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Dennis J Bernstein – What DeVos Might Do to Public Schools

With only days to go before Donald Trump is sworn is as President and with his Cabinet choices now undergoing confirmation, a major area of concern is what impact billionaire Betsy DeVos will have as Education Secretary. She is an outspoken supporter of school vouchers and thus seen by many educators as a threat to public schools. I spoke to …

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Ben Casselman – Stop Saying Trump’s Win Had Nothing To Do With Economics

In the months leading up to Election Day, a heated debate broke out among political commentators over the source of Donald Trump’s support. Was it driven primarily by economic anxiety, as the early conventional wisdom often argued, or more by racism and other cultural factors? The debate has continued in the weeks since Trump’s win, and lately the anxiety skeptics …

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dale ruff – Politics as Psychopathology: Trump’s Attention Deficit, Oppositional, and Sleep Disorder

My friend who not only has a PH.d in theoretical physics and 40 years of experience as a psychiatrist, and whose specialty is diagnosis, tells me that not only is Donald Trump “a f*cking idiot” but has severe ADD, the affliction I know from having taught special education for 20 years. To this diagnosis, I would add Oppositional Disorder (irrational …

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Nika Knight – Sanders and Dems Demand Betsy DeVos Pay $5.3 Million Fine for Campaign Finance Violations

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s Education Secretary pick, “brazenly disregarded” Ohio election laws, says a group of Democratic senators led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Those senators, including Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), are demanding in an open letter that DeVos pay the $5.3 million fine levied by the state in …

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Lauren McCauley – Internal Memo Sparks Fears of Climate ‘Witch Hunt’ Under President Trump

President-elect Donald Trump’s Energy Department transition team has reportedly been asking for the names of civil servants that have worked on environmental policies under President Barack Obama, sparking fears of a coming “climate purge” by the incoming Trump administration. A “document circulated by the Energy Department,” first reported by Bloomberg Thursday and later by Politico, lists 65 questions posed by …

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Nadia Prupis – New Campaign Aims to Block Trump’s “Cabinet of Hate and Wall St. Greed”

A coalition of progressive organizations has launched a campaign to block President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees, calling them a “cabinet of hate and Wall Street greed.” The coalition, which includes advocacy groups like Demand Progress and Democracy for America as well as issue-focused organizations like the women’s rights group UltraViolet and the Latinx-led social justice group Presente Action, sent a petition …