ED, Inc: Profile of Betsy DeVos

ED, Inc: Profile of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos was the most (empirically) controversial nomination of president Trump’s cabinet and the most controversial education nomination in history. After exhausting democratic filibusters and rounds of hearings, DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017, with a split vote 50-50, requiring vice president Mike Pence to step in and tip the scale in her favor. She is the only nomination to have required the assistance of the VP’s vote. But why?

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Scott Pruitt's EPA

Scott Pruitt's EPA

On February 17, 2017, former Oklahoma state attorney Scott Pruitt was sworn into office as the fourteenth Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The date of his confirmation is important to note. Just one day before, Scott Pruitt became the recipient of a court order mandating he release a collection of 7,500 emails (which may be found here), save ones that fall under exemption due to Oklahoma’s state records law. 

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Profile: Chief Bannon

Profile: Chief Bannon

On January 1, 1996, a Santa Monica mother of twin girls dialed 911 on a phone that was immediately ripped from her and thrown against a wall, where it shattered into pieces. Moments earlier, the mother reportedly requested a divorce from her assailant. According to the police report released by POLITICO, she was seen with “red marks on her left wrist and the right side of her neck,” evidence of struggling to escape domestic violence.

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