The White House Bible Study group that influenced Trump’s family separation policy

"Jeff Sessions [will] go out the same day I teach him something and he’ll do it on camera."

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IT IS TIME TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION

There have been dramatic changes occurring in higher education over the last decade. For instance, colleges and universities have expanded online programs to appeal to non-traditional students. Even though these programs have been initiated with little public discussion, it is laudable that they target students who work full time, cannot afford attending a campus, are raising children, or are older than students who enter college directly from high school. In addition to the non-traditional students, appeals are made to youth to pursue degrees at home.

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Retention and Recruitment - The Effect of Refugees on Employers

Under U.S. law, a refugee is a person who demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular special group.

Black Athletes Were Involved in the Political Struggle from the Beginning

Jackie Robinson's Testimony Before the House Un-American Committee:

In 1947, Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson would make American history as the first African-American to officially play Major League Baseball in the 20th Century. On July 18 1949, his status as a hero would see Jackie Robinson summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

Tough Talk, Delusion And Realpolitik

Tough talk and delusionary braggadocio evidently play well with GOP “true believers,” but people who actually know something about diplomacy and international relations can tell the difference between actually accomplishing something and putting on a reality TV show.

In the wake of the hyped summit between Trump and “little rocket man,” the analysis from knowledgable folks of both parties has been pretty devastating.

The Nationalization Of Politics

Over at FiveThirtyEight.com, Dan Hopkins makes one of those observations that seems so obvious once you’ve read it…

Hopkins addresses one of the troubling features of today’s political reality: the nationalization of our politics. As he notes, the actions of state and local elected officials have an important and immediate effect on our lives–why, then, do Americans seem  fixated on Washington, D.C. almost to the exclusion of local politics?

Media Treat Trump Administration’s Partisan Fear-Mongering as Objective ‘Government’ Report

On Tuesday, dozens of media outlets broke what at first seemed to be a major story about “the government” announcing that Social Security and Medicare will be broke in less than 20 years:

Science is Taking a Backseat in Trump Policy Making

WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to meet Kim Jong-un of North Korea to negotiate denuclearization, a challenge that has bedeviled the world for years, he is doing so without the help of a White House science adviser or senior counselor trained in nuclear physics.

Chemical Industry Scores Big Win at the EPA

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, after heavy lobbying by the chemical industry, is scaling back the way the federal government determines health and safety risks associated with the most dangerous chemicals on the market, 

Two New Studies Point to Ways that Gun Laws can Decrease Gun Homicides and Gun Suicides

While the Republican Party ruminates on the best ways to not do anything about gun violence while collecting big checks from “Second Amendment” groups like the NRA, other people are trying their hardest to prove that there are ways in which we can legislate more public safety.

With Literal Nazis Running for Office, NYT Suggests Candidate’s Israel Criticism Is Antisemitic

Eight overt white nationalists are running for office in 2018—a new record, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Overt fascists, inspired by the rise of President Donald Trump, have found a place both within and just outside the margins of the official Republican Party.

Israeli Sniper Kills 21-year old Palestinian Medic

In Gaza, thousands of Palestinians gathered Saturday for the funeral of 21-year-old medic Razan al-Najjar, who an Israeli sniper shot dead on Friday as she was helping evacuate wounded Palestinians at a protest near the separation fence between Israel and Gaza. The Israeli sniper shot her in the chest even though she was clearly wearing a medical vest and a medical ID at the time of her death.

Solarize Indiana

Friends, I am forwarding an attached letter that I received from 'Solarize Indiana'. As you can read from this letter, this is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to increasing the utilization of solar to offset carbon-energy in Indiana. The letter proficiently explains how they are developing teams throughout Indiana's local cities to achieve this goal. This seems to be a good way to build physical infrastructure toward solar, as well as instill the political-will to move Indiana's state government back to pro-renewable policies.

Hoosier Taxpayers Can Find Relief in New Tax Payment Plans

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) has instituted new payment plan options to help ease the burden to Hoosier taxpayers. The new payment plan options became effective in early May and allow individuals to establish plans for a longer period of time without the previous requirement of a down payment equal to 20 percent of the outstanding liability.

Campaign Workers Guild Wins Third Major Collective Bargaining Agreement

Silver Spring, MD. — Just a week after organizers with the Randy Bryce for Congress campaign became the nation’s only current electoral campaign staff union, the Campaign Workers Guild on Monday continued building power and won its third major collective bargaining agreement with Chris Wilhelm, a progressive candidate for Montgomery County Council.

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