Friday, March 22, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Friday Edition): On The Week That Was

We begin with  some perspective worth noting:

With the focus on the Mueller Report, President Trump's latest Twitterstorm and Congressional Investigations,  the on-going daily Government Affairs is not getting as much coverage as the budget deliberations begin.  A sampling of some of the headlines is hereby noted: 

Trump's Budget Calls for Lower Medicaid Spending, New Infrastructure Money

Trump's Budget Calls for Lower Medicaid Spending, New Infrastructure Money

BILL LUCIA  |   The president's fiscal 2020 spending plan also renews calls for cutting popular grant programs.
 Cuts to Military Medical Force Included in Pentagon Budget
Patients at military hospitals and clinics can expect to see far fewer uniformed doctors when they go for appointments on base. Read More

The Trump administration's fiscal 2020 defense budget asks Congress to slash funding for commissaries by $271 million. Read More
A new class of U.S. Navy towing, salvage and rescue ships will be named Navajo in recognition of the Diné people. Read More
The Marine Corps has become the last service to remove time-in-service requirements for members wishing to use their Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits. Read More

There is also a major ruling out of Wisconsin regarding the stripping of the Governor of Powers:

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Mother Jones – Ari Berman – Mar 21, 10:14 AM
Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin acted illegally in December by stripping power from the state's newly elected Democratic governor before he could take office, a judge ruled Thursday. A month after the November election, Wisconsin's…

..and As the College Admissions scandal made the headlines, @Kaltoons had its' own take:

 This was the take courtesy of the New York Times:

The Moral Wages of the College Admissions Mania

EdSource, the leading site for Education here in California which we've periodically featured in our Education Property noted the following:
USC names its next president: Former UNC chancellor Carol Folt
By Moriah Balingit, Nick Anderson and Susan Svriuga, Washington Post,March 20
USC has lost its way. Here' s how the new president can put it back on track
By Steve Lopez, The Los Angeles Times, March 20
Elite colleges constantly tell low-income students they do not belong
By Clint Smith, The Atlantic, March 18
Want to know where 2020 Democratic contenders stand on education? Don't look at their websites
By Alyson Klein, Education Week, March 20
As college consulting expands, are high school counselors advocates or adversaries?
By Dana Goldstein, The New York TimesMarch 20

Beyond the US Shores, there is Israel as demolitions occur in the occupied territories:

There is also the upcoming Israeli Elections as of one of its' leading analysts weighted in as President Trump intervened with a declaration on the Golan Heights and the Secretary of State's Visit to Israel and a visit to the Western Wall.  This is as our team will continue to assess #Brexit with profound implications--including the UK activating emergency plans in the event of a No-Brexit.   

We conclude with this from Saudi Arabia on Women Activists courtesy Human Rights Watch:

Human Rights Watch – Mar 20, 11:00 PM
(Beiru) – Saudi Arabia's charges against women's rights defenders appear almost entirely related to their human rights activities, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia opened individual trials on March 13, 2019 of 11 activists, most…

..and this from New Zealand as it dealt with its' Gun Laws and Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times asked the key question: 
The New York Times – Nicholas Kristof – Mar 20, 4:35 PM
When a terrorist massacred 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately grasped the nettle. “I can tell you one thing right now,” she told a news conference. “Our gun laws will…

& One Final Thought On @POTUS @realDonaldTrump as the #2020Campaign is in full swing:  

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