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This Report Card for Betsy DeVos' Favorite Education Policy Is Pretty Bad

Students in Washington, DC’s federally funded voucher program performed worse academically, particularly on math test scores, after a year of private school, according to a new federal analysis released Thursday. The study, conducted by the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, found that students who left public schools as part of the DC […]

The Most Important Free Speech Question Is: Who Decides?

Like everyone, I’ve been watching as the free speech debate on college campuses has morphed from its usual steady background hum into a Big Issue Of The Day. First there was Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley. Then Charles Murray at Middlebury. Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna. Ann Coulter at Berkeley. The right is naturally outraged […]

Texas Is About to Crack Down on Undocumented Immigrants

Texas is about to become the second state to outlaw sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that refuse to fully comply with federal enforcement of immigration laws. On Thursday, lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives gave approval to legislation that would make it a misdemeanor crime for local law enforcement to not cooperate with federal immigration authorities, with penalties of up […]

The Department of Defense Is Investigating Michael Flynn

The Defense Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation to determine whether Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, accepted payments from a foreign government without permission, according to documents released Thursday by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). “These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources […]

A New International Advice Line Will Help American Women End Their Pregnancies

Concerned about President Trump’s promise to drastically roll back legal access to abortion, an international feminist group launched a project on Thursday that aims to help women in the US safely end their own pregnancies. Since 2014, Women Help Women has responded to over 100,000 emails from women around the world seeking abortions in countries […]

It's Not a Big Mystery Why Jason Chaffetz Is Quitting Congress

The latest from Capitol Hill: After saying he won’t run again, may leave Congress early, Rep. @jasoninthehouse now says he’s got to be OOO for surgery ASAP pic.twitter.com/VHYUMZ8nhS — Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) April 27, 2017 Ever since Jason Chaffetz announced he would be leaving Congress, people have been trying to figure out what’s going on. […]

One Chart Shows How the Trump Tax Plan Will Totally Pay For Itself

Here’s the first quick-and-dirty estimate of how much Donald Trump’s tax plan would cost. It comes from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget: Oh please. This is a ridiculously pessimistic estimate because CRFB doesn’t account for the economic growth this tax plan will unleash. They estimate that productivity would need to grow 3.8 percent […]

This GIF Compares Trump's Overseas Travel With That of Previous Presidents

President Donald Trump has been dubbed the “homebody” president. In his first 100 days in office, he has visited his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida seven times but has rarely ventured elsewhere—and certainly not overseas. Not only has he traveled less domestically than the past two presidents, he hasn’t left the country once since becoming president, […]

Here's Why Trump Is Having a Cow Over Canadian Milk

Donald Trump hasn’t done much in his young presidency to delight high-powered Democratic lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). But last week, Trump did just that when he picked a fight with Canada’s dairy farmers, after receiving a letter urging him to do so from Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Tammy […]

Trump Administration Launches Office Focused on Crimes by Immigrants

The Trump administration officially launched an office on Wednesday dedicated to the victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants—an effort that immigrant advocates say does not align with actual crime data and appears designed to demonize immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office, which […]

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