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‘Welcome to the Trump plantation’: Historically black college vandalized after Betsy DeVos gaffe

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Students at Howard University were greeted by racist graffiti on Tuesday, just a day after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came under fire for calling historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) “pioneers of school choice.”

Howard University student Italia Calino tweeted a photo of the racist message that was painted on The Yard’s sidewalk.

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“Welcome to the Trump plantation,” the graffiti reads. “Overseer: Wayne A. I. Frederick.”

On Monday, DeVos had used a statement about HBCUs to push her “school choice” agenda. Following President Donald Trump’s meeting with several leaders of historically black colleges, DeVos released a statement calling HBCUs “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.”

Critics said that DeVos statement ignored the fact that HBCUs were created because Jim Crow-era segregation gave black students few choices in higher education.

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Trump’s unhinged fans get even more detached from reality as his chances fade

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A pandemic is spiraling out of control and Donald Trump's reaction is to roll his eyes and say, "It is what it is." Unsurprisingly, polling data shows that his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is pulling ahead, not just in national polls, but in a number of battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida, none of which Trump can afford to lose. After all, the incumbent has nothing real to run on. The economy is the worst it's been since the Great Depression of the 1930s, Americans are losing health insurance by the millions, and Republicans are responding by trying to shortchange unemployment benefits for the millions of people who've lost their jobs.

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Trump creates a ‘minefield’ of legal problems for his own staff with plan for White House acceptance speech: report

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he might deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House. But legal experts who spoke with Bloomberg warned that might not be a good idea.

The publication described the proposal as "a minefield of problems for the staff charged with putting such an event together."

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Controversial ‘Hookers for Jesus’ group to get more federal money as Bill Barr and Ivanka Trump announce anti-sex trafficking effort

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The Las Vegas-based group Hookers for Jesus has won a grant from the Justice Department less than a year after whistleblowers raised red flags about federal funds being awarded to the organization, Reuters reports.

The complaint from union officials says the group, which is run by a born-again Christian survivor of sex trafficking and operates a safe house for adult trafficking victims, got its grant due to political favoritism.

A previous Reuters report revealed that the group required residents of the safe house to go to church, complete Christian homework, and banned them from reading “secular magazines with articles, pictures, etc. that portray worldly views/advice on living, sex, clothing, makeup tips.” As Reuters points out, recipients of federal funds are not allowed to use the funds to promote religion.

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