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Whoopi Goldberg scolds Betsy DeVos for being clueless about schools: ‘What’s she been doing this whole time!?’

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During a Monday discussion among the women of “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg didn’t hold back blasting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after a humiliating interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday.

“Speakin a where nobody knows happening, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sat down with ’60 Minutes’ last night and it really seemed like you know, she didn’t do her homework. She’s not on top of stuff,” Goldberg began introducing a clip of the show.

DeVos confessed she has not “intentionally” visited at-risk or underperforming schools to investigate why they’re faltering.

“So, call me crazy, but what’s she been doing this whole time,” Goldberg wondered. The New York Times, however, revealed that DeVos has instead been focusing her attention on private schools and religious schools for her time in office.

Co-host Sunny Hostin noted it was even more scary that DeVos was in her home state recently, and those were the schools that “60 Minutes” reporter Leslie Stahl was asking her about. Hostin noted she hasn’t even visited schools in her own home state.

“What is so upsetting to me is that education was the great equalizer,” Hostin continued, speaking from her own experience. “I’ve often said, I was the kid from the South Bronx, but I was smart and I was in the books. And my parents did everything they could to make sure I went to good schools. And it’s the only reason I’m sitting here today and not a statistic.”

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She went on to note that when she thinks of the head of the Education Department, who is responsible for children’s lives, but isn’t qualified to lead those lives and lead education. “It hurts me to my core that kids like me don’t have a chance with Betsy DeVos as the person taking care of their education,” she confessed.

Co-host Sara Haines brought up the already at-risk children who attend public schools, while the state is draining their funding to give to charter schools.

“You can’t assume that every parent is going to research these places. That’s a lot of paperwork — it’s a lot of legwork,” Haines explained. “So, ultimately, who this is going to hurt is the most underprivileged young people, who are already struggling.”

She also brought up the confirmation hearing where DeVos seemed woefully unprepared.

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“After the confirmation hearings, and how much struggle she had getting in, and people saying ‘you’re not prepared.’ That part, you forgive her once but you don’t forgive twice,” Haines continued. “The idea that she did not research a lot of this stuff sitting down with Leslie Stahl?! I’d at least have cheat sheet.”

“Does she not care?” Hostin wondered.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty, personal life as ratings fall

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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From El Salvador to Texas, navigating the US asylum maze

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Exactly 146 days after leaving home in El Salvador, a petite, soft-spoken woman named Yolanda sat in a Texas courtroom seeking to reunite with her year-old grandson and teenage daughter, separated when they crossed the Mexican border.

Yolanda -- who asked that her last name be withheld -- is one of thousands of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States who were told to wait in Mexico for their day in court.

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Captive beluga whales make epic journey from China to Iceland sanctuary

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Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium arrived in Iceland on Wednesday to live out their days in a unique marine sanctuary that conservationists hope will become a model for rehoming some 3,000 of the creatures currently in captivity.

Little White and Little Grey, two 12-year-old female belugas, left behind their previous lives entertaining visitors at the Changfeng Ocean World and were flown across the globe in specially tailored containers.

The whales, which each weigh about 900 kilogrammes (2,000 pounds) and measuring four metres (13 feet) will continue their epic journey by truck and ferry to the sanctuary at Klettsvik Bay at Heimaey, one of the Westman Islands off the south coast of Iceland.

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