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  • Research shows strong bilingual pre-K programs work. But how many states have them?

    04/25/2018 11:23:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 25, 2018 | by Chris Fuchs
    Only 5 states have policies in place for strong, bilingual public pre-K programs, which greatly benefit children, especially from low-income families. Karla Medina-Gomez was worried as she prepared to enroll her two oldest children in a state-funded pre-K program around eight years ago. “One of my first questions when I went to register them was: ‘Well, what’s going to happen? They don’t know how to speak English,’” recalled the mother of four, born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Medina-Gomez, whose parents emigrated from Ecuador, said her two oldest, grew up in their home speaking only Spanish. But she also...
  • Why Democrats Should Get On Board With Universal Employment

    04/25/2018 10:14:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    WBUR Public Radio ^ | April 25, 2018 | by Miles Howard
    Two years ago, the Democratic frontrunner running for president scored votes and pundit points by reasoning that universal health care — among other big ideas being floated by liberals at the time — was too difficult: that progress happens in increments, and not earthquakes. That was 2016. This year, likely Democratic contenders for the 2020 White House race have embraced not only single-payer, but as of this week, an even more radical idea that makes government health care look like an exercise in political moderatism. Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booger and Bernie Sanders have each called for a program that would...
  • LISTEN: Supreme Court hears arguments over Trump’s travel ban [full audio at link]

    04/25/2018 9:48:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    PBS ^ | April 25, 2018
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appears likely to win his travel ban case at the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy both signaled support for the travel policy in arguments Wednesday at the high court. The ban’s challengers almost certainly need one of those two justices if the court is to strike down the ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries. The audio recordings of Wednesday’s arguments in the Trump v. Hawaii case were released. Listen to the arguments in the player above.
  • Chevron evacuates Venezuela executives following staff arrests

    04/25/2018 9:37:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2018 | by Alexandra Ulmer, Marianna Parraga, Ernest Scheyder
    U.S. oil major Chevron Corp has evacuated executives from Venezuela after two of its workers were imprisoned over a contract dispute with state-owned oil company PDVSA, according to four sources familiar with the matter. Chevron asked other employees to avoid the facilities of its joint venture with the OPEC nation’s oil firm, the sources said. The arrests, in a raid by national intelligence officers, were the first at a foreign oil firm since Venezuela’s government launched a purge last fall that has resulted in detentions of more than 80 executives at PDVSA and business partners. The Chevron workers may face...
  • AP, Other Media Seek Access to Records in Mueller Probe

    04/25/2018 8:40:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | April 25, 2018 | BY ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
    he Associated Press and other news organizations are asking a judge to unseal records in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The media coalition argued in a court filing Wednesday that Mueller's probe is "one of the most consequential criminal investigations in our nation's history" and that there's overwhelming public interest in records from the case. The news organizations are specifically asking for transcripts of hearings in the ongoing prosecution of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. They also want the judge to unseal law enforcement applications for search warrants, including on Manafort's home and a storage unit.
  • Juanita Broaddrick Bill Clinton Rape 40th Anniversary: ‘I Want Everyone to Know He Is a Rapist’ (tr)

    04/25/2018 7:57:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 25, 2018 | By Marie Solis
    On Wednesday, Juanita Broaddrick marked 40 years since her alleged sexual assault by Bill Clinton with a tear on Twitter, recalling the entire timeline of events that led up to what she calls the "forcible, brutal rape" that she said took place on April 25, 1978. "On this morning, 40 years ago, my life changed forever," Broaddrick wrote Wednesday morning. "On 4-25-78, I was brutally raped by Ark. AG Bill Clinton. I have spent the majority of my life trying to forget...and watching the Evil thrive." As Broaddrick—who was working on Clinton's campaign for Arkansas governor at the time—tells it,...
  • Republicans Expect to Get Missing Strzok-Page Memos; Still Seeking Missing Clinton Emails

    04/25/2018 7:39:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 25, 2018 | by Susan Jones
    Republican House Committee Chairmen Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy say they have reached a deal with the Justice Department to review or obtain documents pertaining to the FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation -- documents they have been requesting for months. Appearing on Fox News Tuesday night, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he believes the document haul will include many more text messages exchanged by FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. "Well, I do believe that we'll get those," Meadows told Sean Hannity. "In fact, some of that we believe will put some context to Director Comey's claims that, you...
  • Venezuelan schools emptying as Chavez legacy under threat

    04/25/2018 6:24:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2018 | by Vivian Sequera, Francisco Aguilar
    SOCOPO, Venezuela - It is mid-morning on a weekday yet all that can be heard in the once-bustling corridors of the Orlando Garcia state primary school is the swish of palm trees outside in the wind. Nearly 3 million children are missing some or all classes in Venezuela, according to a study by universities, in a depressing knock-on from a deepening economic crisis that could cause long-lasting damage to the South American country. Venezuela has about 8 million school children in total, and free education was a cornerstone of ex-President Hugo Chavez’s 1999-2013 socialist rule of the OPEC nation. Now,...
  • Former Vice President Al Gore Expresses Optimism for Reversing Climate Change

    04/25/2018 6:07:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Georgetown University - The Hoya ^ | April 25, 2018 | by Deepika Jonnalagadda
    The United States is at the brink of a widespread environmental revolution, former Vice President and environmental advocate Al Gore said at an event Monday afternoon in Gaston Hall. “We are now in the beginning stages of a global sustainability revolution,” Gore said. “It has the magnitude of the industrial revolution but the speed of the digital revolution.” Gore attributed the prospect of a high speed environmental revolution to increased technological capabilities. “It’s powered by new digital tools like the Internet of Things and machine learning and artificial intelligence that are giving CEOs and executive teams the ability to manage...
  • Our View: Trump administration pushes science aside on climate

    04/25/2018 5:54:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel (Maine) ^ | April 25, 2018 | Editorial Board
    The Trump administration has removed mentions of climate change from federal government websites, yet the air and water continue to warm and sea levels keep rising. Data on climate change is buried on those sites where it used to be displayed prominently, and still glaciers melt and animals appear where they weren’t before. No, climate change doesn’t stop just because you ignore it — like tooth decay or that weird rattle in your car, it only gets worse, until you can’t possibly look the other way any longer. In this case, however, the stakes are much higher than a blown...
  • Foreign Office climate staff cut by 25% under Boris Johnson

    04/25/2018 5:47:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 25, 2018 | by Damian Carrington
    The number of full-time officials dedicated to climate change in the Foreign Office has dropped by almost 25% in the two years since Boris Johnson became foreign secretary, according to data released under freedom of information (FoI) rules. Johnson has also failed to mention climate change in any official speech since he took the office, in marked contrast to his two predecessors. The cutback in climate change diplomacy has come despite the prime minister, Theresa May, asserting that the UK leads the world on climate action. The UK has been praised for its past climate diplomacy, which helped pave the...
  • Former Obama lawyer Greg Craig leaves firm after brush with Mueller probe

    04/24/2018 3:03:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 24, 2018 | by Ken Dilanian
    Craig supervised Alex van der Zwaan, who has pleaded guilty to lying about communications regarding his work for Ukrainian politicians. Former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig has left his law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the firm told NBC News. His departure comes after he and his law firm became caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Alex van der Zwaan, who had been a lawyer in Skadden's London office, pleaded guilty to lying to prosecutors and the FBI about communications involving work the firm had been...
  • Clarence Page: The Democrats’ lawsuit isn't as nutty as it sounds

    04/24/2018 2:44:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 24, 2018 | by Clarence Page
    When you don’t know what else to do, sue. To critics in both major national parties, the Democratic National Committee seemed to be following that dubious legal advice by filing a lawsuit last week that alleges collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Some from both parties ridiculed the suit as a distraction from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the cash-strapped DNC’s rebuilding efforts as midterm elections approach. Trump has a long record of threatening more court fights than he actually wages. You might recall his similar promises to sue the publisher of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury”...
  • Democrats Push For Internal Documents On 2020 Census Citizenship Question

    04/24/2018 2:07:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | April 24, 2018 | by Hansi Lo Wang
    Democratic lawmakers are calling for a subpoena to force the U.S. Census Bureau and Commerce Department to release internal documents about the decision to add a controversial citizenship question to forms for the upcoming national headcount. The request comes two weeks before a congressional oversight hearing on the 2020 census. "We believe these documents are critical for our Committee," write all 18 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a letter to its chairman, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, "to understand the concerns raised internally by career experts at the Census Bureau itself about the...
  • Comey book sells more than 600,000 copies in first week

    04/24/2018 1:51:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | April 24, 2018 | by Associated Press
    James Comey's "A Higher Loyalty" had a very big opening week. Flatiron Books announced Tuesday that sales topped 600,000 copies, a number that includes print, audio and e-books.
  • Missing Mexican students were killed, dissolved in acid after mistaken identity: authorities

    04/24/2018 1:43:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 24, 2018 | by Nicole Acevedo and Reuters
    Three Mexican film students who went missing in March in Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, were kidnapped, tortured and killed, and their bodies were dissolved in acid, authorities said Monday. State prosecutors said criminals had confused them with members of a rival gang. The students — Javier Salomón Aceves Gastélum, Daniel Díaz and Marco Ávalo — were last seen on March 19 in the municipality of Tonala. According to Jalisco state prosecutors, their car broke down during the trip and they were later kidnapped by at least six people who tortured and killed them. “Subsequently their bodies were dissolved...
  • Florida and Texas are expected to take the biggest economic hit from climate change

    04/24/2018 1:26:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 24, 2018 | By Ciara Linnane
    Florida and Texas are the two states expected to suffer the greatest economic damage from climate change, according to a new study from Science magazine. The study used a model that aimed to calculate the future impact on each state’s gross domestic product (GDP) from events including hurricanes, storm surges, changes in agricultural yields, changing electricity demands, changes in mortality rates, changes to the labor supply, rising sea levels and rising crime rates. The study comes amid a concerted effort by climate activists to help the U.S. meet the goals of the Paris Accord of limiting temperature change to below...
  • Winter Olympians call for action on climate

    04/24/2018 1:19:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2018 | BY MARK REYNOLDS AND MARIO MOLINA
    One of the most electrifying moments of the 2018 Winter Olympics came when American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins surged from behind in the final seconds to win gold for her and teammate Kikkan Randall in the team sprint. It was a gutsy feat. Future Olympians may not get a shot at the dream Diggins achieved in PyeongChang. That’s because climate change is warming our winters, reducing our snowpack, and shortening our seasons - all changes that make it difficult to participate in snowsports. Diggins and four other winter Olympians - Stacey Cook, Arielle Gold, Maddie Phaneuf, and David Wise -...
  • 10 Surprising Things We Definitely Do Not Miss About President Obama

    04/23/2018 10:35:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    The Cheat Sheet ^ | April 23, 2018 | by Lizz Schumer
    Now solidly into the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency, we can look back at Barack Obama’s legacy with some context. Many aspects of Obama’s eight years in office will go down in history as a success, but not all of them. Let’s take a look at the worst mistakes he made and one force that may have rested even outside his control. 1. Confidence in the economy recovered post-Obama. 2. Obama oversaw a period of struggling labor. 3. The stock market struggled during Obama’s tenure. 4. The 44th president heightened tensions in the Middle East. 5. Obama let the...
  • Setting Tone for Post-Presidency, Obama Will Speak in South Africa on Tolerance

    04/23/2018 9:10:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2018 | By MARK LANDLER
    ... Mr. Obama is inaugurating his most significant international project as an ex-president, with an announcement on Monday that the Obama Foundation plans to convene 200 young people this July in Johannesburg for five days of meetings, workshops and technical training. At the same time, Mr. Obama will deliver a lecture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, whom he eulogized after his death five years ago by saying he “makes me want to be a better man.” The choice of Mandela and South Africa are freighted with symbolism for Mr. Obama at a time when...