Today's news -- October 2, 2017

 

 

 

Stage is set for court battle over funding of charters *

The legal war has officially begun over a highly controversial, charter school-friendly education law Republican state lawmakers pushed through last spring. Palm Beach County School Board members filed a lawsuit this week challenging the constitutionality of one part of House Bill 7069. Another, potentially more far-reaching lawsuit with the backing of at least 14 other school districts — including Pinellas County — is still expected in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, charter school advocates are rallying their forces, too — vowing to fight in defense of HB 7069 in the courtroom and also on the political battlefield. Among the weapons they're preparing: A coordinated public relations campaign highlighting school districts' spending, and fielding — and funding — challengers to school board members statewide who face re-election in 2018 and who have been critical of HB 7069. "We're developing a plan and we're going to be very aggressive," said Ralph Arza, a former Miami-Dade Republican lawmaker who is now the government affairs director for the Florida Charter School Alliance. "We're going to aggressively defend a child's right to have a desk and to be in a school. … This is going to be a huge dividing point going forward." Several school districts and traditional public school supporters oppose HB 7069 because of how, they argue, the law strips authority from locally elected school boards to the benefit of charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately managed and outside the districts' control. There's been talk for several months of the districts suing, but Palm Beach County's filing Thursday in Leon County Circuit Court marked the first official court action by any district. The complaint targets state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the state Board of Education and the Florida Department of Education — which must implement the law that took effect July 1. A department spokeswoman declined to comment, citing the DOE's policy not to comment on litigation. The $419-million, 274-page law includes dozens of consequential reforms to K-12 public education policy, but the most polarizing changes are the ones that benefit charter schools. Palm Beach County Schools' lawsuit hones in on only one of those provisions — a section of HB 7069 that requires school districts to share a cut of their local tax dollars, which are earmarked for public school construction and maintenance, with charter schools. Attorneys for the county school board argue this new mandate violates aspects of the Florida Constitution that say school boards "shall operate, control and supervise all free public schools … and determine the rate of school district taxes" and that school districts — like counties and municipalities — have the right to levy taxes. Jon Mills, a Miami attorney hired by the Palm Beach County School District, wrote in the lawsuit that these provisions in HB 7069 "have resulted and will continue to result in an unlawful infringement on the Board's constitutionally granted authority." Under the law, "districts are bound by FDOE's final determination of the capital outlay allocation for each charter school and school boards are precluded from exercising any control or discretion to determine the most appropriate uses of these funds," Mills wrote. He also argued that Palm Beach County Schools might have to share as much as $300 million over the next 10 years — money that was planned to help traditional public schools, which are often older and have more maintenance needs.  "The board has been and will continue to be forced to eliminate and delay projects," Mills wrote. The school district wants a Leon County judge to declare that aspect of HB 7069 unconstitutional and to stop the state DOE from implementing it. (The law requires school districts to start paying out the allotted money to their local charters in February.) In diverging from the other districts' unified effort, Palm Beach County Schools will have to shoulder the cost of its lawsuit entirely on its own, rather than share the financial burden. But board members determined it was worth that because of the enhanced control they'll have over the lawsuit and because of the district's specific circumstances of having had voters approve a penny sales tax just last year, The Palm Beach Post reported.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/stage-is-set-for-a-big-court-battle-over-floridas-funding-of-charter/2339379

 

Martin schools discuss state education lawsuit with local GOP watching closely

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/education/martin-county-schools/2017/09/29/martin-county-school-districts-discussion-over-joining-state-education-lawsuidraws-interest-local-go/710143001/

 

Bay schools, teachers union debate filming policy (Alexis Underwood quoted)
http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170930/bay-schools-teachers-union-debate-filming-policy?rssfeed=true

 

Most Bay teachers “highly effective” (Alexis Underwood quoted)
http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170929/state-scores-most-bay-district-teachers-highly-effective

 

Alachua group pushing against “mega charter school” (ACEA mentioned)
http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171001/local-pac-pushing-against-mega-charter-school

 

Keys schools still don’t know how they’ll make up days lost to Hurricane Irma

http://www.flkeysnews.com/news/local/article176341131.html

 

Incoming Puerto Rican students eligible for free school meals

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/245809-free-school-meals-pr

 

Traditional schools hold ground amid growing choices

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-school-enrollment-20170926-story.html

 

ACT, SAT scores for state's class of 2017

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-act-sat-florida-scores-20170928-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

 

Mass shooting in Las Vegas: How to talk to students

http://neatoday.org/2017/10/02/mass-shooting-las-vegas-talk-students/

 

Las Vegas shooting near Mandalay Bay Casino kills more than 50

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-shooting.html?emc=edit_na_20171002&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

 

Public School Inc.: When public education turns into big business

https://www.revealnews.org/article/public-school-inc-when-public-education-turns-into-big-business/

 

Another opponent of public schools gets U.S. Education Department post
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/09/29/key-appointment-at-us-department-of-education-goes-to-swamp-dweller/

 

Here’s a great way to get kids to learn

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/09/29/heres-a-great-way-to-get-kids-to-learn-unfortunately-too-many-schools-dont-do-it/?utm_term=.089846e481bd

 

Faced with ejection, some protested anyway when DeVos spoke at Harvard

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/09/28/devos-speaks-at-harvard-and-guests-were-told-they-would-be-escorted-out-if-disruptive/?utm_term=.293636429269

 

Georgia to search for alternative to standardized state tests

http://www.myajc.com/news/local-education/georgia-search-for-alternative-standardized-state-tests/VTiTaH5QeVMSSkFEuQnSvL/

 

At USF St. Petersburg, the ouster of another leader shows who's boss

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/at-usf-st-petersburg-the-ouster-of-another-leader-shows-whos-boss/2339281?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Veterans agency seeks to scrap ethics law on for-profit colleges

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/business/veterans-affairs-ethics.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170929&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

How DeVos is quietly erasing Obama's higher-education legacy

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16229474/devos-erasing-obamas-education-legacy

 

Democrats slamming Scott after nursing home death toll reaches 12

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/09/29/democrats-continue-slamming-scott-after-police-say-nursing-home-death-toll-reaches-12-victims-114797

 

Nelson wants Senate probe into nursing home deaths

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/09/29/bill-nelson-wants-senate-probe-into-nursing-home-deaths/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Citing Florida deaths, Nelson bemoans slow response on generator safety http://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/10/01/citing-florida-deaths-nelson-bemoans-slow-response-generator-safety/719736001/

 

Gwen Graham wants more information about Scott’s voice mails

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/09/29/gwen-graham-wants-more-information-about-rick-scotts-irma-voice-mails/

 

The Keys are back in business but far from back to normal

http://www.tampabay.com/news/the-florida-keys-are-back-in-business-but-far-from-back-to-normal/2339376?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2017/photo/florida-keys-gallery/irma-wreckage/

 

In the Keys, workers already struggled to find affordable housing. Then Irma hit.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article176362971.html

 

The Keys may have been hit hard, but a new tourism campaign is about to start

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article176421826.html

 

Mobile home residents without insurance in flood zones fall through the cracks

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/09/30/mobile-home-residents-florida-flood-zones-without-insurance-fall-through-cracks/709388001/

 

State, counties should examine issues with hurricane shelters

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-state-counties-should-examine-issues-with-hurricane-shelters/2339323?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Hurricane illustrates gap in aging services in Florida

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/10/01/irma-illustrates-gap-aging-services-florida-guestview/713651001/

 

After hurricane: State is vulnerable to October storms

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/after-hurricane-irma-florida-vulnerable-october-storms/mR27KgtAUTcvlUM4mHjwgK/

 

Solar power could help Florida recover faster from future hurricanes

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-buzz-hurricane-irma-solar-power-20170929-story.html

 

From his golf resort, Trump continues to attack mayor of San Juan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/us/politics/trump-puerto-rico-mayor.html?emc=edit_th_20171001&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-attacks-mayor-of-san-juan-ratcheting-up-tensions-over-crisis-in-puerto-rico/2017/09/30/c9ce821c-a5fd-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.4ae7a0b365d4

http://www.tbo.com/news/weather/hurricanes/from-his-nj-golf-resort-trump-continues-to-attack-mayor-of-san-juan-puerto/2339448

 

Trump picks risky Puerto Rico fight

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/30/trump-attacks-mayor-san-juan-puerto-rico-hurricane-243329

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/trump-puerto-rico-response-backlash-243296

 

Trump defies critics of his Puerto Rico response by conducting business as usual

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-defies-critics-by-conducting-business-as-usual/2017/10/01/64ef8c94-a6e1-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html?utm_term=.8121b90d215d

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/09/30/trump-doesnt-get-it-on-puerto-rico-he-just-proved-it-by-lashing-out-at-san-juans-mayor/?utm_term=.63f0ec34d4e9

 

Trump’s upbeat Puerto Rico rhetoric clashes with reality on the ground

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/trump-puerto-rico-rhetoric-reality-243325

 

Lost weekend: How Trump’s time at his golf club hurt the response to Maria

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/lost-weekend-how-trumps-time-at-his-golf-club-hurt-the-response-to-maria/2017/09/29/ce92ed0a-a522-11e7-8c37-e1d99ad6aa22_story.html?utm_term=.8fa87a386490&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

 

Nature caused Puerto Rico’s latest crisis. But politics are making it worse.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/nature-caused-puerto-ricos-latest-crisis-but-politics-will-make-it-worse/2017/09/29/b498ac8c-a487-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e4081ea6c652

 

San Juan mayor continues calls for relief after attacks from Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/10/01/san-juan-mayor-continues-calls-for-relief-after-attacks-from-trump/?utm_term=.8f9d58ad1c32

https://apnews.com/3565eb60e8a84013bd61cecce6e8356e/San-Juan-mayor-in-hurricane-spotlight-after-Trump-tweets

 

Who is Carmen Yulín Cruz, the Puerto Rican mayor feuding with Trump?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/us/san-juan-mayor-cruz.html?emc=edit_th_20171001&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Puerto Rican congressman slams Trump over hurricane response

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/30/its-a-disgraceful-job-puerto-rican-congressman-slams-trump-over-hurricane-response/?utm_term=.c2748fd163d5

 

Puerto Rico could become a public health catastrophe

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article176320111.html

 

Puerto Rico is getting a surge of aid, governor says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/puerto-rico-ricardo-rossello-storm-recovery.html?emc=edit_th_20171002&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

One day in the life of battered Puerto Rico

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/30/us/24-hours-in-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria.html?emc=edit_th_20171001&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/01/one-day-in-san-juan-puerto-rico-hurricane-maria?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=246072&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Trapped in the mountains, Puerto Ricans don’t see help, or a way out

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trapped-in-the-mountains-puerto-ricans-dont-see-help-or-a-way-out/2017/10/01/7621867e-a647-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.cf5ec341455f

 

For ravaged Vieques, solitude, once an allure, is now a curse

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/vieques-puerto-rico-hurricane.html?emc=edit_th_20171002&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Don’t let Puerto Rico fall into an economic abyss

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/opinion/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria.html?emc=edit_th_20170930&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Help our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-help-our-fellow-american-citizens-in-puerto-rico/2339358

 

Wave of Puerto Rican evacuees may shift Florida landscape

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/2017/09/29/wave-of-puerto-rican-evacuees-may-shift-florida-landscape/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20092917&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/puerto-rico-hurricane-recovery/os-puerto-rico-influx-of-residents-to-central-florida-20170928-story.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-puerto-rico-jobs-economy-20171001-story.html

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170930/florida-prepares-for-influx-from-puerto-rico

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/09/29/puerto-ricos-exodus-maria-orlando-215659

 

Nelson: Puerto Rico response must ramp up now or drastic measures coming

http://saintpetersblog.com/bill-nelson-puerto-rico-response-must-ramp-now-drastic-measures-coming/

 

Political "bickering" hinders Puerto Rico recovery, Rubio warns

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/10/01/rubio-now-not-time-for-political-bickering-over-puerto-rico/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/political-bickering-hinders-puerto-rico-recovery-sen-marco-rubio-warns/

 

Scott says state prepared to help Puerto Rico in any way

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/09/29/gov-scott-says-state-prepared-to-help-puerto-rico-in-any-way/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20092917&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/2017/10/01/florida-needs-to-step-up-for-maria-evacuees-activists-urge/

 

Democrats ask Scott for relief centers to aid in expected Puerto Rican migration

https://nsfblogs.com/2017/09/29/dems-ask-scott-for-relief-centers-to-aid-in-expected-puerto-rican-migration/

 

Joining relief effort, Gwen Graham blasts Trump’s Puerto Rico response

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/245854-joining-relief-effort-gwen-graham-blasts-donald-trumps-puerto-rico-response-appalling

 

Costs of climate change: Early estimate for hurricanes, fires reaches $300 billion

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28092017/hurricane-maria-irma-harvey-wildfires-damage-cost-estimate-record-climate-change

 

Federal judge blocks state abortion law

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/sns-bc-fl--abortion-statute-blocked-20170930-story.html

 

Protesting racial injustice, hundreds join Florida March for Black Women

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article176387831.html

 

Once called too risky, state online voter registration finally arrives

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/10/01/once-called-too-risky-florida-online-voter-registration-finally-arrives/

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171001/florida-now-offers-online-voter-registration

 

Florida should woo Amazon, but forget dangling “corporate welfare”

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/job-subsidy-critic-florida-should-woo-amazon-but-forget-dangling-corporate-welfare/wK8MBzsDnCiNJboopES2CK/

 

Florida bears becoming more active as winter nears

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/environment/2017/10/01/florida-bears-becoming-more-active-winter-nears/721156001/

 

State hospitals fight transparency rule

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-hospital-transparency-20170929-story.html

http://www.ocala.com/news/20170929/hospitals-push-back-on-proposed-transparency-rules

 

State lawmakers making opioid abuse session priority

http://news.wfsu.org/post/state-lawmakers-making-opioid-abuse-session-priority

 

State's new utility regulator: Uber driver, donkey farmer, legislator

http://www.tampabay.com/features/floridas-new-utility-regulator-uber-driver-donkey-farmer-legislator/2339410?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

U.S. Senate passes Nelson's bill to study algae blooms, aid those affected

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/environment/2017/09/30/bill-would-steer-more-federal-resources-target-algae-blooms/719723001/

 

Senators want to end endangered species protection for Florida panthers, lots more

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/09/29/senators-propose-ending-endangered-species-act-protection-for-florida-panthers-lots-more/

 

Impact of hurricanes on 2018 state elections? Could it be category five?

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/weather/hurricanes/impact-irma-maria-florida-2018-elections-could-cat/Sx7xDQL0PLk9DU8ora88OM/

 

Fresen sentenced to 60 days in jail for failing to file tax returns

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article176100881.html?#emlnl=Afternoon_Newsletter

 

Report reveals truth about corporations and the president

When they are bound to tell the truth to shareholders, public companies across the United States say they view the Trump administration as a negative influence, revealing that the president's "business-friendly" approach has been unconvincing to businesses. A forensic investigation (link is external) into the 10-K filings of 380 public companies conducted by the Hedge Clippers and the American Federation of Teachers, released last week, shows that when it counts, in official Securities and Exchange Commission filings for shareholders, firms say they believe Trump will have a negative impact on their bottom line. Of the 380 companies that mentioned the Trump administration in 10-Ks filed in the seven months after the election (and prior to the president's statements on Charlottesville), more than half indicated they saw him as a threat to their business success, and eight out of ten said Trump was negative or neutral. The report, "Corporate America to SEC: Trump Is Bad for Business (link is external)," is significant because it reveals that companies' public claims of support for a "businessman president" who promised a business-friendly climate are no match for material concerns such as healthcare and financial regulations. Last month, the president's business council was disbanded after members resigned en masse when Trump failed to condemn the white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members after Charlottesville. But the report reveals that, well before then, corporations were already jumping ship, even if some seemed content to ignore Trump's attacks on Muslims, immigrants and the environment in the hope of securing looser policies and regulations. AFT President Randi Weingarten said: "This report is groundbreaking because it reveals what corporations really think of the president — that is, what they say when they're forced to tell the truth to shareholders in official filings. Despite their public statements to the contrary, it's clear that where it really counts — in 10-K reports in which they're bound by a duty to be honest under federal law — the 'businessman president' lacks the confidence of the business community. Only big banks and fossil fuel firms that expect a windfall from this administration — because of its public positions on Dodd-Frank and climate change — are solidly behind Trump. We knew that Trump was exploiting the anxiety many Americans feel and was further polarizing the communities in which we live and work; now we know that even before his business council disbanded he was causing alarm and anxiety inside the companies he is relying on to fuel economic growth." https://www.aft.org/press-release/trump-bad-business-report-reveals-truth-about-corporations-and-president

 

What you need to know about the Supreme Court’s gerrymandering case

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/10/01/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-supreme-courts-big-gerrymandering-case/?utm_term=.10b32dcc171d

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/wisconsin-supreme-court-gerrymander.html?emc=edit_cn_20171002&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

History frowns on partisan gerrymandering

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/history-frowns-on-partisan-gerrymandering/2017/10/01/a6795fca-a491-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.c2d9c7221f16

 

Back at full strength, Supreme Court faces a momentous term

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/politics/supreme-court-term-2017.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171001&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/2017/10/01/38d5bbc2-a521-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.6b4a3daf4db4

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/oct/01/supreme-court-key-cases-2017-gerrymander-travel-ban?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=246072&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Let wronged workers join together for justice

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/opinion/arbitration-class-action-supreme-court.html?emc=edit_th_20171002&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Facebook to turn over Russia-linked ads

https://apnews.com/b676de0be00840b199dfde9113de99f2/AP-source:-Facebook-to-turn-over-Russia-linked-ads

 

NSA warned White House against using personal email

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/white-house-private-email-nsa-warning-243324

 

ACLU fights federal warrants seeking political communications of Facebook users

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/aclu-fights-federal-warrants-seeking-political-communications-of-facebook-users/2017/09/29/80861d52-a474-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.26bd5458d2fb

 

Mueller has no comment

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/02/robert-mueller-russia-probe-secret-243345

 

Republican tax cut would benefit wealthy and corporations, report finds

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/us/politics/republican-tax-cut-would-benefit-wealthy-and-corporations-most-report-finds.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/29/gop-tax-plan-would-provide-major-gains-for-richest-1-percent-and-uneven-benefits-for-the-middle-class-report-says/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_wb-taxplan-206pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.71eec2654144

https://thinkprogress.org/new-study-finds-80-percent-of-trumps-tax-cuts-will-go-to-top-1-percent-ed49ba2e49ce/

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/29/16384274/big-six-tax-reform-congress-trump-tax-policy-center

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/29/trump-tax-plan-benefit-richest-1-percent?CMP=edit_2221

http://prospect.org/article/real-tax-reform-what-it-and-what-it-isn%E2%80%99t

 

Trump pitches tax cuts as “rocket fuel” for the economy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/us/politics/trump-tax-cuts.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/trump-pledges-giant-tax-cut-243303

 

Deeply divided GOP agrees on one thing: People like Trump need a huge tax cut

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/09/29/deeply-divided-gop-agrees-on-one-thing-people-like-trump-need-a-huge-tax-cut/?utm_term=.61f79d45b3a1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/will-trumps-tax-cuts-profit-trump/2017/10/01/6858c8dc-a54c-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.566ee6fc6b09

 

Republican tax plan may not be built to last

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/politics/republican-corporate-tax-plan.html?src=twr

 

Republicans defend tax plan as a middle-class tax cut

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-defend-tax-plan-as-a-middle-class-tax-cut/2017/10/01/061e6ccc-a6c7-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?utm_term=.5ad40a159d48

 

Time to end the happy talk and grill the tax-plan salesmen

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/09/29/time-to-end-the-happy-talk-and-grill-the-tax-plan-salesmen/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.1399e11fe0b3

 

For the GOP, the only thing is tax cuts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/09/29/it-was-all-worth-it-for-this-tax-reform/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.2992faffcfb8

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-only-thing-the-republican-party-knows-how-to-do/2017/10/01/50b33d18-a54f-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.d9911b6f64fa

 

Don’t be a tax-cut sucker

http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/09/29/opinion-dont-be-a-tax-cut-sucker/?ecmp=newspaper_email&

 

Schumer points to Kansas to criticize Trump’s tax plan

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/01/schumer-trump-tax-plan-kansas-243343

 

How two sentences in tax plan may help unleash $1 billion in lobbying

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/us/politics/lobbyists-tax-reform.html?emc=edit_th_20171001&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Senate GOP budget sets Obamacare repeal aside, orders tax bill by November

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/29/tax-bill-to-be-drafted-by-november-according-to-senate-gop-budget/?utm_term=.5b00fa1a456d

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/us/politics/senate-budget-tax-cuts-arctic-refuge-drilling.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170929&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

Provision buried in new Senate budget resolution is a major blow to transparency

https://thinkprogress.org/budget-resolution-dismantle-transparency-91fa63cf7ca7/

 

Nine million kids get health insurance under CHIP. Congress let it expire.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/01/9-million-kids-get-health-insurance-under-chip-congress-just-let-it-expire/?utm_term=.63c9d5bc7d63

 

Trump’s next move on health care? Choice for secretary may offer clue

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/us/politics/trump-hhs-tom-price-replacement.html?emc=edit_th_20171001&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Hill Democrats demand answers from Trump on Obamacare “sabotage”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/letter-hhs-democrats-sabotage

 

“Little lobbyists” help save the health care law, for now https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/us/politics/little-lobbyists-obamacare.html?emc=edit_th_20171001&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Uncertainty over Obamacare's future sends premiums up, budgets down

http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/uncertainty-over-obamacares-future-sends-premiums-up-budgets-down/2339263?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Republicans ignore Trump’s bipartisan “Dreamers” deal

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/01/dreamers-house-gop-border-wall-trump-immigration-243311

 

On “Dreamers” deal, Democrats face a surprising foe: the “Dreamers”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/politics/democrats-pelosi-schumer-trump-immigration-daca-dreamers.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171001&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

As DACA decision looms, “Dreamers” hold out hope

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170930/as-daca-decision-looms-dreamers-hold-out-hope

 

Feds say border security is toughest ever, so is a wall still needed?

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/border-issues/2017/10/01/feds-say-border-security-toughest-ever-so-wall-still-needed/683818001/

 

Meet the Air Force general who delivered a powerful lesson in leadership

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/09/29/meet-the-air-force-general-who-delivered-a-powerful-lesson-in-leadership/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.4be771984bd9

 

Anthem singer who kneeled gets death threats

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/353040-anthem-singer-who-kneeled-gets-death-threats

 

Equifax board forms panel to review executives' share sales

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-29/equifax-board-to-review-executives-stock-sales-following-hack

 

Health secretary Price resigns after drawing ire for chartered flights

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/us/politics/tom-price-trump-hhs.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/price-has-resigned-as-health-and-human-services-secretary-243315?lo=ap_c1

http://www.myajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/tom-price-resigns-health-secretary-after-tumultuous-eight-months/h3Sa6Eglo5wEuycSmOkplO/?ecmp=newspaper_email&

 

Price couldn’t get past charter flight scandal

http://www.myajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/price-couldn-get-past-charter-flight-scandal/A2W0X52fVTp0C9Od498dyK/?ecmp=newspaper_email&

 

Trump’s breaking point with Price

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/trump-tom-price-private-jets-downfall-243327

 

Zinke misleads on travel expenses in speech to conservative think tank

https://thinkprogress.org/zinke-misleads-on-travel-to-conservative-think-tank-089dd3810f37/

 

White House to Cabinet: No private air travel without Kelly's approval

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/white-house-cabinet-private-air-travel-243322

 

VA chief hit Wimbledon, cruise on European trip; taxpayers cover wife’s expenses

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/va-chief-took-in-wimbledon-river-cruise-on-european-work-trip/2017/09/29/c1f17046-a458-11e7-8c37-e1d99ad6aa22_story.html?utm_term=.366f8b5f78f0

 

How the bankruptcy system is failing black Americans

https://features.propublica.org/bankruptcy-inequality/bankruptcy-failing-black-americans-debt-chapter-13/

 

Trump takes on all comers, believing himself the victor

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/politics/trump-twitter-tillerson-puerto-rico-nfl.html?emc=edit_th_20171002&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Divert, divide, destroy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/opinion/columnists/divert-divide-destroy.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171002&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Blaming the people

https://www.thenation.com/article/blaming-the-people/

 

Trump kids' ski vacation incurs over $300,000 in security costs

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-kids-ski-vacation-incurs-over-300000-in-security-costs/

 

Kelly struggling to make sense of Kushner's West Wing role

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/jared-ivanka-trump-white-house-role-john-kelly-243321

 

Kushner’s entitlement is New Jersey born and bred

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/opinion/jared-kushner-new-jersey.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170929&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

 

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