If You Weren’t Afraid to Send Your Kids Back to School, DeVos’ Disastrous Interview Might Change That

While the Trump administration continues its full-court press on schools to re-open, they sent out Betsy DeVos to defend an indefensible cause. Either that or the education secretary did not do her homework prior to her appearance on Sunday morning. CNN’s Dana Bash continuously pressed DeVos on basic questions about students, teachers and parents’ safety […]

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Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and school districts are already pursuing. There are too many uncertainties and variables, they […]

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California first state to sue Trump administration over new international student visa rules

California became the first state to sue the Trump administration over a new visa rule that says international students must leave the United States if all their classes are online, the state’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday. The suit, which is supported by California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges officials, claims it […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Mass Detention of Muslims

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Thursday on multiple officials from China, including a senior member of the Communist Party, over human rights abuses against the largely Muslim Uighur minority, a move that is likely to inflame tensions between Washington and Beijing. The targets of the sanctions included Chen Quanguo — a member […]

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Trump administration sanctions Chinese officials over human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims

The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on three Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials over its treatment of minorities in the Xinjiang region, where Uyghurs and other minorities are suffering forced labor and other human rights abuses. “The United States will not stand idly by as the CCP carries out human rights abuses targeting Uyghurs, ethnic […]

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Mnuchin says administration backs ‘another round’ of coronavirus stimulus checks

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that the Trump administration supports issuing another round of stimulus checks to Americans as part of a fourth coronavirus relief package, and vowed to enact legislation by the end of the month. Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC that he would not provide “specific details,” but added that the administration […]

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Europe reacts to US withdrawing from WHO, calls for reform instead

Europe is lamenting the formal Trump administration notification of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) while pledging to work to reform the United Nations health agency. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said the move by America, the WHO’s largest contributor, amid the coronavirus pandemic is a “setback for international cooperation.” Spahn said on Twitter that more […]

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Cuomo says he will determine in early August whether New York schools can reopen

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that his administration will determine in the first week of August whether schools across the state can reopen this fall. Cuomo, during a press briefing Wednesday, urged local school districts to submit their plans on “how they would reopen, what their precautions will be, and if they want to have […]

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Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control on religious grounds

By JESSICA GRESKO WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Trump administration rules allowing some employers to decline to provide contraceptive coverage on religious or moral grounds, which could leave more than 70,000 women without cost-free birth control. The high court ruled 7-2 for the administration, which made a policy change to allow some […]

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Supreme Court Lets Employers Opt Out of Providing Free Birth Control

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. As a consequence of the ruling, about 70,000 to 126,000 women could lose contraceptive coverage from their employers, according to government estimates. The vote was […]

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Supreme Court rules in favor of Little Sisters of the Poor in ObamaCare contraception case

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration acted within its authority when it expanded exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for employers to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception. The cases are Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania (19-431);  Trump v. Pennsylvania (19-454). The administration had made […]

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Trump Administration Signals Formal Withdrawal From W.H.O.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations that the United States will withdraw from the World Health Organization, a move that would cut off one of the largest sources of funding from the premier global health organization in the middle of a pandemic. “The United States’ notice of withdrawal, effective July […]

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Trump administration launches new campaign to reduce high suicide rates

The Trump administration launched a broad national campaign Tuesday aimed at reducing high suicide rates, urging the public to reach out to others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and acknowledging daily stresses in people’s lives. Known as REACH, the government campaign is the core part of a $53 million, two-year effort announced by President Trump to […]

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Five states, Washington, D.C. sue Education Department, say coronavirus relief deprived low-income schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five states and Washington, D.C. sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, saying Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “unlawfully and erroneously” earmarked coronavirus relief funds for private and affluent schools. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the states say the Trump administration misinterpreted a key […]

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Trump Visa Rules Seen as Way to Pressure Colleges on Reopening

LOS ANGELES — A directive by the Trump administration that would strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online prompted widespread confusion on Tuesday as students scrambled to clarify their statuses and universities reassessed their fall reopening policies amid the coronavirus pandemic. The White House measure, announced on Monday, […]

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US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization

Getty The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration […]

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White House hits back at Dem criticism over Trump visit with Mexican president: ‘It’s really a shame’

A senior Trump administration official said that President Trump’s upcoming visit from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will help build on the leaders’ relationship — while pushing back against criticism from Democrats over the meeting. The visit is the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders. It’s scheduled to take place Wednesday at the White House. The […]

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Trump administration vows to work ‘hand in hand’ with local governments to reopen schools amid coronavirus

Trump administration officials said Tuesday it is their “goal” to work “hand in hand” with local governments and jurisdictions to safely reopen schools in the fall after the coronavirus closings, while claiming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not recommend closing schools to begin with. A senior administration official on Tuesday told reporters that […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Block Ruling to Halt Work on Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from the Trump administration to allow construction of parts of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that had been blocked by a federal judge in Montana. But the court temporarily revived a permit program that would let other oil and gas pipelines cross waterways after only […]

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Biden says he is going to ‘transform’ the nation if elected

Joe Biden tweeted Sunday night that if he gets elected, his administration “won’t just rebuild this nation—we’ll transform it,” raising speculation online about what exactly in the country will be transformed. POSSIBLE VP PICK DODGES QUESTION ON MONUMENTS The tweet comes after a politically charged Fourth of July weekend as the country works to manage a […]

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Former George W. Bush officials form new group to back Biden

A group of officials who worked in former President George W. Bush’s administration and presidential campaigns on Wednesday launched a new super PAC to persuade Republicans disaffected with President Trump to vote for Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The group – titled “43 Alumni for Biden” – says its mission is to “unite and mobilize a […]

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Administration Asylum Rule

WASHINGTON — A federal judge appointed by President Trump has ruled that the Trump administration must end a policy that effectively bars most Central American migrants fleeing poverty and persecution from obtaining asylum in the United States. The asylum rule in question prevents migrants from gaining protection in the United States if they fail to […]

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Appeals court rules Trump administration lacked authority to shift military money to wall

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that the Trump administration acted unlawfully when it transferred $2.5 billion in military construction projects to build parts of the wall at the southern border — a blow to the administration’s efforts to fulfill President Trump’s signature 2016 campaign promise. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 […]

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