Alternative Facts aka Fake News

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week By The Associated Press A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real… Read more »

2018 election Pinellas County Commission

Besides on sea-level rise prep, 3 GOP Pinellas Commission candidates mostly agree

The three Republicans running for Pinellas County Commission District 6 faced off Thursday afternoon at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg; the three are State Representative Kathleen Peters, Pinellas Tea Party founder Barb Haselden and State Representative Larry Ahern. They agreed on many issues, like their support for a Florida constitutional amendment that would… Read more »

immigration migrant families

US administration says nearly half of the small children are still separated from their families

US: Nearly half of youngest children not rejoining families By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents. But nearly half of the children under 5 remain separated from their… Read more »

Families Belong Together rally in Tampa migrants immigrants

Congress battles again over family separations policies

Battle over family separations flairs anew in Congress By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ fight over President Donald Trump’s now abandoned policy of separating migrant families stirred anew Wednesday, drawing fresh attention to an issue that has divided Republicans and that Democrats hope will propel voters their way in the midterm elections. The… Read more »

Fakety Fake McFakeface news this week

Fake news: A look at what didn’t happen this week By The Associated Press A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:… Read more »

Three Very Different Books + One EP on Life Elsewhere

About a week or so ago, late night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon introduced The Tonight Show’s first ever book club and included The Immortalists, the brilliant new novel by Chloe Benjamin. Perhaps, because Fallon has come under critical scrutiny after his gentle-cozy interview with Trump, the least cerebral of late-night comedians is not usually… Read more »

“I’m not a radical, and I’m not an activist” ~ Moms become protest leaders

Moms outraged by family separations become protest leaders By GILLIAN FLACCUS and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Immigrants who have spent years fighting to change the country’s immigration system are getting newfound support from liberal activists, moms and first-time protesters motivated by a visceral narrative: President Donald Trump’s administration separating children from their… Read more »

A Beautifully Complex Debut on Life Elsewhere

The demure young woman sitting opposite me gives no clue that she is the author of the most beautifully complex and engrossing book I’ve read in ages. Her darkly comedic interconnected stories follow Elena Rubik, her best friend Jules Valentine, and wannabe investigative reporter April Kuan, as a viral marketing scheme’s motivations become a cause… Read more »

Update on the separation of families at the border on World Refugee Day

The Latest: Justice Dept. calls executive order ‘stopgap’ WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A senior Justice Department official says President Donald Trump’s executive order is a stopgap measure to end the separation of families as they cross the border illegally and face criminal prosecution…. Read more »