Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:
Dulis: Mark Meadows: FBI ‘Well Aware the Dossier Was a Lie’ Before Moving to Spy on Trump Campaign
“A newly-uncovered document suggests that the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ), including the FBI, was ‘well aware’ that foreign agent Christopher Steele was trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election with disinformation — and yet still used his materials to spy on American citizens and the Trump campaign, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). […] Meadows’ statement came in response to a federal document recently unveiled by a Citizens United lawsuit — an email from Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, who met with Steele in October 2016 and recounted his desire to spread the lurid allegations of his since-debunked dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump. Solomon wrote on Tuesday: . . .”
Rush: Thomas L. Friedman’s Plan to Split the GOP to Beat Trump
“Tom Friedman has come up with a plan to split the Republican vote to get rid of Trump, not to elect any particular Democrat, just to get rid of Trump. And the Republican Never Trumpers like it. They’re talking about doing it. Putting a Never Trumper on the ballot to siphon just enough Republican votes away from Trump guaranteeing whoever the Democrat nominee is will win. […] The Friedman idea — let me attach a name to it. Somebody like Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who hates Trump, or Mitt Romney, who hates Trump and has run for president before. Find a way to get them on ballots in states that Trump has to win, narrowly won in 2016, get this Republican, whoever it is, on the ballot to split the Trump vote and thereby give the election to whoever the Democrat nominee is. That’s Thomas Friedman’s idea. Well, the news today is that in the dark and secret cloakrooms of the Republican establishment, they’re actually working on it. They are actually planning it.”
Beam: California overhauls sex education guidance for teachers
“California has overhauled its sex education guidance for public school teachers, encouraging them to talk about gender identity with kindergartners and give advice to LGBT teenagers for navigating relationships and having safe sex.
LGBT advocates praised the new recommendations for giving attention to a community that is often left out of sex education policies. But some parents and conservative groups assailed the more than 700-page document as an assault on parental rights, arguing it exposes children to ideas about sexuality and gender that should be taught at home. […] But it’s the parts about sex that got the most attention during a public hearing on Wednesday. The framework tells teachers that students in kindergarten can identify as transgender and offers tips for how to talk about that, adding ‘the goal is not to cause confusion about the gender of the child but to develop an awareness that other expressions exist.'”