PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Obama Endorses Conservative Corporatist Democrat Dianne Feinstein” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

LOS ANGELES — Former President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bid to fend off a reelection challenge from the Democratic Party’s left flank, calling the California senator “one of America’s most effective champions for progress.” The endorsement — a rare intervention from Obama — served as the highest profile rebuke yet of state Sen. Kevin de León’s long-shot effort to unseat Feinstein.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Teacher Fired for Calling Military ‘The Lowest of the Low'” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the U.S. military has been fired by the suburban Southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years. El Rancho Unified School District President Aurora R. Villon announced Gregory Salcido’s dismissal at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. She said he would remain on unpaid administrative leave pending any appeal he might make to state officials. In January Salcido upbraided a 17-year-old student for wearing a Marines sweatshirt to his class at El Rancho High School, telling him members of the U.S. military are “the lowest of our low.”

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Only ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ Will Stop Shootings – Florida Politician” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

A Florida state senator said the only thing that is going to stop “the evil” behind mass shootings is to send “thoughts and prayers.” During a debate on a proposed assault weapons ban in the Florida legislature on Saturday, state Sen. Kelli Stargel (R) said she finds it offensive when people tell her that the kind words are not enough to stop mass shootings.