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Betsy DeVos
DeVos

Betsy DeVos Flunks Her First Test

Washington confirmation hearings are both theater and ritual. Behind the ostentatious displays of deference that senators and would-be cabinet secretaries must display toward each other is a useful democratic exercise. During Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing, senators learned that Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary is clueless, rich, and deceptive.

January 19, 2017
DeVos

DeVos Confirmation Hearing: Guns, Charters, And ‘Potential Grizzlies’

While Republicans for the most part used their allotted five-minute questioning periods to praise DeVos or ask questions that didn’t challenge the nominee, Democrats tried to portray her as both inexperienced and inflexibly ideological. In one devastating exchange, Murphy forced DeVos to admit that she would, in theory, support guns in schools.

January 18, 2017
Betsy DeVos

Conflicts Surround GOP Mega-Donor Who May Become Our Next Education Secretary

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, is clearly one of the worst cabinet picks. Her nomination to lead public education may seem curious, as DeVos has never worked in public education and supports diverting public funds to pay for kids to attend private, religious schools. Advocacy groups, Democratic politicians and ethics experts have shot up red flags in recent days, strongly opposing DeVos’ nomination.

January 16, 2017
Trump, Senate Hearings

Senate Hearings Delayed For Three Wealthy Trump Nominees

The Senate Commerce Committee said on Tuesday it was moving Ross’s hearing to Jan. 18 from Jan. 12 because Ross has not completed all of the necessary government paperwork. The Ross delay came shortly after postponements of hearings for Trump’s choices to head the Education and Labor departments.

January 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos

The Radical Education Of Betsy DeVos

The choice of Betsy DeVos to head the Education Department mystified all those who’d figured Trump was looking for a capable, forward-looking technocrat focused on student testing and teacher accountability. The choice horrified teachers unions, as DeVos is a billionaire Republican who has worked assiduously to weaken the public schools in Michigan.

January 10, 2017
Mitch McConnell

McConnell Does The GOP’s Dirty Work While All Eyes Follow Trump

McConnell is the perfect partner and lying propagandist for Trump. He maintains a straight face, which never upstages the coverage of Trump’s latest antics. As Americans will soon see, many shades of darkness inhabit Trump’s Washington.

January 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos, Flint

Will DeVos Do For Schools What She Did For Flint Water?

Through targeted donations, DeVos helped kick start the Flint water crisis. For years, DeVos funded the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free market think tank. The Mackinac Center advocated for an emergency manager for Flint, promising that the manager would reduce government—and tighten the city’s budget.

January 9, 2017
Trump, McConnell

How Trump And McConnell Are Manipulating The Media

With six different confirmation hearings stacked on the same day, on top of Trump’s press conference, it’s impossible for the media to provide the information people need. And that’s the point — it appears to be a deliberate effort to manipulate both the press and the public.

January 6, 2017
Billionaire Betsy DeVos tapped for education secretary

Inside Donald Trump’s Extremist Education Agenda

Anyone who strives for a clear-eyed view of the Trump administration’s oncoming education agenda will find there is no evidence—zero—of anything other than the most extreme policy agenda for the nation’s public schools.

January 4, 2017
Ross, Trump, Billionaire Cabinet

Trump’s Billionaire-Loaded Cabinet Will Face Ethics Test

While the president and vice president are largely exempt from government ethics rules, President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Cabinet isn’t.

December 19, 2016
Trump, Press

Trumpism Looks Like Mainstream Conservatism — So Far

In Trump’s picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there’s a consistent underlying thread. Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee. There’s nary a populist among them — not even the conservative kind.

December 8, 2016
Emperor Trump

Emperor Trump Reveals His Populist Charade

As America’s working stiffs know, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. And now we know what Augustus Trumpus will be serving. Trump’s no populist, he’s a full-time corporatist.

December 8, 2016
Betsy DeVos

Journalists Must Press Betsy DeVos On LGBTQ Student Equality

The DeVos family has a long record of donating to anti-LGBTQ causes, including giving more than $6.7 million to the anti-LGBTQ group Focus on the Family since 1998.

November 30, 2016
Billionaire Betsy DeVos tapped for education secretary

Billionaire Heir Of Right-Wing Dynasty Picked For Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos is among a handful of billionaires who have created and underwritten the rapid expansion of charter schools since 2000.

November 24, 2016

Prominent Republican Finally Calls On Anti-Gay RNC Official To Resign, Ignores Own Family’s Intolerance

Republican National Committee member Dave Agema has never bothered to hide his anti-gay views. But he reserves his most despicable commentary for his Facebook friends. Earlier this month, the former member of the Michigan House of Representatives posted an article on his page about the Russian anti-gay propaganda law with the comment: “Common sense in Russia.” This […]

January 19, 2014