Trump’s New Education Secretary Wants More ‘Virtual Schools’ and Her Agency to Be Destroyed

The Trump regime’s newly confirmed pick for Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is ready to shake up the establishment. How so? By gutting the agency she leads, introducing more “virtual schools,” and overseeing the rise of schools that “haven’t even been invented yet.” What does the last part mean? Damned if we know. In a new interview published this morning, political website Axios asked DeVos about what she expects to get done in the next four years. DeVos, an enemy of public schools, pledged to “slim down the department…

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Trump’s broken promise: More than 100 food and farm groups oppose labor secretary pick

On Monday, 105 food and agriculture organizations, representing more than 10 million people across the food system, sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging senators to oppose the confirmation of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder as secretary of labor. This clarion call from the nation’s farmers, food-system workers and public health advocates, led by Corporate Accountability International, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Friends of the Earth, and Real Food Media, comes on the heels of growing opposition and controversy surrounding Trump’s pick to head the Department of Labor. A recent Capital & Main investigation found…

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Trump’s ‘alternative facts’: Why the row about inauguration ‘lies’?

He has only been president for a few days – but already Donald Trump and his team are locked in a new dispute with US news organisations. The row over the coverage of his inauguration has provided the first indication of what Mr Trump’s relationship with the media will be like. And it has amazed even some of the most seasoned political commentators. What is the argument about? Photos showed more people had attended the swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama in 2009 than Mr Trump’s inauguration on Friday. The number…

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Meghan Markle shares a series of uplifting lifestyle mantras as she hints at ‘uncertain times’ (on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration)

As well as being a successful actress and the girlfriend of one of the world’s most famous royals, she is a self-styled lifestyle blogger. And Meghan Markle has taken to her website once again to share a series of ‘quotes to live by’ – on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. The Suits actress posted mantras from figures including Oprah Winfrey, Gandhi and Mother Teresa on her website The Tig on Friday. Scroll down for video Meghan Markle took to her website on Friday to…

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President Donald Trump’s first executive order called a “bomb” by one health care expert

Donald Trump’s first order of business as president was to sign an executive order instructing federal agencies to relieve the “burdens” of the Affordable Care Act. The vague language of the action left many wondering what implications this has for consumers, doctors, hospitals and insurers. The primary purpose of the order appeared to be the elimination of the insurance mandate: This provision of the ACA requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The mandate was written into the law, however, so an executive order cannot exactly repeal that provision. But…

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Melania Trump’s ‘America First’ Inaugural Wardrobe

WASHINGTON — In the end, she checked every box. Elegant, unexpected dress? Check. Unknown designer elevated to overnight sensation? Check. New York brand? Check. Implicit message about cooperation and embracing the melting pot? Check. When Melania Trump took the stage with her husband, President Trump, on Friday night for the inaugural balls, she demonstrated that, while she may have been out of the spotlight since the election, she hasn’t been sticking her head in the sand. She has been closely studying the vernacular of first lady dress. In an architectural…

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Melania Trump’s inauguration as the First Lady of fashion

As Donald Trump celebrated his inauguration day, the world’s attention naturally turned to his wife Melania Trump and her sartorial choices. From Michelle Obama to Jackie O, the First Lady of the United States inescapably becomes thrust into the fashion realm. Famously scrutinised, what they wear can not only set trends but be a powerful tool for political messaging. Melania began her inaugural image strategy with looks that are certainly interspersed with meaning. Rarely speaking herself, she chooses to let her clothes do the talking. Her polished FLOTUS makeover has…

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School’s out: Inside Donald Trump’s extremest education agenda

Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency left education policy experts at a complete loss to explain what this would mean for the nation’s schools. During his campaign, Trump gave few clues about what would inform his education leadership, only that he had some antipathy for the Department of Education, he was no fan of Common Core and he would advocate for more “school choice.” After his election, experienced education journalists at Education Week predicted Trump would embrace conservative Beltway think tanks and state education policy leaders who had bristled under the rule of…

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China ‘seriously concerned’ over Trump’s Taiwan policy

China says it is “seriously concerned” after US President-elect Donald Trump expressed doubts about continuing to abide by the “One China” policy. Under the policy, the US has formal ties with China rather than the island of Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province. In a TV interview on Sunday, Mr Trump said he saw no reason why this should continue without key concessions. China urged Mr Trump to understand the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that the “One China” policy was…

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Trump’s Presidency Will Be a Disaster for Public Education

I didn’t post here until recently because America’s election of the least qualified president in our history has me scrambling to assess and mitigate the damage. Much of what he’s done so far doesn’t yet touch on geology, which is what this blog is mainly concerned with – but we will be talking about the threat to our national parks, and there will doubtless be impacts on the USGS and other agencies responsible for essential geological services like volcano monitoring, seismic studies, and similar. Trump is already showing which direction…

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