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Betsy DeVos nailed in court for not delivering on promise for student loan forgiveness

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being sued for refusing to allow the student loan forgiveness program to actually forgive student loans.

Politico reported Thursday that 99 percent of applicants for the program have been rejected since DeVos took over the Department of Education. The American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joined with eight student loan borrowers on the lawsuit in federal court alleging the decision-making process violated their constitutional right to due process.

The program dates back to 2007 when Congress passed a law creating the plan for student loan borrowers who work in public service. Thus far, very few have been able to enter the program in recent years, leaving tens of thousands of people suffering from broken promises after serving their 10 years in public service.

The Education Department says that the applicants were denied because they didn’t meet eligibility requirements, but AFT disagrees.

“Instead of helping the millions of Americans owed debt relief under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, DeVos has hurt and pauperized them,” Weingarten said in a release. “And instead of working with lawmakers to improve the program that millions of teachers, firefighters, nurses and first responders deserve, DeVos has vandalized it.”

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Department spokesperson Liz Hill wouldn’t comment on any “pending litigation,” but she swore the department “is faithfully administering the complex program Congress passed.”

This isn’t the first time student loan borrowers have clashed with DeVos. In June, students sued DeVos for predatory student loan lending. The class-action lawsuit accuses DeVos and the department of “illegally stalling their decision on at least 158,000 borrower defense claims,” reported MarketWatch.

In that case, the department blamed former President Barack Obama, saying there wasn’t a process to navigate the claims. When an administration exits, the political appointees generally resign.

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Man who believed ‘the Bible is for white people’ gets life in prison after setting black man on fire in gruesome murder

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A white man from Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering a black man by setting him on fire while he slept.

The Daily News Journal reports that 53-year-old John Carothers has pleaded guilty to murdering Robert Miller, a housemate who lived with him at the Frazier Young Supportive Living, which is a home for people with intellectual disabilities.

According to prosecutors, Carothers in March 2018 doused Miller in lighter fluid while he was asleep in his bed and then lit him on fire. Miller would subsquently die from burn-related injuries at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

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‘There’s no racial tension’: Trump claims ‘fantastic relationships’ with black people after ‘go back’ tweet

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President Donald Trump asserted on Monday that he has "fantastic relationships" with the black community after he told four congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.

At a White House meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump was asked if he was experiencing any blowback from the African-American community.

"There’s no racial tension," the president said, according to a pool report. "We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020."

Via pooler @DavidNakamura: T"rump says: 'There’s no racial tension.' Trump notes low unemployment for black Americans. 'We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020.' "

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Yale psychiatrist explains the root of Trump’s ‘pathological racism’

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On Monday morning, President Donald Trump once again escalated his conflict with "the Squad," the group of freshman Congresswomen of color he told to go back to their own countries. Although moderate Republicans had hoped last week that the President would tone down his remarks, on Monday he once again doubled down on Twitter.

"The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!" he tweeted.

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