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Trump Admin Blocks Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson From Complying With Subpoenas

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This is going to be a long summer of court battles between the Trump administration and Congress.

In yet another fight between the Executive and Legislative branches, the Trump administration has informed former communications director Hope Hicks and former deputy counsel Annie Donaldson not to comply with Congressional subpoenas for info during their time in the White House.

According to NBC News

It’s the latest in a bitter back-and-forth between the White House and Capitol Hill, with the Trump administration blocking a number of congressional oversight requests by Democrats for interviews and documents from current and former aides.

An attorney for Hicks told the committee Tuesday that she would turn over some documents that lawmakers had requested from her time on the Trump campaign.

In a statement, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the White House “has no lawful basis for preventing these witnesses from complying with our request.”

“We will continue to seek reasonable accommodation on these and all our discovery requests and intend to press these issues when we obtain the testimony of both Ms. Hicks and Ms. Donaldson,” he said.

This clearly signals that on anything that the kids on the House side of the Hill want, the Trump White House is going to tell them to go pound sand. This follows up on a story from yesterday HERE WE GO: Jerry Nadler Orders Hearings On The Mueller Report about the Democrats desperate to put pressure on Nancy Pelosi to start impeachment hearings.

With the full House to vote on contempt for Attorney General William Barr next week and with the rest of this nonsense going on you can expect a long summer of nothing productive getting done on Capitol Hill.

I know that sounds like an oxymoron anyway.

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Newly Released Strzok/Page Emails Show FBI ‘Gaps’ In Hillary Clinton Probe and Special Treatment To Her Lawyers

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FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on “oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 

Judicial Watch founder Tom Fitton has received 218 pages of emails between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page from August 2016. The topic is the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

The first revelation shows that FBI officials failed to write up 302 reports (summaries of interviews) for at least four witnesses in the investigation. In one email, Page tells Strzok, FBI intelligence analyst Jonathan Moffa and others that the reports “were never written.” Unfortunately, she doesn’t indicate who the subjects of those interviews were or why they were not written. She writes:[Redacted] discovered that there were four (I think) 302s that had never been written.”

If one 302 was missing or, for whatever reason, had never been written, it would be an oddity, but it wouldn’t necessarily raise a red flag.

When four are missing, however, it is a different story. Who were the witnesses? What did they tell the FBI interrogators? Something that didn’t quite fit their narrative? Something that perhaps incriminated the former Secretary of State. Because if witnesses close to Clinton simply told the truth, by definition the information would be incriminating to Clinton. We know she sent and received classified information over a private server.

It is significant that an FBI interviewer would fail write up a 302 which is standard FBI operating procedure after any witness contact. This is an anomaly that members of John Durham’s team, who is authorized to request related classified documents, can look into.

This is not the first time important documents related to the Clintons have ‘disappeared.’ According to Fox News, during the 2016 Clinton investigation, two “bankers boxes” of Clinton’s emails went missing. Just like that.

The other new information gleaned from the emails is that FBI officials, particularly then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, were exceedingly accommodating to the requests made by Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall.

On August 16, 2016, Baker emailed  then-Associate Deputy Director David Bowditch; Michael Steinbach, former executive assistant director for national security; former Acting Assistant Director Jason V. Herring; Page; former Principal Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson; Michael Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs, now retired; James Rybicki, former chief of staff to Comey; and others. He wrote:

I just spoke with David Kendall … I conveyed our view that in order to obtain the documents [FBI investigative material] they are seeking they need to submit a request pursuant to the Privacy Act and FOIA. I said they could submit a letter to me covering both statutes. They will send it in the morning. I said that we would process it expeditiously. David asked us to focus first on the Secretary’s 302 [FBI interview report]. I said OK. [Redacted] We will have to focus on this issue tomorrow and get the 302 out the door as soon as possible and then focus on the rest of the stuff.

The next day, Baker received FOIA/Privacy Act request on “behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton” and asked for “expeditious processing.” Baker emails the same group. He wrote:

In my view, we need to move as quickly as possible on this, but pursuant to David’s oral request last night, we should focus first on Secretary Clinton’s 302…. Is the end of this week out of the question for her 302?

Anderson replies that they need to “coordinate a plan for processing and releasing” Clinton’s 302. One official surprisingly “reminds others that they should process the request “consistent” with other requests.”

Additional emails say that Baker promises to give Kendall “a heads up before they posted the Clinton interview 302 publicly online. I said we would alert him shortly before it appeared on our website.” Which they proceed to do.

What do we make of the compliant behavior of top FBI officials? Did it have anything to do with the “agreement” between Clinton’s lawyers and top-ranking DOJ officials that we learned about from Strzok’s testimony last summer? It’s likely.

When you contrast this submissive behavior to the stone-walling faced by Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) or Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) whether committees requested documents during the congressional investigations, the difference is night and day. There’s no doubt that Clinton’s attorneys received what Tom Fitton calls “special treatment.”

Fitton said, “These incredible documents show the leadership of the FBI rushed to give Hillary Clinton her FBI interview report shortly before the election. And the documents also show the FBI failed to timely document interviews in the Clinton email ‘matter’ – further confirming the whole investigation was a joke. AG Barr can’t reopen the Clinton email investigation soon enough.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on Hannity last night and said the reason Hillary Clinton was not prosecuted is that the deep state wanted her to win. Graham said, “If you want her to win, you can’t prosecute her.” That’s why she and her attorneys received special treatment. He said, “Hillary Clinton committed obstruction of justice.”

Watch the clip below.

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“Not Real Feminism”: In Inspiring Speech, Nikki Haley Takes a Blow Torch to Feminist Arguments on Abortion

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Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley gives the keynote speech at the SBA List Campaign for Life Gala – 6/3/19. Screen grab via Fox News.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave a stirring keynote speech last night to attendees at the Susan B. Anthony List “Campaign for Life” gala in Washington, DC.

In her prepared remarks, she talked about some of her very personal reasons for being pro-life:

Many of you know I am married to my incredible, super cool husband, Michael. He is a combat veteran and a Major in the South Carolina National Guard. He is truly a saint and being married to me you know he has to be exceedingly understanding.

But many don’t know that Michael and his four siblings spent several years in foster care. Foster care can be amazing, but it was not kind to Michael and his siblings. It was unkind.

Luckily, when Michael was five, he and his younger sister were adopted by a kind, loving couple who couldn’t have children of their own.

I often think about what would have happened if Michael hadn’t been so lucky…if his biological mother had chosen a different path…if his adoptive parents hadn’t been so compassionate…

Haley also talked about her and her husband’s struggles when it came to becoming parents:

Like so many other couples and families, we struggled for many years, riding a roller coaster of false hopes and painful disappointment. Throughout the slog of doctor visits and invasive tests, I had days that tested my faith and my resolve. But when I held our daughter in my arms for the first time, I felt what countless parents feel: that nothing could be more perfect and right in the world.

These experiences – the good and the bad – solidified for me what I had long known intellectually – that each and every life is a gift from God. That so many loving families want more than anything to raise and love a child. I can’t stomach the idea that we wouldn’t do everything in our power to protect and nurture those lives.

She then took a blow torch to the myth that women must automatically support abortion demand because they are women:

Women are expected to support choice – simply because we are women.

That’s just wrong. We all have to be true to ourselves and to others.

Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity. They do this in the name of feminism.

But that is not real feminism. The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture. It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about.

Watch her full speech below:

Haley, like La. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, is just one more pro-life advocate who is putting a human face on the movement, showing America that the vast majority of us who believe in protecting unborn life aren’t monsters who “want to control women.”

We care. We won’t be shamed into silence. Our voices matter, too.

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Religious Institutions Clashed With the Secular Left Last Weekend and Religion Got It’s Butt Kicked

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There is a debate in full swing about the direction conservatives should take in the future between New York Post editorial page editor, Sohrab Ahmari, and Vichy Republican David French. I’ll post more on this in the coming week but, boiled down to their essentials, Ahmari thinks we are in a existential fight for cultural survival and the only way forward is for conservatives to control as many levers of power as possible. French thinks being invited to the right parties and being able to wander about the lido deck with a fruity drink and chat with Important People is the most important thing, and so he believes we should focus on trying to win over the left with our arguments. While I think that Ahmari may go a bit far, I know that French is nothing more than a Judas goat leading us to cultural extinction.

Case in point.

The Bishop of Providence, RI, sent out this tweet on Saturday.

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There is nothing at all controversial about this statement. If you are actually a Catholic, not just a smells-and-bells type but one who lives the Faith, you can’t attend events where your presence might lead others to believe the behavior there or the the actions being celebrated are okay. These so-called “Pride” events celebrate aberrant sexual behavior and proclaim that behavior to be normal. For a bishop to not issue such a warning is, in my view, pastoral malpractice. But the leader of a diocese proclaiming Truth to his flock can’t be left unchallenged. Bishop Tobin was beset by a Twitter mob. He was labeled “homophobic” by the Boston Globe: Providence Bishop faces backlash for homophobic tweet.

One of the bishop’s own priests sided with the mob against the man to whom he owes earthly obedience:

The Rev. Edward L. Pieroni begged gay and lesbian parishioners not to leave the church during Sunday services at St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church in Providence, The Boston Globe reported.

“A lot of people have hung in there, but it’s like, ‘One more slap and we are done.’ I am here to beg you — and I will get on my hands and knees and beg you — not to leave,” Pieroni told the congregation.

Got a newsflash for you Father, if the are in your church and are not hearing that the lifestyle they are leading (and here I’m lumping in cohabiting heterosexual couples, too) is offensive to God then you are failing your parish, you are failing the Church, and, most of all, you are failing the people who will never hear repentance preached to them.

After a fairly short period of time Bishop Tobin deleted the tweet and issued a statement worthy of a prisoner in one of Stalin’s Gulags at a self-criticism session.

“I regret that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community,” Tobin said. “That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense. I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter.”

Meanwhile, in McLean, VA, another drama was playing out. President Trump made an unannounced stop at the McLean Bible Church. The pastor, David Platt, prayed for the president. As a Catholic, this strikes me a very unremarkable. Every Mass, right after the recitation of the Nicene Creed, we have the Univeral Prayer, also known as the Prayer of the Faithful. This is how the liturgical instructions read:

69.  In the Universal Prayer or Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in some sense to the Word of God which they have received in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal Priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. It is desirable that there usually be such a form of prayer in Masses celebrated with the people, so that petitions may be offered for holy Church, for those who govern with authority over us, for those weighed down by various needs, for all humanity, and for the salvation of the whole world.

70.  The series of intentions is usually to be:

a)  for the needs of the Church;
b)  for public authorities and the salvation of the whole world;
c)  for those burdened by any kind of difficulty;
d)  for the local community.

In fact, there is even a dedicated Mass, first Sunday of October, to pray for members of the legal profession…I don’t know how that is working out for us, but we keep trying.

I try to stay in my lane on these things as I’m not Protestant, but there is no theological reason at all for anyone to object to a prayer being offered to strengthen and guide the President. As Catholics we pray for Trump every Sunday just like we did for Obama because this is part of what we call the Spiritual Acts of Mercy. Hell, if you hate Trump you should be first in line to demand that such a prayer be offered. But that is not where we are. Pastor Platt did a walk back of his blessing because there were people who were offended at his offer of Christian charity. See my colleague Amelia Hamilton’s post Pastor Issues Statement After Trump Visits His Church.

In the words of Archbishop Charles Chaput could be heard tolling in the distance:

My point is this: Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God.

Getting back to my opening paragraph. You are never going to convince these people not to mob you. You are not going to be permitted to belong to a church, or any group, for that matter, that doesn’t adhere to the liberal secular orthodoxy. No matter how many of the Right People you convince that you are actually a very reasonable conservative who doesn’t take all this Bible thumping bullsh** very seriously–but a grifter’s gotta grift, right?–they still aren’t going to leave you alone. As longtime RedState managing editor Erick Erickson says, “you will be made to care.” If we don’t increase the level of pain we are able to inflict upon them to the point where they back off, we might as well climb in the boxcar that is heading for the camps because that is our destination. And David French and Bill Kristol will be there on the platform waving a cheery goodbye.

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Texas Governor Gregg Abbott Continues to Prove to be the Best Governor In the Land

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has made it a habit to give little video updates about various bills he’s signing, and each one he videos just makes him look even cooler.

In his continued efforts to make Texas the freest state in the land, Abbot has now filmed himself signing yet another bill, this time allowing the ordering of alcohol to be delivered throughout the state in the same way you would order food from Uber Eats.

“Have you ever ordered food or groceries from a retailer and also wished that you could order beer or wine delivered to your home?” asked Abbott.

“Well, I’m about to sign a law that allows you to do just that,” he said reaching for his pen.

Abbott then signed the document in front of him and held it up for the camera to see.

“Enjoy responsibly,” he added before the video cut out.

Greg Abbott has been proving to be one of the best governors in terms of taking the government’s hands off the people. On Monday, I covered a similar video released by Abbott showing him essentially banning red light cameras throughout the state with a stroke of his pen.

It seems like a rarity in this day and age to watch politicians and authorities relinquish power, especially power that makes them money. Abbott, however, has no qualms about doing so. As I said in Monday’s article, he’s a governor that actually treats the people in his state like adults fully capable of making their own decisions.

In all honesty, I hope this small video series he does catches on. I’d love to see more governors showing us what they’re doing to give power back to the people, even if it’s something as small as allowing the delivery of beer and liquor to the home.

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Jerry Nadler Starts the Mueller Hearings and His First Witness Is Hilariously Bad

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Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has decided he’s moving forward with hearings on the Mueller report. Because we must get to the bottom of what happened according to Democrats and 400+ pages from the Mueller report just won’t do.

In reality, this is a partisan exercise with no real end game except to drag the issue out into the 2020 election. Nadler has been rebuffed at every turn, even by Robert Mueller him, who’s said he has no reason to testify.

In the absence of any real, substantive witnesses, Nadler has a plan.

His first witness in the hearings will be…Nixon White House Counsel John Dean?

That’s a Politico reporter above breathlessly letting us know that the Democrats are shifting to “substance” by bringing in irrelevant lawyers from a 50 year old administration. Makes sense.

While having no actual testimony to give concerning the Mueller report and its inner workings, what Dean does have is delusional anti-Trump bonafides and that’s good enough for Jerry Nadler.

In other words, Dean is a grifter, much in the same mold as Bob Woodward, who’s been living off of Watergate most of his adult life.

And completely unexpectedly, all of his targets over the years have been Republican Presidents. Bill Clinton, who was actually impeached, didn’t make his list of “Worse than Watergate” books, but Ronald Reagan did because reasons.

Dean is the worst kind of character because he was actually up to his eyeballs in Watergate and his transformation is nothing but self preservation. He needed to save his skin after getting caught trying to cover up Nixon’s deeds so he decided to become a reliable Democrat apparatchik, knowing it’d give him plot armor for the rest of his life.

This guy will have absolutely nothing substantive to give Jerry Nadler and his crew, but he will rail against Trump and that’s enough to get you called in as an expert witness.

The Democrats are making fools of themselves. The DOJ successfully slapped their hand, so they shift to using John Dean as a mouthpiece in public hearings, knowing the media will report is as serious business. The rest of the country is just laughing at them though.

But hey, maybe Nixon will finally resign after this?

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The Chicago Way

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The Chicago Way

Chicago not too long ago elected its very first black, lesbian mayor. No big surprise, right? It is a leftist city. Here is what is interesting; she doesn’t seem predisposed to go along with the good old boys there. Over at American Thinker, Thomas Lifson describes Lori Lightfoot, the new Sheriff in town and some interesting fallout. From the article

Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is an outsider to the vast boys’ club whose network of favors and bribes defines the way politics there operates.  A black lesbian, I doubt she was very. welcome.  Now she promises to do something about it.

Dare anyone hope that the corruption that defines Chicago politics will ever end?  Or how about diminish?  Right now, four of the 50 members of the city council are out on bail, and a fifth has been wearing a wire for the feds as part of a plea deal.

The article goes on to describe Lightfoot and some of the cast of characters she’s dealing with, including many career politicians who’ve been so corrupt for so long, they almost don’t bother to hide it. Chief among them, is Alderman Ed Burke, whose actions remind me of the fictional Chicago Alderman Yablonowitz, being investigated by reporter Ernie Souchak played by John Belushi in the movie “Continental Divide.”

There’s one scene in the City Council meeting where once they get to some nefarious dealings, Yablonowitz motions to the stenographer to stop taking notes. Once they get past the dirty deal, Yablonowitz motions for the steno to continue.** That’s the kind of thing going on in Chicago. That’s why I believe the term ‘Open and Notorious” may have been coined to describe the actual Alderman Burke and his level of corruption.

So what? You might ask. It’s Chicago. Political corruption in Chicago is about as common as drunk sailors coming back from shore leave. What’s the National aspect? Here are some names for you, that as part of the Chicago scenery could possibly end up being splashed by the mud flying off of this scandal: Tony Rezco, Obama campaign financier, Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois and convicted Felon, Rahm “Deadfish” Emmanuel, former Obama Chief of Staff and former Chicago Mayor, Valerie Jarrett and of course, The Won, former President Barack Obama. All of these folks know and have had dealings with each other.

This seems to be a time for challenging the “sainthood” mantle the insiders insisted on placing on Mueller, Comey…and possibly Obama. Stay tuned for more info as my sources get it to me. This really could get legs. Buckle up.

**If anyone happens to have that particular clip from Continental Divide, please paste the link in the comments.

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Paul Manafort To Be Transferred To Rikers Island Because No Man Is Beyond The Reach Of The Deep State

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Just when we think Democrats can’t go any lower, they surprise us.

A source close to Paul Manafort told Fox News that a New York State judge has ordered his transfer from a minimum security prison in Pennsylvania to Rikers Island, a maximum security jail located in The Bronx, NY. This facility has been home to some of the city’s most violent criminals including the Son of Sam serial killer, David Berkowitz, and Mark David Chapman, who shot John Lennon.

Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was convicted last August for several counts of bank and tax fraud, charges that were unrelated to the Russian collusion case against the President.

The source told Fox that Manafort will be “held in solitary confinement for his own protection and that his defense team is planning an appeal.”

The move comes at the request of highly partisan Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr.

According to Fox:

Vance, a Democrat, said in March that a New York grand jury charged Manafort with 16 counts including residential mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and other charges. He said at the time that “no one is beyond the law in New York.” Manafort cannot be pardoned by President Trump for state crimes.

Prosecutors said Manafort, 69, hid income earned from political work overseas from the IRS while fraudulently obtaining millions in bank loans.

He is still facing additional years in prison from another case: After his conviction in Virginia, Manafort pleaded guilty in Washington to foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. He has not yet been sentenced in that case, and Mueller’s team recently asked a federal judge to sentence him to 24 years in prison and order him to pay as much as a $24 million fine.

Manafort is now 70 years old. His health has deteriorated significantly during his time in prison. He is already a broken man.

Yet, Cy Vance requests that he be transferred to a maximum security facility telling the court that no man is above the law. Let’s rephrase that Cy. No man is above the reach of the deep state.

Dear Mr. Vance: We’ll remember this when the time comes for sentencing those convicted in the coup against President Trump.

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How Long Must We Wait Before Trump’s Administration Starts Paying Attention To Education Reform?

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President-elect Donald Trump calls out to the media as he and Betsy DeVos pose for photographs at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Probably one of my biggest disappointments with the Trump Administration is the total lack of meaningful efforts at curbing the influence of teachers unions and the development of an actual plan when it comes to shifting focus away from the traditional model of public education and looking at working alternative models in order to provide open up opportunities for American students.

Currently, there is no group of people that favors the status quo like teachers unions. They prefer that more government money is poured into institutions that have not produced meaningful growth in decades because it financially benefits them. More public education dollars means more dues that can come in and line their pockets. So, when it comes to anything that even looks like it could possibly change that, even just barely, the unions send out their spokespeople and their members to about it down.

But these same people refuse to accept any sort of challenge to their authority as educators. Any implementation of “standards”, any new process of evaluation, any decision to change educational focus is met with resistance. There is no desire among the general population of teachers to find and implement changes.

The most successful ones out there, though, are the ones who grow and adapt. But they aren’t the ones who get to voice their opinions about the politics of education, are they? How many anti-school-choice advocates are also noted for their innovations in the classroom?

Not very many, and largely because the most successful teachers out there are the ones who innovate in ways that create opportunities for students despite the public education system, not because of it.

The Trump Administration’s Department of Education has done a few notable things in terms of undoing what Obama’s did, but there is nothing they’ve done to improve the American education system in a meaningful way. Of course, several people might possibly argue that it is actually better that the federal government doesn’t do a whole lot with public education. On a certain level, I get that. However, while the Department of Education exists, it has the opportunity under a Republican administration to do some real, meaningful good.

For one thing, it can finally start addressing the nation’s rather stupid dependence on standardized testing. Some of you who are paying attention are probably thinking “But Joe, don’t you usually endorse education standards?” And, yes, I do and I’m glad you pay attention. You’re who keeps me going.

However, just because we have standards – which are really just nothing more than a list of what a student needs to know by the end of a school year – doesn’t mean we have to have standardized tests. In fact, testing is about the most useless way to see what a student can accomplish, because it’s about recitation of facts or performing a task in the preferred way.

But, you can assess students through performance-based tasks that don’t require you to memorize how to do something. You can give them a project that incorporates what they need to know into a creative outlet that measures what they can and can’t do. Not only that, but you can have a group of teachers who specialize in a content area help you design those tasks so that they are at a certain level “standardized” but don’t require all students to do the same thing. That’s how you get assembly line schools that don’t produce individuals.

The Department of Education can also start really start working on offering choice to students and parents, and particularly those in the black community who otherwise don’t have the ability to move their child from a place that doesn’t meet their needs to a place that does. I’m not a fan of school vouchers*, but even those are preferable to the system we have now. However, promoting systems that divide schools into career-oriented academies rather than the traditional grade school model. We can push for local districts to prepare and produce systems that focus on career education without dumbing kids down and making them think they aren’t good enough to go to a four year school.

This needs to start out as guidance from the top, though. It radio silence from Betsy DeVos and her Department of Education doesn’t fix the myriad problems we have. It only makes the situation worse.

*My problem with school vouchers is that I don’t trust the government to give out money and not make use of their hands being in a private school’s piggy banks.

 

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Uh-Oh! CA Bar Not Happy With Michael Avenatti’s Practice of Law

For Michael Avenatti, 2019 continues to be a no good, awful, very bad year. Just last summer the Creepy Porn Lawyer was the darling of CNN, MSNBC, and their ilk and eyeing a run for the Presidency. Now, in addition to facing numerous federal indictments for wire fraud, extortion, and identity theft, Avenatti faces the prospect of having his law license being placed in “involuntary inactive status.”

The California State Bar filed a 573-page petition with the State Bar Court, citing California Business and Professions Code 6007(c)(1)-(3) as their authority (emphasis added).

This section of statute, amended by the Legislature on January 1, 2019, authorizes the Office of Chief Trial Counsel to file a petition for involuntary inactive enrollment of an attorney when there is sufficient evidence to show that the attorney caused or is causing substantial harm to the attorney’s clients or the public and there is a reasonable probability both that the Chief Trial Counsel will prevail on a related disciplinary matter and that the attorney will be disbarred.

Judging by the laundry list of unprofessional and illegal behaviors Avenatti has exhibited, it would be more surprising if Avenatti did not lose his law license. When he gets to the federal penitentiary, he will have to play “jailhouse lawyer” like the rest of the inmates.

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