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Florida teacher drops N-word in class and tells white girls not to date black boys: ‘They’re not worth it’

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A Florida middle school teacher has been suspended after students told the administration that he made racist remarks in class last year.

Local news station Action News Jax reports that David Swinyar, a teacher at the Kernan Middle School in Jacksonville, has been suspended without pay for ten days after an investigation by the school concluded that he dropped the “n-word” in class and told students that “you should not be dating all these different African American boys because they are not worth it.”

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In addition to his racist comments, Swinyar also called his students “dumb” and would tell them that “you’re in my class because you failed” the Florida Standards Assessments tests.

The school’s principal called in the Office of Equity and Inclusion/Professional Standards after a parent complained about Swinyar’s remarks last fall. After its investigation, the office said it found “credible evidence” to back up the student’s claims.

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GOP’s cancellation of presidential primaries could blow up in Trump’s face — here’s why

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In recent weeks, Republican state party committees have been moving to cancel presidential primaries to prevent Never-Trump conservatives, like former Reps. Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) and former Gov. Bill Weld (R-MA), from challenging the president from the right. So far, Republicans in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina have all announced they will scrap the voting process for 2020.

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Nancy Pelosi faces serious challenges — but she’s failed miserably in two key ways

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As I wrote earlier this week, with its muddled messaging on impeachment, the House Democratic leadership may have figured out a way of both demoralizing the Democratic base and firing up Trump's supporters. It's a mess.

But fairness requires us to acknowledge an important fact: Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't have the votes to launch an official impeachment process. And it's not close. At present, The Washington Post's tally finds 137 members of the House in favor of launching an impeachment inquiry, with 92 opposed and 6 others not taking a position. Leadership can twist arms on a close vote, but when you're close to 100 votes shy of a majority, it's impossible to whip a measure across the finish line--especially one of such consequence.

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Trump’s anti-worker labor nominee is more like the ‘Secretary of Corporate Interests’

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Progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers expressed serious concerns Thursday about corporate attorney Eugene Scalia — President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department — as the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee met to consider his nomination.

"Instead of nominating a Secretary of Labor, President Trump has nominated a Secretary of Corporate Interests," declared Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member. "If there's one consistent pattern in Mr. Scalia's long career, it's hostility to the very workers he would be charged with protecting, and the very laws he would be charged with enforcing if he were confirmed."

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