Devos's education commission is making a big mistake

The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year are among the most horrific acts of violence in American history. In the wake of each tragedy, both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump called for administration-wide efforts to promote school safety and protect the nation's children. Last week, Trump's Federal Commission on School Safety issued a comprehensive set of recommendations, many of which echoed what Obama had pushed f...
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"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - December 29th

For the eleventh straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily. Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists. See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2018 music lists. Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these. Today's Updates to the Online "Best of 2018" Book Lists:...
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Second thoughts on ‘America First’

That didn’t take long. Just minutes, really. My brothers and sisters in the national press corps went from sneering at President Trump for not visiting United States troops in harm’s way — until they learned he’d flown to Iraq on Christmas night — to sniping at him for signing “Make America Great Again” hats handed to him by soldiers and airmen. You can’t make this stuff up. CNN’s claim that troops violated regulations was particularly pedantic, which didn’t stop other media outlets from running...
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Barack Obama lists his favorite books, music, and movies of 2018

President Barack Obama released his annual list of favorite books, movies, and songs on his Facebook page yesterday. Remember when we had an intellectually and culturally curious president who did things like reading books? It seems so long ago... From Facebook: As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiri...
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The Top Ten from 2018

We’ve published nearly a thousand posts since January 1st, but these were the ten most read…   Number One Why people go to church We looked a t a Gallup poll that tried to glean answers to why people did and did not go to church. This one generated a lot of heat in the comments both on our site and on Facebook, mostly around the poll’s finding that music was consistently found to be the least important aspect of church-going.       Number Two Albany Bishop draws red line, challenges authorit...
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Trump blames Democrats for deaths of children as shutdown grinds on

President: deaths at border are result of ‘pathetic’ policiesWhat have two years of Trump’s wrecking ball done?The US government shutdown rolled through its eighth day with no resolution in sight and hundreds of thousands of workers trying to cope without pay. Donald Trump stayed hunkered down in the White House, talking at Democrats but not with them in a series of confrontational tweets about his demand for a border wall. Related: America’s new year’s resolution: impeach Trump and remove him...
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Donald Trump blames Democrats and the parents of young migrants for the deaths of two children

President Donald Trump has blamed the Democrats for the deaths of two migrant children in US custody, lashing out also at the childrens’ parents for mistreating them. On Christmas Day it was announced that an eight-year-old boy from Guatemala died in US government custody, becoming the second migrant child to pass away while in the administration’s care this month.  The death came just weeks after another Guatemalan, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal, died in a hospital on December 8, shortly after be...
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Federal Government Advised Furloughed Employees to Offer Manual Labor for Rent During Shutdown

"I would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance (e.g. painting, carpentry work) in exchange for partial rent payments"
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Does This Photograph Show Barack Obama Dressed as Satan?

"Gosh, that cheek looks awfully familiar. Could it be ... Satan?"
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2019, a grim year in prospect – cartoon

Brexit, Trump, Putin… but the biggest threat to our future is climate change Continue reading...
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Cross-party move to stop the clock on hard Brexit

Ministers and senior MPs in talks to extend 29 March deadline if May’s deal failsSenior Tory and Labour MPs are planning to force the government to delay Brexit by several months to avoid a no-deal outcome if Theresa May fails to get her deal through parliament in January, the Observer has been told.Cross-party talks have been under way for several weeks to ensure the 29 March date is put back – probably until July at the latest – if the government does not push for a delay itself. It is also un...
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Knighthood won't stop me voting down Brexit deal, says John Redwood

Eurosceptic insists his mind is unchanged after PM accused of ‘dangling’ honours The leading Brexiter John Redwood has insisted that his knighthood in the New Year honours list will have “no bearing whatsoever” on his intention to vote against Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal. Related: Theresa May accused of Brexit deal desperation over John Redwood honour Continue reading...
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Trump, holed up in White House amid shutdown, will skip New Year's gala at Mar-a-Lago

The president's incoming chief of staff says Trump will be 'very heavily engaged' on federal shutdown negotiations instead.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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For LA City Councilman Mitch Englander, being the odd man out was a way in

Mitchell Englander was usually vastly outnumbered when casting a vote as a member of the Los Angeles City Council, often saying “no” when most of his 14 colleagues had all but worn away their “aye” buttons. But when one is in the minority, one gets the opportunity to practice the art of eliciting compromise. So that was what Englander — who is officially stepping down on Jan. 1 from his role as the only Republican on a nonpartisan legislative body — said he did during his seven years as a counci...
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President Trump Says ‘Big Progress’ Made in China Trade War Talks

Trump said he had a "long and very good call" with Chinese President Xi Jinping
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Sajid Javid cuts holiday short to tackle Channel migrant crossings

Home secretary facing calls to send in Royal Navy or Border Force to intercept traffickersThe home secretary, Sajid Javid, is cutting short a family holiday to deal with the growing number of migrants trying to cross the Channel by boat, the immigration minister, Caroline Nokes, has said.Javid has faced calls to deploy Royal Navy vessels after he declared the surge in people attempting to cross the channel by boat a “major incident” on Friday. He has appointed a gold commander to deal with the g...
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Shutdown enters day eight with Trump brooding in White House

EPA and agriculture programs begin to feel effects of standoffWhat have two years of Trump’s wrecking ball done?The partial shutdown of the US government rolled into its eighth day on Saturday, with no resolution in sight. Related: America’s new year’s resolution: impeach Trump and remove him Continue reading...
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Senator: Coast Guard personnel to be paid after all

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says 42,000 Coast Guard members nationwide are going to be paid for work performed before the government shutdown. Collins contacted the White House on Friday after she learned that a payroll system problem would prevent checks from being issued. She tweeted hours later that the matter had been resolved […]
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Brexit: over £100m spent on extra ferries in case of no deal

Ports in Poole, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Immingham and Felixstowe would be used to ease Dover pressureThe Department for Transport has spent more than £100m on ferries to ease potential problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Documents outlining the £107.7m agreements say increased border checks in UK ports after Brexit could “cause delivery of critical goods to be delayed” in the event of no deal. Continue reading...
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Trapped in Syria: children kidnapped by Isis who can't go home

Mahmud and Ayyub, so traumatised they no longer know their mother’s name, face new dangers as US troops withdrawMahmud and Ayyub Ferreira look shyly at the camera, bundled up in layers and hats against the Syrian winter. They can barely remember the sun and beaches at home in Trinidad, from their life before their father decided to join Islamic State and abducted them in 2014.Ayyub, seven, wants to be a footballer when he grows up; Mahmud, 11, loves cricket and misses KFC chicken. More than anyt...
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Government shutdown: White House aide predicts long standoff as Trump talks border closure

The partial federal government shutdown entered its second week Saturday with no apparent movement towards a resolution.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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