PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Arkansas Wants to Ban Howard Zinn Books from Public Schools” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

Republican Arkansas state Sen. Kim Hendren introduced a bill to the state legislature that will ban the works of historian Howard Zinn from any schools that receive public funds.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Pat Robertson: Climate Science is a Fundamentalist Religion” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

While more news came out today about the planet’s warming temperatures, Pat Robertson declared on “The 700 Club” that the earth may actually be cooling.

Robertson, while discussing Scott Pruitt, Trump’s climate-skeptic nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, attacked climate scientists and those who believe their findings about human influence on the climate.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Americans are Saying Hell No to Trump’s Extremist Appointments” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

Liberal groups have sought to jam Republican phones lines with protests of President Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education secretary.

Credo Action’s vice president and political director, Murshed Zaheed, said its members made 18,000 calls to members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on DeVos, targeting committee Democrats and key Republicans, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze is Hurting Veterans” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

President Donald Trump’s temporary hiring freeze on federal jobs is disproportionately affecting a group of his most loyal supporters: veterans, who receive preference in federal hiring. Some already have had job interviews canceled or postponed, advocacy groups say.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Saudi Religious Leader: Ban All ‘Atheistic and Rotten’ Movie Theaters” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

Saudi Arabia’s religious authority has said the legalisation of cinemas and concerts could lead to the “mixing of sexes” and “atheistic or rotten” influences in the conservative Islamic kingdom.