Lori Higgins Detroit Free Press Published 12:57 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 Potential changes to Michigan's school social studies standards are stirring controversy because they remove references to Roe v. Wade, gay rights and climate change while trimming references to the role of the NAACP. The revisions also eliminate the word "democratic" from the phrase "core democratic values." Much of the controversy has centered on Republican state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, who has faced mounting criticism since Bridge Magazine published a report last week that described the revisions — of standards adopted by the State Board of Education in 2007 — as having a conservative bent, thanks to Colbeck and several other conservatives who were part of the process. Colbeck clearly influenced the removal of language on climate change, the removal of "democratic" from "core democratic values," and a change in language from describing the U.S. as a … [Read more...] about Gay rights, climate change could disappear from Mich. social studies
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U.S. Sen. James Lankford continued to warn of Russian intervention in U.S. politics while discounting suggestions President Donald Trump, his family or his 2016 campaign team were involved in any wrongdoing. “This is a rabbit hole,” Lankford told Fox News’ Bret Baier after the release of Senate Judiciary Committee transcripts of hearings on a 2016 meeting involving Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and others, including some Russians promising dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.“I know Democrats are trying to be able to make something of this,” Lankford said. “They’re constantly trying to ... say there must be something here that we can stir up, or at least just create an accusation that has the appearance of it.”Democrats and other critics of the president note the younger Trump answered “I don’t know” or words to that effect more than 200 times during the interview, and consented … [Read more...] about D.C. Digest: Lankford defends Trumps after latest disclosures; Bridenstine talks climate change
Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg Published 8:53 am, Friday, May 18, 2018 Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Chronicle / Houston Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Valero Houston Refinery. Valero Houston Refinery. Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Chronicle / Houston Chronicle Big investors pressure oil companies on climate change 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Some of the world's biggest fund managers are ratcheting up the pressure on oil and gas companies, expressing fear that a lack of action over tackling climate change could risk their investments. The comments come days before Big Oil kicks off annual shareholder meetings, where they are already facing calls from smaller investors to set clear targets on climate change and even cut their investments in fossil fuels. That could now gain momentum with the nudge from large investors who … [Read more...] about Big investors pressure oil companies on climate change
“Wade in the Water,” by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf) Can poetry contribute to the national dialogue in ways that both challenge and uplift? Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water (Graywolf) demonstrates that the answer is yes. Smith, poet laureate of the United States and a Pulitzer Prize winner, shows tremendous range in these rich, humane poems as she shifts from lyricism to direct speech, from meditative passages to wry humor. The images and details are evocative and resonant, whether she describes a street in Brooklyn where she used to shop or recalls waking to her young daughter’s hair: “coarse, dark/ Heaven of knots and purple fluff.” Smith uses the title poem, which refers to the popular slave spiritual “Wade in the Water,” as a way to guide readers into dark parts of our nation’s troubled past and present . An awareness of history, and our relationship to it, runs throughout this important work. In the poem “Ghazal,” … [Read more...] about Can poetry both challenge and uplift? Four new collections show us how.
► A whole year with the new Toyota Prius ► We're testing the regular non-plug-in car ► CAR's long-term test review diary 'I must go, my people need me,' I imagined our space-age fuel-sipper thinking as it silently floated out of CAR's office car park for the last time, returning to its home planet of... Epsom, Surrey. After a year and more than 17,000 miles, we're happy the Hypersonic Red Toyota Prius was part of our fleet.Walk towards it in a car park and it never looked particularly inviting. Even after a year, that aerodynamic 'melted Joker' face could still make small children wince.But once you'd parked your backside on the soft leather armchair, that big swooping dashboard always raised a smile, while the Elysium-esque white surfaces put you in a calm place, and the large glass area let in a lot of light and gave a good view out. Simply getting into the Prius usually brought a great sense of relief.I regularly took the wheel of the Prius … [Read more...] about There’s nothing to be scared of here: we say goodbye to our Toyota Prius