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Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Walker objects to Evers' education planScott Bauer of the Associated Press writes: "Gov. Scott Walker objected Wednesday to Wisconsin's education accountability plan drafted by a Democratic challenger in next year's election, saying it doesn't embrace enough innovative ideas to help turn around struggling schools. Walker sent a letter to state Superintendent Tony Evers asking him to rework the plan, which all states are required to submit to the federal government by Monday. Evers is one of several Democrats running for governor in 2018. He released the first draft of Wisconsin's Every Student Succeeds Act plan in April. Since then state Department of Public Instruction officials have been soliciting feedback from Walker, schools, state lawmakers and others. 'Your bureaucratic proposal does little to challenge the status quo for the benefit of Wisconsin's students,' Walker wrote to Evers. DPI spokesman Tom McCarthy said the department is confident the plan gives 'a roadmap for success' in Wisconsin, and looks forward to discussing it after it's made public Monday. Approval of the plan is not up to Walker, but to Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos. All 50 states must submit accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act in order to continue receiving federal education funding. Wisconsin gets more than $500 million per year in such funding." Read more.


Trump’s die-hard supporters are fuming after an apparent about-face on ‘dreamers’: Robert Costa of the Washington Post writes: "Staunch conservative allies of President Trump have erupted in anger and incredulity after Democrats late Wednesday announced that the president had agreed to pursue a legislative deal that would protect thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation but not secure Trump’s signature campaign promise: building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Nearing midnight and into Thursday, social media accounts came alive as elected officials and activists on the right dashed off tweets and posts to share their shock. And in between those posts, there was a flurry of fuming calls and text messages — a blaring political fire alarm among Trump’s die-hard supporters. 'The reality is sinking in that Trump administration is on the precipice of turning into an establishment presidency,' Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign adviser, said in an interview early Thursday morning. While the initial wave of fury could change direction as new details emerge, the torrent represented the first major break of Trump’s devoted base from the president on a core issue. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the GOP’s biggest immigration hawks, issued a dramatic warning to the president after he scrolled through news reports. 'If AP is correct, Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair,' King tweeted, referencing an Associated Press story on the bipartisan agreement." Read more.


Democratic group to target Wisconsin Senate races next year: Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "A Democratic group is targeting state Senate races in Wisconsin next year, seeking to reverse four straight elections of disappointing results for the party here. EMILY’s List, a group that backs female candidates who support abortion rights, is including the Wisconsin Senate in the 10 legislative chambers nationally where the group will try to defeat Republicans. Spokeswoman Alexandra De Luca said EMILY's List is still evaluating how much money the group will spend in Wisconsin, how those resources will be deployed and which specific districts will be targeted. Since 2011, GOP lawmakers in the state have put new limits on abortion, banning the procedure after 20 weeks from fertilization and requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The admitting privileges requirement was struck down by federal courts. 'Instead of allowing a woman and her doctor to decide what is best for her, Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate believe they should have final say,' EMILY’s List Executive Director Emily Cain said in a statement. 'That is why EMILY’s List is recruiting an historic number of strong, pro-choice Democratic women leaders in 2018 to hold these Republican legislators accountable.' But it won't be easy for Democrats to flip control of the state Senate, where Republicans currently hold a 20-13 advantage." Read more.

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Sean Spicer finally admits Melissa McCarthy SNL bit was 'kind of funny': Nick Romano of Entertainment Weekly writes: "Sean Spicer has called Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live impersonation of him 'over the line' at times and once claimed he slept through her sketches. However, the now-former White House Press Secretary admitted on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night that her first Spice-y monologue was 'kind of funny.' After watching a clip of McCarthy’s Spicer shoving pieces of gum into her mouth, the real Spicer quipped, 'You’re costing me, like, a lot of money in therapy.”' Spicer booked his first extensive interview since his unceremonious departure from the White House on Kimmel, where he discussed everything from 'fake news' to Donald Trump’s tweets to McCarthy. When asked what President Trump thought about the SNL impression, Spicer said, 'I don’t think he found as much humor as others.' Spicer also said he 'really didn’t ask a lot of questions,' so the fact that a woman was portraying him 'may have been a contributing factor' as to why Trump didn’t care for the McCarthy sketches as much. McCarthy won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the impression ahead of the awards ceremony Sunday night. 'I think we should share,' Spicer had said." Read more.


FBI reveals broader use of grand jury subpoenas in Clinton email probe: Josh Gerstein of Politico writes: "The FBI revealed Wednesday that it used grand jury subpoenas more broadly than previously known in the course of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account and server. A top FBI official disclosed in a court filing that grand jury subpoenas were used to try to obtain records not only from Clinton’s account but also from accounts belonging to people she was in contact with. 'In instances where the FBI discovered evidence of the potential unauthorized transmission of classified information from the [Clinton] personal email servers to private third party email accounts of individuals with whom Secretary Clinton corresponded and could establish sufficient probable cause, the FBI sought additional legal process, to include grand jury subpoenas, in order to obtain additional e-mails relevant to the FBI’s investigation,' Bill Priestap, the bureau’s assistant director for counterintelligence, wrote in a declaration filed in federal court in Washington. Priestap did not elaborate on which of Clinton’s associates had their email accounts targeted for grand jury subpoenas or whether they were notified of the requests." Read more.