Betsy DeVos

Commentary: Under the House Tax Plan, Grad Students Would Help Pay for Trump’s Kids to Inherit His Estate

Every year, millions of college students face sky-high tuition and burdensome student debt. Now they can also look forward to funding handouts for …


Allegations Against Al Franken Could Cost Democrats A Progressive Fighter In The Senate

The Minnesota Democrat has made a name for himself with his tough questioning of Donald Trump's nominees.<p>WASHINGTON ― The allegations of sexual harassment against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) could cost Democrats a progressive voice who distinguished himself with his tough and incisive questioning of …

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Trump's choice for HHS secretary made millions off pharma

<b>AZAR MADE MILLIONS OFF PHARMA —</b> HHS secretary nominee Alex Azar made nearly $2 million in his last year atop drug giant Eli Lilly’s U.S. arm before leaving in January. But since his departure, he’s continued to rake in the industry money, POLITICO's Adam Cancryn reports.<p>— <b>Looking at his lucrative</b> …


Don't Look Now, but Betsy DeVos's Private School Voucher Project Is Steaming Along

<b>BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT</b>Betsy DeVos at CPAC. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)This is being written before a final vote has been taken …


Accountability a question in Nevada school-choice program

Standardized tests are a given in public school, and they're mandatory for Nevada private schools participating in the state's budding school-choice …


Anna Ziegler’s “Actually” Joins the National Conversation About Sexual Assault

Some of the many questions and concerns raised by the recent onslaught of news regarding sexual abuse and harassment are at the forefront of Anna …

New York City

The Trump Administration’s Slow But Steady Undoing of the Department of Education

Nearly one year ago, on November 23, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Betsy DeVos, a pay-for-play billionaire …


WATCH LIVE: White House holds press briefing

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is set to hold a press briefing on Monday as the Trump administration announced it was designating North Korea a state sponsor of terror.<p><i>This event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.</i><p>Members past and present of President Trump's inner circle

Donald Trump

How GOP Tax Policy Clobbers College Borrowers

If one wanted to lower the onerous cost of college, you could offer more grants to replace loans, provide bigger subsidies to colleges or pull federal research money from colleges that don’t lower tuition and fees.<p>There is a fourth way: Offer a generous state and federal tax credit to those who pay …

Richard Cordray

Unaccountable Public Schools

California schools keep changing the standards of measuring them in order to keep pace with declining performance.


NY Times Chides D.C. Bible Museum, Suggests Critics of Islam as Bad as ISIS

The <i>New York Times</i> jabbed at Christians and conservatives in two articles Saturday related to museum exhibitions. Emily Cochrane nitpicked the new …

Conservative View

Is Trump Restoring Separation of Powers?

Several of his officials are working to contain the administrative state.<p>Our Constitution carefully separates the legislative, executive, and …

Conservative View

Article: Betsy DeVos greeted by protesters as she visits Houston Area High School

(Image by Egberto Willies) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>Phones calls, tweets, texts, and Facebook messages started flying between Houston …


What’s next for the CFPB’s work on education issues

<i>With help from Benjamin Wermund</i><p><b>WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE CFPB’S WORK ON EDUCATION ISSUES:</b> As President Donald Trump looks to reshape the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau following the resignation last week of its Obama-appointed director, it could spell major changes for some of the bureau’s work on …


Mismanagement, Fraud and Worker Abuse at Charter Schools Are Driving School Staff to Unionize

Unionized teachers with ASPIRA charter school network rally outside an ASPIRA high school to convince the company's management to come to terms on a …


White House Hosted NCAA Champs — What Trump Did With Oklahoma Women's Team May Raise Eyebrows

President Donald Trump spent part of his day on Friday greeting last year's NCAA championship teams in a variety of sports. Men's and women's teams …

Donald Trump

The ‘DeVos effect’ on the November elections

The slew of Democratic victories in November’s state and local elections were seen as a rebuke of President Trump, whose approval ratings have hit historical lows. This post looks at where his education policies, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, were part of the debate during the election …


Republican "Experts"

It has been said that Newt Gingrich is “a dumb person’s idea of a smart person.” Who coined that phrase is a matter of scholarly dispute, but there …

Liberal View

Picking middle-class pockets to deliver for donors

If you’ve somehow escaped the news since the last presidential election and just heard that the Republican-controlled Congress, with President …

Social Justice

U.S. Department of Education Awards $2 Million Project SERV Grant To USVI

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $2 million Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant to the U.S. Virgin Islands, …


New PACs are emerging on the left and the right to get women elected in 2018

• <b>Both on the left and the right, prominent donors and strategists are building new organizations to promote female candidates in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.</b>• <b><br>On the left, a new initiative led by Sen. Bernie Sanders' deputies and surrogates will focus on electing working class women and</b> …

U.S. Politics

Years in the Making, Bible Museum Opens in Washington

WASHINGTON — Carol Haun has waited years for a museum dedicated to the Bible. On Friday, her prayers were answered.<p>Ms. Haun, a Bible study teacher from Charlotte, N.C., was among the first visitors to the Museum of the Bible, which opens to the public this weekend. It houses more than 500 biblical …

U.S. Politics

Oh Brother: What's in Store for Betsy DeVos if Erik Prince Runs for Senate?

Betsy DeVos became U.S. secretary of education in 2017. Could her brother Erik Prince become a U.S. senator in 2019? And what would or could it mean …

Trump Administration

Absurd ways the wealthy will benefit from the Senate's tax bill

Champagne in every pot and a private jet in every garage.

Louise Linton

What’s the Republicans’ game plan for 2018 elections? -

It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Trump’s base?<p>If Sir Thomas More were alive today, that’s what he might say about congressional Republicans who gave their political souls in exchange for Trump’s support because they thought they needed it to be reelected. …

Liberal View

N.C.A.A. Champs Visit the White House

There were wrestlers from Pennsylvania, bowlers from Illinois and skiers from Utah. There were two teams from the University of Maryland and four from the University of Oklahoma. Each team — 18 in all — had won an N.C.A.A. championship, and on Friday each arrived at the White House to be recognized …

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The most surprising thing about the Museum of the Bible, the newest addition to the string of museums dotting downtown Washington, D.C., isn’t that …

Liberal View

The Instinct to Protect Each Other: An Interview with Vanessa Grigoriadis - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>“AH, WELL you’ll be jaded before long,” Vanessa Grigoriadis tells me when I admitted my novice status as an interviewer during our conversation over</i> …


Follow these simple rules for Thanksgiving and nobody will get hurt

Julie Jacobson, Associated Press fileThere’s always the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — that’s non-controversial, right?Here at Thanksgiving …



The U. has been repped at the White House.<p>The University of Utah ski team posed with President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy Devos on …

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