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Apr 23, 2020. 20 comments

Trump Is Thirsty For a Rally, Coronavirus Be Damned

Trump Is Thirsty For a Rally, Coronavirus Be Damned
Barf Bag Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Apparently having the attention of the press and national television outlets every single day as he gives his regular covid-19 briefings just isn’t enough for President Trump: He’s thirsty for another rally, a real one.

Politico reports that Trump is getting serious cabin fever in...

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Feb 07, 2020. 21 comments

Trump's Oprah Cosplay Was Aided by Betsy Devos's Massive Checkbook

Trump's Oprah Cosplay Was Aided by Betsy Devos's Massive Checkbook

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over-the-top pageantry that was Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Trump introduced the country to Janiyah Davis, a young black girl from Philadelphia who became the symbol of the school choice movement overnight. The program allows students to attend a different—better performing—school, including private schools, and the waitlist is long; thousands of students...

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Jan 24, 2020. 13 comments

Add American History to the List of Things Betsy DeVos Does Not Understand

Add American History to the List of Things Betsy DeVos Does Not Understand

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short list of things Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos does not understand includes the United States public education system, higher education system, student loan policy, school safety, and, apparently, the Civil War.

The stunning array of subjects DeVos knows nothing about was on full display last night when she spoke at the president’s dinner for Colorado Christian University held at...

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Dec 04, 2019. 17 comments

Betsy DeVos Would Very Much Like Someone to Do Her Job For Her

Betsy DeVos Would Very Much Like Someone to Do Her Job For Her

Not troubling oneself with anything boring seems like the best part of being rich. Rich people can afford to hire less rich people to do all the tasks that make life tedious: managing a household, raising children, working at a business. Perhaps that’s why Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a very rich person whose family got that way by having other people sell their shitty Amway products,...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Nov 27, 2019. 13 comments

Betsy DeVos Continues to Deliver a Big Fuck You to Survivors of Sexual Assault

Betsy DeVos Continues to Deliver a Big Fuck You to Survivors of Sexual Assault

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s

proposed changes to the ways that universities and schools handle sexual assault, which give more rights to the accused and give institutions more leeway to brush complaints aside, have largely been finalized. And the (almost) final version, according to the Washington Post, is as bad as advocates feared, remaining largely unchanged from the slew of...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Oct 24, 2019. 16 comments

This Betsy DeVos Appointee Now Says Most Student Debt Should Be Canceled and the System Is Fucked

This Betsy DeVos Appointee Now Says Most Student Debt Should Be Canceled and the System Is Fucked

Are you sitting down? Because a Trump administration student-loan official is resigning and calling for student debt forgiveness, saying the system is “fundamentally broken.”

The Wall Street Journal reported on the correct but nevertheless startling conclusion apparently reached by A. Wayne Johnson, a DeVos appointee who started out in 2017 as chief operating officer of the Office of Federal...

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Oct 09, 2019. 13 comments

Visualize Betsy DeVos and Aunt Becky as Bunkmates (in Jail)

Visualize Betsy DeVos and Aunt Becky as Bunkmates (in Jail)

A judge has threatened U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with jail time if she continues to steal money from students who were ripped off by a for-profit university.

At a hearing on October 7, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim said she was “astounded” at the Education Department’s failure to comply with a June court order to stop collections on students who had been promised refunds of...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Sep 06, 2019. 15 comments

Man and His Dog May Be Headed for a Breakup

Man and His Dog May Be Headed for a Breakup
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Stay safe, everyone, but especially if you’re in Hurricane Dorian’s path in the Carolinas.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today: Donald Trump and Mike Pence are maaaaaybe on the rocks. [Yahoo News]And Donald Trump is still on his Hurricane Dorian/Alabama bullshit. [

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Katie McDonough Katie McDonough Aug 06, 2019. 21 comments

Tribute Post to Mitch McConnell's Patio

Tribute Post to Mitch McConnell's Patio
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Cry time comes a day early.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:Mitch McConnell “tripped at home on his outside patio and suffered a fractured shoulder,” according to spokesman David Popp. [New York Times]Please take a moment to reflect on Mitch McConnell’s patio: Betsy...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Jun 26, 2019. 22 comments

Meghan McCain Manages to Make the Suffering of Migrant Children About Her, Somehow

Meghan McCain Manages to Make the Suffering of Migrant Children About Her, Somehow
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You’ve got to hand it to her: She’s consistent about being monstrous!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:On The View, Meghan McCain was outraged that anyone would refer to the border detention facilities—where children are living in squalor , being denied adequate medical...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jun 05, 2019. 14 comments

The Republican Answer to EMILY's List Is Looking for a Few Good Women—Who Hate Taxes and Love Endless War

The Republican Answer to EMILY's List Is Looking for a Few Good Women—Who Hate Taxes and Love Endless War

Winning for Women wants women to run for office, but not because they’re women. The nonprofit and political PAC was formed in 2017 by prominent Republican donors to help elect women on the “center-right and the right” who are fatigued by identity politics but still feel they aren’t “necessarily represented” in politics, according to the organization. This puts Winning for Women in the...

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta May 07, 2019. 16 comments

Please Respect That Betsy Devos Is an Introvert, Okay?

Please Respect That Betsy Devos Is an Introvert, Okay?

Betsy DeVos, the owner of a $40-million yacht that went adrift, would like nothing more than to be left alone by reporters and the public at-large. She craves privacy despite her role as Secretary of Education because, according to her, “I don’t enjoy the publicity that comes with my position. I don’t love being up on stage or on any kind of platform. I’m an introvert.”

At the National...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Apr 11, 2019. 15 comments

Betsy DeVos Knew Exactly What She Was Doing When She Rolled Back Protections for Trans Students

Betsy DeVos Knew Exactly What She Was Doing When She Rolled Back Protections for Trans Students

On Wednesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told members of Congress that she knew rescinding Obama-era protections for trans students would harm them—but did it anyway.

In testimony before the House Education and Labor Committee, Devos was asked by Democratic Representative Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon about her decision to rescind 2016 federal guidelines that called for public schools to...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Mar 27, 2019. 19 comments

Betsy DeVos Defends Proposed Budget Cuts Gutting the Special Olympics

Betsy DeVos Defends Proposed Budget Cuts Gutting the Special Olympics

The Trump administration has proposed $7 billion in budget cuts to Department of Education-helmed programs, which includes slashing the entirety of the Special Olympics’ $18 million in funding. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education and champion of absolutely no education at all, defended those cuts on Tuesday.

“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” DeVos told a House...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Mar 14, 2019. 20 comments

The Equality Act Is Back 

The Equality Act Is Back 
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I just want to know why Trump tweeted so damn much today. Executive Time?

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:Democrats have reintroduced the Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The anti-discrimination...

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta Dec 19, 2018. 5 comments

Education Department Proposes More Racism in Response to Gun Violence in Schools 

Education Department Proposes More Racism in Response to Gun Violence in Schools 

The New York Times reports that the safety commission organized in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, has issued a report recommending that the Trump administration repeal Obama-era guidelines meant to address disproportionately high and unjust disciplinary actions that students of color, particularly black students, face at school....

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta Dec 14, 2018. 12 comments

Betsy DeVos Lost a Court Battle and Is Finally Canceling $150 Million in Student Debt 

Betsy DeVos Lost a Court Battle and Is Finally Canceling $150 Million in Student Debt 

The Education Department will erase about $150 million in student debt, begrudgingly applying an Obama-era protection that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had attempted to dismantle.

In July 2017, attorneys general from 18 states and Washington, DC sued DeVos for delaying the implementation of an Obama-era rule, called the Borrower Defense to Repayment rule, that helped students who had been...

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta Nov 17, 2018. 8 comments

Betsy DeVos Proposes New Title IX Rules Favoring the Accused

Betsy DeVos Proposes New Title IX Rules Favoring the Accused

On Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed a new set of Title IX guidelines that, if enacted, will weaken protections for students who face gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, shifting more power to the accused and limiting the institution’s responsibility to investigate claims of abuse.

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drafts of the 150-page document, released on Friday,...

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta Nov 15, 2018. 19 comments

Betsy Devos Is Back on Campus 

Betsy Devos Is Back on Campus 
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As Tolstoy once wrote: “Happy families are all alike; Betsy DeVos is a fucking monster.”

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:Betsy DeVos is reportedly rewriting the guidelines on sexual assault cases to favor the rights of the accused. [Washington Post]
Donald Trump is...

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Whitney Kimball Whitney Kimball Oct 29, 2018. 15 comments

Being Best, Child Gives No Fucks About Meeting Melania

Being Best, Child Gives No Fucks About Meeting Melania

On Tuesday, the White House consigned 30 children from the Washington DC charter school Digital Pioneers Academy to watch the inspirational movie Wonder with two billionaires who don’t give a shit about them, the United States Secretary of Education and the First Lady. Perhaps tired, hungry, or realizing that she’s just a prop in Melania Trump’s bullshit propaganda “Be Best” campaign, this...

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