Today's news -- November 20, 2017

 

 

 

The latest plan to undermine class-size laws *

There’s a new proposal to raise teacher pay in Florida. Sounds swell. Pay here, after all, has long trailed the national average, often by about 20 percent. A recent USA Today study found Florida ranks 43rd — behind states like Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana. It’s fine to trail Georgia or Louisiana in SEC football standings. Not in wages or education stats. Low pay is one of the reasons 40 percent of Florida teachers quit within the first five years. (Well, that and too many testing mandates. And boneheaded bonus plans. And a general lack of respect from politicians who treat teachers like hemorrhoids.) So, news that the leader of Jeb Bush’s education foundation has drafted a constitutional amendment to boost pay sounds great … until you read the fine print. That’s when you see the proposal only provides money for teacher raises if Floridians first vote to lift the cap on class sizes and agree to stuff more children in Florida classrooms. And even then, there’s no guarantee of how much in raises teachers would get. In other words, if you want to maybe treat your teachers like something better than dirt, you have to first agree to go back to the days where you treated your kids like dirt. Happy voting, everyone! In some regards, the proposal by Patricia Levesque — the head of Bush’s Excellence in Education foundation and a member of the state’s Constitution Revision Commission — is no surprise. Bush hated the idea of forcing the state to spend more on smaller classes. Back when he was governor, he opposed the 2002 amendment and announced that, if voters passed it, he had “devious plans” to undermine it. Actually, Bush didn’t announce his devious plans. He was caught divulging them to allies by a reporter with a tape recorder whom Bush hadn’t spotted in the room. So now, 15 years later, we have Devious Plans 2.0. Levesque says there’s nothing devious about her plans. She simply wants to give school districts more “flexibility” in meeting the class-size requirements, by allowing them to use averages. Your kid’s math class could have 36 students as long as another math class has 13. She says the teacher-pay part of her proposal is simply about making sure the money stays in the schools, the way voters want. Frankly, I don’t buy that. I think the teacher-raise proposal is just a gimmick — that Levesque knows there’s no way 60 percent of Floridians would vote for bigger class sizes. So she tucked a sweetener in there … a way to let backers run a campaign on a popular topic (raising teacher pay) instead of the real goal (cramming more kids in each classroom). If raising teacher pay were truly the goal, we’d see an amendment that proposed just that. But that’s not what this is. Theoretically, Levesque is right when she says implementing the class-size amendment requires flexibility. But we have been duped before on that front. In fact, legislators have flexed the intent right out of the law. The 2002 amendment, after all, was clear. It capped class sizes at 25 students for high school, 22 students in fourth through eighth grades and 18 in pre-K through third. Still, Florida schools are full of classrooms that have 28, 32 and 35 kids. How? Lawmakers created loopholes the size of Iowa (which, by the way, also pays its teachers more than Florida). Lawmakers exempted electives and extracurricular classes from the caps — which sounded OK at first. I mean, 30 students in a PE class or 40 in chorus sounds reasonable. But then lawmakers began reclassifying every class you can imagine as electives. American literature became an “extracurricular.” So did French. And Spanish. And marine biology. Does your child have 38 kids in his AP math class? Well, that’s because flexibility-promoting lawmakers labeled all Advanced Placement classes as “electives” as well. Math is a core class. An AP math class is not. That’s flexibility. If education reformers went back to the intent of the law and required the vast majority of classes to meet class-size caps, we could maybe talk about tinkering with the constitutional language. But legislators have already gutted this amendment. And this is just an effort to gut it even further by dangling the prospect of pay raises — which may not be fully realized and which the state should be providing anyway.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-class-size-teacher-pay-florida-scott-maxwell-20171115-story.html

 

Come clean on school tax *

When Gov. Rick Scott released his budget, he made a lot of noise about the $180 million in tax cuts he was proposing. But he didn’t really mention the $534 million local property-tax increase also tucked into his budget proposal. Or rather, he did — but only by touting his “historic increases” in education funding. Don’t blame Scott too much, though. He’s just playing the game — by the same rules Florida lawmakers have used for years. Pumping up Florida’s education budget by shifting the burden onto local taxpayers is way too easy for state politicians, especially when they realize they’ll rarely have to take any of the heat for it. Here’s how the Tallahassee two-step works. Classroom funding has two main components: State general revenue, which mostly comes from sales taxes, and local property-tax revenue. Technically, that rate is the province of school boards in each of Florida’s 67 counties. In reality, it’s not. Because every year, the Legislature and Department of Education prescribe a property-tax rate known as the “required local effort,” and requires districts to levy at least that much. School boards can opt for an additional “discretionary” tax — but the state counts that money in its school-financing calculations, leaving local districts precious little discretion. Thus, the Legislature only has to cough up about 60 percent of school funding, including Lottery proceeds. But state officials have all the control, and are quick to take all the credit every year. Scott already has come out strong in favor of raiding local piggy banks. He argues he’s actually holding on to the same property tax rate, and that the additional revenue is the result of increased property values. That’s a dodge elected county and city officials aren’t allowed to make. Under Florida’s 1980 Truth in Millage law, local governments must “roll back” their tax rates every year to account for increased property values (minus new construction). Any tax rate that results in more tax revenue in the coming year is considered a tax increase — even if it lowers the rate — and must be advertised as such. It’s unnerving to watch state officials flatly denying the reality of state law. Describing Scott’s budget, Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley told the News Service of Florida, “It’s not a tax increase. It’s just simply not.” Both Bradley and Scott are simply wrong. The tables are starting to turn — former state Rep. Fred Costello of Ormond Beach argued that the Legislature should be more transparent when setting local property taxes, including calling a tax hike a tax hike. (Predictably, that proposal went nowhere.) Over the past few years, the House has insisted that the state make up the bulk of the increase in K-12 funding from its own coffers. But it could be tougher for House officials to hold the line in coming budget negotiations. Lawmakers are facing a lean budget year, with an almost nonexistent surplus, big bills from hurricane recovery (including the influx of thousands of displaced families from Puerto Rico, putting direct pressure on public schools) and other big-ticket items including the Indian River Lagoon cleanup. Meanwhile, local property values are skyrocketing, producing an ever-more-tempting way to balance school budgets. In the end, lawmakers might not have a choice. If they want to increase classroom funding, boosting local tax revenue might be the only way to do it. But at the very least, they should play by the same rules governing cities and counties, and trust Floridians with the truth. They may be justified in claiming more property-tax revenue. But they can’t pretend it’s not a tax increase.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/20171118/our-view-come-clean-on-school-tax

 

Seminole schools, union reach agreement on teacher raises (SEA mentioned)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-teacher-raises-seminole-schools-union-20171117-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Stop laying blame on teachers

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/letters/Friday-s-letters-Stop-laying-blame-on-teachers_162681668

 

State will help displaced Puerto Rican 11th and 12th graders earn island diplomas

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-puerto-rican-students-florida-high-school-hurricanes-20171117-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/250022-pam-stewart-working-plan-let-high-schoolers-get-puerto-rico-diplomas-florida

 

Make sure school districts have the means to educate Hurricane Maria evacuees

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-hurricane-maria-students-orange-osceola-20171117-story.html

 

New high school program aims to groom future Orange teachers http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-future-educators-edgewater-high-magnet-program20171115-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Duval ups its schools’ career-technology game

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/education/2017-11-18/duval-ups-its-schools-career-technology-game-invests-more-career

 

A troubling lack of accountability

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20171115/guest-editorial-troubling-lack-of-accountability

 

Gutting Wisconsin teachers unions hurt students, study finds

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/11/16/gutting-wisconsin-teachers-unions-hurt-students-study-finds/

 

DeVos won’t publicize voucher downside, but it’s leaking out anyway

https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/devos-wont-publicize-a-school-voucher-downside-but-its-leaking-out-anyway/amp/

 

A major report on charter schools by the Network for Public Education

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/11/19/must-read-a-major-report-on-charter-schools-by-the-network-for-public-education/?utm_content=buffereef1d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://networkforpubliceducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/NPE-Report-Charters-and-Consequences.pdf

 

How the billionaire Sacklers finance privatization of public schools

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/11/17/sarah-darer-littman-how-the-billionaire-sacklers-finance-privatization-of-public-schools/

https://www.alternet.org/education/notorious-family-contributing-opioid-crisis-and-funding-charter-schools

 

Our response to school massacres? A booming classroom security industry

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/18/school-shootings-security-industry?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=252981&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Questioning evolution: The push to change science class

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/us/retro-report-evolution-science.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Why are corporations undermining public education?

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/18/why-are-corporations-undermining-public-education_partner/

 

Obama’s school discipline guidelines next to go?

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-education/2017/11/17/obamas-school-discipline-guidelines-next-to-go-027074

 

Kids need more civics education — but they need to be taught civility as well

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/11/17/yes-kids-need-more-civics-education-but-they-need-to-be-taught-civility-at-least-as-much/?utm_term=.cb482fd8a3ed

 

Meet the Texas pastor who opposes public funding of religious education

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/11/17/meet-the-texas-pastor-who-opposes-public-funding-of-religious-education-and-fights-the-koch-agenda/?utm_term=.15c1b635d154

 

Analysis shows House tax bill would increase cost of college by $71 billion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/analysis-shows-house-tax-bill-would-increase-cost-of-college-by-71-billion/2017/11/19/3bf3bbfc-cb31-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.610357d7b4be

 

Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans and higher education

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/tax-bill-reflects-rift-between-many-republicans-and-higher-education/2017/11/19/33f52a6e-cb0c-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.f81a9594b96a

 

UCF graduate students fear paying higher taxes

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-graduate-student-tuition-taxes-20171115-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Local professors warn: GOP tax plan could put graduate education “out of reach”

http://wlrn.org/post/local-professors-warn-gop-tax-plan-could-put-graduate-education-out-reach

 

When unpaid student loan bills mean you can no longer work

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/business/student-loans-licenses.html?emc=edit_th_20171119&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

How first-generation college students do Thanksgiving break

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/opinion/sunday/college-thanksgiving-alone.html?ref=todayspaper

 

The new campus censors

http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-New-Campus-Censors/241637?key=tHu7xYLZ0YsM_jWdtMNvwxaRchoyNpH32O4_Vhn7hmRsTDYq-AwILJI7Jgw2g9T6bHdDLUc0S0puVjRTWWxYT2hIUXlxVllVSVpOdkJIbUdRS0N5dlk5Mzdoaw

 

State spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/11/17/florida-spent-22000-to-remove-online-nursing-home-info-from-public/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Senate hires special master as second Latvala probe gets under way

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/11/17/senate-hires-special-master-as-second-latvala-probe-gets-underway/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ%20111717&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Last legislative committee week to start December 4

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/250090-last-committee-week-start-dec-4

 

State may counter “growing threat” to election security

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/11/19/florida-counter-threat-election-security/

 

A great migration from Puerto Rico is set to transform Orlando

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/puerto-ricans-orlando.html?_r=0

 

Puerto Rico is still in the dark

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/puerto-rico-is-still-in-the-dark/2017/11/17/7b516f94-c981-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.c908b167b5b9

 

Two months after Maria, Central Florida families say Puerto Rico is still in need

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orange/os-puerto-rico-culture-celebration-20171116-story.html

 

When Jacksonville floods, the rich don’t worry; the poor fight to get through

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/11/climatedesk-when-jacksonville-floods-the-rich-dont-worry-the-poor-fight-to-get-through/

 

No citrus aid in latest disaster relief request from White House

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/17/no-citrus-aid-latest-disaster-relief-request-white-house/876330001/

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/250060-adam-putnam-dennis-ross-say-relief-effort-leaves-citrus

 

After years of job cuts, Scott calls for more state workers http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/11/17/after-years-job-cuts-gov-rick-scott-calls-more-state-workers/871223001/

 

State let hepatitis C go untreated in prisons. Now it may cost taxpayers.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article185341808.html

 

State prisons ordered to treat hepatitis C

http://www.theledger.com/news/20171118/state-prisons-ordered-to-treat-hepatitis-c

https://apnews.com/ccef1ce700294fd28a58dea878cfcfae/Federal-judge-orders-Florida-to-treat-sick-inmates

 

Millions spent in South Florida to jail small-time offenders

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/crime/fl-reg-broward-adult-civil-citations-20171116-story.html

 

Increase in anti-Semitic vandalism throughout state found in audit

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/florida-jewish-journal/news/broward/fl-jjbs-anti-semitism-1122-20171117-story,amp.html

 

State jobs recover from Irma, unemployment rate drops

http://www.tbo.com/news/business/economicdevelopment/florida-jobs-recover-from-irma-unemployment-rate-drops/2344449

 

Watch out, Florida Constitution changes coming

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-op-editorial-florida-constitution-revision-20171117-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sun-sentinel%2Fnews%2Fopinion+%28Editorial+Opinions+%2F+South+Florida+Sun-Sentinel%252

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2016/12/18/florida-prepares-revise-state-constitution/95475128/

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/19/energy-choice-voting-rights-under-consideration-constitution-revision-commission/871083001/

 

Let the Haitians stay

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/opinion/haiti-temporary-status.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171119&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

State confirms second local Zika virus infection for 2017

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article185240923.html

https://apnews.com/c5be7e91b57747dcac9106c56d3c11f8/Florida-confirms-second-local-Zika-virus-infection-for-2017

 

Report: State rarely punishes doctors sued for malpractice

http://www.tbo.com/incoming/report-florida-rarely-punishes-doctors-sued-for-malpractice/2344642

 

Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/Before-budget-ax-fell-Visit-Florida-executives-ran-up-hefty-travel-bills_162745679

 

Rising seas: Fortifying state’s coastlines

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171117/rising-seas-fortifying-floridas-coastlines

 

Trump extends his Thanksgiving stay in Palm Beach

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/new-trump-extends-his-thanksgiving-stay-palm-beach/25LoSh7DrBfw6hBDaZHKoL/

 

Russian yacht docks in Palm Beach; Will Putin friend pay Trump a visit?

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/new-russian-yacht-docks-port-will-putin-friend-pay-trump-visit/jHOu5zlKUqMa0lMLsqzz6L/

 

Trump in Palm Beach: Wall of school buses to protect the president

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/trump-palm-beach-wall-school-buses-protect-the-president/qLAGnUWwYgWvFGshlHbu8H/

 

President’s helicopter arrives. Will he use it?

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/trump-palm-beach-president-helicopter-arrives-will-use/fMTvtxGeUqDTk4k0xgdKjJ/

 

A smarter minimum wage

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/opinion/a-smarter-minimum-wage.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Worker rights preemption in the U.S.

http://www.epi.org/preemption-map/

 

Myths of the 1 percent: What puts people at the top

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/upshot/income-inequality-united-states.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fupshot&action=click&contentCollection=upshot&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=0

 

Big money rules

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/12/07/big-money-rules/

 

GOP law fails to break Iowa's largest public-sector unions

http://portside.org/2017-10-29/gop-law-fails-break-iowas-largest-public-sector-unions

 

Iowa workers defy attempt to weaken their unions

http://portside.org/2017-11-15/iowa-workers-defy-attempt-weaken-their-unions

 

Tax fight gets personal as senators spar over bill

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/politics/tax-bill-senate-hatch-brown-fight.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171117&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

The debate over whether GOP tax bill will only help the rich, in one heated video

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/17/dont-spew-that-stuff-on-me-the-debate-over-whether-republicans-tax-bill-will-only-help-the-rich-in-one-heated-video/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.7de8675e65e1

 

Senate, like House, opts to keep tax break for rich that Trump vowed to end

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/business/republican-tax-plan-carried-interest.html

 

Trump’s tax cuts are likely to increase trade deficit

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/politics/tax-cuts-trade-deficit-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171117&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

Accounting gimmicks in GOP’s tax overhaul mask higher cost, deficit hawks say

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/politics/accounting-manuevers-republican-tax-overhaul.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Murkowski tax vote contingent on stabilizing individual health insurance market

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/murkowski-alexander-murray-necessary

 

Taking on Obamacare with tax reform may backfire for Republicans

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/taking-on-obamacare-with-tax-reform-may-backfire-for-republicans/amp/

 

Will cutting the health mandate pay for tax cuts? Not necessarily

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/health/tax-plan-obamacare-mandate.html?ref=todayspaper

 

As clock ticks on tax bill, White House signals a compromise

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-signals-willingness-to-remove-tax-bill-sticking-point/2017/11/19/ed48ad46-cd47-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html?utm_term=.14a1b01e363e

 

Forget alternative facts. We’re now in an alternate reality.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/forget-alternative-facts-were-now-in-an-alternate-reality/2017/11/17/52e53a56-cba0-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.f41c1962e742\

 

The GOP is fooling itself on taxes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/opinion/sunday/republicans-taxes-middle-class.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171118&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

Why a firm believer in tax cuts could derail the Senate tax cut plan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/us/politics/ron-johnson-senate-tax-cut.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171118&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

The House tax bill unleashes a dangerous avalanche of campaign cash

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-house-tax-bill-unleashes-a-dangerous-avalanche-of-campaign-cash/2017/11/18/203707fc-c8b6-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.a8e78bbeaf1e

 

In Democrat-led state capitals, GOP tax reform push could scramble fiscal plans

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/19/gop-tax-reforms-state-capitals-democrats-247678

 

How cutting taxes makes life worse for the rich

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/business/tax-cuts-rich.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Nelson brings top Democrat on Finance Committee to Tampa for tax bill discussion

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/11/19/bill-nelson-brings-top-democrat-on-senate-finance-committee-to-tampa-for-tax-bill-discussion/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Rubio pushes child tax credit, says GOP tax plan can't just help corporations

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/19/marco-rubio-pushes-child-tax-credit-says-gop-tax-plan-cant-just-help-corporations/879245001/

 

Frankel: GOP tax, health plans spell pain for middle class

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/rep-frankel-gop-tax-health-plans-spell-pain-for-middle-class/8b7xBNj5PMNFulqjVI9o2I/

 

Russian official tried to broker “backdoor” meeting between Trump, Putin

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/politics/trump-russia-kushner.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Moscow meeting in June under scrutiny in Trump probe

https://apnews.com/73a06aa400b3493fa63eaa90c78ffee0/Moscow-meeting-in-June-2017-under-scrutiny-in-Trump-probe

 

Kushner failed to disclose outreach from Putin ally to Trump campaign

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/kushner-failed-disclose-outreach-putin-ally-trump-campaign-n822021

 

Congressional aides may have answers on pro-Russia GOP platform change

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/17/gop-platform-change-ukraine-russia-congressional-aides-paul-ryan-247665

 

Special counsel sends request for documents to Justice Department

http://abcnews.go.com/US/special-counsel-sends-wide-ranging-request-documents-justice/story?id=51261366

 

White House aides divided over scope, risks of Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-long-winter-white-house-aides-divided-over-scope-risks-of-russia-probe/2017/11/19/497557c0-cbba-11e7-b244-2d22ac912500_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.14af571ad4de

 

Trump to pay his own legal bills, set up fund to cover staff

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-17/trump-to-pay-his-own-legal-bills-set-up-fund-to-cover-staff

 

The GOP’s “boil the frog” strategy to save Trump

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-gops-boil-the-frog-strategy-to-save-trump?mbid=social_twitter

 

Ivanka Trump and the fugitive from Panama

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-panama-specialreport/special-report-ivanka-trump-and-the-fugitive-from-panama-idUSKBN1DH1DT

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/panama-tower-carries-trump-s-name-ties-organized-crime-n821706

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/17/trump-ocean-club-panama-money-laundering-reports?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=252981&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Ivanka Trump’s big real estate deals were linked to cartels, money laundering

https://thinkprogress.org/ivankas-real-estate-deals-corruption-33f65f778d0f/amp/

 

Trump Jr.'s 2016 trip to Paris for lunch with Moscow-linked couple remains a puzzle

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-russia-trump-paris-20171115-story.html

 

“The fish rots from the head”: a historian on the corruption of Trump’s White House

https://www.vox.com/2017/11/16/16643614/trump-administration-corruption-russia-investigation

 

Clovis expressed staunchly pro-Russian views a year before campaign

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/clovis-expressed-staunchly-pro-russian-views-a-year-before-campaign?utm_content=buffera2acd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

How Russia tapped into our racial anxieties to fuel social divisions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/11/17/welfare-queens-and-red-blooded-americans-how-russia-tapped-into-our-racial-anxieties-to-fuel-social-divide/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.c33e1061a9ce

 

We’re at cyberwar. And the enemy is us.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/were-at-cyberwar-and-were-our-own-worst-enemy/2017/11/17/7fb3d522-cbca-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.34b22860140c

 

In Tampa Bay, early numbers show record sign-ups for Obamacare

http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/In-Tampa-Bay-and-elsewhere-early-numbers-show-record-sign-ups-for-Obamacare_162718698

 

Report: Black men get longer sentences for same crime as white men

https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/11/17/16668770/us-sentencing-commission-race-booker

 

For Latino Democrats, “Dreamers” underscore tense relationship with Kelly

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/for-latino-democrats-fight-for-dreamers-underscores-tense-relationship-with-john-kelly/2017/11/19/5c74b672-c566-11e7-aae0-cb18a8c29c65_story.html

 

Trump names Supreme Court candidates for a nonexistent vacancy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/politics/trump-supreme-court.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171117&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Chairman of conservative group proposes court-packing scheme

https://thinkprogress.org/federalist-society-chairman-court-packing-454b5047bea1/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a0f31b304d3015be5132bc3&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/federalist-society-white-house-cooperation-on-judges-paying-benefits/2017/11/18/4b69b4da-cb20-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.b01411aaa42b

 

Senate just made it a lot easier for Trump to appoint federal judges

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/20/the-senate-just-made-it-a-lot-easier-for-trump-to-appoint-federal-judges-over-democrats-objections/?utm_term=.e7e57342541c

 

Why are corruption cases crumbling? Some blame the Supreme Court

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/nyregion/menendez-seabrook-corruption-cases-crumbling-.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Pruitt says he’s taken more actions to fight pollution than Obama, can’t name any

https://thinkprogress.org/pruitt-misinformation-campaign-699d232f41c7/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a0f38ba04d30168421105af&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

U.S. general says he would resist “illegal” Trump nuclear strike order

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/19/us-general-says-he-would-resist-illegal-trump-nuclear-strike-order?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=253081&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-commander/u-s-nuclear-general-says-would-resist-illegal-trump-strike-order-idUSKBN1DI0QV

 

The Trump administration is making war on diplomacy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/opinion/sunday/the-trump-administration-is-making-war-on-diplomacy.html

 

Frustrated foreign leaders bypass Washington in search of blue-state allies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/frustrated-foreign-leaders-bypass-washington-in-search-of-blue-state-allies/2017/11/17/3ad10e80-cbab-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.5401a00343e9

 

U.S. pursues quiet troop buildup in Somalia

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/19/troops-somalia-military-buildup-247668

 

The media is giving up its place in our democracy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-assaulting-our-free-press-but-he-also-has-a-point/2017/11/17/b3b8ec24-c8b2-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html?utm_term=.042a98ed00d4

 

The Kochs are inching closer to becoming media moguls

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/business/media/koch-brothers-time-meredith.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Gianforte misled police after assault of journalist, report reveals

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/17/rep-gianfortes-account-to-police-of-assault-with-reporter-appears-to-contradict-his-later-apology-new-report-shows/?utm_term=.7f3bce44efd7

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/17/greg-gianforte-guardian-reporter-ben-jacobs-assault?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=252981&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Anatomy of a Fake news scandal

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/pizzagate-anatomy-of-a-fake-news-scandal-w511904

 

We can’t trust Facebook to regulate itself

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/opinion/facebook-regulation-incentive.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Election was a warning to Democrats’ corporate education reform wing

https://www.alternet.org/good-news-democrats-warning-corporate-education-reform-wing

 

The “DeVos effect” on the November elections

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/11/19/the-devos-effect-on-the-november-elections/?utm_term=.83868b11bf73

 

 

 

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