DeVos Set to Take Over Education System Where Test Scores Have Stalled

If confirmed as education secretary by the U.S. Senate, Betsy DeVos will take over a national education system with an improving graduation rate but stagnant test scores, despite a reform effort under the Obama administration that pumped billions into the worst-performing schools. Ms. DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee, is awaiting a Senate committee vote Tuesday. She would likely maintain her commitment to expand the use of charter schools and vouchers for students to attend private school, a departure for a top administrator of an education system built largely on traditional public…

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Republicans: you have to pass our health care plan to find out what’s in it

The most ill-advised remark of the fight to pass Obamacare arguably came from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy,” she said. That “fog of controversy” bit — which is usually dropped from recitations of Pelosi’s quote — reveals what she was actually saying, which was that once the fight over the law’s passage died down, the American people would find there was quite a lot to like in it. But Republicans…

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The Apple Watch doesn’t have to trade fashion for fitness

Apple’s products are saddled with astronomical expectations, but in recent years perhaps none was so anticipated as the Apple Watch, Apple’s first go at tapping into the budding wearables market. It may not be fair to say that the Watch didn’t live up to those expectations, but early versions of the device, and especially its software, received a lukewarm reception. Since its initial launch, Apple has taken steps to change not only the Watch and its operating system, but also its overall perception and marketing message. They’re ditching something that…

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Hillary Clinton warns fake news can have ‘real world consequences’

Hillary Clinton issued a call to action against the “epidemic” of fake news in a rare public appearance since her unexpected loss to Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee warned that the proliferation of false news stories online can have “real world consequences”, alluding to an incident over the weekend in which a man opened fire at Comet Ping Pong after reading a false news story that purported the DC pizzeria was harboring children as part of a sex ring led by Clinton. No one was injured. “This is not…

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It’s Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a Health Expert Lead HUD, Though

Donald Trump’s choice to have his one-time rival Ben Carson head the Department of Housing and Urban Development has triggered a lot of head-scratching. Carson’s ongoing dilly-dallying on whether to accept the job has perhaps driven many into full excoriation disorder, wondering why a retired neurosurgeon with no housing policy experience is even being considered. CityLab’s Kriston Capps assembled a comprehensive set of opinions from housing experts on why having Carson lead HUD would be a huge mistake—not least of which is the doctor’s allergy to fair housing principles. But…

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FASCINATING CHARTS REVEAL WHAT FOODS AMERICANS HAVE BEEN GOOGLING

KALE HAS OFFICIALLY HAD its day. According to data from Google, search interest in the leafy green peaked the week of January 5, 2014, and has been declining ever since. Today, people are all about cauliflower. Searches for Moscow mule are up, too. America’s culinary search history says a lot about the country’s changing appetites, but there’s more to be gleaned from that data than what people are eating. Designer Moritz Stefaner and his team at Truth & Beauty worked with Google News Labs to produce a captivating data visualization project they call The Rhythm…

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Rob Carrick: Have you saved enough for your health?

What we don’t talk about when we talk about aging is the cost of health care. The annual health-related cost to various levels of government for a 45-year-old might average about $2,675, according to data obtained by the actuarial firm Eckler Ltd. from the non-profit Canadian Institute for Health Information. Make that $6,235 for a 65-year-old and $30,100 for a 90-year-old. Spending by individuals rises, too. The institute says costs paid out of pocket for a range of medical care that includes prescription drugs (the portion not covered by provincial…

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Alia Bhatt Proves No Star Can Have Fun With Fashion The Way She Does

She is known to not strictly adhere to fashion norms. And actress Alia Bhatt once again ignored the trends to flaunt her own unique style during her recent public appearance. The actress, who will be seen in Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Dear Zindagi kept her look causal yet quirky as she teamed a black top with ripped jeans and completed the look by pairing this with a blazer adorned with floral prints. (Photo courtesy: Yogen Shah) Image: Yogen Shah A pair of sneakers with ‘On’ and ‘Off’ written over them…

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Abs or not, here’s how you can have Katrina Kaif’s Baar Baar Dekho wardrobe

Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif have been consistently toying with our hearts on social media while promoting their upcoming feature Baar Baar Dekho. The return of the cult favourite song ‘Kala Chashma’ has everyone practicing dance moves for upcoming sangeets even before the movie is out. But what we are crushing most on, other than Kaif’s incredibly fit abs, is her on-screen wardrobe. From her floral lehenga, to the perfect cutout swimsuit and the reflective sunglasses, here are the pieces you need to update your own wardrobe with.    [Source:-Vogue]

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Gluten-free food is a no-go at this café unless you have medical proof

There’s little evidence to support going on a gluten-free diet without a medical reason to do so, but you already knew that. It’s the current thing to eat gluten-free, perhaps thanks to a bunch of celebrities claiming that such a diet will give you more energy or incredible superpowers, but one lonely café is calling the gluten-free fanatic’s bluff. The White Moose Café in Dublin, Ireland ran out of patience with a customer who requested gluten-free pancakes without being a coeliac — nor did she know what the condition meant….

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