DeVos Hailed the Segregated Higher Education System as a “School Choice” Success Story

From Vox:

Education policy is not a major point of emphasis for Donald Trump personally, but his choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, turned out to be perhaps his most controversial nominee. That inaugurates an era in which the normally sleepy Department of Education is going to come under heavy scrutiny, and DeVos as a political neophyte with relatively extreme views and not a ton of White House interest in her issue area just stepped in it again.

After a presidential meeting with the leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, DeVos decided to issue a statement hailing them as an example of her pet issue, school choice:

If you squint at this, you can kind of see what she was trying to say here. DeVos’s view is that traditional public schools are failing many students, and that lightly regulated charter schools or vouchers for parochial schools help kids by providing an outside option.

Black colleges provided an outside option to African Americans excluded from mainstream institutions of higher education by Jim Crow laws. But if you think about this analogy for five seconds, you’ll see that problems abound. And by painting school choice as a form of “separate but equal” education system, DeVos is doing her critics’ work for her.

Trump Blames Obama for Leaks and Protests

But doesn’t supply any evidence though. I also love how the FOX host implies that Obama is in violation of a law for doing these things:

President Trump has been dismissing the protests against his presidency and demonstrations at congressional town hall meetings across the country as concocted by his political enemies. But now he has an alleged culprit: Barack Obama.

In an interview Monday with Fox News Channel, Trump said that he believes his predecessor is helping to organize the protests — even though there is no evidence that Obama has been personally involved in mobilizing opposition to Trump.

“I think that President Obama is behind it because his people certainly are behind it,” Trump said. “In terms of him being behind things, that’s politics. It will probably continue.”

New Wave Of Bomb Threats Hits Jewish Community Centers Across U.S.

From Talking Points Memo:

Jewish community centers in at least 11 states received bomb threats on Monday, echoing similar waves of threats on Jan. 9 and Jan. 18.

The threats came after hundreds of headstones were overturned at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia over the weekend. According to a report by WPVI, more than 500 headstones were damaged in what police called an act of vandalism, though they did not attribute a specific cause.

Nominee for Navy Secretary Withdraws

From Politico:

President Donald Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, withdrew from consideration Sunday, becoming the second Pentagon pick unable to untangle his financial investments in the vetting process.

“Mr. Philip Bilden has informed me that he has come to the difficult decision to withdraw from consideration to be secretary of the Navy,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement. “This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests.”