Today's news -- November 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

Ban on aid to religious groups could get erased *

A ban on state support for religious groups would be removed from the Florida Constitution under a proposal approved Wednesday by a Constitution Revision Commission panel. In a 5-1 vote, the commission’s Declaration of Rights Committee endorsed a measure (Proposal 4) that would eliminate the Constitution’s so-called “no-aid” provision, which prohibits public funding “directly or indirectly” for any church, religious group or “sectarian institution.” The no-aid provision, which dates to Florida’s 1885 Constitution, has been invoked in recent years in legal fights over using publicly funded vouchers to send students to private schools. A state appellate court in 2004 cited the provision in striking down a voucher program, though the Florida Supreme Court later found the program unconstitutional on other grounds. Constitution Revision Commission member Roberto Martinez of Miami said he sponsored the proposed change because he believed the no-aid provision was being used to prohibit churches and other groups from performing non-religious activities based solely on their statuses as religious organizations. Martinez said the ban was unnecessary and that using state funding by a group to promote religious activities would violate another constitutional provision prohibiting laws involving the “establishment of religion.” “If the church was going to use it in a way that would promote a particular religious objective, then I think it would run afoul of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” Martinez, an attorney, said. Marco Paredes, associate director for the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, said his organization supported the proposal as a way to let church-related groups participate in other activities. “We believe this proposal is good public policy,” Paredes said. “It restores an equal and rightful place to faith-based organizations in the public square.” Paredes also said if the no-aid provision remains, it potentially could jeopardize other programs, ranging from hospitals to housing programs to natural-disaster relief, that receive public funds but are run by religious groups. “All these programs face an uncertain future because at any time someone could challenge (them),” he said. Mary Adkins, a law professor at the University of Florida and the author of a recent book on the development of Florida’s Constitution, said there is debate over whether no-aid provisions across the nation were the result of anti-Catholic sentiment in the 19th century. But she said there was “no hint of anti-Catholic animus” in Florida. Florida is one of 37 states that has a no-aid provision in its state constitution. Adkins warned commission members that adding a “controversial” provision like the no-aid proposal could jeopardize the commission’s entire slate of measures. She noted a similar no-aid constitutional amendment failed in 2012 with only 44.5 percent support from voters. Commissioner Arthenia Joyner, a former Democratic state senator from Tampa, cast the only vote against the proposal, saying it would “gut” court rulings that have blocked the expansion of school vouchers. Martinez’s proposal next heads to the commission’s Education Committee. If it moves forward to the full 37-member commission, it will need at least 22 votes to go before voters in November 2018.

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171129/ban-on-aid-to-religious-groups-could-get-erased

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/11/29/proposal-infuse-religion-state-tax-dollars-advances/906039001/

 

 

Excuse me, who’s in charge of today’s scam?

This is your shindig. Or at least it’s supposed to be. The Constitution Revision Commission was created a half-century ago just so you, the Florida voter, would have a chance every generation to consider major changes to how the state is run. Unfortunately, we put politicians in charge of choosing the party’s soundtrack. And that means we get the same ol’ song-and-dance. Let me explain: The folks in charge of the commission — chosen almost entirely by the governor, Senate president and House speaker — spent months listening to ideas from Florida residents about possible constitutional amendments to be put on the ballot in 2018. They heard thousands of ideas. Literally, more than 2,000. And of all those proposals, do you know how many were chosen for further consideration? Six. Or, if you’re mathematically inclined, about 0.3 percent. The last time a commission was put together, back in 1997-98, it seemed to take its obligation to residents more seriously. About 18 percent of the public proposals advanced to the committee level. So, OK, maybe they’re just being picky this time. Maybe they are determined not to overwhelm the ballot with unnecessary amendments. Maybe, when it comes time to offer their own proposals, they’ll be just as finicky as they were with the public suggestions. And then we get days like Wednesday. The folks on one committee approved a potential amendment that would repeal a ban on sending taxpayer money directly to religious institutions, including private schools. Now if that sounds familiar to you, it should. The Legislature put a similar amendment on the ballot in 2012. And it was defeated by voters. With emphatic fervor, I might add. Constitutional amendments need 60 percent of the vote to pass, and this stinker got 44.5 percent in 2012. In other words, it got a lot fewer votes than Mitt Romney did in Florida. And I’m not hearing a lot of groundswell for his comeback. This isn’t an argument against the merits of the amendment. There will be plenty of time for that discussion if the proposal gets the necessary approval from the entire commission and finds its way onto the 2018 ballot. Instead, this is an argument against the process. The commission is supposed to give voters an opportunity to have their say. It’s not supposed to be a second chance for failed legislative priorities. And, yet, that’s exactly what we’re seeing. Wednesday’s proposal to repeal the ban on taxpayer money going to churches, synagogues and mosques is only one of several that would lead the way to universal school vouchers and the subsequent bankrupting of Florida’s public schools. Because the courts have slapped down other attempts at expanding vouchers, lawmakers are doing an end-around with the amendment. The commission is doing a similar ploy to resurrect a 24-hour waiting period on abortions that the courts have also deemed unconstitutional. It might also mess with a previously passed class-size amendment. These are ideas that your career politicians in Tallahassee have been trying to force through for years. And, instead of taking no for an answer, they are repackaging their proposals in cheerful new language with the hope that you’re not paying close attention. It’s a heck of a way to run a commission that was created ostensibly to give Florida residents a greater say in how the state is run. But, you know what they say in Tallahassee: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try to scam the voters again.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/Romano-Excuse-me-commissioner-who-s-in-charge-of-today-s-scam-_163123606

 

House panel to hear views on voucher oversight *

A Florida House panel will hear about “oversight and monitoring” in the state’s school scholarship programs next week. These programs, often called school vouchers, were the subject of an Orlando Sentinel investigation published last month. A subcommittee of the House education committee will hear about requirements and outcomes for the scholarship programs — which pay for private school tuition for students with disabilities and those from low-income families — at the December 6 meeting. Lawmakers will also hear a “panel discussion on oversight and monitoring in scholarship programs,” according to a meeting notice. No other details were yet available. The Sentinel’s “Schools Without Rules” series documented how 2,000 private schools will receive nearly $1 billion this year through the scholarships with little oversight from the state. Private schools don’t have to follow public school standards when it comes to whom they hire, what type of facilities they operate in or the curriculum they teach. The Sentinel found that some private schools hire teachers without training or even bachelor’s degrees, meet in tiny storefronts and falsify health or fire inspection documents they submit to the state. After the series was published, a spokesman for House Speaker Richard Corcoran said the House would hold a hearing about Florida’s three scholarship programs — Gardiner, McKay and Tax Credit. “In the coming weeks the House will look at many issues, including some raised by the Sentinel, to ensure the goals of these programs are being met and if not, to offer improvements,” said Fred Piccolo, Corcoran’s spokesman earlier this month. The meeting of the House’s Pre-K-12 Innovation Subcommittee is slated for 10:30 a.m. December 6 in Tallahassee.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-school-vouchers-florida-house-panel-discussion-20171129-story.html

 

Classrooms need some controversy for learning

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/Ruth-Classrooms-need-some-controversy-for-learning_163071864

 

Palm Beach district, union agree to 3.2 percent average raise for teachers (Justin Katz quoted)
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local-education/pbc-school-leaders-union-agree-average-raise-for-teachers/YD0AQU5CViPZGUwnwVWxEP/

http://cbs12.com/news/local/step-in-the-right-direction-says-superintendent-avossa-of-teacher-raises

 

Superintendent: Hillsborough teachers are “positioned very well” on pay (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/Superintendent-Hillsborough-teachers-are-positioned-very-well-on-pay_163114908?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/11/30/eakins-remarks-on-teacher-pay-hit-a-nerve/ (James Stewart quoted)

Legislative lessons: Help needed, but is anybody paying attention? (Don Peace quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/Bowen-Legislative-lessons-Help-needed-but-is-anybody-paying-attention-_163046134?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

State teacher shortage continues

https://1025wfla.iheart.com/content/2017-11-28-florida-teacher-shortage-continues/

 

Questions remain about math behind Scott’s “record” K-12 spending

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/250583-rick-scott-touts-record-k-12-spending-questions-linger

http://news.wjct.org/post/gov-scott-highlights-education-budget-jacksonville-district-leaders-lobbying-more

 

Community schools provide evidence-based approach under ESSA (NEA and AFT mentioned)
http://neatoday.org/2017/11/16/community-schools-essa/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=171129neatodayexpress&utm_content=essa

 

Speculative charter school growth

https://urbanaffairsreview.com/2017/11/29/speculative-charter-school-growth-in-the-case-of-uno-charter-school-network-in-chicago/

 

Jeb Bush’s privatization ball: You are not invited

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/11/29/jeb-bushs-privatization-ball-you-are-not-invited/

 

What really happened at the D.C. high school where every senior got into college

https://wamu.org/story/17/11/28/really-happened-ballou-d-c-high-school-every-senior-got-college/

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/11/29/npr-the-hoax-of-the-d-c-public-school-where-100-of-seniors-graduated-and-were-accepted-by-colleges/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-plans-probe-of-ballou-high-school-following-report-questioning-standards/2017/11/29/b196fc56-d532-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html?utm_term=.e5984c50311d

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/11/29/a-new-d-c-schools-scandal-back-to-the-future/?utm_term=.85f3b8883936

 

FAMU Board of Trustees votes to make Robinson permanent president

http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Contract-extended-for-FAMU-Interim-President-Larry-Robinson-444224853.html

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/famu-news/2017/11/29/famu-trustees-committee-recommends-larry-robinson-president/905065001/

 

USF adjunct professors protest for better conditions

https://www.cltampa.com/news-views/local-news/article/20984285/usf-adjunct-professors-protest

 

Why you should be worried about Congress trying to tax graduate students

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/11/29/why-you-should-be-worried-about-congress-trying-to-tax-graduate-students/?utm_term=.b731107759b8

 

A Republican tax proposal would make academia even whiter

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/opinion/republican-tax-bill-education.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171129&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

No more “toughing it out”: Let’s end sexual harassment on campus https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/11/29/no-more-toughing-it-out-lets-end-sexual-harassment-on-campus/?utm_term=.eb655353a331

 

California attorney general sues for-profit Bridgepoint Education

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/11/29/california-attorney-general-sues-for-profit-bridgepoint-education/?utm_term=.37def6af8a78

 

Senate staffer who accused Latvala of sexual harassment goes public

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/11/29/senate-staffer-who-accused-latvala-of-sexual-harassment-groping-goes-public-125251

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/11/30/florida-senate-staffer-complaint-alleges-latvala-groped-her-six-times-128187

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article187177483.html

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/250639-jack-latvala-accuser-outs-sets-potential-conflict-interest-senate-probe

 

Latvala denies “touching” women, says he may have made offensive remarks

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/11/29/in-interviews-latvala-denies-touching-women-says-he-may-have-made-offensive-remarks-127914

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/11/29/text-messages-show-complex-relationship-between-latvala-and-his-accuser/

 

Renner: “5 or 10 percent” of Tallahassee pols have “personal conduct” issues

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/250656-paul-renner

 

State Supreme Court rejects Scott request to remove Pariente from case

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article187101453.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/state-supreme-court-rejects-scott-request-remove-pariente-from-case/79OAgqoxaoeJ8B31IVt1yO/

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20171129/florida-gov-rick-scott-loses-bid-to-disqualify-justice-in-case-affecting-him

 

Floridians can help restore ex-felons’ voting rights. It’s only fair.

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article187231158.html

 

Florida to get $615 million in federal relief for Hurricane Irma

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/hurricane-irma-recovery/os-bz-irma-funds-20171128-story.html

 

Assisted living facilities face $280 million tab for generators

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171129/assisted-living-facilities-face-280m-tab-for-generators

 

Thousands of boats wrecked by hurricane could pollute state's ecosystems

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-waterways-threatened-by-hundreds-of-boats-wrecked-during-hurricane-irma-9863158

 

Florida closes the books on rough hurricane season

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/banking/Florida-closes-the-books-on-rough-hurricane-season_163083499

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171129/in-florida-2017-was-hurricane-season-to-remember

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/11/29/dangerous-hurricane-irma-part-busy-tropical-season/897098001/

 

Data shows hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico could be 20 times higher

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/29/16623926/puerto-rico-death-toll-hurricane-maria-count

 

Puerto Rico relief has been an utter failure

https://thinkprogress.org/puerto-rico-relief-failure-7b79030d2ab9/

 

A controversial “oversight board” could take over Puerto Rico’s rebuilding effort

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/30/a-controversial-oversight-board-could-take-over-puerto-ricos-hurricane-rebuilding-effort/?utm_term=.02868c9ce6b4

 

Online job board set up to help employ Puerto Rico evacuees in Florida

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-latino-job-board-puerto-rico-20171128-story.html

 

Prominent Republicans say Scott killed CFO proposal to help political ally

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/11/29/prominent-republicans-say-scott-killed-cfo-proposal-to-help-political-ally-128068

 

Everglades is now most critically endangered site in country

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/everglades-are-most-critically-endangered-site-in-us-international-report-finds-9868832

 

Senate GOP clears key hurdle on taxes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/senate-votes-to-begin-debate-on-tax-overhaul.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/senate-republicans-tax-plan-votes-267923?lo=ap_a1

 

It started as a tax cut. Now it could change American life.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/republican-tax-cut.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

CBO releases report that should worry Collins and Murkowski

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/29/16715394/cbo-obamacare-repeal-tax-collins-murkowski

 

Five big problems the Senate Republican tax bill creates

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/28/16684324/senate-republican-tax-bill-loopholes-inequality

 

Five ways the GOP tax plans help wealthy whites and hurt minorities

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/29/five-ways-the-gop-tax-plans-help-wealthy-whites-and-hurt-minorities/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.972ae92caf16

 

Why are Republicans raising taxes on millions of Americans?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-are-republicans-raising-taxes-on-millions-of-americans/2017/11/28/2bf39a50-d474-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.54ec9636dd70

 

GOP tax plan would widen wealth gap

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20171130/greg-mcgann-gop-tax-plan-would-widen-wealth-gap

 

A “Main Street” tax speech becomes a Trump riff on the rich

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/a-main-street-tax-speech-becomes-a-trump-riff-on-the-rich.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump says the tax bill will “cost me a fortune.” That’s false.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/11/30/president-trump-says-the-tax-bill-will-cost-me-a-fortune-thats-false/?utm_term=.08269bbe6641

 

Trump sells tax plan with false claims

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/fact-check-trump-tax-cuts.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Wavering senators buy Trump’s assurances on taxes. Really.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/opinion/wavering-senators-buy-trumps-assurances-on-taxes-really.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171130&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Kansans beg Moran: “Why take this failed experiment nationwide?”

http://amp.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article186974513.html

 

How tax bills would reward companies that moved money offshore

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/taxes-offshore-repatriation.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

A business tax fight erupts over the “haves” and “have-mores”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/business-tax-pass-throughs.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The Senate is rushing to pass its tax bill because it stinks

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/opinion/senate-tax-bill-problems-rush.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171130&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/new-york-times-editorial-gop-tax-bill-268475

 

Kill the tax bill

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/Samuelson-Kill-the-tax-bill_163113004

 

No serious lawmaker should support this tax bill

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-serious-lawmaker-should-support-this-tax-bill/2017/11/29/7eb0c8e2-d552-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.c492da512ace

 

A moment of truth for our country’s financial future

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-moment-of-truth-for-our-countrys-financial-future/2017/11/29/22963ce6-d475-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.85a7b82b385c

 

Does the GOP understand tax policy anymore?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/11/29/does-the-gop-understand-tax-policy-anymore/?utm_term=.78f411d7a923

 

Republicans may add a “trigger” to their tax bill. It won’t work.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-may-add-a-trigger-to-their-tax-bill-it-wont-work/2017/11/29/dafc0520-d549-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.8958165e0da7

 

Nelson: Collins shouldn’t use our bill to justify vote for tax cuts

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/11/29/bill-nelson-susan-collins-shouldnt-use-our-bill-to-justify-vote-for-tax-cuts/

 

White House dismisses Rubio plan to beef up child tax credit

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/11/29/wh-dismisses-rubio-plan-to-beef-up-child-tax-credit/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Rubio bucks Trump, proposes higher corporate tax rate

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article187144403.html

 

Special counsel delays grand jury testimony amid signs of Flynn deal talks

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/politics/special-counsel-michael-flynn/index.html

 

Kushner met with special counsel about Flynn

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/mueller-jared-kushner-russia.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/politics/jared-kushner-special-counsel/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/29/jared-kushner-michael-flynn-questioning-mueller?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=254676&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Prince testimony could shed light on secret Russia meeting

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/politics/erik-prince-testimony-secret-seychelles-meeting-russia-investigation/index.html

 

Maryland, D.C. get subpoena power in Trump emoluments suit

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/maryland-dc-get-subpoena-power-in-trump-emoluments-suit/2017/11/29/983be4a6-d528-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.394d6b870e47

 

Political humorist identified as Stone's link to WikiLeaks

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/political-humorist-identified-roger-stones-link-wikileaks-sources/story?id=51472015

 

Putin ally is tied to one of D.C.’s swankiest mansions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-russian-tycoon-next-door-putin-ally-is-tied-to-one-of-dcs-swankiest-mansions/2017/11/28/15f913de-cef6-11e7-81bc-c55a220c8cbe_story.html?utm_term=.c76c8f37aa2a

 

Kobach wants to make it harder to vote -- but he’s failing in Kansas

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/kris-kobach-wants-to-make-it-harder-to-vote-nationwide-but-hes-already-failing-back-home-in-kansas/#

 

Top Democrat ratchets up government shutdown fight over “Dreamers”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/top-democrat-ratchets-up-government-shutdown-fight-over-dreamers/2017/11/29/f66e986a-d542-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.f6076883585e

 

Trump still hasn't mastered the art of dealing with Democrats

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/trump-democrats-tax-reform-270496

 

Rubio on shutdown: “It’s possible. But I hope not.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/marco-rubio-government-shutdown-2017-268177

 

Trump's new team of judges will radically change American society

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/30/donald-trump-legacy-judiciary?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=254676&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

GOP senator suggests Trump is strong-arming judicial nominees through Congress

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republican-senator-suggests-trump-is-strong-arming-judicial-nominees-through-congress/2017/11/29/5842d74c-d51e-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html?utm_term=.bb093d353a98

 

Conservatives should oppose expanding the federal courts

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/opinion/conservatives-expanding-federal-courts.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171130&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=12&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Justices seem to favor more restraints on government access to digital info

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/supreme-court-digital-privacy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justices-appear-to-favor-more-restraints-on-access-to-digital-information/2017/11/29/5f7aaae2-d499-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.49e53ccf7010

 

An economic fair housing act

https://tcf.org/content/report/economic-fair-housing-act/

 

U.S. spends twice as much on tax break for rich as on rent for the poorest

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/30/us-tax-break-rich-homeowners-homelessness?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=254676&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

House panel votes to expand right to carry concealed guns in victory for NRA

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-panel-votes-to-expand-right-to-carry-concealed-guns-in-victory-for-nra/2017/11/29/c2546f8c-d52e-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.7025bc3ff372

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/concealed-carry-gun-rights-reciprocity-house.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/opinion/concealed-guns-judiciary-committee.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171130&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Air Force failed to report dozens of service members to gun database

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/us/air-force-devin-kelley-gunman-texas.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump says pharma gets away with murder. Azar wields the hatchet.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-says-pharma-gets-away-with-murder-alex-azar-is-the-guy-with-the-hatchet/2017/11/29/49627466-d551-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.975324e23bd6

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/trump-nominee-health-secretary-azar-drug-prices.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Lawmakers confront FBI director over report on black extremists

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/fbi-black-identity-extremist-report.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Sessions says he supports new legislation to strengthen DEA enforcement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-announces-grants-and-a-new-dea-office-to-combat-opioids/2017/11/29/0614fccc-d512-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.138c23e0e4a8

 

Trump nominates conservative economist for Fed board

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/trump-marvin-goodfriend-fed.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Federal contractors are offshoring at a fast clip under Trump

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/federal-contractors-under-trump-are-offshoring-at-a-speedy-clip

 

U.S. warns North Korean leadership will be “utterly destroyed” in case of war

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles/u-s-warns-north-korean-leadership-will-be-utterly-destroyed-in-case-of-war-idUSKBN1DS2MB

 

White House: “Additional sanctions” on North Korea coming “very shortly”

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/north-korea-sanctions-white-house-268071

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-strategy-deterence.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Are we headed toward a new Korean war?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/opinion/north-korea-missiles-war.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171130&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

US, China hold low-key military talks amid North Korea tensions

https://apnews.com/5e03ed403a3945189482a6dc77d87237

 

Trump plans Tillerson ouster soon; Pompeo would replace him
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/politics/state-department-tillerson-pompeo-trump.html?emc=edit_na_20171130&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=cta

 

The national security emergency we’re not talking about

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-national-security-emergency-were-not-talking-about/2017/11/29/9fddd7ba-d53b-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.50ee764162ad

 

Trump shares anti-Muslim videos and Britain’s leader condemns them

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/trump-anti-muslim-videos-jayda-fransen.html?emc=edit_na_20171129&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=cta

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-retweets-hate/2017/11/29/8c3b4382-d540-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.84c219158ee7

 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders tacitly endorses using anti-Muslim propaganda

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/11/29/the-trump-white-house-just-tacitly-endorsed-anti-muslim-propaganda/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.2e9f67a4d67a

 

British far-right group exults over attention from Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/world/europe/britain-first-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20171130&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1\

 

Trump’s anti-Muslim and anti-media tweets demonstrate deep insecurity

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/29/trumps-anti-muslim-and-anti-media-tweets-demonstrate-deep-insecurity/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.5485865bbbef

 

You don’t have to be a Muslim to be horrified by Trump’s anti-Muslim bigotry

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/11/29/you-dont-have-to-be-a-muslim-to-be-horrified-by-trumps-anti-muslim-bigotry/?utm_term=.fb9badf54341

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/opinion/trump-racism-white-supremacy.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171130&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The true cost of Trump’s basketball intervention in China

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/11/29/the-true-cost-of-trumps-basketball-intervention-in-china/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.6e2cfc80e29d

 

NBC receives at least two new complaints about Lauer

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/media/nbc-matt-lauer.html?_r=0

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/matt-lauer-accused-sexual-harassment-multiple-women-1202625959/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/business/media/matt-lauer-nbc-statement.html?emc=edit_na_20171130&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=cta

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/29/matt-lauer-nbc-fired-misconduct?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=254676&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/opinion/matt-lauer-sexual-harassment-nbc.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171130&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Men who shaped 2016 election coverage keep being accused of sexual misconduct

https://thinkprogress.org/matt-lauer-fired-sexual-harassment-5234fb483012/

 

Keillor fired by Minnesota Public Radio

http://www.startribune.com/garrison-keillor-reportedly-fired-for-improper-behavior/460802703/?section=/#1

 

NPR chief news editor departs after harassment allegations

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/28/567026934/npr-chief-news-editor-departs-in-wake-of-harassment-allegations?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

 

CNN producer fired over misconduct allegations

http://www.fox30jax.com/news/the-latest-trump-calls-on-nbc-comcast-to-stop-fake-news/655622948?utm_source=homestream

 

Woman’s effort to infiltrate The Washington Post dated back months

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/womans-effort-to-infiltrate-the-washington-post-dates-back-months/2017/11/29/ce95e01a-d51e-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.212a7887b76a

 

Meet the people bankrolling James O’Keefe’s group

https://thinkprogress.org/project-veritas-funding-2e4ef0319195/

 

Lashing out at news media, Trump brings up Scarborough conspiracy theory

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/11/29/lashing-out-at-news-media-trump-brings-up-joe-scarborough-conspiracy-theory/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ_with%20new%20logo_112917&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/29/president-donald-trump-tweets-joe-scarborough-conspiracy-theory/905425001/

http://www.newsherald.com/news/20171129/trump-tweet-dredges-up-fwb-scarborough-case

 

Brzezinski: Trump's Scarborough tweet “crossed another deeply disturbing line”

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/362451-brzezinski-trump-crossed-another-deeply-disturbing-line-with-scarborough-tweet

 

Could Scarborough sue Trump for libel?

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/29/donald-trump-tweet-joe-scarborough-libel-215882

 

Justice Department shuts down question from CBS News about affirmative action

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/doj-shuts-down-question-from-cbs-news-about-affirmative-action/

 

Time, the Koch brothers and the fiery populist roots of their new business partner

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/29/time-inc-the-koch-brothers-and-the-fiery-populist-roots-of-their-new-business-partner/?utm_term=.83a9b7c6ff58

 

Journalism is under siege

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/Leonard-Pitts-Jr-Journalism-is-under-siege_163107478

 

Trump veers past guardrails, feeling impervious to the uproar he causes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-veers-past-guard-rails-feeling-impervious-to-the-uproar-he-causes/2017/11/29/f96244d2-d523-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.0b8d7e80495d

 

Trump’s belief in wild conspiracy theories shows he’s out of touch and in chaos

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-belief-in-wild-conspiracy-theories-shows-a-president-out-of-touch-and-in-chaos-07d46d6e8e2a/

 

Trump clings to conspiracy theories — and strengthens the case for his removal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/11/29/trump-clings-to-conspiracy-theories-and-strengthens-the-case-for-his-removal/?utm_term=.7bd055588bec

 

Trump's behavior raises questions of competency

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/politics/president-donald-trump-competency/index.html

 

Time to talk impeachment

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/opinion/impeachment-donald-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171130&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Our political foundation is rotting away

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/our-political-foundation-is-rotting-away/2017/11/29/173a497c-d54d-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.c5eb20a51d7a

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/opinion/trump-putin-destruction-democracy.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171130&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Kelly’s losing battle with Trump’s Twitter feed

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/trump-twitter-fringe-websites-270490

 

The Trump allegations

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/nov/30/donald-trump-sexual-misconduct-allegations-full-list?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=254676&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

 

 

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