Thursday Open Thread

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”

–Norman Vincent Peale

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  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Morning … Valentine's Day.

    Teachers and School District decide to make up

    Back to school: DPS, teachers' union reach agreement after all-night discussions

     

    According to the DCTA, highlights of this agreement include:

    • An increase of about 11 percent in base salary on a clear and transparent 20-step salary schedule
    • Full cost of living increases in years two and three of the agreement
    • The opportunity to use professional development to move lanes on the salary schedule
    • An end to five-figure bonuses for senior DPS administrators

    In addition, both sides agreed to a study of the effects of high-priority school bonuses on teacher retention.

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Trump stinks.

    Great God Almighty.

    Trump stinks.

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    In case you were wondering why a Sadministration with absolutely no foreign policy concern (other than personally raking in golden-toilet money from kleptocrats and oligarchs) has all of the sudden seemed to discover a new country called “Venezuela” on it’s 2019 world map: . . . 

    https://newrepublic.com/article/153115/marco-rubio-trumps-shadow-secretary-state

    An informative read.

     

  4. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Trump will avoid a shutdown and bring on a constitutional crisis.

    Trump to sign border deal averting shutdown, declare emergency in pursuit of wall funding, McConnell says

    Article I, Section 9:

    No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      So he will either lose or win in court.

      If Trump loses in court, he'll need to come up with another scheme to pay for his wall.

      If Trump wins in court, that vastly increases the power of the presidency so that President Kamala Harris can declare a climate change emergency and take appropriate measures. Or President Elizabeth Warren could declare a health care emergency and decree Medicare-For-All. The possibilities are endless.

      Assuming Ginsberg stays healthy and on the court, this will be a five-to-four Supreme Court decision with John Roberts in the hot seat.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Haha . . . 

        “Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances, for the problem of [letting the Republicans have their way] generally presents many complexities."

        . . . I’ll bet that’s what President Gore was thinking, too?!?

      • PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

        Not necessarily.  He can lose in Congress.  The National Emergency Act allows Congress to weigh in on the emergency declaration, which Pelosi almost certainly will.  The Act also requires one house to take up the resolution if it's passed by the other, and in a reasonably short amount of time.  Turtle Mitch will have to bring up a vote either on the resolution or to decline to hear it.

        Sorry, not remembering where articles on this are at the moment.

        • DavieDavie says:

          But assuming it passes in the Senate given the GOP majority, Trump can veto.  Overriding his veto would be problematic.  So the courts will likely be the best venue to stop this Trumpvesty.

          BTW — has anyone else noted that the timestamp on this site is about 30 minutes in the past? I write this at 3:21pm

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