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Backs To Betsy DeVos; Scholarships Denied; Paul Ryan Visits A Charter School

Hello and welcome to another edition of NPR Ed's weekly national education news roundup!<p><b>DeVos heckled at Bethune-Cookman University</b><p>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' first commencement address since taking office was interrupted by persistent boos when she addressed graduates at a private, Christian, …

Education

Judge orders government to turn over documents from Rudy Giuliani on travel ban

By Matt Zapotosky<p>, Reporter<p>A federal judge in Michigan this week ordered the Trump administration to turn over communications from Rudolph W. Giuliani and other advisers on the president’s controversial travel ban. Those suing over the matter hope the documents will bolster their bid to prove the …

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Iowa city inviting public comment on body-worn camera policy

Dubuque, Iowa, sought input from the public on its new police body camera policy on Tuesday — which to the eight community members who turned out — seemed like a good start. The police department received a grant from the Department of Justice for $61,230, which would be matched by the city, to …

Texas Southern cancels Cornyn’s commencement address

Texas Southern University said Friday that Sen. John Cornyn will no longer speak Saturday during the historically black college’s commencement ceremony.<p>The announcement — two days after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed during a commencement address at a historically black college in …

Elizabeth Warren on Republicans and Trump’s 'nonsense'

Fmr. Rep. David Jolly: "I hope the GOP loses in November"<p>06:41<p>Fmr. Rep. David Jolly: 'I hope the GOP loses in November'<p>06:41<p>Democrat in reach of …

Elections

Michelle Obama criticizes Trump administration's school lunch policy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former first lady Michelle Obama expressed concern Friday over the Trump administration's decision to scale back school meal nutritional requirements.<p>"You have to stop and think, 'Why don't you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you, and why is that a …

Trump doesn’t think daily press briefings are necessary anymore

The White House daily press briefing has been a journalistic institution for more than 100 years, forcing administrations to clarify their positions, …

People are hiding Sean Spicer cutouts "among" their bushes in the best meme of the week

Few moments from the ongoing fallout surrounding Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey offered more comic relief this week than …

Michelle Obama attacks Donald Trump for gutting her legacy – video

At a Partnership for a Healthier America summit in Washington, the former first lady Michelle Obama has attacked the Republican administration for damaging her efforts to reduce childhood obesity. She asks the audience to “think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap”.

Paul Ryan on Trump and Comey: 'I'm focusing on what's in my control'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Speaker Paul Ryan deflected the question Friday when asked about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump's related tweets this week.<p>"I'm focusing on what's in my control, and that is what is Congress doing to solve people's problems," the …

Trump’s ‘tapes’ tweet is too much. Hasn’t the GOP had enough?

By Jennifer Rubin<p>Opinion writer<p>President Trump tweeted this morning, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” One doesn’t know if this is a threat or another bit of bluster. Congress should immediately issue a subpoena for all …

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Donald Trump threatened James Comey via Twitter. This is not a test.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Just 72 hours after his shocking decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn Comey not to share the contents of their private conversations.<p>"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts …

Dems escalate talk of Trump impeachment

As the White House descended into turmoil over the firing of FBI Director James Comey, congressional Democrats sharply escalated their rhetoric over President Donald Trump's impeachment and even imprisonment.<p>In late-night tweets Thursday, several Democrats strongly suggested they believe Trump …

'Paedophile advice' on Arizona radio station causes fury

<b>An online petition has been launched by residents of the town of Benson in the US state of Arizona against a radio station which broadcast advice late at night on how to hide child pornography.</b><p>Statements aired by the station over a two-year period gave tips on how to disguise viewing such …

Crime

Qantas CEO Gets Pie in Face From Gay Marriage Opponent

CANBERRA, Australia — A man who squashed a lemon meringue pie into Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce's face during a public address in Australia said Wednesday he was protesting Joyce's advocacy for same-sex marriage.<p>Joyce, a gay, Irish-born 50-year-old, was giving a speech to 500 people in …

Trump’s Constantly Changing Lies Are Making Life Impossible for His Defenders

When Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey yesterday, the word came down from the administration that the cause of the sacking was the …

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What Congress can learn from Kansas’s failed tax experiment

If President Trump and his supporters want to know how his proposed tax cuts will play out, they should look at what’s happened in Kansas since 2012.<p>That year, Gov. Sam Brownback pushed through aggressive tax cuts very similar to what Trump wants Congress to do. The state increased the standard …

Economics

Senator: Hire Comey to lead Senate panel's probe into Russia ties

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. Angus King had a novel suggestion Wednesday, telling CNN's "New Day" he'll push for the Senate intelligence committee to hire ousted FBI Director James Comey to lead its investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.<p>"I had a fun idea in the middle of the night," …

Trump to stay in N.J. to avoid causing 'big disruption' in NYC

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that he will be working from his golf club in New Jersey instead of New York City this weekend.<p>“Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!,” Trump …

Ben Carson Wants To Make Sure Homeless Shelters Aren’t Too ‘Comfortable,’ Or People Might ‘Just Stay’

Despite losing out to Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination and the White House itself, Ben Carson never left the limelight. Following his confirmation as the president’s Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, the retired neurosurgeon has earned ridicule for saying …

Trump busting presidential norms with weekend getaways

POTUS has now spent 14 straight weekends visiting his business properties.<p>Forget the occasional skeet shooting trip to Camp David or golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base. President Donald Trump has established a new normal for a commander in chief’s leisure time by spending his 14th consecutive …

Jeff Sessions hearing: Activist's giggle leads to conviction

<b>(CNN) —</b> What started as a chuckle during Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing for attorney general escalated into a court case and a conviction for the woman behind the laugh.<p>If you weren't listening closely, you'd have missed Desiree Fairooz 's laughter about 35 minutes into the January hearing.<p>It …

House Republicans claim a major victory with passage of health-care overhaul

By Ed O'Keefe<p>, Reporter<p>Paige Winfield Cunningham<p>, Reporter<p>Amy Goldstein<p>, Reporter<p>House Republicans on Thursday narrowly passed a controversial bill to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, claiming a major victory even as the measure faces an uncertain fate in the closely divided Senate.<p>Under …

Health Care

First female usher in WH history no longer in post

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> White House chief usher Angella Reid, the first woman to serve in the position, is no longer in her post, a White House official confirmed Friday. The official gave no reason when asked.<p>"We left on very good terms and wish her the best and certainly hope for great things for her …

The White House

All Major TV Networks Block Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Ad

The major television networks have all decided not to run Donald Trump’s so-called “fake news” ad, according to a statement released by his …

Texas Moves To Block Medicaid Funding For Planned Parenthood

The decision affects 11,000 low-income Texans.<p>Texas officials said they will block the women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood from Medicaid funding in 30 days, fulfilling a threat made more than a year ago.<p>The move, announced Tuesday by a state Health and Human Services official, will …

Pot Use In Pregnancy Is Going Up. Here's What We Know So Far About Its Effects

It could have some serious, long-term effects on the child.<p>Pregnant women are using more pot than they used to, according to a large survey of 200,000 women in the U.S.<p>While rates of use are still low overall among pregnant women, they’ve increased a dramatic 62 percent over the past 12 years, …

Transgender rights: France scraps sterilisation in status law

<b>Gay and transgender activists have welcomed a new French law that lets transgender people change their legal status without having to be sterilised.</b><p>The activist group ILGA-Europe called it "clear progress" that "another European country has dispensed with the shameful practice of sterilisation".<p>But …

LGBTQI