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Betsy DeVos narrowly confirmed by US Senate in a 51-50 vote

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The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm controversial nominee Betsy DeVos to Secretary of Education.

Despite two Republicans pulling their support for DeVos, others with financial ties to DeVos were unwilling to vote against her. The billionaire was confirmed in a 51-50 vote, after Vice President Mike Pence came to the Capitol to break the 50-50 tie.

It was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination vote, according to the Associated Press.

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Senators received a record number of calls from their constituents opposing DeVos. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) specifically received so many complaints from his constituents that a voicemail message urged callers to simply hang up.

DeVos drew criticism during her confirmation hearing because she didn’t know the U.S. was obligated by law to educate physically and mentally disabled children. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) hammered DeVos during the hearing, specifically criticizing her family’s support for LGBT conversion therapy, which is now considered child abuse in some states.

DeVos also earned backlash for her claim that guns were necessary in schools to protect against grizzly bears. One Wyoming teacher shot back that fences were actually more effective.

DeVos’s hearing was such a failure, Republican consultant Ana Navarro asked if she was dropped on her head as a child. Lefty Bill Maher mocked DeVos as a “nincompoop” who is so uneducated on the Department of Education that it would be like putting lesbian comedian Ellen DeGeneres “in charge of d*ck.”


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Here’s why a new rule could result in Trump losing his diploma from Wharton

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In 2019, a college admissions scandal rocked the country. Thus far it has resulted in 53 people being charged with cheating the system, paying for people to take standardized tests and paying their way into schools. Over the 7-year investigation, the FBI uncovered everyone from celebrities to wealthy families for conspiracy to commit felony mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

In response to the scandal, the University of Pennsylvania announced that would revoke the degree of any graduate found to have given false information in an admission application, cheated on an exam or tempered with their records, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis still won’t reveal true COID-19 data — so things are probably much worse

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Florida reached 213,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to encourage the state to reopen at all costs.

According to CNN's Randi Kaye, the numbers spell "trouble" for the state as it's GOP leaders are opting for a simplistic approach to reopening.

Just in the last 24 hours, they have had more than 1,600 people hospitalized for COVID," she cited. "In the last two weeks, the hospitalization haves gone up 90 percent. The ICU bed demand has gone up 86 percent, and the ventilator usage has gone up 127 percent. The governor is saying he's sending 100 nurses and 47 beds to Jackson Health because they need it so much. But at last check, we've noted that about 56 hospitals around the state have run out of ICU beds, which means they have no space for anyone who needs an ICU bed. This is really critical for Miami-Dade because they make up the 24 percent of the cases throughout the state, so they really need those hospital beds."

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Joe Shapiro — the man who took Trump’s SATs for him

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The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is being thrust into the spotlight after it was alleged that President Donald Trump was admitted after his sister did his homework for him and a friend named Joe Shapiro took his SATs.

In a new tell-all book by the president's niece, Mary Trump, it was revealed that the Penn grad wasn't quite the "genius" he has claimed to be. He announced he was "first in his class at Wharton," though he never was admitted to the prestigious MBA program at the school and he was never listed on the dean's list the year he graduated, the Penn student newspaper reported in 2017.

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