After reading “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” I decided I wanted today’s Buzz to be themed with pictures by Walker Evans of the rural south in the mid 1930s-40s.

Right Now w/ Ben DeClue

What I’m reading – Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

What I’m watching – Doctor Foster

What I’m doing – Dragging myself back into work routine after a nice week of vacation.


5 Education Stories To Watch In 2017: The election of Donald Trump has changed the landscape for K-12 and higher education. In his annual New Year’s predictions, NPR’s Claudio Sanchez tells us what he thinks it all means.

A President Without an Administration: President-elect Donald Trump will take the reins of the federal government on January 20. How many people he will have by his side on that date is very much in question.

The GOP’s Ethics Disaster: I have rarely been more angry or dismayed at the conduct of Congress than I was Monday night with the unconscionable, deplorable, underhanded move by Representative Bob Goodlatte to eviscerate and undermine the Office of Congressional Ethics. When House Speaker Paul Ryan and his counterpart Nancy Pelosi indicated weeks ago that they would continue OCE, the reform community—left and right—breathed a sigh of relief. Ryan, like his predecessor John Boehner, had seen the value to the integrity of the House of the office, which has been a stalwart of bipartisan and nonpartisan comity and independence. That makes this bait-and-switch action even more outrageous.



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#LocalGov Confidential

St. Louis business owner has $1 million mansion in Wildwood but votes in the city: Politically connected Khaled Salameh lists north St. Louis car lot as his residence in voter records. He insists he sleeps only in the city.

Missouri capital city considers free Uber service on governor’s Inauguration Day: Measure receives support from Jefferson City mayor and Gov.-elect Eric Greitens.

Mo. Lt. Gov.-elect Parson recovering from heart surgery: Parson says he will be ready to take office Jan. 9, Inauguration Day.

Greitens: ‘I have completely ruled out state funding for stadiums’: “We are not going to use money from the people of the state of Missouri for what I believe is corporate welfare,” Greitens said Monday. “We’ve got far too many core priorities of government that have to be invested in.”

Greitens chooses Sikeston police chief as state public safety director: Chief Drew Juden also oversees Sikeston’s fire department. St. Louis Fire Department’s Gregg Favre will be deputy director of public safety.