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Florida ‘Teacher of the Year’ candidate allowed boy to lick girl’s breast during class

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A Jacksonville, FL teacher was suspended without pay this week after he allowed students in his middle school classroom to play “Dirty Dare,” which led to one student exposing herself and a male student licking another girl’s breast.

Jacksonville’s News 4 TV said that 7th grade social studies teacher Brent Sawdy was suspended without pay on Monday after an investigation that began on May 5.

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According to investigators, Sawdy’s class had returned from a field trip to the Diamond D Ranch and the teacher told students he had some work to do and turned on a video by Bill Nye. When the class was inattentive to the video, he told them they could work together on note cards related to the class, put on music and sat at his desk.

Sawdy maintains that he was unaware of the game that unfolded between students, however reports say that students were kissing, sitting on each other’s laps and touching inappropriately in full view of their classmates.

Sawdy said that all he was aware of was that at one point he looked up and saw a male student slap a girl on the leg. He says he told the boy to stop and warned him that he was acting inappropriately.

News 4 said, “An investigator from Duval County Public Schools’ Office of Equity and Inclusion/Professional Standards determined ‘there is a preponderance of evidence to support the allegations that Mr. Sawdy failed to provide adequate supervision when he allowed students in his class to participate in an inappropriate game which involved kissing and exposure of private parts.'”

Investigators interviewed 15 students, not all of whom reported inappropriate behavior.

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Sawdy will be suspended for seven days without pay. The Florida Department of Children and Families conducted a parallel investigation and also found that Sawdy failed to provide adequate supervision.

In 2017, Sawdy was one of 15 semifinalists for Duval County Teacher of the Year.

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney caught on tape saying US is ‘desperate’

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was caught on tape admitting that, despite President Donald Trump's policy preferences, the United States is "desperate" for more immigrants, according to a recording obtained by the Washington Post.

He further undermined the administration's claims of its economic prowess, admitting that immigration is necessary for sustained economic growth.

"We are desperate — desperate — for more people," Mulvaney said, according to the post, stressing that it should be legal. "We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we've had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants."

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Intelligence failure: Donald Trump’s personal politics comes second to national security

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Joe Maguire, a Manhattan College alum whose life and career we admire, is out as President Trump’s acting director of national intelligence for committing an unpardonable sin. He told the unvarnished truth.A president needs confidence in his appointees. Trump apparently has more trust in Maguire’s replacement, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, despite the fact that he lacks a background in intelligence.But watch that trust evaporate if and when Grenell dares deliver facts the president really doesn’t want to hear.A week ago, a Maguire aide briefed the House Intelligence Committee on a bi... (more…)

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggests four more years of Trump might be better for Democratic Party

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As Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared headed for a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, MSNBC host Chris Matthews pondered whether President Donald Trump's re-election might be better for the Democratic establishment than the Vermont senator's multiracial, multigenerational movement taking over the party.

"I'm wondering if Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be President?" said Matthews. "Maybe that's too exciting a question to raise. Do they want Bernie to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? Maybe they'd rather wait 4 years and put in a Democrat that they like."

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