Today's news -- September 19, 2017

 

 

 

State must fix bonus program *

The Florida Education Association’s lawsuit to stop the state’s teacher bonus program is the right opposition for the wrong reasons. The teachers union has filed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that the “Best and Brightest” program discriminates against older and non-white teachers because it uses college entrance exams — the SAT or ACT — as one of the criteria for awarding bonuses. The lawsuit, filed last week, alleges that the SAT/ACT score requirement violates state and federal civil rights laws because it “has an illegal disparate impact on teachers based on their age and on teachers based on their black and Hispanic race.” Why limit the argument to certain groups of teachers? Best and Brightest violates common sense and is an affront to all educators. Indeed, it’s so laughably misguided that it shouldn’t take a lawsuit to change it. A simple act of the Legislature will suffice. Best and Brightest was created in 2015 to address a real problem: help attract and retain quality teachers. Some 40 percent of Florida teachers leave the profession within five years after starting. Many of those who hang in there longer earn salaries that aren’t commensurate with their experience or expertise, especially when compared to other states. However, you don’t show teachers respect by evaluating them in part on a test that some took decades ago, and which has absolutely no bearing on how effective they are doing their jobs today. The SAT and ACT are supposed to measure a student’s readiness for college. Period. Once he gets in, the rest is up to him. Entrance exam scores don’t necessarily translate into future success in life. People with high numbers flunk out all the time, and those with mediocre scores seize the opportunity and rise to the occasion. It would be just as silly to reward today’s teachers according to the grades they received in college coursework. They might have earned an A in educational theory, but struggled to apply that knowledge in practice in an actual classroom. In the 2016-17 school year, about 7,200 Florida teachers, including 106 Volusia County and 58 in Flagler County, earned Best and Brightest bonuses of about $6,800 each. That’s only about 4 percent of all teachers in the state. That number likely would be higher if the SAT and ACT standard were eliminated because some teachers either didn’t score high enough (which should be irrelevant) or couldn’t provide their scores. The only thing that matters is how the teachers are doing now. All bonus criteria should be tied to their latest performance evaluations. That’s the fairest and most accurate way of rewarding them. There remains much debate how to quantify classroom performance, but all can agree that SAT and ACT scores should not be part of the criteria. Well, all but the legislators who keep voting for the silly provision. In this year’s session, the Legislature expanded Best and Brightest to get more money to more teachers. Yet, despite facing widespread criticism, they maintained the SAT/ACT component. They charitably lowered the score requirements for 2021, which does nothing to mitigate the absurdity of rewarding teachers based on something many did in between getting their high school graduation photos shot and securing a date for the senior prom. The state can end this lawsuit by making Best and Brightest focus solely on the pertinent present, not the immaterial past.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/20170919/our-view-state-must-fix-bonus-program

 

Feds extend deadline for plan shrouded in secrecy *

Federal education officials are giving the state more time to submit its plan to meet the requirements of a new federal education law — a move that will give state officials a few extra weeks to wrap up some last-minute changes under consideration that have been shrouded in secrecy. Citing the “devastation” of Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Department of Education offered the state until Oct. 13 to submit the plan for how Florida's districts and schools will comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, a broad rewrite of No Child Left Behind passed during the Obama administration. "The Department is ready to provide flexibility, support and assistance as needed, given the profound devastation in the federally-declared disaster area,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote to Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart in an email last week. Stewart accepted the offer Monday. Texas has also received an extension until Sept. 25, and South Carolina's deadline is extended to Oct. 13. The state Department of Education began soliciting public comment over the summer on its 67-page draft plan, but the agency has also been gathering feedback on its application for waivers from certain aspects of the law, including new requirements that would overhaul the A-to-F school grading system.

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/09/18/feds-extend-deadline-for-florida-education-plan-shrouded-in-secrecy-114545

 

Pinellas votes today on whether to join lawsuit against controversial education bill

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/pinellas-votes-today-on-whether-to-join-lawsuit-against-controversial/2337932?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Time to get “back to routine” as much as possible in state schools

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/time-to-get-back-to-routine-as-much-as-possible-in-florida-schools/2337884

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-south-florida-schools-reopen-20170918-story.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-hurricane-irma-schools-back-to-classes-20170917-story.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-south-florida-schools-reopen-20170918-story.html

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170918/volusia-flagler-students-return-to-class-after-hurricane-irma

 

Florida students affected by hurricane to get free school meals

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article173913141.html

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/after-irma-usda-grants-free-school-meals-for-tampa-bay-area-students/2337914?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

State revises fall testing schedule for storm-impacted students

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-revises-fall-testing-schedule-for-storm-impacted-students/2337870

 

Failing charter schools have a reincarnation plan *

This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school in Clay County, and one of the lowest performing in the state. Two-thirds of the academy’s students failed the state exams last year, and only a third of them were making any academic progress at all. The school had had four principals in three years, and teacher turnover was high, too. “My fourth grader was learning stuff that my second grader was learning — it shouldn't be that way,” said Tanya Bullard, who moved her three daughters from the arts academy this past summer to a traditional public school. “The school has completely failed me and my children.” The district terminated the academy’s charter contract. Surprisingly, Orange Park didn’t shut down — and even found a way to stay on the public dime. It reopened last month as a private school charging $5,000 a year, below the $5,886 maximum that low-income students receive to attend the school of their choice under a state voucher program. Academy officials expect all of its students to pay tuition with the publicly backed coupons. The Rev. Alesia Ford-Burse, an African Methodist Episcopal pastor who founded the academy, said the school deserves a second chance, because families love its dance and art lessons, which they otherwise couldn’t afford. “Kids are saying, ‘F or not, we’re staying,’” she said. While it’s widely known that private schools convert to charter status to take advantage of public dollars, more schools are now heading in the opposite direction. As voucher programs across the country proliferate, shuttered charter schools, like the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy, have begun to privatize in order to stay open with state assistance. A ProPublica nationwide review found that at least 16 failing or struggling charter schools in five states — Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia — have gone private with the help of publicly funded voucher programs, including 13 since 2010. “The voucher just is a pass through in order to provide additional funding for private schools to thrive and to continue to work,” said Addison Davis, superintendent of schools in Clay County. Changing a school’s status “isn’t going to stop the process where we continue to see kids who are declining academically and not being able to demonstrate mastery and proficiency.” Across the Florida Panhandle from Orange Park, another troubled charter school for the arts has reinvented itself as a voucher-funded private school.

Founded in 2010, the A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence had the worst academic record in Escambia County, and the school board raised questions about its financial accounting. After Dixon received two failing grades from the state — which triggers termination of a school’s charter under Florida rules — the Rev. Lutimothy May, a Baptist pastor who chaired its board, appealed to state education authorities. They allowed the school to operate for at least one more year, but he began to seek other options. Around the same time, a local beverage distributor, David Bear of the Lewis Bear Company, told May that he was considering contributing to the state tax-credit program. If the Dixon school privatized, Bear told May, donations could help save it. In 2013, May turned the charter, which had recently been renamed the Dixon School of the Arts, into a private Christian arts academy located inside his church. Nearly all current students at Dixon receive the tax-credit vouchers, bringing the school more than $500,000 a year, according to the most recent data from the state’s department of education. “Our goal is still the same,” but the conversion has “untied some of the strings on education,” May said. Some of the untied “strings” to which May referred were state educational requirements. By converting from a charter to private status, Dixon and other schools largely shield themselves from accountability. For instance, while Florida requires all private schools to test students who receive vouchers, the schools face no consequences for weak academic performance. The University of Florida publishes an annual report analyzing the test scores of students that receive vouchers, but data from only a small fraction of the schools is made public. The report excludes many schools that don’t have test results for enough students in consecutive years. The latest report released the academic performance of only 198 schools in 2014-15, out of the more than 1,500 schools that enrolled voucher-funded students that year. Most Florida families that receive vouchers do not have access to test data on their schools. The Dixon data was not published. Dixon’s principal, Donna Curry, maintained that the school has improved since its conversion from charter status, but declined to provide exam results to ProPublica, saying they were “for internal use.” Curry added that state test results are not necessarily reflective of student success. “I will not accept the fact that our children are not learning because they are not normalized on the state test,” she said. Her staff “knows more than what the test evaluates.” The state also has little control over how private, voucher-funded schools foster learning. There are no requirements on curriculum or teacher certification, other than the criminal background checks that are required for personnel at all private schools.

https://www.propublica.org/article/failing-charter-schools-have-a-reincarnation-plan

 

The right-wing assault on public education is creating a new generation of activists

http://www.alternet.org/new-generation-public-education-activists

 

Students in towns hardest hit by Harvey are still in the eye of the storm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/students-in-towns-hardest-hit-by-harvey-are-still-in-the-eye-of-the-storm/2017/09/18/981d7098-9a3b-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.9c0efd29d2a8

 

Where have all the teachers gone?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/09/18/where-have-all-the-teachers-gone/?utm_term=.73f9993230ff

 

The everyday heroes of the hurricanes (by Randi Weingarten)

https://www.aft.org/column/everyday-heroes-hurricanes

 

DeVos' 163-foot yacht docked in Milwaukee

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2017/09/17/u-s-education-secretary-betsy-devoss-163-foot-yacht-docked-milwaukee/674959001/

 

Arizona: New study finds that three-quarters of charters are financially mismanaged

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/09/18/arizona-new-study-finds-that-three-quarters-of-charters-are-financially-mismanaged/

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/09/18/arizona-the-widespread-fiscal-mismanagement-of-charters/

 

Charter schools can abuse public money -- and it's all legal

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2017/09/18/arizona-charter-schools-spending-report/671770001/

 

USF St. Petersburg leader forced out for botching Irma evacuation

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/usf-st-pete-leader-forced-out-for-botching-irma-evacuation/2337921?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/usf-st-petersburg-leader-responds-to-criticism-of-hurricane-decisions/2337949

 

Student loan companies reach settlement over dubious debt collection lawsuits

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/09/18/student-loan-companies-reach-21-6-million-settlement-over-dubious-debt-collection-lawsuits/?utm_term=.a4998621323f

 

A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-chilling-study-shows-how-hostile-college-students-are-toward-free-speech/2017/09/18/cbb1a234-9ca8-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.f305ac17125a

 

Irma's death toll up to 50 dead in Florida

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Irma_toll_up_to_50_dead_in_Florida__officials

 

10,000 people in Keys left homeless by hurricane, governor says

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article173949466.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174047441.html

http://www.ocala.com/news/20170918/scott-seeks-speedy-recovery-in-florida-keys

 

A week after hurricane, some still without power

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-hurricane-irma-orlando-power-outages-monday-20170918-story.html

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170918/fpl-more-than-95-percent-have-power-in-southwest-florida

 

Lawsuit seeks money for FPL customers left in dark

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article174049616.html

 

Hurricane insurance claims already near $2 billion

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/so-far-335000-irma-claims-for-195-billion-in-damages-filed-in-florida/2337879

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170918/irma-insurance-claims-already-near-2-billion

 

Elder facilities scramble to comply with new rule

http://www.ocala.com/news/20170918/elder-facilities-scramble-to-comply-with-new-rule

 

The Legislature failed to protect seniors

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-the-florida-legislature-failed-to-protect-seniors/2337885

 

Protect residents of nursing homes

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170919/editorial-protect-residents-of-nursing-homes

 

State road tolls stay suspended during recovery

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/weather/hurricanes/after-hurricane-irma-state-road-tolls-stay-suspended-during-recovery/r1tvIUJWaidf1D4GxBR4VJ/

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article173951616.html

 

Hurricane ravaged crops, Putnam says

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-hurricane-irma-florida-agriculture-20170918-story.html

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170918/putnam-lethal-irma-major-calamity-for-florida-crops

 

Telecom firms should be more transparent after hurricane

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-telecom-firms-should-be-more-transparent-after-irma/2337909

 

Hurricane spawns select committee in Legislature

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/09/19/irma-spawns-select-committee-in-florida-legislature/

 

Despite rising seas and bigger storms, state’s land rush endures

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/florida-flood-irma-growth-.html?emc=edit_th_20170919&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

After hurricane, build a better Florida

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-op-editorial-build-better-florida-20170915-story.html

 

Expert: State unemployment numbers nearing historic lows

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20170918/expert-state-unemployment-numbers-nearing-historic-lows

 

Gas prices hit a three-year high in Florida

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article173906806.html

 

Floridians with mental illness deserve better from lawmakers

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-mental-health-budget-cuts-florida-20170918-story.html

 

Whites have huge wealth edge over blacks (but don’t know it)

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/18/upshot/black-white-wealth-gap-perceptions.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Black Americans face discrimination at every stage of the hiring process

https://thinkprogress.org/black-americans-face-discrimination-in-hiring-process-fbbd601a0896/

 

Management lawyer joins Labor Department as political hire

https://bol.bna.com/management-lawyer-joins-dol-as-first-wage-hour-political-hire/

 

With a picked lock and a threatened indictment, Mueller’s inquiry sets tone

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/mueller-russia-investigation.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/paul-manafort-government-wiretapped-fisa-russians/index.html

 

Trump lawyer to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee today in Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-lawyer-to-meet-with-senate-intelligence-committee-tuesday-in-russia-probe/2017/09/18/6a33fb8a-9c97-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.f0792f698b6b

 

Legal defense fund set up for Flynn

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/michael-flynn-legal-defense-fund-242832

 

Trump Jr. gives up Secret Service protection, seeking privacy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/donald-trump-jr-secret-service.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-jr-wants-to-give-up-secret-service-protection/2017/09/18/2a0e7e72-9cd3-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?utm_term=.9a9ab555f83f

 

Facebook’s openness on Russia questioned by congressional investigators

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/facebooks-openness-on-russia-questioned-by-congressional-investigators/2017/09/18/060e1ee4-9c90-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.f4ff275b2103

 

How the FEC turned a blind eye to foreign meddling

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/09/18/fec-foreign-meddling-russia-facebook-215619

 

Woman who warned about Russian election meddling got death threats

https://qz.com/1076964/this-us-official-warned-about-russia-using-the-internet-to-skew-us-elections-years-ago-she-got-death-threats/

 

A Trump lawyer caught gabbing about Russia at lunch racks up career errors

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-trump-lawyer-caught-gabbing-about-russia-at-lunch-racks-up-career-errors/2017/09/18/34eea27a-9cbc-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.52e1cf9a3d3f

 

Obamacare repeal, thought dead in July, may be revived in Senate

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/obamacare-repeal-vote.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/new-health-care-push-reflects-high-stakes-for-gop-if-they-cant-replace-obamacare/2017/09/18/5976822c-9c92-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_repeal-825pm-winner:homepage/story&utm_term=.62f39e5a1897

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/obamacare-repeal-senate-republicans-242854

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/senators-respond-health-care-proposal-graham-cassidy/index.html

 

Democrats demand full CBO analysis of Obamacare repeal plan

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/obamacare-repeal-lindsey-graham-bill-cassidy-cbo-242841

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/18/cbo-initial-report-on-graham-cassidy-will-lack-coverage-premium-estimates/?utm_term=.8e20a20960bf

 

The last GOP health plan left standing, explained

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/1/16074746/cassidy-graham-obamacare-repeal

 

The GOP's last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill may be the worst one yet

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-graham-cassidy-20170918-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/18/the-new-gop-health-care-measure-goes-further-than-the-failed-one/

 

The Trumpcare zombie is back from the dead. And here come the same old lies.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/09/18/the-trumpcare-zombie-is-back-from-the-dead-and-here-come-the-same-old-lies/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.7821fadf3f76

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/opinion/editorials/republican-healthcare-graham-cassidy.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170919&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

The latest health care repeal plan would give states sweeping discretion

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/18/us/cassidy-graham-health-plan-aca-repeal.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Would the House pass Graham-Cassidy? It’s not a slam dunk.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/18/would-the-house-pass-graham-cassidy-its-not-a-slam-dunk/?utm_term=.8abea04723ed

 

Trump administration rejects study showing positive impact of refugees

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/refugees-revenue-cost-report-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Trump’s immigration crackdown hits a speed bump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-immigration-crackdown-hits-a-speed-bump/2017/09/18/d2cfe5e2-9caf-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.940f40d82e91

 

State Department tightens rules for visas to U.S.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/us-visa-rules-tillerson.html

 

ICE wants to destroy its records of in-custody deaths, sexual assault, other files

https://www.thenation.com/article/ice-wants-to-destroy-its-records-of-in-custody-deaths-sexual-assault-and-other-detainee-files/

 

Protesters shut down Pelosi news conference on DACA

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Protesters-shut-down-Pelosi-news-conference-on-12206788.php

 

Twenty-three children are shot every day in America

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/twenty-three-children-are-shot-every-day-in-america/2017/09/18/9852b0e0-9ca3-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html?utm_term=.ea541c126d36

 

The big difference in how Ivanka Trump and the Democrats are tackling child care

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/18/the-big-difference-in-how-ivanka-trump-and-the-democrats-are-tackling-child-care/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.6899dcf41c3c

 

Equifax suffered hack almost five months earlier than the date it disclosed

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/equifax-is-said-to-suffer-a-hack-earlier-than-the-date-disclosed

 

Equifax faces criminal probe after execs sold off stocks before disclosing breach

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/business/equifax-breach-federal-investigation.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170918&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.vox.com/technology/2017/9/18/16328170/equifax-credit-data-breach-justice-department

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/equifax-stock-sales-said-to-be-focus-of-u-s-criminal-probe

 

State, federal authorities proposing new rules on Equifax

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/sns-bc-us--equifax-breach-news-guide-20170918-story.html

 

Environmental, outdoor groups vow to fight national monument reductions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/national/health-science/environmental-and-outdoor-groups-vow-to-fight-national-monument-reductions/2017/09/18/8e5774f6-9c92-11e7-9c8d-cf053ff30921_story.html

 

Americans are right not to trust self-driving cars

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/americans-are-right-not-to-trust-self-driving-cars/2017/09/18/3490e066-9a3e-11e7-b569-3360011663b4_story.html?utm_term=.694043991d5c

 

Senate passes $700 billion pentagon bill, more money than Trump sought

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/senate-pentagon-spending-bill.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-passes-defense-bill-leaving-several-controversial-policies-unresolved/2017/09/18/619db058-9cb3-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html?utm_term=.47163ff948e5

 

Trump pushes U.N.: “We are not seeing the results”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/world/americas/trump-united-nations.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-to-lay-out-vision-of-us-role-in-the-world-focusing-on-outcomes-not-ideology/2017/09/18/bb45671a-9ca2-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.7036c989724f

 

Trump pays tribute to military, U.N. and Americans by paying tribute to himself

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/18/trump-pays-tribute-to-the-military-the-u-n-and-americans-by-paying-tribute-to-himself/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.94f4d8883586

 

Mattis leaves the door open to military options in North Korea

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/world/asia/mattis-north-korea-military.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump adviser says U.S. will leave Paris climate accord

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/climate/trump-adviser-un-paris-climate-agreement.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Push for NAFTA overhaul may fall short, U.S. negotiator says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/business/economy/nafta-negotiator.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump says he wants a massive military parade on July Fourth

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/18/trump-says-he-wants-a-massive-military-parade-down-pennsylvania-avenue-on-july-4/?utm_term=.b7b6079f1520

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/trump-4th-of-july-military-parade.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump’s pardon of Arpaio can — and should — be overturned

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-presidential-pardon-power-is-not-absolute/2017/09/18/09d3497c-9ca5-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.201e380b8ac8

 

Trump privately tries to mend fences with Senate Republicans

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/politics/trump-tense-senate-republicans/index.html

 

Why Trump's golf ball retweet wasn't just a joke

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/09/18/why-trumps-golf-ball-retweet-wasnt-just-a-joke/

 

Feinstein and Biden slam Trump's golf ball retweet

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/biden-feinstein-trump-golf-ball-retweet-242866

 

Why Trump’s tweets are only going to get worse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/18/why-donald-trumps-tweets-are-only-going-to-get-worse/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.290cec68ae59

 

TV station forced to run pro-Trump programs

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170916/wjar-forced-to-run-pro-trump-programs

 

How to fight “fake news” (Warning: It isn’t easy)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/business/media/fight-fake-news.html?emc=edit_cn_20170919&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

 

 

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