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Bannon: Trump administration is in unending battle for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’:
There are daffodils everywhere right now! Where are they all coming from?!
Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.
“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said.Pretty picture:
There are daffodils everywhere right now! Where are they all coming from?!
- Library Land
- Libraries Respond: Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
- Sparking Curiosity - Librarians' Role in Encouraging Exploration "Students have a lot going on and sometimes a research assignment won’t be at the top of their list of priorities. But in this essay, we are going to examine this question from another perspective and discuss ways that providing space for curious exploration can reframe the research paper assignment."
- These historical menus show how drastically the way we eat has changed Fascinating! While Americans have gotten more daring as far as flavoring and international foods are concerned, we're actually less adventurous with cuts of meat than we used to be.
- Forgotten Fairy Tales Good for a giggle.
- Health, Science, & Technology
- The Essential Role of Storytelling in the Search for Truth "The work of public health is based on scientific evidence. We have real data on risks from gun violence to antibiotic resistance to addiction. However, even as the data accumulates, public trust in experts is on the decline. The research of Yale professor Dan Kahan suggests that our understanding of basic facts about politicized science issues depends on whether or not we trust the person conveying them. And in the decision to trust a source, objective expertise appears to matter less than the determination that this person shares our beliefs, assumptions and suspicions, that they are, in a sense, a member of our tribe."
- 'Keeping Up With the Kattarshians' Is the Cat Reality TV Show You Never Knew You Needed Excuse me while I go waste the rest of the afternoon...
- Why Aren’t Baby Boomers Eating Pho? For the giggles...
- Local News
- Area school systems frustrated with the Tennessee Department of Education's data mistakes
With privatization in the thoughts of education leaders in Nashville and Washington, D.C., now isn’t the time for public schools to be seen as a failing commodity.
But that’s what happened when the Tennessee Department of Education announced last week that one in three high school students graduated without meeting the state's requirements....
“I had a feeling their data was flawed, but I didn't have evidence until this morning,” Flanary said in a statement, before going into what he found. “In point of fact, the state data showed well over half of our graduating class of 2016 did not meet the state's minimum graduation requirement. … so we started looking at the data, student by student. In only a few minutes, we were able to remove over a hundred students from the list because the state had simply added them to the list incorrectly. I am confident that as we work through the list we'll work the final tally down to zero. Washington County simply does not give high school diplomas to students that have not earned a high school diploma.”
- The Future of Not Working "As automation reduces the need for human labor, some Silicon Valley executives think a universal income will be the answer — and the beta test is happening in Kenya."
- Dhammakaya monks stop soldiers renewing search Related: Thailand’s junta feuds with an influential Buddhist sect
- U.S. News
- ICE detainee with brain tumor removed from hospital The woman, a Salvadoran national identified only as Sara, was released from Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and taken to Prairieland Detention Center against her will, according to her lawyers."She told us they tied her hands and ankles in her condition," Melissa Zuniga, a member of Sara's legal team, told The Hill. "She's complaining of a lot of pain."...Sara told Zuniga she was given a CD with her medical records at the hospital, and instructed by doctors not to turn them over to ICE. The CD was taken from Sara upon her return to the detention center, Zuniga said.
- Immigration, Demography and the Future of U.S. Economic Growth "Put simply, if we want to avoid the demographic crisis facing other
countries, and we want to ensure an economy in the future for our
children that will make social programs like Social Security
sustainable, we need to continue to be a nation of immigrants."
- Federal agents ask domestic flight passengers to show IDs in search for undocumented immigrant "It is unclear what would have happened had officials found other undocumented immigrants getting off the airplane and whether they would have faced deportation if identified. It is also unclear what would have happened to any passenger who refused to produce his or her identification for the agents."
- In New Hampshire: Permit no longer needed to carry concealed gun I'm sure police will take that into account when they gets calls of armed POC in public places, right?
- Anaheim officials 'disturbed' by gun incident with off-duty cop
- Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent
Quezada said, though, that everything that constitutes rioting already is a crime, ranging from assault to criminal damage, and those responsible can be individually prosecuted. He said the purpose of this bill appears to be designed to chill the First Amendment rights of people to decide to demonstrate in the first place for fear something could wrong....
There’s something else: By including rioting in racketeering laws, it actually permits police to arrest those who are planning events. And Kavanagh, a former police officer, said if there are organized groups, “I should certainly hope that our law enforcement people have some undercover people there.’’Related: The Encroaching Criminalization of Protesting: The Slow Erasure of Our First Amendment Rights
- Big banks rack up $6.4 billion in ATM and overdraft fees "These fees have a disproportionate impact on low and moderate income families living paycheck to paycheck," says Pamela Banks, senior policy counsel at Consumers Union, an advocacy group.
- Standing Rock is burning in the snow and departing water protectors grieve DAPL progress Related: DAPL Opponents Vow to 'Rise' From Ashes of Oceti Sakowin and Keep Fighting
- Automakers ask EPA to overturn recent review of fuel-efficiency standards Which do you think matters more to this administration - a healthy environment or corporate profits?
- Eh, who are we kidding? Their priorities are already showing. Donald Trump’s Assault On Clean Water Laws Has Already Begun "Last week, Trump signed a resolution that voided the Stream Protection Rule, a Department of the Interior regulation finalized during the Obama administration.The rule would have required coal mining companies to avoid practices that pollute streams and threaten drinking water supplies, monitor and report any pollution, and return waterways to their previous condition after mining operations are completed. Both the Senate and House voted in favor of it."
- Related: Scott Pruitt Laid Out A Vision For The EPA That Contradicts Its Mission "To compromise that mission internally, before even sitting down at the table with the energy industry and other polluters, makes what we already knew a matter of public record and imminent policy: that Administrator Pruitt is still the agency's primary adversary, even as he takes its reins."
- Speaking of terrible ideas: Donald Trump moving forward with plans to kill National Endowment for the Arts, PBS and NPR "According to the New York Times, the White House budget office has compiled a list of nine programs worthy of elimination. Among them: the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A final budget — including a list of the eliminated programs — is expected around March 13th."
- Related: Trump says he wants to fix our divisions. But he may gut an institution that does exactly that. "Few institutions on our shores serve to connect red and blue; poor and rich; black, brown and white; secular and religious; and urban, rural and coastal communities. Those institutions that do provide connective tissue ought to be given more resources. One such institution is the National Endowment for the Humanities."
- Oh, and also: GOP Considers Trimming Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits "The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers who sell policies for individuals and small businesses cover at a minimum 10 "essential health benefits," including hospitalization, prescription drugs and emergency care, in addition to maternity services. The law also requires that the scope of the services offered be equal to those typically provided in the coverage that businesses offer their employees." Also on the chopping desired chopping block: services for those with developmental disabilities, children's vision and dental care, mental health care, and newborn care.
- Law professors file misconduct complaint against Kellyanne Conway
- GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts "House Republicans next week plan to derail a Democratic resolution that
would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump's potential ties
with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according
to multiple House sources....For what it’s worth, in his first month in office, Trump wasted $11.3 million of tax payers’ money playing golf in Florida on three consecutive weekends."
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- Air Force Stumped by Trump's Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet
- A majority of Americans are embarrassed by President Trump Yeah, yeah, whatever. Here's what struck me about those polls: look at the difference. The gap between Democrat and Republican is huge!