Rebecca Klein at HuffPost writes—Cops Already Patrol These Students’ Schools. It Doesn’t Make Them Feel Safer: Victoria Byfield knows exactly what it’s like to show up to school and get treated as a suspect instead of a student. Now a student at Miami Dade College, she recalls walking to high school in the morning and seeing students getting questioned outside about their recent whereabouts. It felt like she was witnessing an interrogation. In school, the situation felt similarly precarious. “Even the slightest attitude coming from girls of color. The slightest attitude ... if they see it they’ll threaten to arrest you,” said Byfield, who has been working on these issues for years as a member of the nonprofit activist group S.O.U.L Sisters Leadership Collective. Byfield will be unable to attend The March For Our Lives this Saturday, but members of her group will be one of many around the country expected to march on Saturday for school safety and gun control. A group based in Florida, they will also be marching against some of the very school safety measures the state’s legislature recently passed. The Florida bill increases funding for school police, and “school hardening” measures, like metal detectors. But students like Byfield ― namely, students of color ― have been living with these measures for years, and say that they help push students out of school and into the criminal justice system. Public discussion around increasing police presence in schools has been recently centered on cops’ ability to deter school shootings. For Byfield though, having cops in schools has only made her feel less safe. It made school feel like a prison, instead of a safe haven. And while she’s optimistic and excited about the public activism that has been spurred by the shooting in Parkland, she’s worried that the unintended consequences of these policies will fall hardest on students of color. “I feel like they will do all these different laws, arming teachers with guns and putting more police officers in schools. It won’t fully impact the upper class schools that are in the predominantly white neighborhoods like it would impact those schools in lower-income neighborhoods. We will have to deal with it,” said Byfield. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “Strong, responsible unions are essential to industrial fair play. Without them the labor bargain is wholly one-sided. The parties to the labor contract must be nearly equal in strength if justice is to be worked out, and this means that the workers must be organized and that their organizations must be recognized by employers as a condition precedent to industrial peace.” ~Louis Brandeis, The curse of bigness: Miscellaneous papers of Louis D. Brandeis (1934) TWEET OF THE DAY xMy op-ed in @thehill: Ã¢ÂÂAs many of these students prepare to vote for the first time in upcoming elections, an A rating from the @NRA wonÃ¢ÂÂt be a badge of honor. It will be a scarlet letter.Ã¢ÂÂ https://t.co/PfgSDc6Ep2— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 23, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2011—Trumping Pawlenty: The Donald gets more media coverage than T-Paw: Byron Tau points out yet another example revealing the weakness of the GOP's 2012 field: even though Tim Pawlenty has methodically planned his presidential campaign for more than a year and just formally announced his exploratory committee, Donald Trump has still managed to get more coverage from television networks over the past month. According to Nexis search of CNN, ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS transcripts, Pawlenty has gotten mentioned on 72 broadcasts while Trump has made into 79. So when Republicans fret about their prospects for defeating President Obama, they've got something to worry about. Their two biggest names are reality TV shows stars who probably won't end up joining the race. Meanwhile, real candidates like Pawlenty manage to inspire little more than yawns. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: An evening of egregious insanity (Bolton’s appointment, Risch’s hissy fit) prompted calls from both Armando and Joan McCarter! Things only get worse with Trump's veto threat, the Saudis hint they're after the bomb and Iran getting busted for cyberattacks. RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
On Wednesday, the campaign of Ohio Republican Mike DeWine called for «locking up» Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, his rival in the May 8 GOP primary for governor. A Twitter account set up by the DeWine team tweeted, «Hey @MaryTaylorOH! When you abuse your power and fly around on a state plane for personal use, it’s not conservative—it’s criminal,» with the hashtags «#MaryUnfitUnqualified #OHGov #LockHerUp #RINO.» The tweet remains up as of Thursday evening, more than 24 hours after it was posted and well after the Columbus Dispatch asked the campaign about it. And what did Taylor do that has DeWine's camp convinced that she should be sent to prison without trial? As the Dispatch's Randy Ludlow writes, Taylor paid the state a little more than $1,000 in 2011 after it was revealed that a state airplane «went out of its way to drop her off and pick her up at an airport six miles from her home in Green,» a town just south of Akron. Taylor denied any wrongdoing, but Gov. John Kasich insisted she repay the state. The whole incident certainly didn’t make Taylor look good, but the state attorney general at the time didn't press any charges, so it's not as though law enforcement officials thought the matter was «criminal.» And oh yeah, that attorney general was Mike DeWine. GOP primary voters may not care about all this: After all, they love Donald Trump, who popularized the «lock her up» chant against Hillary Clinton. But it's really scary that the state's top lawman, and perhaps its future governor, has no problem dumping on the very notion of the rule of law in order to further his own political ambitions. DeWine’s descent into the gutter may be borne out of fear. The GOP primary had looked like a very one-sided affair for a while, with DeWine seeming to hold all the cards against Taylor. However, the contest has gotten quite nasty in the last week. Taylor's political action committee launched a $670,000 buy against DeWine that portrayed the former U.S. senator as a liberal. DeWine fired back with a spot that called Taylor unqualified and a slacker and hit her over the plane story, but it didn't imply she should be in the slammer. But the fact that he’s attacking his opponent at all suggests that a once-sleepy contest might suddenly be competitive.
Donald Trump, elected “family values” Republicans and Trump’s evangelical supporters might be trying to ignore the alleged mistresses of Donald Trump, but these women don’t appear to be fading away. While Stormy Daniels has been grabbing a steady stream of headlines and will be featured in an widely anticipated 60 Minutes interview this Sunday, another woman, Karen McDougal, stepped forward in an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN with details of her nearly yearlong affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Yes, the same year he had an affair with adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels and the same year his newlywed wife gave birth to son, Barron. McDougal, a former Playboy “Playmate of the Year,” sat for a forthright interview that can only be described as highly credible. She says the pair met at a Celebrity Apprentice event at the Playboy mansion and began having an affair shortly thereafter. Like, Stormy Daniels, Trump sent his bodyguard, Keith Schiller to pick up and/or escort them to his bungalow at a Los Angeles hotel. Among the startling details, McDougal says that after their first sexual encounter, he tried to pay her and she was devastated. In her own words: x«After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me.» Former Playboy model Karen McDougal shares details of an alleged affair she had with Donald Trump. Her full interview with Anderson Cooper airs on @AC360 at 8p ET. https://t.co/22EFN2PtPt pic.twitter.com/NizYM1iYX5Ã¢ÂÂ Anderson Cooper 360ÃÂ° (@AC360) March 22, 2018
Ben Carson has offered several explanations for how a $31,000 dining set came to be ordered for his office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) has her own theory: the deep state did it. An actual member of the United States Congress said that. Carson himself has said he knew nothing about the dining set, and that his wife ordered it, and that it had to be ordered because the existing furniture posed a physical danger to his staff. But no, Tenney knows better. “Somebody in the deep state ― it was not one of his people, apparently ― ordered a table, like a conference room table or whatever it was, for a room,” Tenney said. “And that’s what the cost was. Ben Carson tried to — he said, “You know how hard it is to turn it back because of the way that the procurement happens?” If by “deep state” she means “career professionals trying to follow the rules and do their jobs,” then somebody in the deep state got demoted for trying to get Carson’s team to keep redecorating expenses to a reasonable level. But this is right on par with Tenney’s recent streak of, shall we say, noteworthy ideas. Like that beating your wife isn't a crime of character or that there’s a media conspiracy to cover up mass murders by Democrats. So while it’s perhaps shocking that a member of Congress is blaming the deep state for a dining set—a full dining set, not “a conference table or whatever it was”—that Carson himself admits was chosen by his wife, it is not at all surprising that Claudia Tenney as an individual is saying it. It would be much less disturbing if Claudia Tenney was saying these things as a private citizen rather than as a House member, and we can do something about that. Can you chip in $1 to the Democratic nominee fund for New York's 22nd Congressional District?
It would appear acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Thomas Homan usually has plenty of time to talk shit—during one of his multiple appearances on state propaganda channel Fox News, he suggested Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf may have committed obstruction of justice for calling on her immigrant residents to learn their rights in anticipation of an imminent raid—but that suddenly changed, for a very specific reason. When California Attorney General Xavier Becerra requested a deposition from him following the Trump administration’s political stunt of a lawsuit against the state over its recent pro-immigrant laws, “the U.S. Department of Justice … argued that Homan was busy and his testimony wasn't needed,” ABC News reported. Judge Kendall Newman called B.S., ordering Homan to make himself available for as much as four hours of testimony by next month: “You’ve made your point. It doesn’t fly anywhere,” Newman said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced during a speech in Sacramento this month that the federal government is suing to block the California laws, the Republican administration’s toughest move yet to force cooperation with immigration authorities. The suit is based in part on Homan’s 45-page written declaration citing several “egregious consequences” from the state’s lack of cooperation, including examples of California agencies releasing immigrants who could have been deported but instead were free to commit violent crimes. By including Homan’s written statement, “you’re pretty much teeing that person up” to face cross-examination under oath, Newman said. [U.S. Justice Department attorney Lauren] Bingham said Homan will give his deposition in a secure location in Washington, D.C., the second week of April. Homan has a lot in common with his boss Donald Trump. They’re both nasty, they’re vindictive, and they lie.
Let’s review solutions to the opioid crisis that the Trump administration has proposed this week. On Monday, Donald Trump proposed the death penalty for drug dealers, and also a new generation of “this is your brain on drugs” ads. “Scary” ones. And on Thursday, Kellyanne Conway, who is leading the White House’s anti-opioid efforts, made this very helpful suggestion to a group of college students: «On our college campuses, your folks are reading the labels, they won't put any sugar in their body, they don't eat carbs anymore, and they're very, very fastidious about what goes into their body,» Conway said at a youth forum hosted by the White House. «And then you buy a street drug for $5 or $10, it's laced with fentanyl, and that's it,» she continued. «So I guess my short advice is, as somebody double your age: eat the ice cream, have the french fry, don't buy the street drug. Believe me, it all works out,» Conway added, eliciting laughs from the audience. So that’s it. The White House wants you to eat junk food and be scared by television ads … and if that stuff doesn’t work, it’s going to execute your dealer. Treatment for addiction? Nah.
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Snapchat’s parent company bought a web-based 3D game engine startup out of the UK this past May, Business Insider (paywalled) reports. PlayCanvas is a development tool focused on letting people easily design rich 3D environments. Unlike products from companies like Unity and Epic Games, PlayCanvas’s game engine was entirely browser-based and was optimized to run […]
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has joined the #deletefacebook movement. He's deleted the Facebook pages for both SpaceX and Tesla.
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SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the federal government is moving forward with plans to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. Zinke made the announcement Friday during a visit to North Cascades National Park's headquarters, about 75 miles north of Seattle. ...
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Congress gave President Donald Trump the $1.6 billion he wanted this year for his proposed «big, beautiful» border wall with Mexico but the headline number masks what he didn't get on one of his signature campaign promises. Here are some questions and answers about the wall's ...
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado Springs tour bus operator is planning to offer daily round-trip shuttles to the summit of Pikes Peak after a railway to the top has closed. The Gazette reports the operator Gray Line is planning to launch the bus service in mid-April with two ...
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Chris Beard knocked Purdue out of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, this time leading Texas Tech to a 78-65 victory in the Sweet 16.
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