Salon: Questions and conflicts: Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s secretary of education choice, is surrounded by controversies

January 17, 2017

By: Alex Kotch Preparing for a packed first week of confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s numerous controversial cabinet picks, Democratic politicians and advocacy groups had to decide which nominees they would focus their energy on opposing. With so many distasteful characters, several of whom have attacked the very agencies they’ve been nominated to lead, opposing […]

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The Hill: Trump education pick to face Warren, Sanders

January 16, 2017

By: Lisa Hagen Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, is about to walk into the fire. Devos, a billionaire GOP donor, will take the first step toward a possible confirmation on Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that will put her […]

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Real Clear Politics: Cabinet Nominees Enter Confirmation Battlefield

January 9, 2017

By: Caitlin Huey-Burns Democrats are also putting pressure on DeVos, Trump’s choice to head the Education Department. A group of Democratic senators has called on her to pay $5 million in election-related fines owed by her school-choice advocacy group, All Children Matter. Additionally, the pro-campaign finance reform groups End Citizens United and Every Voice are […]

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Education Week K-12: Supporters and Skeptics of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Nominee for Education Secretary

January 9, 2017

By: Andrew Ujifusa Since President-elect Donald Trump nominated her to be his education secretary, Betsy DeVos has attracted a host of support and criticism, which could make her confirmation process quite different from past confirmation hearings for that position. But who’s in her corner, and who’s been throwing punches? The public-relations squabbling about DeVos has […]

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Winston-Salem Journal: Critics call for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr to recuse himself in vote for education secretary, cite campaign donation

January 8, 2017

By: Bertrand M. Gutierrez Two Democratic-leaning organizations said Friday that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., should recuse himself from voting on Betsy DeVos as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary because she and relatives contributed money to his campaign. DeVos and relatives contributed a combined $43,200 during the 2016 election cycle, according to a […]

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Washington Post: Trump’s education nominee and her family members are major donors to the senators who will vote on her confirmation

January 7, 2017

By: Emma Brown Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, is not just a prospective Cabinet member seeking confirmation from the U.S. Senate.  She is also a billionaire Republican donor whose family’s donations have funded the campaigns of many of the senators now tasked with voting on her nomination, including members of the […]

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The Times-Picayune: Bill Cassidy: no plans to step away from DeVos’ Senate hearings

January 6, 2017

By: Richard Rainey Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he would not step aside during the confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary. That’s despite Cassidy receiving $70,200 in campaign contributions from DeVos and her relatives in 2014. “When people donate to my campaign they sign up for my agenda, I don’t […]

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The Progressive Pulse: Campaign finance reformers demand Burr recuse himself from considering Trump Ed Secretary nominee over $43K in contributions

January 6, 2017

By: Rob Schofield Two national advocacy groups dedicated to combating big money corruption in politics are calling on Senator Richard Burr to recuse himself from considering Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Education Secretary. And from the sounds of the following release distributed by the groups (End Citizens United and Every Voice) they’ve got a heck […]

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Politico: GOP, TRUMP HATCH BORDER WALL PLAN – Today: Dems raise a ruckus on House floor – RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BILL LIKELY NEXT WEEK – Cold feet? GOP angst over Obamacare repeal – O’ROURKE ‘VERY LIKELY’ TO TAKE ON CRUZ

January 6, 2017

By: Heather Caygle JAM JAM JAM— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has teed up a disastrous schedule for Democrats next week, jamming the chamber’s major events into one day and likely hampering a long-time Democratic strategy to attack Trump’s cabinet nominees and slow down the confirmation process. McConnell has scheduled “six Cabinet-level confirmations hearings for […]

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