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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.

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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.”

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.

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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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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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