Betsy DeVos is working on a plan that would, for the first time in history, allow schools to use federal funds to buy guns, according to a report in The New York Times late Wednesday. The Education Secretary was tasked by the President with putting together a commission to protect schools from gun violence after the massacre at Florida’s Parkland High School.
DeVos is examining an Obama-era program of grants that is designed to “provide all students with access to a well-rounded education,” “improve school conditions for student learning,” and “improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy for all students,” according to the Dept. of Education’s website.
But because Congress did not specifically block the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants from being used to purchase firearms, DeVos believes she can use her discretion to order those funds be allowed to be used to buy guns, and to fund firearms training.
In essence, DeVos would be using federal funds to subsidize firearms manufacturers and the gun lobby.
DeVos’ school safety task force has produced no tangible results. The Education Secretary revealed months after forming her commission that it would not be examining the role of guns in school gun violence.
NJ city councilwoman says Jewish city attorney tried to ‘Jew down’ claims sought by lawsuit
The president of the City Council in Trenton, New Jersey, is under fire for anti-Semitic remarks she made during a meeting to discuss a proposed lower rate of a personal injury lawsuit, The Trentonian reports.
On September 5, Kathy McBride allegedly said a city attorney was “able to wait her out and Jew her down." According to The Trentonian, the city attorney McBride was referring to is Jewish. Rushing to McBride's defense was city councilwoman Robin Vaughn, who said that the term "Jew someone down" is meant to be a "verb."
Disputing Trump claims, Japan says no evidence Iran was behind Saudi attack
"We are not aware of any information that points to Iran," said Japanese defense minister Taro Kono.
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters Wednesday that he has not seen any intelligence indicating Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, contradicting Saudi and Trump administration claims about the incident.
Dem lawmaker rains hell on ‘thug’ Corey Lewandowski on CNN: ‘He was shown to be a liar’
Rep. Steven Cohen (D-TN) dropped the hammer on Trump lackey Corey Lewandowski for obstructing the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week during an appearance on CNN.
CNN's Brianna Keilar started off the interview by questioning Cohen why Democratic lawmakers didn't do a better job of anticipating how Lewandowski would behave during his testimony. Cohen responded by saying he and his colleagues did just that.
"We knew he was going to be petulant, we knew he was an enforcer and a thug, and we knew he would try to protect the president," he said. "That's what he did."
Cohen went on to praise Democratic lawmakers for asking Lewandowski tough questions, and he said attorney Barry Berke "destroyed" the former Trump campaign manager.