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JPS school honoring Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama

(Clarion-Ledger) A predominately black public school in Mississippi named after Jefferson Davis will have its Confederate tied namesake stripped next year and replaced with the title of another president whose character students, parents and teachers have said is more fitting— Barack Obama.

Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson announced at the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening that school stakeholders voted on Oct. 5 to rename the school Barack Obama Magnet IB.


Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: 'He knew what he signed up for'

(ABC 10) U.S. President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that "he knew what he signed up for ...but when it happens it hurts anyway," when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens.

"Yes, he said it," Wilson said. "It's so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn't have said it."

The president called about 4:45 p.m. and spoke to Johnson's pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, for about five minutes. She is a mother to Johnson's surviving 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. The conversation happened before Johnson's remains arrived in a commercial Delta Airlines flight at Miami International Airport.


Trump Issues Warning to McCain

(Political Wire) President Trump issued a warning shot after Sen. John McCain questioned (R-AZ) “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America’s foreign policy, the AP reports.

Said Trump: “I’m being very, very nice but at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty.”

McCain’s answer a short time later was simply: “I have faced tougher adversaries.”

Judi Lynn

Fox News Poll: Democrat Jones Tied With GOPer Moore In Alabama Senate Race

(TPM) Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D) are tied in their race for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacated Senate seat, according to a poll released Tuesday by Fox News.

According to the survey, Moore and Jones are tied at 42 percent among registered voters in Alabama, a deep-red state.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 14–16, 2017, from a sample of 801 Alabama registered voters, by landline and mobile phone, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.


President Trump admits he's trying to kill Obamacare. That's illegal.

(Vox/CNBC) Modern American history has never seen as full-scale an effort to sabotage a valid law as we have with President Trump and the Affordable Care Act — a law whose legality has been upheld twice by the US Supreme Court.

The president has a legal obligation, under Article II of the US Constitution, to "take Care that the laws be faithfully executed." That means he must make sure that our laws are implemented in good faith and that he uses his executive discretion reasonably toward that end.

His agencies likewise have a legal obligation, under the Administrative Procedure Act — the statute that sets the rules for our entire federal regulatory apparatus — not to use their power to engage in arbitrary action.

The intentional, multi-pronged sabotage of the ACA that we have seen over the past nine months — reaching new heights since attempts by Congress to repeal the law failed — violates both Trump's constitutional obligations and quite possibly the obligations of his Department of Health and Human Services.


Federal judge blocks Trumps third travel ban

(Washington Post) A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the presidents controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branchs powers when it comes to setting immigration policy.

The decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were either unable or unwilling to provide information the U.S. wanted to vet their citizens.


Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich "This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward..."

"I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.

"This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner–and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers–is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all."


Pierce: If Only 'Being a Colossal Dick' Was an Impeachable Offense

(Esquire) Every day in every way, I am sorry that the Founders didn't include Being A Colossal Dick to the list of impeachable offenses in the Constitution. Bribery, Treason, Other High Crimes And Misdemeanors, Including Ye Being A Colossal Dicke. See, it wouldn't have been that hard and at least we would be rid of embarrassing scenes like the one that played out on the White House grounds on Monday. From Josh's joint:

"The toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens — soldiers are killed. It's a very difficult thing. Now it gets to a point where you make four or five of them in one day, it's a very, very tough day. For me that's by far the toughest. So the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls. I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I'm able to do it."

This is a guy who's just bone-deep dishonorable. He knows how readily falsifiable a claim it is. (Politico already has an account of Obama aides climbing the walls.) He backpedaled a little when asked a follow-up question about how much he really knows about what other presidents did in those situations. (Evergreen Pro Tip: Next to nothing.)

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