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  • Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault gets scrapped

    09/23/2017 10:12:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2017 8:42 PM EDT | Maria Danilova
    The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that President Barack Obama’s policy had been unfairly skewed against those accused of assault and had “weaponized” the Education Department to “work against schools and against students.” The change is the latest in Trump’s broader effort to roll back Obama policies. Women’s rights groups slammed Friday’s decision, saying it will discourage students from reporting assault. The guidance released in 2011 and then updated in...
  • Harassment As a Political Weapon

    09/22/2017 4:38:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2017 | Mike Adams
    Thanks to a recent speech by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, more people are discussing the real world repercussions of the eight-year war on due process waged by the Obama Department of Education. Out of that discussion, there is a consensus emerging, which recognizes that basic due process protections must be restored on our university campuses. These changes are particularly needed in the context of campus sexual harassment and sexual assault tribunals. But once due process is restored, we need to vigorously pursue campus prosecutions against those who knowingly and maliciously accuse others of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment. Proactive...
  • Spending Millions to Fill Garbage Cans with Nutritious Meals

    09/18/2017 4:14:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | September 18, 2017 | Robert Weissberg
    For most people, even those paying attention, the seemingly endless expansion of government spending and its accompanying debt is a mystery. A timely parallel might be a tropical storm out in the middle of nowhere developing into a Cat 5 hurricane. So it is with public budgets—a modest program almost unnoticed balloons into a tax-eating monster and while we can track it, who really knows how it got that way? Happily, the mechanics of this budget-bloating are occasionally exposed to public view and it is not a pleasant sight (here and here). Perhaps the disagreeable nature of this exposure explains...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing'

    08/14/2015 1:04:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database and 'stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers' The Internet company used by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private server was sued for stealing dozens of phone lines including some which were used by the White House. Platte River Networks is said to have illegally accessed the master database for all US phone numbers. It also seized 390 lines in a move that created chaos across the US government. Among the phone numbers which the company took - which all suddenly stopped working - were lines...
  • U.S. Manufacturers ‘Alarmed’ by Trump’s Push for Natural Gas Exports

    08/18/2017 8:59:07 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 17, 2017 | Ari Natter
    President Donald Trump’s effort to boost U.S. energy is facing push back from manufacturers who say exporting more natural gas may undercut his “America First” jobs focus. The Industrial Energy Consumers of America asked the administration Wednesday for a moratorium on U.S. approvals for liquefied natural gas projects. The trade association, which represents U.S. manufacturers that depend on cheap energy to fuel their factories, sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry Wednesday.
  • NNSA to Conduct Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey over Arlington, Virginia, Area

    07/19/2017 11:08:51 PM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 41 replies
    http://nnsa.energy.gov ^ | July 19, 2017 | DOE/NNSA
    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) will conduct a low-altitude helicopter flight over portions of the Arlington, Va., area July 22 to measure naturally occurring background radiation. Officials from NNSA announced that the radiation assessment will cover approximately three square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Joint Base Andrews, will be equipped with radiation sensing technology. The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the area at 150 feet (or higher) above the ground surface, at a speed of approximately 80 miles...
  • Duke of Edinburgh criticises young primary pupils' handwriting on visit to East End school

    06/15/2017 5:23:30 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 15, 2017 | Unity Blott and Joe Sheppard
    He may be retiring from public life but Prince Philip has shown he has no intention of holding back on his trademark honesty in the meantime. During a visit to a primary school in east London the Duke of Edinburgh left one teacher feeling a little flustered as he criticised the state of pupils' handwriting. He and the Queen were at Upper North Street School, in Poplar, to mark 100 years since innocent children were killed when a WWI bomb hit the site.
  • Bill to Shut U.S. Education Department Introduced in Congress

    06/04/2017 6:28:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 76 replies
    The New American ^ | 02.08.47 | Alex Newman
    Legislation to shut down the controversial and unconstitutional U.S. Department of Education was introduced in Congress this week by Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), a leading constitutional conservative. The bill, H.R. 899, would help President Donald Trump follow through on his campaign statements suggesting a desire to abolish the department as well as the Obama-backed “Common Core” school standards. The legislation was introduced on the same day U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate.If and when the bill is passed into law, the one-sentence measure would give the powerful U.S. Education Department until the end of 2018 to wind down...
  • Perry tours Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and Oak Ridge lab

    05/22/2017 11:28:48 PM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Chron ^ | 22 May 2017 6:48pm | Erik Schelzig, AP
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that he will fight to keep jobs and boost funding for research facilities like Oak Ridge National Laboratory. {snip} Perry, who once called for the abolition of the Energy Department, has since become an outspoken proponent of the department's importance, particularly of the cutting-edge research conducted at the national labs. Perry acknowledged he has "not been in the job long enough to go through the budget line item by line item" but said he is "doing my homework every day." Perry was joined on the tour by U.S. Sen....
  • Hanford Storage Crushed, Release Undetected or Suppressed.

    05/21/2017 11:09:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | MAY 10, 2017 | James Conca
    Fifty eight years back, railcar loads of extremely hazardous equipment laden with finely divided particulate Plutonium dust were shoved by remote-control, into a 360' 10’ X 10’ repository, made of thick, treated wood beams. The box was later covered; top and sides with about ten feet of dirt. When it filled up, an additional an 1,700 feet of “concrete reinforced with metal” housing was added and “Pretty much” loaded. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article149475209.html#emlnl=Breaking_News_Alerts
  • Congress Tries To Solve Obama’s Nuclear Waste Problem

    04/27/2017 1:46:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 26 April 2017 | Andrew Follett
    Lawmakers faced off in a Wednesday hearing on proposed legislation to approve a nuclear waste storage facility in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Many lawmakers at the hearing were concerned about the federal government defaulting on its legal obligations to dispose of used nuclear fuel. Even House Democrats acknowledged the sheer scale of this problem. “Courts have determined that DOE has breached contractual obligations under this statute,” New York Democrat Paul Tonko, ranking member of the subcommittee, said in the hearing. “DOE estimated that if it could begin to accept waste in the next 10 years, liabilities would total $29 billion dollars.”...
  • Former Obama Official Says Bureaucrats Manipulate Climate Stats To Influence Policy

    04/24/2017 9:45:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 24, 2017 | Chris White
    Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data.
  • Professor: The ‘Government does not do a Good Job of what it should be doing’

    04/06/2017 6:43:18 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 6, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    There are actually a few scholars in academia who not only are familiar with the Constitution but can answer the question, "Where did we go wrong?" "The main improvements in the Constitution are the end of slavery and voting rights," John McGinnis, of Northwestern Law School, said at the annual meeting of the Philadelphia Society in Dallas last weekend. "What has declined is the ability of the government to deliver essential services without threatening our liberties." John Grant, of Hillsdale College, essentially agreed. "Our Constitutional decline comes from government interfering in things it should not be doing, for example, affirmative...
  • The U.S. Department of Education has been promoting Islam for years

    04/01/2017 12:38:38 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 25 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 1, 2017 | Dan Miller
    The U.S. Department of Education has proselytized in our public schools on behalf Islam for many years through its "Access Islam" program. Federally funded, it is directed at children in grades 5 through 12. The Christian Action Network recently demanded that President Trump's recently confirmed Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, terminate the program.According to an article at Breitbart, a predecessor program began during the Bush administration in 2005. It "simply taught students about the traditions, culture, and holidays of Islam. Then, it became greatly expanded under the Obama administration. It has continued to develop, and now has had a greater, broader outreach.” According to the...
  • Energy Department bans use of the Phrase 'Climate Change'

    03/30/2017 3:57:35 PM PDT · by norwaypinesavage · 40 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | 3/29/2017 | Davuid Middleton
    A supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in written memos, briefings or other written communication........News of the DOE office’s word ban drew criticism from one green group.
  • U.S. Department of Education Indoctrinates Students Into Islam

    03/29/2017 7:26:31 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 44 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | March 28, 2017 | Marty M
    PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Department of Education Indoctrinates Students Into Islam Christian Action Network (CAN) has sent a “Letter of Demand” to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) mandating that it cease its Islamic education program for the nation’s public schools. The DOE Islamic education program is currently being presented to the nation’s schools and teachers through the PBS LearningMedia website. If the conditions of its “Letter of Demand” are not met within 60 days, CAN will bring a federal lawsuit against the DOE challenging the constitutionality of the federally funded program. CAN is also issuing a “Letter of Demand” to...
  • Law professor who slammed kangaroo courts could lead Trump’s education civil rights office

    02/22/2017 11:50:34 AM PST · by RightGeek · 13 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 2/20/17 | Greg Piper
    Gail Heriot is a law professor at the University of San Diego, member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and potentially, the next leader of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Last month the due process advocacy group Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) started circulating a letter supporting Heriot for the job, which oversees Title IX compliance on college campuses, and it drew more than 240 signatures from mostly academics in various fields. The signed letter was shared with some members of Congress and Donald Trump’s transition team before the inauguration, but was published last...
  • A Brief and Appalling History of the Department of Education

    02/14/2017 11:27:02 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 14, 2017 | Michael S. Goldstein
    Congratulations to Secretary DeVos....It is time to resuscitate the Constitution of the United States vis-à-vis the responsibility for education. [huge snip] In 1866, Congressman Andrew J. Rogers, a Democrat representing New Jersey's 4th Congressional District, spoke eloquently against a bill to establish a federal Department of Education. Mr. Rogers declared that the bill: ... proposes to put under the supervision of a bureau established at Washington all the schools and educational institutions of the different States of the Union by collecting such facts and statistics as will warrant them by amendments hereafter to the law now attempted to be passed,...
  • Republicans Introduce Bill To Eliminate The Department Of Education

    02/09/2017 3:56:45 AM PST · by gaggs · 40 replies
    Republican congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced a bill to abolish the Department of Education on the very same day that Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Department’s new secretary. Arguably one of the more succinct bills in the Congressional history, the bill consists of a single sentence reading: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
  • Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Pence Breaks Tie

    02/07/2017 9:36:54 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 100 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 2-7-2017 | EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
    The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos on Tuesday as education secretary, approving the embattled nominee only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The 51-to-50 vote elevates Ms. DeVos — a wealthy philanthropist from Michigan who has devoted much of her life to expanding educational choice through charter schools and vouchers, but has limited experience with the public school system — to be steward of the nation’s schools.