All Marana and Sahuarita schools to close Thursday during Arizona teachers’ walkout

Sahuarita Unified School District also will close all its schools on both Thursday and Friday, as more than half of its teachers told district officials they plan to take part in the strike. … Tucson Unified School District, the city’s largest, expects to announce Tuesday afternoon whether it will close schools.

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A Lot Of People Want To Review The Michael Cohen Raid Documents

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It turns out a lot of people might review the documents swept up in the Michael Cohen raids, including the president himself.

A quick recap — investigators raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room in early April. The complication in this case is Cohen is a lawyer, so some of those materials could be covered by attorney-client privilege

The government wants to designate a secondary team of prosecutors to review the materials and determine what items are off-limits for the prosecutors investigating Cohen.

Attorneys for Cohen, the Trump Organization and his highest-profile client, President Donald Trump, submitted letters to the court explaining how they’d review all the documents to determine what’s privileged.

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Cohen’s team has a group of 27 attorneys and technology professionals at the ready.

Lawyers for the Trump Organization have an external company ready to review, as well as eight lawyers and two paralegals. 

Lawyers representing President Trump have two external companies and their own attorneys lined up to look over all the documents. Plus, they told the court the president “will make himself available, as needed, to aid in our privilege review on his behalf.”

But there’s more. The judge overseeing the case might appoint a special master — a third party that would review the documents to determine what is privileged. Ultimately, it’s the judge’s decision and she might make a ruling as soon as Thursday afternoon. 

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Trump Saw A Disturbing Video, Then He Shut Down The CIA’s Covert Syria Program

By zerohedge While we’ve carefully documented the dynamics in play behind Trump’s decision to end the CIA’s covert Syria program, as well as the corresponding fury this immediately unleashed among the usual hawkish DC policy wonks, new information on what specifically impacted the president’s thinking has emerged. Thomas Joscelyn, a Middle East analyst for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, […]

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EPA Head Scott Pruitt Will Face 2 House Panels Thursday

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Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt will appear before two House panels on Thursday, and his numerous questionable ethics decisions are likely to come up.

Here’s a quick refresher: 

Pruitt was revealed to have rented a D.C. apartment from a lobbyist for a favorable rate. 

Reports he was spending well more than his predecessors on security and first-class travel also started to circulate. 

Pruitt also allegedly forced out or demoted five staffers who disagreed with his spending habits. 

Two of Pruitt’s senior staffers got large raises, though Pruitt claims he wasn’t aware of that decision.  

And probably most worrying for Pruitt, he could — in theory — face criminal charges for spending $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth.

Pruitt is under numerous investigations into his actions, including multiple inquiries from both the EPA itself and the White House. Other investigations are underway in both chambers of Congress, the Government Accountability Office and Office of Government Ethics.

Pruitt will speak before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on environment in the morning, then the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee in the afternoon.

Lawmakers have published Pruitt’s prepared opening statement. The New York Times also reportedly got ahold of Pruitt’s prepared responses to questions about his actions. Those reportedly include spreading blame, outright denial and assertions that changes have already been made. 

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Former President George H. W. Bush Out Of ICU

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Former President George H. W. Bush is out of the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, according to a spokesperson. 

The 41st president was admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning with an infection that had spread to his blood. He was admitted just hours after the funeral for his wife, Barbara Bush. 

A statement Wednesday said the former president was alert and talking to hospital staff, friends and family. Bush’s son Jeb said his father is expected to be released from the hospital on Friday.

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