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In other news, the Trump regime is reportedly considering new family separation policies backed by Stephen Miller

In related news, a teacher has been suspended for disclosing that Stephen Miller ate glue in 3rd grade.

Finally, the Campaign Legal Center has filed a lawsuit against Georgia secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp for withholding tens of thousands of voter registrations.

Here are some other stories I didn't get to this week:

Pro Publica reports that Trump personally lobbied Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on behalf of billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson when Abe visit the Mar-a-Lago last year. Trump reportedly urged Abe to approve a casino license for Adelson.

During a meeting at Mar-a-Lago that weekend, Trump raised Adelson’s casino bid to Abe, according to two people briefed on the meeting. The Japanese side was surprised.

“It was totally brought up out of the blue,” according to one of the people briefed on the exchange. “They were a little incredulous that he would be so brazen.” After Trump told Abe he should strongly consider Las Vegas Sands for a license, “Abe didn’t really respond, and said thank you for the information,” this person said.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says any future trade talks with China must cover currency manipulation, but Mnuchin's own staff just concluded that China isn't manipulating their currency.

Moody’s Investors Service says the United States' credit rating could be downgraded if economic inequality continues to accelerate.

EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler has been caught liking some extremely racist things on social media, such as a picture of the Obama's with a banana.

Westmoreland Coal, one of the oldest and biggest coal companies in America, has filed for bankruptcy.

Radio Free Europe reports that the Skripal poisoning suspects followed Skripal on trips through Europe in the years before they tried to kill him.

Bloomberg reports that the super rich are now sheltering some of their money from taxes by parking it inside charitable entities that don't have to actually pay out anything.

Trump's lawyers are reportedly preparing to answer written questions from special prosecutor Robert Mueller concerning collusion with Russia in 2016.

Now, here's some more creepy robotics:

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  • Christopher Foxx

    In related news, a teacher has been suspended for disclosing that Stephen Miller ate glue in 3rd grade.

    In other news, a teacher has been suspended for disclosing personal information about a 3rd grader.

    But, since it’s about someone we don’t like, we’re supposed to think the teacher’s being mistreated?

    • Not the same category. It’s not anything about his grades, medical problems, or such information that would be normally protected. It’s an anecdote like one you’ll read in any profile of someone where they’ve interviewed their teachers.

      • Christopher Foxx

        The reason not to release grades is, in large part, to avoid holding a student up to public ridicule. Most anecdotes you read from old teachers are along the lines of how so-and-so was a good student, or showed some positive trait early. That they ate glue, had a messy desk and were “a strange” dude is not similar.

        I grant you it’s not a big deal. And were I in charge of the school, after suspending the teacher while we figured out what to do, I’d probably come down on the side of returning her to work and making it very clear to her and all teachers that, regardless of the passage of years, they are NOT to talk publicly about students.

        But let’s not deny that it’s in appropriate and try to brush it off with a “this happens all the time” just because it’s about someone we don’t like.

        • No, it’s not inappropriate, in that it’s an anecdote about a former student who is now a public figure, and if anything, mostly amusing. It wasn’t anything legally protected, and seriously? It was an overreaction by the school district.

          • Christopher Foxx

            A teacher talking publicly about a student’s behaviour is inappropriate. As I said, perhaps not a big deal in a particular case, and perhaps some find it “amusing” rather than embarrassing (which Miller might). But neither of those switch it to being appropriate.

    • swift_4

      Easy solution. The teacher just needs to say she’s not glueist and she’s sorry if anyone got offended. Then she goes back to work the same day. That’s how it works from the other side. So fair’s fair.