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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

LATEST CANCEL NEWS – FROM FOX:   Immigration activists are objecting to renaming a Chicago school after Barack Obama.  "I will not be part of renaming a school after someone who did not and does not represent the undocumented community," said District 60 school board member Edgar Castellanos, who says he came to the U.S. as an undocumented child, according to ABC 7 Chicago.  Waukegan's Board of Education met Tuesday evening to debate renaming Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Daniel Webster Middle School, after it was decided the historical figures either owned slaves or supported slavery.  One of the top contenders for Thomas Jefferson Middle School’s new name is that of the first Black president, Barack Obama, and former First Lady Michelle. But that name is drawing the ire of immigration activists and some in the Latino community. Activists staged a protest outside the board meeting Tuesday.  "From the time Barack Obama became President until 2017 when he left, he today is still the highest-ranking president with deportations in our nation," said Julie Contreras, who runs shelters for immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. She said Obama failed to deliver on his promises on immigration.  Obama just isn't WOKE enough.  We knew it all along.

THE DEMOCRATS EAT THEIR OWN – FROM FOX:   With the early steps in determining the Democrats' next presidential nominating process now underway, there's a burgeoning intra-party battle over whether Iowa and New Hampshire should retain their positions as the first caucus state and first primary state on the party's nominating calendar.  Multiple Democratic sources confirm to Fox News that some senior party elders and leaders, as well as some Democratic National Committee (DNC) members, are quietly discussing making major changes to the party's presidential nominating calendar.  Among the ideas are pushing South Carolina and Nevada – which have much more diverse Democratic electorates than Iowa and New Hampshire – to the front of the primary and caucus calendar. Also under discussion are kicking off the process with multiple states holding contests on the same day, and phasing out the remaining caucuses in favor of primary elections.  Sources say that among those discussing such changes are former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. Both are longtime rainmakers in the Democratic Party who have close ties to President Biden, who will likely have the ultimate say in whether there are dramatic changes to the party's nominating calendar.  Iowa, whose caucuses for half a century have kicked off the nominating calendar, has long faced criticism amid party circles that its lack of diversity should disqualify it as the leadoff contest. New Hampshire, which goes second in the calendar and for a century's held the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, has faced similar critiques.  The sad fact is that "diversity" is a code word meaning groups popular on the political left.  It doesn't mean anyone else.  Yes, neither Iowa nor New Hampshire have large non-white populations, and it's legitimate to consider that.  But both states have other groups that add overall diversity, like farmers in Iowa or high-tech specialists in New Hampshire.  We have to expand our meaning of diversity.

March 31, 2021