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John Bolton was ‘regularly appalled’ by Trump and didn’t know if he was acting in America’s interests: Report

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Trevor Noah Drops Trump Mashup Of Secret Recordings By Judas Pals

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Take Trump’s impeachment trial. Perceptions of the president sailing through the GOP-led Senate trial have been upended by a bombshell recording by Trump’s indicted campaign contributor Lev Parnas — and tattling by former national security adviser John Bolton. Parnas recorded Trump talking about former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, chillingly ordering “take her out.” Then Bolton reportedly wrote in the manuscript of his forthcoming book that Trump told him he was holding up military aid to Ukraine until the nation announced investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden

As for Parnas, noted Noah, Trump has an “insane number of people who are secretly recording him … lawyers, aides, henchmen. Basically, everyone Trump trusts with his secrets is wearing a wire,” he quipped.

That’s why “The Daily Show” is offering America a Trump mashup of secret recordings. It features tidbits from Parnas, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen (“Get me a Coke, please”), ex-aide Omarosa Manigualt and Trump himself in his memorable “Access Hollywood” reveal about his moves with women.

The spoof bonus? A second tape of Trump sniffing.

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Cal Thomas: 2020 election – Our campaigns have become endless wars. There is a way to fix our broken system

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I love Ireland for its natural beauty, its people, its food (some of it), its music, its writers and especially its elections, which are shorter, less costly and designed to engage citizens and boost voter turnout.

On January 14, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called a general election for February 8. That means a campaign of slightly more than three weeks. In the process, the Irish Parliament was dissolved. What a delightful thought. If only the U.S. Congress could be at least occasionally dissolved. It could use some dissolving, or at least disinfecting, after the toxic impeachment and trial of President Trump.

Unlike Irish politics, U.S. election campaigns increasingly resemble endless wars. Like those wars, campaigns cost too much and never seem to resolve the conflict.

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Multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he is willing to spend up to $1 billion of his fortune to either win the Democratic nomination, or if he doesn’t, to help the eventual nominee defeat President Trump. Recent presidential campaigns have cost over 1 billion (some estimates put the cost of 2020 ad spending alone at over $6 billion), so Bloomberg’s spending will ensure this year’s presidential campaign will set another record.

As soon — or possibly before — this election season ends, people will be talking about 2024 and 2028. It never ends and real problems are rarely solved.

The process begins with candidates establishing “exploratory committees” during which the “explorer” speaks about carefully poll-tested subjects and repeats them ad nauseum, while fundraising and appearing on TV.

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Does any of this time and money spent produce real solutions to obvious problems, such as reforming entitlement programs and reducing debt? If it did, by now, wouldn’t those solutions have been implemented? The goal of too many politicians is not solving problems but getting elected and then re-elected.

As soon — or possibly before — this election season ends, people will be talking about 2024 and 2028. It never ends and real problems are rarely solved.

All of this contributes to generally low voter turnout compared to other developed nations. This gives power to activists on both the left and right, which skews the results and gives no clear picture of where most Americans would like to see the country go. For example, consider how often the parties exchange power in Congress and the presidency. Why do we elect a liberal like President Obama and then eight years later elect President Trump, who has been enacting and promoting the conservative agenda?

Ireland isn’t the only country that has sane campaign and election practices.

In 1926, the longest Canadian election — from announcement to voting — was 10 weeks.

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According to mic.com, an American internet and media company based in New York City that caters to millennials, “Election spending is strictly limited in the U.K. Each party cannot spend more than $29.5 million in the year before the election. The New York Times reported that the combined spending of both major British political parties in 2010 came out to around the same amount as the American presidential candidates spent … on expenses related to raising money in 2012.”

German political parties may not release more than one 90-second television political ad during a campaign. That would not please U.S. networks and local stations, which make a fortune from political ads. TV expenses in America are a major contributor to the escalating costs of campaigns, even though studies show the ads change few minds.

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Brazilian elections are held on weekends, making it more convenient.

Not every country’s campaign and election practices may be worthy of copying in the U.S., but some are. Why can’t we learn from others to improve the process by which we nominate candidates and elect presidents? We can, but will we? A corollary question: What’s stopping us? The answer: only our lack of will.

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Britain Says Huawei Won’t Be Banned From Its 5G Network

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LONDON — Britain said on Tuesday that it would not ban equipment made by the Chinese technology giant Huawei from being used in its new high-speed 5G wireless network, the starkest sign that an American campaign against the telecommunications company is faltering.

Despite more than a year of intense lobbying by the Trump administration, which has accused Huawei of having ties to China’s Communist Party that pose a national security threat, the British government announced it would allow the company to provide equipment in some portions of a next-generation network to be built in the coming years.

But by limiting Huawei gear to less-critical parts of the new network, Britain also gave the Trump administration a partial victory that would allow it to claim that its message about the Chinese company had gotten through.

The British decision was crucial in a broader fight for tech supremacy between the United States and China. Britain, a key American ally, is the most important country so far to reject White House warnings that Huawei is an instrument of Beijing. Britain’s membership in the “five eyes” intelligence-sharing group of countries, which also includes Canada, Australia and New Zealand, gave the outcome an added significance.

Many countries have been caught between the United States and China in their tech Cold War. American officials have threatened to withhold intelligence if countries do not ban Huawei, while Chinese representatives have warned of economic retaliation if they do.

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Global Markets Are on Edge as Coronavirus Spreads

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After sharp losses around the world, investors on Tuesday continued to assess the long-term economic effects of the coronavirus epidemic.

The verdict was mixed. Investors abandoned stocks in Asia, while markets in Europe steadied after the previous day’s sell-off. Stock market futures in the United States pointed to an upswing when trading starts on Wall Street.

Investors could be in for a rocky period as the pneumonialike illness spreads, having killed 106 people and sickening more than 4,500 to date. Health officials in the United States are warning that travelers should avoid nonessential trips to China, while global businesses are restricting travel. The Chinese government extended the Lunar New Year holiday, which could disrupt production and hurt the country’s growth.

“The Coronavirus is the No. 1 threat to financial markets currently as global investors are becoming jittery on the uncertainty,” said Nigel Green, the founder of the investment group deVere Group.

“This is a worrying and serious situation and investors must be vigilant,” he added.

The concern is that the fallout could create a major shock for markets, even as worries about geopolitics and global trade have eased.

Many Asian stock markets were closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, but those that were open, including Japan’s and South Korea’s, fell and futures trading in China slumped. Money poured into safe-haven assets like gold and pushed up the value of the United States dollar. Most European markets were slightly higher.

Japan’s minister of economic and fiscal policy said on Tuesday that the Chinese outbreak would affect the Japanese tourism industry and warned that it could also hurt exports and corporate profits. Chinese tourists traveling to Japan accounted for 30 percent of all tourists in 2019, he said at a news conference.

“There are concerns over the impact to the Chinese and global economy from the spread of infection in China, transportation disruptions, cancellation of group tours from China and an extension in the Lunar holiday,” said the minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura.

In Tokyo, investors pushed stocks down by 0.6 percent. In Seoul, stocks fell by more than 3 percent. Hong Kong’s stock market will reopen on Wednesday. In China, where authorities have extended the New Year holiday by a week, the major exchanges in Shenzhen and Shanghai said they would remain closed until Feb. 3.

China’s securities regulator on Tuesday called for investors to “rationally and objectively analyze the impact of the epidemic,” and to “adhere to the concept of long-term investment.”

In Europe, London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.2 percent in midday trading, while the DAX in Frankfurt was 0.1 percent lower.

The price of oil, which tumbled on Monday amid fears that the virus would dampen demand for fuel, drifted slightly lower on Tuesday.

China’s appetite for oil has grown at around 5.5 percent annually, making it an important buyer in the global market. The country has already imposed travel restrictions and any extension could further dampen demand.

“The question isn’t whether coronavirus will depress global oil demand,” wrote Ryan Sweet, head of monetary policy research at Moody’s Analytics. “Rather, the question is by how much.”

Claire Fu and Eimi Yamamitsu contributed research.

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Children ask Georgia parole board to spare father’s life, he killed their mom

The children of a Georgia man scheduled to be executed on Wednesday by lethal injection are pleading with the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare the life of their father, according to a letter sent by his kids and attached to a clemency petition filed by his lawyers.

Donnie Lance, 66, was convicted in 1999 for beating death of his ex-wife, Sabrina “Joy” Lance, who was also their mother. He also fatally shot her boyfriend, Dwight “Butch” Wood Jr. in 1997. His now-adult children say the pain caused by losing their mother would be made even worse if the state kills their dad.

“We have spent our whole lives with this huge gaping hole in our hearts,” Stephanie Cape and her brother Jessie Lance wrote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “but at least we’ve had dad at our sides. It’s almost impossible to imagine that it could get worse.”

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Donnie Lance was convicted in 1999 for beating his ex-wife to death and fatally shooting her boyfriend. (Georgia Department of Corrections.)

The state board will meet on Tuesday morning to consider the clemency petition for Lance, which comes weeks after they commuted the death sentence of Jimmy Meders to life without parole, according to the paper. The board is the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence.

The petition argues that the jury was unaware that Lance has brain damage stemming from repeated head trauma before they sentenced him to death, the paper said.

In January 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his latest appeal and his children have tried to get new DNA testing to confirm if he committed the crime, which Lance has reportedly denied over the years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Lance’s lawyers have also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an appeal regarding Butts County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson’s decision to reportedly deny the DNA testing of evidence found at the murder scene, the paper said.

His lawyers argue that no blood or physical evidence was found on Lance after he was brought in for questioning.

Lance has reportedly also been a model inmate, with only two minor infractions during his two decades on death row — having 54 stamps rather than the allowed 50 and refusing to move to a different cell.

His children say Lance has also continued to help them live without their mother, the paper reported.

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“But one thing that sets us apart is what we have left to lose,” Lance’s children wrote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “With us being the exception, everyone has lost everything they are going to lose from this nightmare. … We continue to pray that this final loss doesn’t come to pass.”

Lance would be the first prisoner executed in Georgia this year.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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The Mom Of “Success Kid” Sent Rep. Steve King A Cease-And-Desist Letter For Using The Meme In An Ad “I have/would never give permission for use of my son’s photo to promote any agenda of this vile man or that disgusting party.“

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What to Watch For in Trump’s Impeachment Trial on Tuesday

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President Trump’s lawyers will complete their third and final day of oral arguments on Tuesday, wrapping up a defense that has sought to give Republican senators reasonable doubt and present them with alternative explanations for the president’s actions toward Ukraine.

Their assignment grew more difficult on Sunday after the revelation that John R. Bolton, the former White House national security adviser, wrote in an unpublished manuscript that Mr. Trump refused to release military aid for Ukraine until the country provided investigative information on his political rivals. That corroborates a central element of the abuse of power charge against Mr. Trump, which accuses him of using his position to pressure a foreign power to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election.

Now, the question is whether the disclosure will move enough Republican senators to join Democrats in insisting on calling Mr. Bolton as a witness in the impeachment trial.

What we’re expecting to see: A summation of the president’s legal defense, including a strong argument against calling witnesses who would shed more light on Mr. Trump’s actions. His legal team will seek to drive home the argument that the House made a shoddy case, and the Senate need not reach in and bolster it by hearing new evidence.

When we’re likely to see it: The trial will convene at 1 p.m. and could stretch into the evening. Mr. Trump’s lawyers have used less than half of the 24 hours they were allotted, although they are not expected to take all of their time.

How to follow it: The New York Times’s congressional and White House teams will be following all the developments. Visit nytimes.com for coverage throughout the day.

News of Mr. Bolton’s forthcoming book landed like a bombshell in the middle of the impeachment trial, angering some Republicans who complained privately that they had been blindsided by the White House and snarling plans for a quick move to an acquittal of Mr. Trump as early as Friday.

Republican moderates like Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine are now more likely than ever to vote for witnesses, although it is not clear whether others like Lamar Alexander of Tennessee were moved by the disclosures. Still, on Monday several more conservative Republicans expressed a new openness to hear from witnesses, suggesting that Mr. Bolton’s account may have changed the game.

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, cautioned his colleagues to remain calm and reserve judgment, but Republicans are already whispering among themselves about a potential negotiation over witnesses, and Democrats — who need only four Republicans to join them in voting to hear new evidence — are ratcheting up the pressure.

As Mr. Trump’s team wraps up its case and quiet discussions continue over whether to call witnesses, senators are turning their attention to their first opportunity to participate actively in the impeachment trial, during a 16-hour question-and-answer session.

Under the rules, the senators — who are sworn to silence during the impeachment trial — will submit written questions to the House impeachment managers and the president’s legal team through Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is presiding over the trial. Chief Justice Roberts will read the questions aloud, alternating between Republicans and Democrats.

The questions are a chance for senators to gain a better understanding of the facts presented during the oral arguments, but they are also strategic opportunities for each side to focus on the aspects of the case most favorable to them. The process could begin as soon as Mr. Trump’s legal team completes its presentation.

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Peter Schweizer: Bernie Sanders rails about common good but public service has made him (and his family) rich

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been a loud and constant voice for socialist policies throughout his 30 years in Washington, D.C., a self-proclaimed champion of the collective good. But in researching my new book, “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Political Elite,” I discovered that while Sanders may talk about the common good, his public service has made him and his family quite wealthy.

Perhaps no one has benefited more from Sanders’s career in politics than his wife Jane.

When Bernie was first elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he appointed his then-girlfriend, Jane Driscoll, to head his administration’s Youth Office. Though the position was originally unpaid, Bernie eventually put Jane on the payroll over objections of the city council. The job was never advertised so that others could apply. A local paper noted that Sanders never bothered to provide evidence as to Jane’s “qualifications” for the position.

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The appointment would remain a source of controversy for Sanders. After Bernie and Jane got married in 1988, his new wife received a big pay increase. As one local newspaper reported, “Political sparks flew at Burlington’s annual city meeting Monday night as Democratic aldermen raised a series of questions concerning a hefty pay raise for Mayor Bernie Sanders’ new wife and whether she should continue to hold her job as director of the Mayor’s Youth Office.”

After Bernie won election to Congress in 1990, Jane’s business ties to her husband rose to a new level.

In Washington, Jane became one of her husband’s top aides, serving at various times as his chief of staff, press secretary and political analyst. After a decade in Congress, Jane and family went about setting up a company that operated under three different names to provide income tied to Bernie’s political career.

On Sept. 27, 2000, the family formed Sanders & Driscoll LLC, a for-profit consulting company run by Jane, her daughter Carina, and son David. The business also operated under two trade names: Leadership Strategies and Progressive Media Strategies.

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The fact that this entity and its aliases were formed just weeks before the 2000 election is significant. The Sanderses ran these out of their home on Killarney Drive in Burlington. These entities served as financial conduits to run cash to the Sanders family.

It is impossible to know precisely how much because Sanders’ financial disclosure forms, which he is required to release as a member of Congress, only listed “more than $1,000” as the amount of income they earned from these consulting firms. We do know that some of Bernie’s campaign dollars flowed through the LLCs. While running for House reelection in the early 2000s, critics claimed, “Sanders doled out more than $150,000 to his wife and stepdaughter for campaign-related work between 2000 and 2004.”

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Some of the campaign money flowing to the family from Bernie’s campaign came as Jane served as a “media buyer” for his reelection. Media buying is a murky but potentially highly lucrative stream of income for those involved in political campaigns. Modern American political campaigns spend large sums of money on television and other forms of media. A media buyer handles the purchase of airtime and secures the contracts with media outlets.

Typically, a media buyer receives a commission of about 15 percent of the cost for a media campaign. So if a campaign were to spend, say, $1,000,000 on television ads, the media buyer would pocket a $150,000 commission. But here’s the kicker: the media buyer commission is not actually disclosed anywhere. Filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) only require disclosure of the bulk amount of the media buy. In this example, the FEC report will only disclose the $1,000,000 media buy. And as for the fact that Jane Sanders is the spouse of a politician, she is only required to disclose that she earns “more than $1,000” from her businesses.

What is interesting about the Sanders family foray into media buying, in particular, is that Jane Sanders had no apparent background in media buying. But in her husband’s 2006 campaign, she worked with two media buyers named Barbara Abar Bougie and Shelli Hutton-Hartig – two names that would become significant when Bernie’s political ambitions went national.

Bernie Sanders’s insurgent 2016 presidential campaign brought in a huge sum of money. A large chunk of it — nearly $83 million — flowed to a mysterious limited liability company with no website, no phone number, and no office space. Indeed, the LLC was registered to a private home on a cul-de-sac in suburban Virginia.

The mysterious company is called Old Towne Media LLC. Two names connected to the company are Barbara Abar Bougie and Shelli Hutton-Hartig, Jane’s associates from the 2006 campaign.

The Sanders campaign purchased a whopping $82.77 million in political ads through Old Towne Media, which could have earned the company a media fee of more than $12 million, based on the industry standard for ad-buy commissions. Was Jane Sanders somehow involved in this financial arrangement? FEC disclosures make it easy to hide where media buying fees actually go. Jane listed her income from her professional work at the time as simply “more than $1,000.”

When a highly respected Vermont reporter named Jasper Craven, working for the nonprofit VTDigger.com, asked Jane about Old Towne Media during a phone interview, she replied, “I have no idea what Old Towne Media is.” Then she hung up the phone.

Even when Jane got a job not working for Bernie, it still seemed to be connected to his political position.

In 2004, Jane was appointed head of Burlington College, a private school with fewer than two hundred students. One of the board members of the college admitted that Jane’s marriage to Bernie played a big role in her hiring because they thought that it would help with fundraising.

Attending Burlington College was not cheap; tuition was over $23,000 a year in 2014-15. In addition, the college received millions in federal money over the years and students could apply for federal government–supported student loans. That flow of money provided funds that could be directed into family enterprises. And Jane steered Burlington College resources in the same direction as Bernie did his campaign money: it went to the family.

Beginning in 2009, the nonprofit Burlington College agreed to a deal with the for-profit Vermont Woodworking School to set up a carpentry program. The school, launched two years earlier, was not accredited and happened to be owned by Jane’s daughter, Carina. Burlington College had never had a woodworking program before, and as when Bernie hired Jane to a city job while he was mayor, those outside the family were never invited to apply.

That first year of the alliance, the college gave Carina’s school $56,474 for “materials charges and lease of bench space.” By 2010, the cash flowing from the college to the family business was more than $133,000. Payments ballooned to $182,741 in rental costs alone by 2012. In total, Burlington College would funnel more than $500,000 to Carina’s woodworking school.

The transactions are notable because Burlington College at the time was struggling to pay its own faculty and bills.

Carina’s school also received at least one federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to install biomass heating. At the time, Sen. Bernie Sanders sat on the powerful Senate Budget Committee, with financial oversight of the USDA budget.

Despite the academic failings of the college, its continuing financial difficulties, and the growing river of funds that were flowing to her daughter’s business, Jane’s salary as president continued to rise. By 2009, she was making $160,000, including benefits.

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It soon became apparent that the college did not have enough money coming in to pay its debts, and it started falling behind in its loan payments. The board of directors asked Jane to leave in 2011. She received a $200,000 severance on the way out.

Five years later, the college collapsed.

This essay is adapted from the author’s book “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite

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High School Starts At 3 p.m. For These Michigan Students

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The final moments of Friday afternoon are slipping away at Eastern High School in Lansing, Mich., as announcements echo through the halls.

As students stream through the doors, teacher Dee Halstead is rolling her supply cart to the library. Her workday is just ramping up.

“This is my classroom on wheels,” Halstead said. “It’s my laptop and all of the papers I need to give the students and my flash drive so I can print off this exam.”

Halstead coordinates an experimental program called Eastern Flex Academy, where a handful of students attend school from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. They start off with English and math classes, break for dinner and then finish their remaining courses online.

The motivation for this was two-pronged. The district wanted to make better use of its building during off-hours. And the school board wanted to find out how a mobile, digital 21st-century workflow could supplant an agrarian-based 19th-century school day. Eastern Flex Academy was designed to accommodate part-time job schedules, internships and even family responsibilities.

Senior Taylor Burford taps away at her English term paper: a review of a historical fiction on the life of Malcolm X, who lived in Lansing in his youth. She’s dual enrolled in college, works at a child care center and takes dance classes. Burford says going to school late in the day has really helped her.

“Here, I don’t really have to worry about socializing or being performative,” she says. “I can just stay chill, do my work. It’s easier.”

High school evening classes are not completely unheard of. But they’re not usually built around lifestyle demands.

“I think what you’re seeing in Lansing is a response to the needs of young people,” says Monika Kincheloe, a senior director with America’s Promise Alliance. While some schools provide evening classes to help students recover lost credit hours or help working adults earn their GED diploma, Kincheloe says the Lansing model is different. Here, flex students are on a parallel course with their daytime peers.

“That gives me great comfort in knowing that they aren’t getting lost, because they’re part of the school,” Kincheloe says. “So when the school reports a graduation rate or a testing outcome, it’s going to include those young people in the evening classes. And that’s a good thing.”

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The students start off with English and math classes, break for dinner and then finish their remaining courses online.

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But there’s a more basic — and popular — reason for flex classes: catching up on your rest.

“I’m able to sleep in as long as I need to, so I always get like a good night’s rest,” says junior Jerome Tiel. “I’m able to just do more things with my day. I feel like this is one of the best changes in my life.”

Jerome’s father, James Brains, likes what he’s seeing so far.

“Before he was failing class here and there and his top grades would be in the C or B range, and now he’s getting A’s,” Brains says. “Also, he was having some behavioral issues as well, and those have decreased quite a bit.”

The program is already planning to grow. This semester, the Lansing School District will offer it to juniors and seniors in the city’s two other high schools and even to neighboring schools in the suburbs.

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