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Mueller Examining Trump's Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities and then political rivals even after advisers warned he could be creating legal problems for himself.

Those concerns now turn out to be well founded. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to three people briefed on the matter.

Several of the remarks came as Mr. Trump was also privately pressuring the men — both key witnesses in the inquiry — about the investigation, and Mr. Mueller is examining whether the actions add up to attempts to obstruct the investigation by both intimidating witnesses and pressuring senior law enforcement officials to tamp down the inquiry.

Mr. Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets. His interest in them is the latest addition to a range of presidential actions he is investigating as a possible obstruction case: private interactions with Mr. Comey, Mr. Sessions and other senior administration officials about the Russia inquiry; misleading White House statements; public attacks; and possible pardon offers to potential witnesses.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/us/politics/trump-tweets-mueller-obstruction.html

Posted by jayschool2013 | Thu Jul 26, 2018, 11:24 AM (21 replies)

Here's to the philosophers and writers

On July 4, it's important to remember that this is not an exclusively military holiday, despite all efforts to make it so.

Our thanks should be equally shared among the philosophers and writers who, even though they didn't live up to their own ideals, at least created a document that carried enough moral weight to energize freedom-seekers around the world.

To the power of thought and to the power of words!
Posted by jayschool2013 | Wed Jul 4, 2018, 08:46 AM (1 replies)

Florida private schools' curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together

From the Orlando Sentinel, but published and linked here to the St. Augustine Record

ORLANDO — Some private schools in Florida that rely on public funding teach students that dinosaurs and humans lived together, that God’s intervention prevented Catholics from dominating North America and that slaves who “knew Christ” were better off than free men who did not.


The Florida Department of Education does not track the curriculum used by the 140,000 students who attend private schools on state vouchers. In fact, Florida law prohibits the department from asking about or regulating academics at these schools.


In October, the Sentinel published its “Schools Without Rules” series that documented problems in some scholarship schools, including campuses that hired teachers without degrees and with criminal records, that forged fire and health inspection forms, and faced eviction midyear because they failed to pay their bills. Reporters visited 35 Central Florida private schools for that series and found 65 percent used one of the three Christian curricula.


“Honestly, with our curriculum ... a certified teacher is not required,” Natasha Griffin, district superintendent of Esther’s School, which has seven campuses in Florida, told the Orlando Sentinel last year.


Posted by jayschool2013 | Mon Jul 2, 2018, 09:16 AM (2 replies)
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