his-russia-problem-only-makes-it-worse/2017/05/10/8b322598-35cf-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.8af07e4a65e9&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/05/10/how-trumps-isolation-is-making-the-russia-scandal-worse/?utm_term=.61f971dd2880&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

‘Teflon Don’ faces his biggest test yet

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/teflon-don-trump-james-comey-test-238225

 

Trump praised Comey in October, fired him Tuesday. Explanations don’t add up.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-praised-comey-in-october-then-fired-him-tuesday-for-that-very-conduct/2017/05/10/85e89f28-3597-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.a5fbb772a3b4&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Did Trump and Sessions flip-flop on Comey’s decisions in the Clinton investigation?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/05/11/did-trump-and-sessions-flip-flop-on-comeys-decisions-in-the-clinton-investigation/?utm_term=.124b4132098e&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Firing Comey is a thuggish abuse of executive power

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/05/10/firing-comey-is-a-thuggish-abuse-of-executive-power/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.0cbff89c9f9b

https://www.thenation.com/article/comeys-firing-is-worse-than-the-saturday-night-massacre/

http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/05/10/opinion-trump-is-blatantly-attempting-to-obstruct-justice/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0OTQzNjAwMDEsImV4cCI6MTQ5NDQ3NTE5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teWFqYy5jb20iLCJleHAiOjE0OTQ0NzUxOTksImF1dGhlbiI6ImJ5cGFzcyJ9XX0.DN3zXGi5XG4MLM3c0PBo3nObb3Z9vHa4A0cD5BSXxQw&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-10/why-trump-really-fired-comey

 

Democrat on Comey firing: “This is a serious moment in American history”

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/10/15601906/swalwell-comey-russia

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/democrats-criticism-james-comey.html?emc=edit_cn_20170511&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

McConnell rejects calls for special prosecutor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/10/mitch-mcconnell-just-shut-down-any-hopes-democrats-had-of-an-independent-russia-investigation/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.0df0b5bab11c

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/mcconnell-rejects-call-for-special-prosecutor-238206

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/comey-trump-mcconnell-schumer.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170510&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.vox.com/2017/5/10/15610266/mitch-mcconnell-no-new-investigation-comey

https://thinkprogress.org/mcconnell-carries-water-for-trump-over-comey-firing-efd3b27495b1

 

McConnell may be making the most important mistake of his career

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitch-mcconnell-may-be-making-the-most-important-mistake-of-his-career/2017/05/10/7ea476f6-35ba-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.38f569e626a1&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

From Fox News to the Senate, Republicans close ranks behind Trump firing Comey

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/10/from-fox-news-to-the-senate-floor-republicans-close-ranks-behind-trump-firing-comey/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.24b9fe60fb91

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/mccarthy-comey-firing-fbi-238242

 

These Republicans could set the Comey disaster right

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/these-republicans-could-set-the-comey-disaster-right/2017/05/10/cabbec2e-35c7-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?utm_term=.a79c9d1a52bc&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

McCain on Comey firing: “There will be more shoes to drop”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/05/10/john-mccain-on-comey-firing-there-will-be-more-shoes-to-drop/

 

Collins believes FBI will continue Russia investigation

https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2017/05/10/collins-believes-fbi-will-continue-russia-investigation

 

Why did Trump really fire Comey? Only a special counsel can tell us.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-did-trump-really-fire-comey-only-a-special-counsel-can-tell-us/2017/05/10/ac2a7478-35af-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.c19bae05bd5f&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trump's firing of Comey reaffirms need for special prosecutor

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-trumps-firing-of-comey-reaffirms-need-for-special-prosecutor/2323467

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article149867624.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-comey-firing-trump-special-prosecutor-20170510-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-top-priority-after-comeys-firing/2017/05/10/566be2fe-359d-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?utm_term=.1e6c8b750ba3&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trump is insulting our intelligence

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/opinion/trump-letter-comey.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170511&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The shame of Trump not seeing what’s wrong with firing Comey

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/05/10/the-shame-of-trump-not-seeing-whats-wrong-with-firing-comey/?utm_term=.86db8a0831a6&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

How abnormal was Comey’s firing? Experts weigh in

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/upshot/how-abnormal-was-comeys-firing-experts-weigh-in.html?emc=edit_cn_20170511&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

After Comey, justice must be served

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-10/after-comey-justice-must-be-served?utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=91903dbcc0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-91903dbcc0-196862717

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/donald-trump-firing-james-comey-investigation-fbi-russia

 

Sessions promised he would recuse himself on Russia investigation. He didn’t.

https://thinkprogress.org/sessions-broke-his-recusal-promise-72490f317330

 

Sessions emerges as Trump's most valuable ally

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/11/sessions-trump-comey-firing-238234

 

Justice official’s reputation for impartiality is tested by Comey firing

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/rod-rosenstein-deputy-attorney-general-james-comey.html?emc=edit_cn_20170511&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/some-are-puzzled-by-deputy-ags-central-role-in-the-drama-of-trump-and-comey/2017/05/10/e6f61c42-35be-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?utm_term=.03fa20e8f237&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Rosenstein fails his ethics test

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/opinion/rod-rosenstein-comey-firing.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170510&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

An open letter to the deputy attorney general

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/opinion/deputy-attorney-general-open-letter.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170511&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump has crossed a once-unthinkable red line

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-has-crossed-a-once-unthinkable-red-line/2017/05/10/c63e2334-3599-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.77d2a66a3734&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Inside the FBI, stunned agents wonder about future of Russia inquiry

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/inside-the-fbi-stunned-agents-wonder-about-future-of-russia-inquiry.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

I worked with the FBI as a prosecutor. Trump threatens the bureau’s independence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/10/i-worked-with-the-fbi-as-a-federal-prosecutor-trump-is-threatening-its-independence/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.aedfa9417e20

 

In firing Comey, did Trump unleash the next Deep Throat?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/opinion/comey-trump-deep-throat.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170511&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

FBI refuses to disclose documents on Trump’s call to Russia to hack Clinton

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/11/justice-department-fbi-documents-trump-russia-hack-clinton-email?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=225569&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trump bars U.S. press, but not Russia’s, at meeting with Russian officials

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/trump-russia-meeting-american-reporters-blocked.html?emc=edit_cn_20170511&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Russia’s Oval Office victory dance

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/10/james-comey-firing-trump-lavrov-putin-215124

 

Conway directly contradicts the official story on Comey’s firing

https://thinkprogress.org/kellyanne-conway-kinsley-gaffe-fbi-9679ef1aec85

 

Nelson says he has no faith in McConnell to allow fair Russian investigation

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/bill-nelson-says-he-has-no-faith-in-mitch-mcconnell-to-allow-fair-russian/2323461

 

On Comey firing, Rubio says only that he was “surprised”

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/05/on-comey-firing-rubio-says-only-that-he-was-surprised.html

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/marco-rubio-has-no-opinion-about-donald-trump-firing-james-comey-9337770

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/10/wake-comey-firing-rubio-says-let-senate-intel-committee-do-its-job/101519074/

 

Diaz-Balart says he's totally cool with Trump firing Comey

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-rep-mario-diaz-balart-says-hes-totally-cool-with-trump-firing-fbi-director-james-comey-9338171

 

St. Petersburg protesters rally against Trump's firing of Comey

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/protest-outside-pinellas-county-courthouse-in-st-petersburg-in-response-to/2323388?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/politics/article/20861072/in-st-pete-antitrump-protesters-show-no-love-for-comey-either

 

Abusing power hurts leaders, too

http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2017/05/abusing-power-hurts-leaders-too-.php

 

Where’s Ryan in all the Comey chaos? In Ohio, talking taxes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/paul-ryan-fbi-james-comey.html?emc=edit_cn_20170511&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Comey’s firing may imperil Republicans’ legislative agenda

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/congress-partisan-fbi.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Republicans don’t feel your pain

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/opinion/republican-health-care-bill.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170511&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

They voted for Trumpcare over your health. Will they pay at the ballot box?

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fabiola-santiago/article149600049.html

 

“Die-in” at Yoho’s office

http://www.alligator.org/news/article_e19f8e2a-35e8-11e7-bbea-afac3ddbadcb.html

http://www.ocala.com/news/20170510/angry-calls-dog-poo-and-threats-spark-yoho-office-policy-change

 

Republican who rescued health-care bill faces voters

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/10/i-didnt-come-here-to-defend-the-president-tonight-republican-who-rescued-health-care-bill-faces-voters/?utm_term=.a74f6dcdd928&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/election-american-health-care-act-tom-macarthur.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170510&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/11/macarthur-endures-town-hall-trial-by-fire-238249

 

Miami billionaire plans political fund to defend unauthorized immigrants

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article149797499.html

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/05/10/trump-fighting-miami-billionaire-founds-group-gives-1m-for-deportation-fighting-lawyers-111961

 

Trump’s poll numbers just hit a bunch of new lows

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/10/more-very-bad-news-for-trump-his-poll-numbers-just-hit-a-bunch-of-new-lows/?utm_term=.b58a135b274d&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

An invitation to wage theft

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/opinion/overtime-pay-bill.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170511&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The 2020 Census is in big trouble

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/john-h-thompson-quits.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170510&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://thinkprogress.org/census-director-resign-d60cc5a4dd7c

 

The census won’t collect LGBT data. That’s a problem.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/opinion/the-census-wont-collect-lgbt-data-thats-a-problem.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170511&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

In victory for environmentalists, Senate keeps an Obama-era climate change rule

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/regulations-methane-climate-change.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170510&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Translating Trump’s religious liberty order

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/opinion/trump-religious-liberty-order.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170511&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

When it comes to vaccines, rich parents get away with child neglect

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rich-parents-get-away-with-not-vaccinating-their-children-poor-ones-dont/2017/05/10/2ccf6d58-3106-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html?utm_term=.f1eca6ff33c8&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

U.S. may ban laptops on all flights from Europe

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/business/us-may-ban-laptops-on-all-flights-from-europe.html?emc=edit_cn_20170511&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Mattis reaffirms U.S. commitment to NATO

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/world/europe/jim-mattis-nato-us-lithuania.html?emc=edit_cn_20170511&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The most frustrating thing about Ivanka Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/05/10/the-most-frustrating-thing-about-ivanka-trump/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.a68f70b89305

 

White House job for Schwab heiress raises new ethics questions for Trump http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-house-samantha-schwab_us_59137723e4b021221db9d490?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004&utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=91903dbcc0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-91903dbcc0-196862717

 

 

 

 

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