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Trump’s education secretary pick plagiarized her Senate questionnaire responses: report

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A Senate panel is scheduled to vote on Tuesday on President Donald Trump’s education secretary pick, Betsy DeVos. The Michigan billionaire whose preferred policies would weaken public schools was a controversial pick for the Trump cabinet, as with most other nominees.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that DeVos, the nominee for secretary of education appears to have plagiarized her responses in a questionnaire submitted to top Democrats on Monday.

According to the report, DeVos answered various questions with “phrases from other sources without attribution — including from a top Obama administration civil rights official.” For instance, responding to a question about addressing LGBTQ bullying, DeVos wrote, “Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.” 

The Post noted her response was almost exactly the same as a comment from Obama’s former Justice Department civil rights division head, Vanita Gupta who said in 2016, “Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to thrive and grow.” 

DeVos is not the first Trump nominee to be accused of plagiarism, though her borrowed phrases were used for her Senate confirmation questionnaire. Earlier this month, Trump’s pick for senior communications director for the National Security Council, Monica Crowley, stepped down after she was accused of plagiarizing thousands of words in a Ph.D. dissertation for Columbia University.

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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Trump seethes and calls Fox ‘fake news’ after seeing a story that made him mad

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140768516288782336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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